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Into The Looking Glass
Into The Looking Glass
by JOHN RINGO
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.50

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bring 'science' back to Science-Fiction...., 16 May 2009
okay, what we have hear is a little gem that has everything from high-energy physics to high-velocity penetrator rounds.

Its easy to lump this book with a description like 'rednecks with wormholes' but seriously, i've read books with far worse premises (and execution) from supposedly more 'serious' writers.

If you like your science fiction murky, with endless introspection and the occasional smattering of psuedo-technical terms like 'hyperdrive' or 'wormhole' to place it in a 'science-fiction' setting then this book, frankly, isnt for you.

What it is, is a book with clearly defined enemy, a hero of the 'old school' with a square jaw and a multitude of skills and the application of serious amounts of firepower.

Yes, it has massive amounts of high-energy physics described inside it. Is that so wrong? I've read the book twice and i'm still fuzzy on the differences between a gluon, a muon and a quark but you know what, i'm fine with that. I still, quite easily, managed to get the gist of what Ringo was describing because there are characters in the book that dont understand the physics either and the exposition between them breaks the physics explanations up into chunks that the reader CAN understand...and by the end of it, i DID manage to learn some new physics.

so in conclusion...if you're a reader of Ringo before, there's no new surprises here except for a fascinating premise of 'wormholes', their generation, maintenance and unintended consequences.

If your new to Ringo's works, sit back and enjoy it for what it is, a tale of derring do against an implacable foe and, yes, rednecks with explosives.


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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardware Heaven on a budget..., 12 April 2009
Okay, look, it may not have multi-function displays, LEDs all over the shop and millimetre perfect deadzones but for the price, this is a blippin good buy.

I bought it for the PS3 and H.A.W.X and it worked straight outta the box.

For kids, having the unit in piece is okay butfor people with larger armspans, you will inevitably find youself splitting the unit apart to make it more comfortable.

The connecting cable is just long enough to enable the throttle and joystick to sit either side of you (or, in my case, the joystick tween my knees, throttle on my left and Top Gun music playing the background.)

In playing games, you'll find that joystick deadzone is a touch too large for my liking (just my personal preference folks!) and prevents hyper-accurate course changes but the general responsiveness is quick and you'll be fine once you've gotten the feel for it.

The thottle is meaty, however, and the rudder triggers built into it are v. nice and, for me, prefereable to joystick twisting

Theres a whole bunch of mapping/preset options for the controller but with only two buttons and no display to work with, this is an exercise in patience and luck some of the time.

So, in conclusion? There is no reason NOT to buy this bit of kit if you're buying on a budget. It looks great, it feels great and it plays great.

If your serious about Flight Sims and your controller and willing to spend a bit more money then there are more technically advanced bits of kit out there but for the price, you really cant go wrong with this baby.
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By Schism Rent Asunder
By Schism Rent Asunder
by David Weber
Edition: Hardcover

25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slower pace, greater depth...not a bad effort by any means, 27 July 2008
This review is from: By Schism Rent Asunder (Hardcover)
Now if you're new to Weber's books and you're reading Schism after finishing the first one, you'll find this second book to be an excellent piece of work. Well written, amazing depth and enough intrigue to chew on for at least a week.

For a long-term Weber fan, however, this book MIGHT leave you a tad underwhelmed.

Do not get me wrong, this book is an excellent read, no question.

But Weber's book have always had an nigh perfect balance between large scale action and human interaction on a personal/political/religious level that has always been exquisite, in my eyes at least.

In Schism, he has 'unbalanced' this equation to a rather large extent and whilst there are any number of action sequences, they are not the sort of battles i have come to expect.

Especially as, in all his works, these battles are never just for the sake of having a fight but to push the conflicts in certain directions, hinging the course of the war on the outcome of these battles.

In this book, Weber appears to utilise political manuevering on a grand scale to set the course of the Safehold War instead.

Whilst a fairly big proponent of the 'if it ain't broke...' modus operandii, i'm all for experimentation and growth and this was a bravua effort from Weber.

My problem was, all his past works have 'educated' me to expect a large battle and reaching the end of the book with only a few skirmishes to whet my appetite only left me hungry for more. So whilst this book was an excellent read, for me, it never really rose to the levels of some of his other works.

If you're a Weber 'fleet warfare' junkie like myself, it's not one to avoid exactly, just start reading with your eyes open about the fact that you're not likely to get your fix with this particular book.

Roll on Spring 2009 and 'Heresies Distressed'!!!!!


Off Armageddon Reef
Off Armageddon Reef
by David Weber
Edition: Hardcover

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Weber Classic - in every sense of the word..., 8 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Off Armageddon Reef (Hardcover)
Okay folks, for those who are new to Weber's works...you'll love this. It's got action, adventure and political intrigue but, such is Weber's steady hand, none of it overwhelms the other. The pacing is excellent, the main characters, with one or two exceptions, deep enough that we can actually care about them.

Now, despite the 5 stars, a word of warning to all those who are familiar with Weber's other works. It feels VERY familiar. It reads almost exactly like any of his Honor-verse books, or especially the Dahak-verse series.

Some of you may hate it for this very reason, I will admit, it struck a chord with me and for a fleeting moment, i felt a little shortchanged but ten chapter's into it and I felt like I was being visited by and old and welcome friend.

I really, really liked the overall premise and the concepts involved and once you get past the jarring familiarity that the names of the character's present (White Haven = Grey Harbour for example), its a damn fine read.

Worth the money and the wait.


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