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Prometheus: The Art of the Film (Film Tie in)
Prometheus: The Art of the Film (Film Tie in)
by Mark Salisbury
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.94

4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the movie, 12 Feb. 2015
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It's not secret that I hated the Prometheus movie - I have gone on at length about the thousands of flaws it has, and so won't repeat myself here.

However, one of the very few things it does get right is the cinematography - it is a visual treat, and this book fully explores to the key artwork from concept to delivery with some great cliff notes.

It's only a shame the movie was not this well though through.


A Sound of Thunder (Tale Blazers: American Literature)
A Sound of Thunder (Tale Blazers: American Literature)
by Ray Bradbury
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.24

2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated, 12 Feb. 2015
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Only half of this book is Bradbury's story - the other half is cliff notes and pop quizzes aimed at 4th graders.

The story itself isn't bad, but I don't know what all the fuss is about. In short, a group travel back in time on a dinosaur hunting safari, but one of them accidentally kills a butterfly, and when they return to the present the result of an election has changed.

Yes, there are some nice little nuances with the new president having a German name, and being far-right, and the relationship with the T-Rex... but there is far too much exposition and not enough action; too much show and not enough tell.

The story is ok, but not deserving of awards and plaudits.


Numinosum
Numinosum
Price: £15.87

2.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately disappointing., 12 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Numinosum (Audio CD)
This is Burton C Bell (from Fear Factory) stripping things back, but the album lack punch. The change in direction is interesting, and I did engage with the early tracks, but ultimately the album goes nowhere, with later tracks all sounding very similar.

This is a brave effort, to change direction so drastically, but I would have liked a bit more texture to the album - a few more shift in gears to give it both hue and shadow.


EXTRA LARGE 40" Holdall Suitcase Trolley Travel Sports Bag Massive Holdall 250L
EXTRA LARGE 40" Holdall Suitcase Trolley Travel Sports Bag Massive Holdall 250L

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for transporting short distances., 12 Feb. 2015
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I use this extra large bag to transport light weight martial art equipment from my house to my club, and back again.
The sort of weight we are talking about is focus pads, skipping ropes, and gloves.
I don't use it for heavy items like bottles of water, or tantos.

My reservations are the quality of fabric and the construction. The main strap is already pulling at the fabric, and if I put heavy items into this, I think it would damage. Also, I wouldn't put this through an airport, where the fabric would probably tear.

However, for making short journeys, and transporting bulky but light weight items, this is perfect.


I Won't Let You Die Angel
I Won't Let You Die Angel
Price: £2.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Great story telling, 16 Jan. 2015
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This was the first book that I have read by Neal Goldy, but it won't be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed. They were killers on a mission, and ones with a heart as well. I loved their comradeship. It was an action packed, keep you reading to the end type of story. Strong believable characters, and a story line with a punch. All I can say is look out Lee Child and Reacher, it looks as if you have competition.


Love and adventure (Short read Book 2)
Love and adventure (Short read Book 2)
Price: £2.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Good story. Held my interest., 14 Jan. 2015
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Great story with lots of action, suspense, and good characterization. I honestly don't think I can say enough good things! Excellent romantic suspense with interesting character histories, no typos, and no cliffhangers. Looking forward to reading the next one.


Lord of the Rings: Return of the King / Game
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King / Game

3.0 out of 5 stars Golden Axe, 31 Dec. 2014
What starts off as an enjoyable game quickly descends into mediocrity and boredom.

Whilst skinned to be LotR, this is really Golden Axe 3D - a fantasy hack-n-slash, where you must kill everything, and that quickly becomes repetitive.

There are some nice touches - the upgrade system gives it an RPG feel, but the lack of decent AI (your team just stand around as you get hacked to death) is infuriating.

Play once.


Dark Shadows (The Mercy Carver Series Book 1)
Dark Shadows (The Mercy Carver Series Book 1)
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 29 Dec. 2014
Dark Shadows is a very worthwhile read. It is riveting, from the first page, fast paced, and full of multi dimensional characters. Jana Petken has a gift of bringing her characters and stories to life. Her plots, twists and turns, always leave me wondering what's coming next. Mercy Carver, Dark Shadows is a gritty, realistic, and bold story, which has multi backdrops in London, Liverpool, and Virginia, just before the American Civil War. A great read, which has left me looking forward to the sequel, Mercy Carver, Blood Moon.


A Man and His God (Sacred Band of Stepsons: Sacred Band Tales Book 1)
A Man and His God (Sacred Band of Stepsons: Sacred Band Tales Book 1)
Price: £3.07

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 29 Dec. 2014
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A Man and his God is the canonical story that introduces the Sacred Band of Stepsons to the annals of dark and heroic fantasy. Tempus the Black, favourite of the storm god, meets the high priest of the god of war.

A battle follows, and the kiss of death changes Tempus' world forever. First published in the best-selling sword and sorcery series Thieves World, and then in a series of novels that were Baen hardcovers, Ace mass market paperbacks, and Science Fiction Book Club selections, A Man and his God was groundbreaking then and still today.

The unforgettable characters in this dark and gritty story went on to their own Sacred Band of Stepsons series two decades before Game of Thrones was written.

At times lyric, always Homeric, A Man and his God will challenge all your most beloved assumptions about heroism, love, as well as relationships among men and between men and gods.


Sket City: In Your Dreams With a Six Legged Carcass
Sket City: In Your Dreams With a Six Legged Carcass
Price: £3.30

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2.0 out of 5 stars Sket City is terrible., 14 Nov. 2014
I am struggling to find something redeeming in this.

On the whole, puerile d-league drek. It tries to shock with depictions of hard drug use... but it just comes across as Pulp Fiction without the noir or polish.

This is nothing but pulp for ten year old boys.
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