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Doctor Who: Something Borrowed: Sixth Doctor (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts Book 6)
Doctor Who: Something Borrowed: Sixth Doctor (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts Book 6)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unremarkable, 25 July 2013
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A trifling, inconsequential book that really added nothing to this series. Whilst the characterisation of Colin Bakers Doctor was pretty good, the story itself was rather lacking.


Doctor Who: The Roots of Evil: Fourth Doctor (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts Book 4)
Doctor Who: The Roots of Evil: Fourth Doctor (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts Book 4)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Future Echoes, 27 April 2013
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Not bad, but this doesn't hold a candle to the Second Doctor's story. A nice shout to Matt Smith's Doctor, and a few concessions to Tom Baker's "quirks" (scarf, K9), but I found the book to be a tad short, and not quite as interesting as previous novellas. Philip Reeve did do an admirable job of creating a huge labyrinthine city... much like in Mortal Engines!


Doctor Who: Summer Falls
Doctor Who: Summer Falls
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Bit of Meta-fiction, 22 April 2013
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Fantastic children's story, with a very familiar "Curator" character! Strong female lead, talking cats and a horrible beastie from beneath the waves - makes the other 50th Anniversary Who books look rather mundane in comparison. Brilliant nods to the latest season of Doctor Who - a must-read!


Doctor Who: A Big Hand For The Doctor: First Doctor - 50th Anniversary (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts Book 1)
Doctor Who: A Big Hand For The Doctor: First Doctor - 50th Anniversary (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts Book 1)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Average Adventure... Time, 29 Jan. 2013
Meh. The story was okay as a very light romp for young readers of Doctor Who, but I have to agree that Colfer's characterization of Hartnell's Doctor was way off the mark. This story should feature a crotchety and manipulative old man as the hero... instead we get a halfway-house between Tenant and Smith whom today's audience of children will presumably feel more at home with. A brave start, but I hope for better things as the series progresses.


Chew, Vol. 1: Taster's Choice
Chew, Vol. 1: Taster's Choice
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4.0 out of 5 stars Obscure Subject Material... Great Detective Story, 6 Jan. 2013
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An interesting take on the archetypal detective story, Chew is a funny and oft disgustingly macabre story of the lengths that men will go to in pursuit of the truth. Good artwork marks a very original story. Four partially eaten thumbs out of five!


Locke & Key Vol. 1: Welcome To Lovecraft (Locke & Key Volume)
Locke & Key Vol. 1: Welcome To Lovecraft (Locke & Key Volume)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on Lovecraft, 31 Dec. 2012
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A great introduction to what promises to be a very different take on the tales of H.P.Lovecraft. The artwork is a little too cartoon-like for my tastes, but I enjoyed the story and characters immensely. Already perusing the next book...


Banjo Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge (GBA)
Banjo Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge (GBA)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good game; Over far too soon...., 3 Nov. 2003
Banjo Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge is practically a perfect copy of the N64 games from the late 90's, with all of the moves, characters and fun squashed down and squeezed onto your gameboy. Why have I only given it three stars? Because I managed to complete the game on a six-hour car journey! With only six levels, the game is over far too soon, and many accomplished gamers should be able to complete the "tasks" required in these levels in a matter of hours. £25-30 for six-hours of fun seems a bit steep to me...
The game has been due a release for around the last two years, and it seems a little strange that it's over so soon. A fantastic looking and extremely playable game, but it plays so well that you'll have seen all it's had to offer in little over a day or so. More levels and a greater difficulty next time, maybe?


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