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The Other Lands (The War with the Mein Book 2)
The Other Lands (The War with the Mein Book 2)
Price: £4.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, refreshing fantasy, 24 April 2011
This carries on from the excellent "Acacia", and inserts some slightly darker themes. The moral ambiquity which grew in that first novel is redolent here, with the Queen becoming both self-absorbed and self-delusional, as the world shifts. There are surprise here also, in terms of how the novel's wordl is portrayed and the various factions. I think one of the geniuses of both books is Durham's very fine balancing between that moral uncertainty, and the underlying decency of some of the characters as they seek an end to, and revenge for, the child abduction and abuse trade which lies at the base of the lands economy. Thoughtful, exciting, imaginative and ecomplex. Recommended.


The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Dr Jekyll and Mr Holmes (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Paperback))
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Dr Jekyll and Mr Holmes (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Paperback))
by Loren D. Estleman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Standard but disappointing, 24 April 2011
This is not one of the best pastiches, and is really a disappointment after Estelman's highly enjoyable "The Adventure of the Sanguinary Count" whihc pitched Holmes against Dracula. I agree with the other reviewer in terms of the clunky use of americanisms, however he is mistaken if he thinks that "The Game is Afoot" is non-canonical. True, it's origin is in Shakespeare but it was said by Holmes - "Come, Watson, come! The game is afoot. Not a word! Into your clothes and come!" ("The Adventure of the Abbey Grange"). Similalry while a half-crown is not a fortune it would in the perio hav been roughly equivalent to a day's wages.
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The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Giant Rat of Sumatra (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Paperback))
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Giant Rat of Sumatra (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Paperback))
by Richard L. Boyer
Edition: Paperback

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best pastiches ever., 24 April 2011
Like many sherlockians, I've grown slightly weary of the endless reinvention of the great man in so many "newly discovered" manuscripts. While film and TV have produced fresh and interesting takes through the Guy Ritchie movie, and Cumberbatch and Feeman as a modern day Holmes and Watson, the novels are slightly wearing. However, this is an exception, and I am delighted it has a reprint. It is one of the few that is completely in character, and also exciting enough for the modern reader, yet retaining the original sense of period. I do not want to give too much away plot-wise, but expect a figure from the list of Homesian villains, and a quite moving ending. Thoroughly recommended!


If Germany Won World War II
If Germany Won World War II
Price: £1.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unsure tone and simplistic., 19 April 2011
This is a very hard book to get through, and it is never clear whether the author is writing as a writer in this alternate world or expressing his own views, so the rather pro-fascist tone gets slightly nauseating. Overall no new insights, and nothing not covered in more entertaining, and as equally well researched, items such as "SS-GB" or "Fatherland".


Medal of Honor (Xbox 360)
Medal of Honor (Xbox 360)
Offered by SC-WHOLESALE
Price: £6.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun - much better than BO!, 31 Jan. 2011
The MOH franchsie seemed to have hit a dead end after "Airborne". When this was announced I was really pleased, but then a bit wary when it transpired that it would "update" to the present day. However, this was a good move. COD has set a new benchmark for military FPS, and it needed an update. On the game itself I found it highly engaging. Graphics are excellent, also. I certainly enjoyed this mor than the dreadful "COD;Black Ops" which is far too self regarding and just tedious.


Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive
by Tom Clancy
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Better, but still dreadful, 23 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Dead or Alive (Hardcover)
Firs things first. This is better than either of the last two. More thought as to plot, and slightly less airing of his prejudices. However, after an excellent start set among the mountains of Afghanistan, this goes downhill at a rapid pace. Stereotypes abound, dialogue is clunky and full of the usual "Roger that" stuff. All the characters are two dimensional, there are several examples of very bad editing, and a seeming ignorance of basic english.

As a big fan of the earlier work I was therefore disappointed. Also as a fan, I was almost screaming at the terrible side plot to get JaCk Ryan back into the White House. Tom-the Ryanverse and the realworld DO NOT MIX!! All the stuff from "Executive Orders" is conveniently forgotten-the disapperance of Iraq, the assassination of Saddam and so on, so that he can shoehorn this story to post 9/11 and Iraq. Clumsy and unconvincing.


The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Veiled Detective
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Veiled Detective
by David Stuart Davies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever and fun, 19 Nov. 2010
Having been slightly disappointed by the author's other Holmes adventure, "A Tangled Skein" I approached this with slight foreboding. However, this is good. A clever concept whoch stretches the imagination. It works though, due to a good pace and an excellent knowledge of the canon. The fresh look at Holmes, Watson, Moriarty and Mycroft provides a welcome jolt to the often jaded world of Holmesian pastiche. What was interesting is that when reading it the images of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman came to mind...!


Glasgow Rangers 2009/2010 Season Review - 53 Rangers Ride Again [DVD]
Glasgow Rangers 2009/2010 Season Review - 53 Rangers Ride Again [DVD]
Dvd ~ Glasgow Rangers
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £15.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great season reflected in an improved DVD, 19 Nov. 2010
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The previous season's DVD was watchable for the goals etc, but there were no seperate interviews, features etc. This one though is much better, with all the action, plus interviews and highlights of the Player off the Year Dinners. Thoroughly recommended for any Gers fans.


Training Day [2002] [DVD] [2001]
Training Day [2002] [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Denzel Washington
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £3.75

3.0 out of 5 stars Great performances, ordinary plot., 19 Nov. 2010
The first 30 minutes of this, contrary to what one reviewer says, are interesting, well written and paced, and had me thinking this is something special. Sadly, this then lapses into avery avergae thriller with the usual set pieces. Washington's perofrmance though keeps you watching. I would recommend it.


Sherlock Holmes: The Games Afoot (Wordsworth Mystery & Supernatural) (Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural)
Sherlock Holmes: The Games Afoot (Wordsworth Mystery & Supernatural) (Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural)
by David Stuart Davies
Edition: Paperback

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No nonsense Holmes pastiche., 6 May 2010
The best recommendation I can probably give this is by paraphrasing the editor's comments that within this collection there are no tales suggesting Holmes was an alien, or Moriarty was a woman or that Mycroft was Dracula...This tongue in cheek approach is to assure readers that these are straightforward attempts to recreate the Holmesian magic. Family mysteries, strange remnants from parts of tthe Empire, and puzzling personal beaviours are the staple here, and all the better for it. Of course, Davies has a slight cheek, giving he is the author off "The Veiled Detective" whcih takes more liberties with the Canon than a host of other writers!


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