Sam Tyler

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Location: Reading, Berkshire



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Bullet to the Head [Blu-ray] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Sylvester Stallone
Bullet to the Head [Blu-ray] Blu-ray ~ Sylvester Stallone
2.0 out of 5 stars Bullets Over Boredway, 30 July 2014
Like many fans of Arnie and Sly’s 80s output I was initially excited by their resurgence in recent years, but perhaps like me these fans have become more sceptical. At best the majority of their new output is ok, but on many occasions it is just plain bad. ‘Bullet to the Head’ fits into the pretty awful bracket. It is an old fashioned action movie in the worse possible way, not in the good nostalgic way, but the out-of-date pacing and slightly dubious characters way.

Sylvester Stallone plays Jimmy Bobo an assassin whose partner is taken out early doors. He is not usually one to seek revenge, but when his sister is threatened he decides that using a killer to catch a killer is… Read more
Solo: A James Bond Novel by William Boyd
Solo: A James Bond Novel by William Boyd
3.0 out of 5 stars Going Solo, 30 July 2014
Like Sherlock Holmes, Alice, or even the characters from the Bible, James Bond is no longer just the property of its original author. Ian Fleming may have had the imagination to create Bond, but since ‘Casino Royale’ rolled onto the scene Bond has been a changing man who mimics the times he currently finds himself in. William Boyd’s ‘Solo’ reverts back to Fleming’s original timeline and continues the story of that Bond, but is this a reflection of the past or today?

It is the good balance between the two that makes ‘Solo’ such an enjoyable read. This is a Bond who is clearly recognisable as that taken from Fleming’s own books. It is set in the early 70s as if Bond as come off… Read more
The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen
The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen
4.0 out of 5 stars The Queen and I, 30 July 2014
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The fantasy genre has seen a new lease of life in recent years as the likes of R R Martin and Abercrombie have allowed authors to truly shed the elves and magic of Tolkien in favour of a more gritty and ‘realistic’ fantasy. However, throwing the goblin out with the bath water would be a shame as although the 80s/90s fantasy of Eddings et al may feel a little twee now; they were well written and gave joy to millions. Erika Johansen has managed to wonderfully balance the new style of epic reality with the high fantasy that brings joy to the reader in ‘The Queen of Tearling’.

Said Queen is Kelsea and when the book opens she is not a queen, but a princess waiting to be crowned… Read more

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