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Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar
Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, engaging and bizarrely uplifting, 9 Aug. 2013
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My the time I was interested in road cycling David Millar had already at Garmin and had the image of the reformed doper. Having seen him interviewed I could never quite get my head around what had led this assured, intelligent and seemingly ethically-driven man to dope in the first place.

This book provided all the answers and more as I simply could not read fast enough. Working from his childhood in both Scotland and Hong Kong to starting as a then rare Brit on the European-dominated pro cycling scene. The frustrations of losing clean and the guilt of winning dirty are only topped by the emergence the other side. His work with WADA and a part owner at Garmin show not only remorse but a desire to be a driving force for change.

A fantastic story about a genuinely gifted athlete, even if all you know is the modern British heroics of Wiggo, Cav and Froomey then this is still a must read.


Boy Racer
Boy Racer
Price: £4.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Unlike Cav, the book is good, but not great, 9 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Boy Racer (Kindle Edition)
For a self confessed Cav fan this book has to come as a little bit of a disappointment. Compared to other cycling autobiographies out there you get, in my opinion, very little feel of the bike race and of the emotions going through the racer. Given the author's speciality of the frantic do-or-die bunch sprint I expected more. Some of the his attitudes to not show him in the best light, while I love his confidence/arrogance there is some whining in the book that is hard to stomach.

Right, bad stuff out of the way, the emergence of the British Academy through the eyes of its most famous graduate make for excellent reading and the heartfelt thanking of teammates we've seen in many post race interviews shows a man who understands the team more than most.

If your a Cav fan and want to know a out how he started then you get what you're looking for, if you have read the books by Wiggins or Millar and are looking for more thoughtful insight from another British cyclist then I think you may end up disappointed.
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The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs
The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars More than a little haunting, but an essential read for any athlete or fan, 9 Aug. 2013
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Regardless of whether your athletic ambitions are the pinnacle or the park and no matter what the sport you must read this book.

The darker side of life is never as easy to take as the gutsy heroics shown in a slow motion montage set to a dramatic musical score but this is an honest and heartfelt story about the pitfalls of cycling in the EPO-fuelled era. Much like Racing Through The Dark by David Millar - another must-read - you are given an eye opening insight to the world of the doper, how they got to the point of starting to dope and just how easy it was to get away with once they started.

The book documents Tyler Hamilton's career, his relationship with Lance Armstrong and how he started doping. While there is genuine remorse for the actions, Hamilton is honest enough to say how he felt at the time and not attempt to re-write history. Daniel Coyle's writing is engaging and the additional notes to accompany Hamilton's story are useful, well-researched additions. All in all an excellent combination.

I'm not saying you will like, or even understand, Tyler Hamilton after reading this book but it might make the question "what would you have done?" Just a little harder to answer


Jonny: My Autobiography
Jonny: My Autobiography
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Awe inspiring story, 14 April 2013
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A fantastically well written and honest insight in to the life of truly global sporting superstar. His obsessive nature is well documented, as are his struggles with injury but the frankness of this book blew me away and I simply could not put it down.

Whether you're a fan of Jonny, of rugby or have ever struggled overcome one of life's obstacles you simply must find room in your life for this book.


Mario Kart with Wii Wheel (Wii)
Mario Kart with Wii Wheel (Wii)

5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the wii, this is the best game on any console!, 27 May 2008
The wii was designed for games like this, the wheel feels great, it's comfortable to hold and easy to use and hilarious to watch others using.

Althought the basic idea of mariokart clearly hasn't changed much, there is lots of new features on this game. Bikes are now available as well as the traditional karts which add up to over 30 playable vehicles all with a custom paint job depending on which character you use. Speaking of which, nintendo has welcomed back some old as well as new characters to this game ranging from baby peach, birdo, bowser jr or funky kong. As well as this there are 32 tracks (16 new, 16 retro) new weapons, tricks, wheelies, manual drifting, streamline and much more.

Unlike previous versions, there are now 12 cars competing in each race, making it even more frantic than before, this is highlighter further with the multiplayer option. 3 of your friends and 8 AI players racing round a small track would be crazy enough, but add in the mariokart weapons and it is just insane, and i for one love it.

