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The Big Book of Killer Su Doku
The Big Book of Killer Su Doku
by Mark Huckvale
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Killer Sudoku Puzzle Book, 22 Feb. 2006
Personally speaking, Killer Sudokus are a variation on the Sudoku puzzle theme which I find more interesting, and this is a really excellent book, thoroughly recommended to all like-minded puzzle addicts. It starts with around 10 pages of basic guidance re how to solve 'killer' puzzles, and the guidance is clear and easy to understand and this section should be useful for beginners.
Then comes the meat of the book, with 200 puzzles of varying difficulty levels. It starts off with 'midi' puzzles (6 by 6) and then 'starter' 9 by 9 puzzles. Experienced solvers may want to skip these sections (especially the midi section) and start from puzzle 41. The puzzles then range from easy through moderate and hard up to challenging. And finally, there are a couple of 'monsters'. I'll let you buy the book to find out what these consist of!

The X-Plan [DVD]
The X-Plan [DVD]
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £2.74

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of advice here, 18 Feb. 2006
This review is from: The X-Plan [DVD] (DVD)
An excellent value DVD. It contains 3 exercise routines which are suitable for beginners and relatively unfit people. The instruction is good, well presented, easy to follow and at a sensible pace.
The next part is a 28 day dietary plan which contains alot of good advice on what food to increase and what food types to cut down, and with explanations of the reasons why.
Completely recommended.

Devil's Canyon/Silent Reign of Heroes
Devil's Canyon/Silent Reign of Heroes
Price: £11.27

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Rocking Albums in one., 11 Feb. 2006
An excellent value double CD, being two Molly Hatchet studio albums in one package.
These two were the band's best recordings since the band re-formed in 1990. Devil's Canyon in particular is worthy of being considered a Hatchet classic, being as good as anything the first line-up produced in the late 70s to 80s. This album includes the 3 tracks which have become part of their concert classic repertoire; the powerful 'Tatanka', the epic track 'The Journey' (perhaps Hatchet's finest ever song) and, of course, the title track.
Silent Reign of Heroes (although not quite as good) is also a good album, with the two epics; Saddle Tramp and the title track.
Fans of Southern Rock must have this as a part of the collection.

The Times Killer Su Doku
The Times Killer Su Doku
by The Times Mind Games
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Puzzle Book, 11 Feb. 2006
A very interesting new variation on the 'Sudoku' puzzle type, which is certain to become more and more popular. It's a combination, really, of both Sudoku and Kakuro - a combination which enables the composer and solver to set and solve puzzles using techniques familiar to the foundation puzzle types and also ideas unique to 'killers' such as 'nonet counting'.
These are hand compiled (and often symmetrical) puzzles by Japaneze puzzle experts and, with over 100 puzzles of varying degrees of difficulty, this book should give many, many hours of puzzling entertainment. Many more so than the publishers themselves estimate as I find the target times totally unobtainable!
Thoroughly recommended.

Ultimate Kakuro: 201 New Puzzles (by bestselling sudoku author)
Ultimate Kakuro: 201 New Puzzles (by bestselling sudoku author)
by Pete Sinden
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Kakuro Puzzle Book, 24 Jan. 2006
A very good Kakuro book indeed. There is a nice range of puzzles to choose from according to the skill/experience of the solver and/or how much time you have spare to devote to the puzzles at a particular time.
Contrary to one of the reviewers below; Just like Sudoku, a Kakuro puzzle should not require guessing to solve and if you are trying to solve by guessing, just like Sudoku, you'll get nowhere fast.
This book (complete with a handy table of combinations at the end) is as good as any I've found to learn and practice the Kakuro solving techniques

The Book of Kakuro: And How to Solve It
The Book of Kakuro: And How to Solve It
by Gareth Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Kakuro Puzzle Book, 9 Jan. 2006
A nice, well balanced collection of puzzles - the easy ones are a good introduction to the Kakuro puzzle themes. In this respect, this section is very good for beginners. I have done them all and have advanced to the medium section now, and the puzzles have been instructive so far.
There is also a useful chapter on hints and tips which also contains valuable tables on possible combinations between 2 and 6 numbers in length.
Highly recommended.

Kakuro For Dummies
Kakuro For Dummies
by Andrew Heron
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for 'Dummies', 8 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Kakuro For Dummies (Paperback)
Be warned - this is not an 'entry level' introduction to Kakuro puzzling. I have just started doing Kakuro puzzles and I find that two other volumes I've got, Killer Kakuro and The Book of Kakuro, both have a much better range of 'easier' puzzles to start with. I am finding a lot of the easy starting range of puzzles hard and I don't think they are suitable.
In order for this book to live up to its title, I would have liked more step through examples of puzzle solving and some gentler puzzles to ease into the book.
I would not recommend this book if you are not an advanced solver.

Tipover Game
Tipover Game
Price: £14.99

87 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful puzzle toy., 27 Nov. 2005
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Tipover Game (Toy)
This toy comes from the makers of the multiple award winning 'Rush Hour' puzzle game and it's equally as enjoyable. The difference with this one is your man stands atop a pile of crates and he has to topple the crates over in a direction and an order so that he can reach the object crate. As you would think, there's only one solution to each set puzzle.
The puzzles (1 to 40) get progressively difficult and the complete pack should take several hours to complete. The game is also attractively and sturdily made.
A highly recommended puzzle game.


7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Picture Perfect, 19 Nov. 2005
This review is from: Picture (Audio CD)
One more prog super group, with members from Arena, Marillion, Porcupine Tree and It Bites, with the main difference that all these band members are from England. The pillars of Kino are keyboard player John Beck (It Bites) and vocalist/guitarist John Mitchell (Arena).
Picture, the first album produced by this group is very impressive, leaning slightly to the heavier side of neo-progressive at times, particularly with the impressive (Spock's Beardish) opening track, Losers Day Parade. Most of the rest of the album sounds more like post Fish Marillion with some Arena and Genesis influences and with plenty of good hooks and melodies throughout. Quieter moments are usually held together by Beck's keyboards and Mitchell's impressive and broad-ranged vocals.

The fact that this is not a full-blown progressive album may disappoint some listeners. But for what it is — a rock album with progressive influences - it is very good indeed. Highly recommended.


5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sublime christian/prog rock release, 4 Nov. 2005
This review is from: ? (Audio CD)
This, Neal’s third solo progressive rock release, continues the prolific composer’s musical and spiritual journey into and through christianity in its musical form. Full of wonderful, imaginative compositions with lyrics more or less entirely, it seems, taken from passages from the bible, the album is also supported by an array of talent from the world of prog; Mike Portnoy, Roine Stolt, Steve Hackett...
The subject of the album is the Tabernacle, the biblical dwelling place of God with a constant theme that runs lyrically and musically throughout the recording of (seeing) 'the temple of the living god'.
For those who have enjoyed Neal's previous work, especially his previous release, 'One', this work is every bit as good as anything he has done before, including his output with Spock's Beatd and Transatlantic, and is thoroughly recommended. Truly, if Songs of Praise was anything like as good as this it would have great audience figures!

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