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Mortal Kombat X
Mortal Kombat X
by Shawn Kittelsen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.02

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the hell out of here!!!!, 21 April 2015
This review is from: Mortal Kombat X (Paperback)
Mortal Kombat the way it is supposed to be. Many of the classic characters are in this volume, and a couple of the next generation. The fights are exactly how they would be plentiful short and brutal. The art work is great, my only question is with the number of fatalities that are piling up in the book I am not sure how many character are going to make it to the game. This volume focuses on Scorpion, Riaden, Sonya, Johnny Cage, and the Kotal Khan, characters like Kanshi, Sub Zero, and Kano also make appearances. If they survive look for them in the future.


Hard Wear (Hot Alpha Billionaire Book 1)
Hard Wear (Hot Alpha Billionaire Book 1)
Price: £1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Chase is on, 21 April 2015
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Troll River Publications during their R4R Event.

I really enjoyed this story. In the introduction it says this story was like Marilyn's love child. I completely agree this story is as sweet as it is erotic and more than just people having amazing sexual chemistry this really does look becomes a love story.

There are so many things I like about this book. I like that fact that the characters are older in their mid to late 30s making them worldlier and mature those usual teenaged protagonists. The characters are not just looking to sow wild oats. The have both lived already and experienced trauma and lows in their past. Both of them are really looking for a relationship, and they both have a good idea of what they want. They are looking to be Mr and Mrs Right, not Mr and Mrs Right now. I like that.

Chase is a combination of every female fantasy rolled into one. Rich (yes I deliberately put that one first), good looking, well built, but also stronger then he look, dominant, but also very a giving person, generous lover and seemingly partially psychic. I say that because that last one seems to get me and all my male friends into trouble. Chase manages to say exactly the right thing to answer Kali's unspoken questions, and he even manages to say it in exactly the right tone. He has the David Beckham syndrome going on for him, even though he is maddening perfect even as a man I cannot hate him as he comes across so likeable.

Kali is most popular girl in town, despite her age, however instead of being stuck up she comes across as shy, polite insecure (of herself), and all round nice. All this just makes her more appealing and beautiful. She is like the adopted daughter or sister to almost every man in town; she is like Helen of Troy, meaning she is the girl the whole town would go to war for if somebody messed with her.

The only reason I could not give this 5 stars is as sweet as the story is there are coupled of fights and confrontations which are not written as well as the conversations, relationships or erotic parts. That is my only criticism otherwise I really enjoyed the book.


WWE: Ultimate Warrior - Always Believe [DVD]
WWE: Ultimate Warrior - Always Believe [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ultimate Warrior
Price: £18.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good bye Warrior and thank you, 21 April 2015
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This is a fitting tribute and good bye to the Ultimate Warrior. As soon as I hear the music playing suddenly I am a fan again. This is a very emotionally chargd DVD. It was very strange for me to the Warrior walking around meeting the other wrestlers walking around the arena, knowing now that those would be his last hours. It was great to hear from the Warrior's family. The documentary is a summary of his career, and cutting to interviews recorded from the man himself, as well as WWE wrestlers management, and Warrior's family.

As a fan I am happy the Ultimate Warrior was inducted into the WWE hall of fame. However as a person I am over the moon that before his untimely death all the grudges and hatchets were buried. The Ultimate Warrior was always known how speaking his mind Vince says it best "honest almost to a fault". The was always know for doing things his own way, and damn whatever everyone else thinks of him. Many times this has got him into trouble, but more often then not always got results. It got him noticed, and got him respects from his fans and enemies alike. I know this is a tribute so all the interviews are on their best behavior. Many of the argument and disputes are put down the business. For me once again it is great that peace was made between him and the WWE and the other wrestlers.

This is a must have for all Warrior fans, from his begin in the business, raising to the top, starting a family, from getting disrespected using the self destruction DVD, to giving his due in the hall of fame, his interviews to his final speechs in what became his final hours of of life. All this and great to see the Ultimate Warrior in wrestling action, from his squash matches, to his biggest victories. Good bye Warrior and thank you.
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Stretching Anatomy
Stretching Anatomy
by Arnold Nelson
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a good book quick read of a book, 19 April 2015
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This is a good book quick read of a book. There are detailed with lots of step by step instructions on how to do each excerise. The only problem I had and the reason I could not give this 5 stars was that I already knew all the excercies in this book, anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of training or yoga would have done 90% of the excercises in this book. This is a very good book for anyone starting out training in sports, wants to improve their flexibility, or the importance of stretching. All the muscles are named and which stretch is more effective on which muscles. In summary the book is good, informative and easy to follow, but just nothing new really, or catering to people are in a more advanced level.