There is tonnes to keep you interested in this game, for the basic player who is only really interested in the multiplayer it's easy enough to unlock all the tracks and a few extras, but with so much to unlock through time trials and achieving high rankings on grand prixs this game will keep even the most battle hardened mariokarter absorbed.

This a truely irresistable game, the graphics, sound, playability and gameplay far outstrip anything else available on the wii at the moment, a must buy for any wii-owner, and for non wii-owners a great reason to get one or start saving up!


Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii)
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii)
Offered by evobreed / sellatronic
Price: £18.82

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So close to being a classic...., 27 May 2008
This was the game i had looked forward to playing ever since i heard of it's release. It sounded like the perfect blend of 2 of the greatest multiplayer games, track and field/athens 2004 and mariokart, combining realistic events with nintendo's personal brand of lunacy.

On some levels the game delivers everything you could hope for, the events are varied enough that the game is not instantly mastered and beginners have a chance at beating experts on their weaker events.

However there were some let downs, i don't think they made enough of the characters strengths and weaknesses, for example sonic might finish last in a sprint and then beat heavyweight characters like bowser in the shot-put. One of my favourite aspects of athens was slogging out an endurance sapping 25 events battle with friends and something i had looking forward to with the game especially with the added effect of the the players having set strengths and weaknesses, sadly this is missing from sonic&mario with championships over after the most of 6 events,

Overall this is still a great game, it just could have been better, you'll be hooked once you get it but don't expect to be playing this game with 3 other friends in a few months time, the novelty wears off.


Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
Offered by EVERGAME
Price: £18.83

5.0 out of 5 stars Super Mario Galaxy, 3 Jan. 2008
Super Mario Galaxy excels in all the areas you expect from the classic Nintendo game. The worlds are well constructed, colourful and imaginative, perfect for hiding hidden stars in to keep the game playable long after the main objective is completed.

The wiiremote and nunchuk are incorporated perfectly with the game, the shaking and pointing has a purpose to it and doesn't feel like it has been shoved into the game simply because it's an expected feature.

One thing I will say against Mario Galaxy is don't be fooled by the notion that this can be played with 2 players, it adds little to the gameplay and the novelty wears off pretty fast.

Overall an excellent game, certainly making a great case against those who say the wii is only suitable to multiplayer games.


Rayman: Raving Rabbids (Wii)
Rayman: Raving Rabbids (Wii)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mini-game madness!, 8 Sept. 2007
Rayman has been perfectly designed for the wii. With over 50 mini games all of which feel well constructed, unlike previous mini-game based walkthroughs such as super monkey ball on the wii, and will leave you constantly striving to better your previous score.

From shoot 'em-ups, to dancing,to mazes, to penalty shoot outs, all in Rayman's unique style, the games will have perfectionists straining all their gaming skill to fully complete the game but the base level is set low enough that all levels of gamers will get something out of this game.


Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz (Wii)
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz (Wii)
Offered by evobreed / sellatronic
Price: £13.33

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Super Monkey Bull, 21 Jun. 2007
Never have I been so disappointed with a game. This was the first "real" game i bought for the Wii (after play and sports) because i had loved SMB 1 and 2 on the gamecube and thought the Wii would only enhance the mini-game madness. This game feels rushed the mini games don't feel well constructed at all, some of them still not working after several attempts, definitely a case of quantity of quality. The one player though never a big appeal on the old game, is over twitchy and frustrating to control which is the final nail in the coffin for a game that is an insult to it's predecessors.


Wii Play with Wii Remote Controller (Wii)
Wii Play with Wii Remote Controller (Wii)

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistally you get what you pay for, 21 Jun. 2007
When you factor in the cost of the wii remote this is a £5 game. It has a few simple mini games for 2 people some of which are better than others, but this game is for learning how to master using the remote. I bought this game alongside the console and if you already feel you got good control of the remote through wii sports and other games, don't bother just buy a remote and save yourself a fiver. However if you've just bought a wii or are planning on getting one i'd say this is a must just don't expect to be playing this game for months to come.


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