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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 May 2017
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The best ear plugs I have ever used - very comfortable and very effective.


JVC Adjustable Ear Clip Sweat Resistant In-Ear Sports Headphone - Black
JVC Adjustable Ear Clip Sweat Resistant In-Ear Sports Headphone - Black
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 28 May 2017
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Garbage - the earphones ripped off just trying to take them out of the packaging.


Highston
Highston
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 Nov. 2015
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Absolutely great pilot, with lots of potential.


2 Guns
2 Guns
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A dumb, jokey action film., 5 Jun. 2015
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Walberg and Washington manage to steal a lot more money than they thought, leading to a lot of twists and turns as the guys find out the enormity of their mistake. This leads to action scenes where snipers can't shoot straight and machine guns can't shoot through straw. It's pretty dumb, and it's sold by some nice playful exchanges between Walberg and Washington; Walberg is more convincing when it comes to the jokes, while Washington owns the emotional scenes, and for a reasonably playful film that allows two men to kill about fifty odd people despite standing away from any cover for a very long time, it does like to go to the emotional well a lot. In this respect, and it's lack of three dimensional women characters, it's a bit disjointed, but it's still pretty approachable, easy entertainment.


The Martian
The Martian
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very scientific, which isn't that terrific, 29 Mar. 2015
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It starts off well with a charming character stranded on Mars, but his attempts to survive are all explained through hard science, and it reads to me something like this "I should have known this would happen because long boring scientific explanation". Paragraph after paragraph! I guess I was hoping for something more approachable, more emotional, and something more sci-fi so I could engage with the how to survive problem. As it turns out, with a very low interest in science and botany, I would not survive on Mars and have nothing to add to that conversation. As such, it's not at all engaging.

I didn't finish the book, so it might get better, but a few chapters in they talk about things from an Earth perspective and the writing is so bad I had to stop. He literally has one of his characters go "Hmm" and rub his chin, and another say "I didn't want to either. But I'm the administrator of NASA. It's kind of expected." which are both the kind of things people do in movies, because in books you can take on the perspective of either character and simply make them thoughtful, and the administrator of NASA - they don't have to outwardly express it in such a clunky overt way.

So it's too scientific for my liking, which didn't engage me, and the writing can be amateurish and on the nose.


Gone Girl
Gone Girl
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really dark, and really rewarding, 14 Dec. 2014
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This was a really fun book - neatly plotted and very twisted. The final third falls apart a bit (it's not very believable when you get down to it) but it had charmed me by then so it was easy to forgive and I was left cheering on the author who was just really happy to visit some dark places. Her characters were mental, and even though their actions weren't always believable, I really enjoyed getting to know them, and knowing they existed. If you've had a few indecent thoughts in your time, you'll find a few friends within these pages.


All You Need Is Kill
All You Need Is Kill
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2.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly, the film is better, 14 Dec. 2014
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For me, if I'm going to read a book after watching the film, it's on e assumption that the book will be better. I liked Edge of Tomorrow, it was alright, so I wanted to learn more about the time travel concept, about the aliens, and so on; the film has primed me for more!

The book failed to deliver, and is pretty much a hollow shell that the film has massively built upon.

An example: in the film the aliens are these metallic, tentacled monsters, whereas in the book they're described variously as starfish and frogs. Now, I don't want to offend anyone who fears amphibians, but I think most of us agree (all in all) that big tentacled monsters are far scarier than frogs. Or starfish - the gentlemen of the ocean. I really liked he monsters in the film, here they just sound like a joke.

Another example: in the film, the main character goes from being a coward to being a hero, and a love interest starts forming with a meet cute that involves Oneida them exploding. There's not a lot of character in the film, but enough to put a couple of hooks in me. So I'm thinking - this novel will develop all the side characters, will put me into the Major's head and feel the fear pulverising him from the inside. Great, right? Nope, because in the book he's just a dumb grunt with no character arc and no romantic entanglements, and here's even fewer side characters!

Pretty disappointing.

The ending is different though, so if you do like the idea of killer frogs, and less character, I guess you might dig this? Different strokes for different folks I guess.


Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Limited Edition (Xbox 360)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Limited Edition (Xbox 360)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A game about giving you so many options shouldn't undermine them by making them feel like it doesn't matter which ones you pick., 16 July 2012
I probably don't have too much to add to other reviews swimming around the internet. The core of the game is fun, a great mix of stealth and action, and there's the typical RPG bits that all action games seem to have nowadays, where you can upgrade your skills, manage your items and select different responses during conversations.

As I'm sure everyone knows, the boss battles are a let down, as the sense of freedom from the main game is lost and you're forced into combat. So whereas in the main game you might sneak around characters, activate turrets to kill them, then continue on your way, the boss battles force you to use your guns, something you might have been avoiding all along, and so you might not have upgraded the right skills, leading to long, frustrating battles.

That's pretty much done. You could flip a coin and pick a 4 or 5, it's far better than most games out there, and as good as most games that get plenty of plaudits.

So lets talk about Deus Ex (the first one). In that game no matter how linear the story, your actions had real consequences. If you shot someone in Deus Ex, you might find their daughter waiting later down the line, blaming you for her loss. You might decide to kill one of the main bad guys early and that was fine. Within the perimeters of the mission, you had a lot of choice, and a lot of consequences. In Human Revolution (the third game in the series) I often paid people bribes, then shot them in the head and retrieved the money. And there were no consequences. I did this three times in a row. I get the feeling that in Deus Ex, by the third time, there would have been some consequence from this behaviour. Someone would mention something, an option would be lost.

The frustrating thing about Human Revolution (despite being an utterly fine game) is that there are no real consequences to your actions (beyond one spoilery sequence which just makes a boss battle more frustrating if you didn't have the foresight to decide not to complete one of the sidequests). You can basically do whatever you like, and no one will call you out for being too violent, or for being too cowardly.

It's not a personalised experience. Sure you can be stealthy for most of the game, but if forces you to be violent in the boss battles. Maybe you killed someone with a sniper rifle and in the next cutscene they die by a different weapon, one you've never used before. Maybe you always kill everyone, then suddenly a cutscene shows you running and hiding from a handful of soldiers, something completely out of character.

These are not game killing experiences, this is a fine game, but if you want a reason why it's 4 star and not 5, it's because it didn't feel like I was having an impact on the game. That whatever I did the game would still spill out the same responses and give me the same consequences. A game about giving you so many options shouldn't undermine them by making them feel like they doesn't matter which ones you pick.


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