New Warriors Volume 2: Always and Forever
New Warriors Volume 2: Always and Forever
by Christopher Yost
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars and Speedball is a little less annoying. However the main problem I had with this ..., 18 April 2015
More action packed than the first volume, the final 6 issues. This continues from last issues attack on Mark's family, along with a buddy story between Justice and Scarlet Spider then the main event the return of the main threat that brought the Warriors together in the first place. One of the reasons I had to take a star off was because, there seems to be an issue missing between 9 and 10 the as soon as an arc finishes the jump straight into the battle of the next one. They do touch on a bit of romance between Kaine and another team member, also Kaine seems to have a Wolverine style healing factor for all the beetings he takes. Justice gets his chance to shine in the final issue, and Speedball is a little less annoying. However the main problem I had with this is as soon as it seemed to get going it was over. An ok read but nothing great unfortunately.


New Warriors Volume 1: The Kids are All Right
New Warriors Volume 1: The Kids are All Right
by Christopher Yost
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There are elements of a good ideas for the characters and the story but for ..., 18 April 2015
Kid level superheroes. There are elements of a good ideas for the characters and the story but for me they never really taken to their potential. The main problem I have with this series is they are called New Warriors, more than half team is made up of heroes have been around for years now.

Vince (Justice) has been purposely made to look as young as when he joined the first incarnation of the NW. I mainly started collecting this series to keep up with Kaine the now Scarlet Spider. Spider and Justice have a Cyclops and Wolverine type relationship they just cannot get along. Vince is the obivous leader but Kaine is more of a loner and not being told what to do. Sun Girl is to me is the only human member of team to me he is a cheap imitation of the Falcon. Mark the Inhuman is more central to the second story arc. Kid Nova and Speedball I just find annoying, Speedball even more as by now he is supposed to be a veteran, but acts like the team joker.

Anyone with powers is being killed by the High Evolutionary and his allies. The Avengers and Fantastic 4 are busy and unaware of the threat. The falls to 8 individual heroes to deal with it, but can these 8 work as a team or even get along, do the even want to? Also with paranoia running through the marvel universe, does anyone want to be associated with a tainted brand like the New Warriors.


Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles
Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles
by Kevin Hearne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't draw your sword unless you are willing to fight to the death, 15 April 2015
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A great start to the series with many possible adventures to come. I enjoyed the story and the writing style. If I did not know Kevin Hearne was a huge Star Wars fan after reading his book about Luke Skywalker in Heir to the Jedi, the many references\quotes in this book would have given it away. The action is plentiful and great at keeping the story going, the only reason I had to take a star away are the fight themselves. Hearne is great talking about the tactics of a battle but the battle\fights just seem to be a formality now that everything is in position so the fights seem to be over before they even begin.

Meet Atticus O'Sullivan with whom nothing is what it seems. He looks like a 21 year old Irish American, with all the attitude and charisma that goes along with it. Really his 21 year old look is an inner joke as this is the number of centuries old he is. He is the last real Druid for most of his life he has been on the run from Aenghus og the Celtic "God" of love. Though he seem more of an evil barbarian then any god or poster boy of love anyone can imagine.

Atticus has acclimated to the 21 century so well if he did not own his own business he would more often than not be mistaken for a slacker. Though his has a great knowledge about mythology and history (in his case most seen first-hand), his speech and though patterns all seem to be pop couture references. Though in "hiding", Atticus does not lack for company apart from the many mortals drawn to his charms he is also friends and a number of deals\relationships going with a few different "Goddess", as well crack team of nomadic Vampire and Werewolf lawyers. Though his most loyal companion is his Irish wolfhound whom he can talk to telepathically. As you can see the book has a great set of characters.

Despite his seemingly easy going attitude Atticus take threats agonist himself and his friends very seriously. He says it be saying just because he tries to avoid a fight that is not should not be taken as a weakness that he won't fight to the death. This is how most of the fights in the book go towards fatality. This is a very enjoyable book and I am looking forward to reading more of the series.


