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The Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games: Foreword by Vishy Anand (Mammoth Books)
The Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games: Foreword by Vishy Anand (Mammoth Books)
by Graham Burgess
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.39

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendous value great chess games collection, 13 May 2007
This is the 3rd (2nd time expanded) edition of this games collection and now contains 125 games up to 2010; the World Championship match between Topalov and Anand.

Many discerning chess games collectors are likely to have the majority of these games somewhere already in their possession but it is marvellous to have so much fabulous chess all in the same book.

Personally I have not found any problems with the binding quality of the 3 editions I have all had but the purchaser should realise that this is very much a 'budget' chess games collection and you do need to handle it with some care, especially now it's 25% bigger than the 1st edition.

The games themselves are all complicated affairs but the annotations are as such that any player between Club and Strong Master strength is bound to obtain value and instruction from working through the annotations which are not too heavy and clearly pin point decisive turning points which led to the outcome of each fight.

I couldn't recommend this book too highly.


Bad Beats and Lucky Draws: Poker Strategies, Winning Hands, and Stories from the Professional Poker Tour
Bad Beats and Lucky Draws: Poker Strategies, Winning Hands, and Stories from the Professional Poker Tour
by Phil Hellmuth
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining, 9 April 2007
One of the more colourful characters in the game, Phil, now a record equalling 10 times WSOP bracelet winner, has a wealth of experience playing with all the greats of the game and for the highest stakes. You may have seen him also in Channel 4's, now sadly defunct, Late Night Poker, which he won 3 times.

The book provides some insights into the world of high stakes poker and the playing styles and personalities via a discussion of some of the interesting hands he has played, witnessed or has been a commentator upon.

He earned the nickname of "poker brat" because of his perceived attitude and ego and there is an element of boastfulness in his writing style. Nevertheless, this is an original poker book like none other I've seen and is extremely interesting and entertainingly written. Whilst not a text book on poker, it also provides an indication of how just aggressively you normally have to play the no-limit games in order to be successful at the very highest level.


Zarah - a Teartown Story
Zarah - a Teartown Story
Price: 12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive Metal at its Best, 2 Mar 2007
One of the finest progressive pieces of music released during this decade, Ricochet deserve to be elevated to the highest echelons of progressive rock with this stunning release.

Recommended to all fans of the likes of Dream Theater, Threshold, Vanden Plas etc - buy it, you won't be disappointed.


Challenge Your Brain Math & Logic Puzzles
Challenge Your Brain Math & Logic Puzzles
by Dave Tuller
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: 4.99

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rich variety of puzzles, 18 Feb 2007
A very nice book, this one, with 100's of several types of puzzles, most of which I hadn't seen before including Corral, Deja Vu (a quite easy type for a change!), Eminent Domain, Alternate Corners, Variations of Battleships, Dominoes, End View, Hex Loops, Lighthouses, Minesweeper, Nurikabe, Rain Clouds, Skyscrapers (my own favourite), Spiral Galaxies, Snaky Tiles, Square Routes, Tents (another favourite), Fences, Pentomino Fences, Oxtails, Spokes & Number Place (Jigsaw Sudoku).

Plenty of original entertainment for puzzle enthusiasts for a fiver! Absolutely recommended.


Killer Sudoku
Killer Sudoku
by djape
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.99

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seriously difficult puzzles., 11 Feb 2007
This review is from: Killer Sudoku (Paperback)
D J Ape has a (deserved) reputation of producing the most demanding puzzles. This is an excellent book but, be warned, you'd be much better off going for an alternative title (maybe Steve Aron's book)unless you are a very experienced solver who is looking for a collection of very hard puzzles.


Laurel And Hardy Classic Shorts: Volume 19 - Pardon Us/... [DVD]
Laurel And Hardy Classic Shorts: Volume 19 - Pardon Us/... [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stan Laurel
Price: 5.00

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laurel & Hardy's first film outing, 27 Jan 2007
This was Laurel & Hardy's first foray into longer comedies - released in 1930. Unfortunately, it wasn't much of a success as this was one of their poorest films. It wasn't well received during previews and had to be re-written and held back for some time while it was re-filmed. I'm not exactly sure which version is on the DVD but it's clearly not one of their many classics.

As the comedy pair's first release it has an historic importance and interest to their fans but don't expect too much from this particular outing.


Ian Wright - It Shouldn't Happen To A Footballer [DVD]
Ian Wright - It Shouldn't Happen To A Footballer [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ian Wright
Offered by Jasuli
Price: 2.60

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All Wright Football DVD, 18 Jan 2007
As a little balance from the earlier reviews, this is not a bad football DVD, but, in my opinion, don't be expecting too much from it.

There is a problem in the format in that it is a compilation of (just) 30 funny moments as voted for by the readers of Four Four Two. As such, the clips are well known and I'd be surprised if you hadn't seen most of them before, and quite possibly all of them.

The presentation, however, is witty and intelligent which, in the end, still makes the DVD watchable even if you've seen all the clips before.


Killer Su Doku 2007 Calendar
Killer Su Doku 2007 Calendar
by Terry Stickels
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Top Notch Desk Calendar, 1 Oct 2006
Killer Sudoku fans should all place this desk calendar on the top of the Christmas list or just order it for themselves in any case.

At 2 to 3 pence per puzzle, it's excellent value compared to other sources. Despite not being of symmetrical designs, the puzzles are uniformly ingenious and of a consistently high quality for experienced solvers. Although I've been able to complete all the puzzles so far, the puzzles take me about an hour or so, which I think is about the time to denote that the puzzles are stretching. In this respect I prefer this calendar over other sources such as (say) the Times books which invariably contain a wide range of levels from too easy to (I find) impossible.

I cannot recommend this product too much.


Hashi (PC CD)
Hashi (PC CD)
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: 1.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Puzzle Game, 23 Sep 2006
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Hashi (PC CD) (Video Game)
Hashi (or, as sometimes called, Bridges) is an ingenious new puzzle type. I don't believe it will ever become as hugely popular as Sudoku (and its multitude of variants) or Kakuro. Nevertheless, it's an interesting puzzle type and makes a pleasant option to provide some variety for puzzle addicts.

This is an excellent addition to the Greenstreet range of games - you can pretty much take it for granted that any of their releases is of a good quality. The game play is easy - I don't want here to go into the intricacies of what you need to do to solve hashi puzzles, but those familiar with the puzzles will, I think, find puzzles easier and quicker to solve than with pencil/pen and paper. There is also, as you would expect, a range of difficulties/puzzle sizes available.

One relatively minor gripe: I like to create puzzles and send them to friends and/or relatives to solve. Although this software does generate jpeg outputs, the output does contain a rather imposing 'Greenstreet' logo - so large and colourful that I don't think other people would appreciate using so much ink to produce so much advertising.

I still give this product 5 stars all round - it's thoroughly recommended. Well done again Greenstreet!


The Times Hashi
The Times Hashi
by Puzzler Media Ltd Trevor Truran
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.45

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended puzzle book., 3 Sep 2006
This review is from: The Times Hashi (Paperback)
Hashi are an interesting new puzzle variety - sure to be popular to addicts of sudokus, kakuros, killers etc.

The Times has released another well-produced book of puzzles. There is a good range of easy and mild puzzles, but also some mind-bogglingly 'super difficult' and even 'super super difficult' puzzles for those who feel the need to be occupied by a single puzzle for ages and ages!

Highly recommended.


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