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Pigeon English
Pigeon English
Price: £6.47

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking !, 8 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Pigeon English (Kindle Edition)
Although the story centres around the murder of a young boy outside a chicken takeaway shop, it is really Harri's observations of this strange place that he has come to live in. He finds the language strange - lots of words mean the same thing. If something is 'gay' then it means it is stupid, and why are there so many ways of saying that you are going to the toilet? Harri is a typical eleven-year old; fascinated and curious, daring and innocent. He decides that he must solve the murder case and soon he is out with binoculars, interviewing suspects and trying to get some fingerprints.
There is an air of menace about the story, Harri and his friends are growing up in a violent environment - they play 'suicide bombers' at school, they 'chook' each other with compasses. Harri however, doesn't seem to understand just how threatening a situation he is getting himself.
Harri is an endearing, quite authentic character and Kelman has captured the innocence and curiosity of a small boy very well. It's a fascinating look at the world of inner-city gangs with characters who appear real.


Pure
Pure
Price: £1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Class, 19 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Pure (Kindle Edition)
There's very few other authors around that give me quite the same satisfaction of reading at one and the same time novels set in the past and bringing that period (in this case: Paris shortly before the French Revolution) alive as if one were there, and simultaneously peopling these novels with fascinating characters. Many of them could very well be termed grotesques, and yet they are one and all entirely credible. No other author gives me the same disturbing sense of how extraordinary most ordinary people are, and what gripping, untold thoughts may lie hidden behind a 'normal' appearance.


The Sense of an Ending
The Sense of an Ending
Price: £4.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars why oh why ?, 27 April 2012
I loved reading this book. It is short but perfectly formed, populated with wonderful, thought-provoking observations and intriguing (if perhaps not fully realised) characters. The theme throughout is history, the way we form our beliefs about its arc and the way we sometimes need to re-evaluate events. The first two thirds of the book were close to perfect. My only disappointment was the ending, in the sense that I wished such a well written book had amounted to more. Ultimately I was left with questions: would that really have happened? why the legacy? why couldn't Veronica be a more communicative person? couldn't Julian Barnes have come up with something better?


Nemesis: Harry Hole 4
Nemesis: Harry Hole 4
Price: £4.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nemesis, 21 April 2012
Harry Hole - great character - as are the supprting roles - I dont want to say anything too specific relating to the story - I like coming to books totally fresh - but this is a good crime novel. There are several different things going on at once in this book, which I felt was delt with extremely well, not just one especially gripping bit - but a couple.


Hunter Unisex-Adult Original Tall Wellington Boots, Green, 8 UK
Hunter Unisex-Adult Original Tall Wellington Boots, Green, 8 UK
Offered by Sportsman Gun Centre
Price: £59.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wanging good wellies, 12 April 2012
I bought these boots as a present for the boyfriend and he loves them.He said they are very comfortable and sturdy and are perfect for the muddy walks with the pooch, which Im glad about as when I walk him I get covered in mud and scratches :(.


The Snowman: Harry Hole 7
The Snowman: Harry Hole 7
Price: £4.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WEre walking in the air...., 9 April 2012
My first read by the author , downloaded this based on the other reviews and I was not disappointed . The story led you through the various twists and turns in the plot and I never guessed that the killer was who it turned out to be until it was blindingly obvious ,I liked the characters , it took me a while to get used to the authors style but soon was involved in the story and unable to put it down.
Big thumbs up from me and looking forward to reading the next book.


Battlefield 3 (Xbox 360)
Battlefield 3 (Xbox 360)
Offered by games-wizard
Price: £10.64

23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BF3, 30 Jan. 2012
I was extremely disappointed in the beta released for this game just weeks before it launched. I went from hyped up to let down. I went ahead and purchased it anyway because a few of my friends were getting it, and am I glad that I did. Why EA/Dice chose to use Rush Mode - Operation Metro for the public beta is a business move I will never understand, because it was misleading in a bad way. There were no vehicles to be found, the combat was shallow and generic, weapons did way too much damage and on top of that many feared the bugs in the beta would not be ironed out by release. They were wrong, and so was I.

It turns out I personally don't care for Rush Mode, it is very similar to Demolition (not to be confused with Domination) from the COD series where you have an offense side trying to invade the enemy base and plant a bomb in 1 of 2 locations. This mode to me seems very partial to the defending side and I just don't care for it. This was the mode presented in the beta along with the party issues, the ridiculous damage (which was changed in the retail - you no longer die in 2 bullets), screen flicker, infantry only map, camping, etc. It is no wonder the beta made so many people sceptical of the finished game.

Now enter Conquest Mode, the bread and butter of real Battlefield roots. This is what Battlefield games are about. This is much more akin to (again) COD's Domination mode, although Conquest has been around much longer. You capture various flags across the maps and try to keep the enemy team from taking them. You have a set amount of points or tickets that slowly drop as the match progresses, the first team to reach zero loses. Once a flag is capped you can spawn in that area. You can also spawn on anyone in your squad at any point during the match as long as they aren't in a vehicle that is full.

There are vehicles of all sorts, from boats and amphibious to choppers, fighter jets, tanks, hummers, there are multiple ways to navigate the maps. There a 4 classes to choose from - each having a unique set of abilities and they all have a purpose that benefits yourself and your team mates. Unlocks galore from class specific to universal (can be used with any class). Even the vehicles have multiple unlocks to open as you gain XP from using them. You will not see everything this game has to offer for a very long time. The game can be played lone wolf and still be enjoyable but it rewards team players more with squad bonuses. The maps vary greatly in size from the infantry only Operation Metro to the large scale battles of Caspian Border. The destruction is toned down slightly from the Bad Company series, but there are plenty of walls/buildings/obstacles that come apart throughout the match progress.

The online play is silk smooth and offers filters for everything. If you only want to play a specific map, you can. You can filter player count, gametype, maps, and best of all, DEDICATED SERVERS! No host advantage, no getting screwed over by some guy who is 100 millseconds ahead of what your seeing on the screen, what you see is what is happening. You can filter the servers by region and see what your ping is to any of the servers before you join a match. BEAUTIFUL! Why can't other games have this option? There is no excuse for big name titles any more to ignore what we have been asking for FOR YEARS on console games.

If your on the fence because of that nasty beta, please give the full finished retail game another go. It really is a great game so long as you have internet, the campaign is a one and done deal and not worth the price of admission by itself. Battlefield has never been about single player though, in fact BF2 didn't even have a single player option. Think of it as a bonus to the multiplayer - the real reason to buy this fantastic game.
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