The Family
The Family
Dvd
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good black humour movie, 14 April 2015
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A good black humour movie, with violent tendencies. I really enjoyed this movie. I find this type of darker humour much funnier than the usual rom-com crap being churned out these days. The only reason I could not give this movie 5 stars is because of the pace of the movie, I just found it a little bit too slow and there were a couple of just silly moments in it. Aside from that I though the movie was great, well casted, with the actors all turning in a decent performance each. I was impressed with Dianna Agron and John D'Leo, as they did not show any intimidation working with stars like Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, or Tommy lee Jones. True these stars are nowhere near the besterdays, but this had to be an invaluable experience for the young stars.

Robert De Niro plays Giovanni Manzoni a lifelong gangster turned witness and such placed in the witness protection program. The trouble is his third generation wise guy family has trouble fitting in anywhere. Where ever they go carnage seem to follow and this is usually before the mob hymen show up. In their latest location in Normandy starts out pretty similar to everywhere else, then the (now called) "Blake" family make a conscious effort to fit in De Niro finds an outlet in writing and a project in trying to figure out why his tap water is brown. The rest of the family are also starting to find their place as well. However the mob is always close behind. An all-round good entertaining movie, nothing specular but a lot better and funnier than many of the other "comedies" out there.


The Equalizer
The Equalizer
Dvd
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who know why you do something, for someone you barley know simply because you can, 13 April 2015
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A great and entertaining movie. Any movie that can keep and audience attention for over 2 hours has to be good. This movie was gripping this lots of how is he going to get out of this, and oh no they have got him now. Being a grown up 80s kid I know this based on the Edward Woodward TV series. However being quite young in the 80s I cannot fully remember a single complete episode of said series. All I remember is the speech Woodward gave in the commercials saying if the odds were against you he would equalise them. The thing was even though this was never said in this movie it lived up to every word. If anything this move would be like a prequel to the series more showing who he became the Equalizer.

Meet Bob. He is liked and respected by everyone even the foul mouthed teenaged colleagues in the local DIY store. He will help you out anyway he can, find what you need, self-help advice, a shoulder to cry on, ever personal training. Whatever you need Bob is the man to know. However nobody really knows Bob very well. His past is a complete mystery. His mind is always active to the point where he cannot sleep; he is particular and regimented to the point of OCD.

When a young girl, who Bob advising on how the turn her life around, is brutally beaten by her Russian pimp. Bob offers the buy the girl’s freedom from him when he laughs in his face he learns Bob is not just a nice old man trying to do his good deed for the day, but someone who has already calculated how to kill everyone in the room. Now the pimp's boss is looking for retribution sending his most efficient and brutal enforcer to solve the mystery as an example to others. The only slight criticism of this movie is that Denzel does manage to pull off some reality defying scenarios. Taking out a number of mobsters dispute being out weighed, outnumbered and out gunned.

This is a great movie that I would love to see a sequel of, but as another reviewer said now I cannot see anyone else but Denzel in the lead role. Top notch action movie for me. A definite solute to the 80s style of movie but with modern tech and thinking behind it.


The Fifth Estate
The Fifth Estate
Dvd
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is good movie based on real events, 13 April 2015
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This is good movie based on real events. It is based on the creation of the Wikileaks website and relationship of its 2 founding fathers. Julian Assange, Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Berg, Daniel Br'uhl. As the site becomes more recognised, and prominent so do these two. This movie is slightly biased towards Daniel Berg. He is shown as the young brilliant hacker activist, drawn into the charismatic site founder Julian Assange.

The strong points of the movie are, as with anything staring Benedict Cumberbatch, the acting is top notch, and the story is powerful and realistic. The movie put me as a viewer thinking about ethical questions and situations that journalists' and the media need to answer every day. How much information should be released to the public, is the whole story being told and most prominently is it right to publish the story if it is going to hurt many innocent people. The big name newspapers journalists' were perceived as lazy sell-outs more worried about money, retribution and being sued, but above all with their own agendas. The movie definitely shows the power of the media and Wikileaks in particular toppling billion $$ banks, or changing voter opinions. Then it does answer the question how much should you trust the man at the top sending out the information?


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