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Shadow and Claw: The First Half of the Book of the&hellip by Gene Wolfe
This book (or books as it was Shadow and Claw) is often touted as one of the greatest fantasy novels of all time (it even says something along those lines on the cover). The author is also highly regarded by critics and has won many awards, so I thought that this may be a hidden gem. It isn't. There's a reason it is highly regarded by critics but virtually unknown to readers - it just isn't very interesting to read.

Wolfe's much lauded prose tries to be clever, it is deep and heavy going, but just lacks meaning; almost as if he has written it to keep the reader guessing as to what is going on. He may have gotten away with that, had there been an interesting story hidden behind… Read more
Timeshift (PC DVD) by Activision
Timeshift (PC DVD) by Activision
I asked for this game for Christmas when it was released back in 2007 after being caught up by all the hype, but then promptly forgot all about it. I recently re-discovered it on my shelf gathering dust and because I felt guilty as someone (I don't even remember who) had paid good money for it, I decided to play it.

Firstly, I remember the graphics being touted at the time as ground breaking, the protagonist walking through the rain, splashing in puddle etc on the adverts looked good. But this game looks bad. The graphics are poor and haven't really stood the test of time. I have no problem playing old games; I had recently played Half-Life 2 again, and despite being four years… Read more
The Terror by Dan Simmons
The Terror by Dan Simmons
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I was quite surprised by this book. It was far better than I expected and had me gripped pretty much until the end.

The book is very well researched and very detailed. I don't know much about 19th Century Polar exploration but everything sounded quite believable and realistic to me and the author was clearly knowledgeable about the subject.

Many others have complained about the fact there are quite a few parts of the book where nothing much happens, but that lends more tension to the story in my view and made it much more compelling. The story does jump however; sometimes a chapter will end on a cliff hanger, but then the next chapter will pick up weeks, or even months… Read more