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Night Without Stars (Chronicle of the Fallers Book 2)
Night Without Stars (Chronicle of the Fallers Book 2)
Price: £10.44

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Cracker from PFH, 25 Sept. 2016
In the interests of transparency, I must disclose that I received an Advanced Reader Copy of “Night Without Stars” for review purposes.
Set in Peter F. Hamilton’s Commonwealth universe, chronologically falling between the Commonwealth Saga and the Void Trilogy, “Night Without Stars” concludes the Chronicle of the Fallers story which began with “The Abyss Beyond Dreams”.

The main story is set 250 years after the events in the first novel. Bienvenido, now free of the Void has progressed technologically to a level akin to the 70’s, and is governed by a techno-phobic Soviet-esque state established at the end of the first novel by Slvasta after his descent into paranoia. The Fallers are still a threat with the surviving Trees now forming a ring around the planet. These are slowly and systematically being eliminated by the Liberty Missions, and it is during one of these missions that astronaut Ry Ervine, witnesses a mysterious capsule heads towards Bienvenido. A capsule which is impossibly, and defying all rational logic, carrying a baby from the Commonwealth.
And this is where the fun really begins. With a large cast of characters, the story cracks on at a fair pace carrying the reader on an exhilarating journey. Told from several different and conflicting viewpoints, with political manoeuvring and characters pursuing their own plots and agendas, PFH weaves an exciting and complex tale. Along with a welcome return of some of the characters from the first novel, we have several interesting new characters.

The reader knows the various threads are destined to converge in the end, but not quite how things will click together. In true PFH style we have plenty of high-tech but plausible super-science, and a fair helping of action. When the fighting kicks-off it is on a grand operatic scale with plenty of cool weaponry, mayhem and destruction.

My only criticism is that the Commonwealth characters do appear a little too omnipotent, powerful and indestructible, which does lessen the tension somewhat when they are in a scrape. I also felt that one minor, but important, character’s storyline just fizzled out when their machinations were overtaken by events, and I would have liked to know what happened to that character.
“Night Without Stars” is space opera at its best. In my opinion it’s not quite up there with the Night’s Dawn trilogy (I cut my PFH teeth on those and they remain a favourite to this day) but it is a welcome addition to the Commonwealth timeline.
All-in-all, this is an excellent read for Peter F. Hamilton fans, and let’s face it, it’s unlikely that anyone reading this book – the second of a series, set in the same future as 6 previous books – is not a fan.

Highly recommended with a 4+ out of 5 (I more than "like" but less than "love" it!)

PAC-MAN +Tournaments
PAC-MAN +Tournaments
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tainted Memories, 20 July 2016
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Controls very poor and don't work too well. "Actually Free" game is constantly interrupted by full page ads that pop up at inopportune times for example as soon as a maze starts so you cannot see your Pac-Man or the chasers until you've responded to ad. Soured a classic game and I've now in installed.

Crashing Heaven (The Station Series)
Crashing Heaven (The Station Series)
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent imaginative debut novel from an author I'll be watching ..., 5 Mar. 2016
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Excellent imaginative debut novel from an author I'll be watching closely on the strength of this one. I didn't realise how much I was enjoying it until I found myself diving into it at every possible opportunity, and I have to say that I haven't enjoyed a novel as much as this one in quite a while.

The story is great - fresh, different and unpredictable - and moves along at a fair pace. Characterisation is good too - especially Hugo Fist the psycho killer puppet with a foul mouth and a bad attitude.

Really looking forward to Mr Robertson's next offering.

Space Captain Smith
Space Captain Smith
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4.0 out of 5 stars Space Captain Smith is an easy read, with plenty of groan out loud moments, 4 Feb. 2016
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Space Captain Smith is an easy read, with plenty of groan out loud moments, and even the odd laugh out loud moments. Some of the jokes are really corny, and you can often see them coming from a mile away, but that's what makes this so much fun.

If you like Pratchett and Adams then you will probaby enjoy this too - the humour is a similar style.

Although it is a good book, the reading flow is spoiled by poorly placed the scene breaks - by this I mean a blank line or a seperator to show that you've jumped a few hours further into the story, or when the narrative switches viewpoint. Often they are missing and on occasion they are in the wrong place (a paragraph too early or a paragraph too late) and in either case it jolts the reader out of the narrative.

This is a professionally published book and these issues are just plain sloppy. I want to buy the next book - the sense of humour is right up my street - but the prospect of encountering similar formatting problems is putting me off.

Chess Pro 3D
Chess Pro 3D
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Work on Nexus 7, 15 Oct. 2013
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Just get a black screen when I try to play a game. Can only go back to menu or exit. Disappointing

Total War Battles
Total War Battles
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good Game But Restricted On Where You Can Play, 6 July 2013
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This requires an "always on" internet connection to play.

What a stupid and restrictive requirement for a game designed for a mobile device. There's no earthly need for this.

Why can't I play the game I've bought and paid for when and where I like?
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Max Payne Mobile
Max Payne Mobile
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Design Spoils Great Game, 6 July 2013
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The game is great WHEN you can play it. This is a game for a mobile device that you CANNOT play when you are mobile because you need to have an internet connection for the game to run.

Where's the sense in that? Fancy playing on a long train journey - sorry, no can do. Sat in a tent somewhere? Sorry, no can do. On the road? Sorry, no can do. A requirement to be "always connected" is a very bad idea - ask Microsoft who have just done an embarrassing about face in this respect regarding the XBox One after a massive public outcry.

One I've paid for and downloaded a game I don't want any restrictions on when and where I can play it thank you very much. Fix this and let me play my game when and where I want without any stupid requirement for an internet connection and I'll happily gibe it the 5 stars that the gameplay deserves.

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
Price: £4.74

4.0 out of 5 stars Completely Brilliant, 29 July 2012
This book really hooked me from the off. The characters are well drawn and believable - rude, crude and real - most of them are varying shades of grey, not your usual whiter than white good guys and blacker than black bad guys.

George R.R. Martin has crafted a world that goes on around the characters and storylines, and doesn't just exist when necessary for the narrative.

Anyone who enjoyed the TV series - which was great - will absolutely LOVE the book. There is so much more going on and the characters are developed so much better.

I've been reading science fiction and fantasy for the best part of 40 years, that's a heck of a lot of reading I can tell you, and this series is easily in my top 10 of all time.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining short story, 20 Jun. 2012
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A well written, well paced short story that is perfect for when you fancy a quick read.

Best description would be a crime fantasy. Will check out more by this author.

Fantasy & Science Fiction
Fantasy & Science Fiction
Price: £29.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent "Mag", but Kindle experience lacking!, 13 Nov. 2011
F&SF is an excellent magazine and I was really excited to see that it is now available in a Kindle version. If you know of the mag you don't need me to tell you how good it is. If you don't know the magazine then trust me - it's good!!

I use Kindle for Android, and this is the first magazine sub I've taken out on this app, and I must say that although I love the magazine I'm very disappointed that you can't save your progress or bookmark a "page" so everytime I reopen the mag I have to scroll through to find my place, and when we're talking about novella's that's quite a lot of scrolling! It really destroys the Kindle experience for me.
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