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Z 2134 (Z 2134 Series Book 1)
Z 2134 (Z 2134 Series Book 1)
Price: £3.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Seemingly lacking any original ideas of its own., 6 Mar. 2015
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In the authors note there is a lovely quote "we never chase trends" I spent the whole book thinking this feels like hunger games with zombies and along side the "we never chase trends" pearl of wisdom it turns out "hunger games" + "zombies" is exactly what they were aiming for.I'm not sure how their trend chasing policy is working out, maybe it should have read "we don't chase trends, we combine them"

I may be a little jaded having recently read another "walled city" story in the form of Gemma Malley's Killables but this must be one of the most mediocre books I've ever read.

There is nothing particularly dislikable about the book itself but it lacks its own original concepts to define it as anything other than a amalgamation of stolen ideas and lacks enough flair in doing so, to be seen as a worthy successor any of the books it borrows from.

The sad fact is the book would have been infinitely better book if they had removed the "darwin games" as the distraction it was and not tried to cash in on the hunger games bandwagon. Ignoring the "Darwin games" it fails as a zombie novel, they don't really add much to the story and are recycled and used as the blandest of bland plot devices and could easily have replaced by almost anything else.

The characters are pretty well developed for such a short book and the plot is good enough to keep you interested but sadly feels incredibly rushed in places. Being moved forward at one point by a character basically saying "because I say so".

There is enough here to prevent it being a truly terrible book and the annoying thing is it ends with enough unanswered questions that I will probably continue with the series a little longer.

Apartment 16
Apartment 16
Price: £4.74

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hardly Horror, 13 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Apartment 16 (Kindle Edition)
I found myself looking forward to this book when I read the intriguing blurb, the positive reviews, and it's always nice to have a book set in England, instead of America for a change.

The book starts out well if a little cliche introducing a Apryl, who has recently inherited a rather creepy flat from her mad great Aunt and a night porter Seth. The prologue does an excellent job of drawing you in and making you want to find out more. However as the story progresses it quickly gets mired down in simply too much detail that fails to add anything to the story and yet oddly the author forgets to develop any characters who contribute to the story other than Seth & Apryl, Seth's sections are particularly painful for this.

Persevering through this because Apryl's investigation of her mad Aunt does leave you wanting to get to the bottom of what happened to her. Sadly entire sections feel repetitive with little progress being made in terms of story. The author either forgets or ceases to care about building suspense or tension and attempts at scaring the reader are reduced to explicit levels of gore detail and repeatedly having things move out the corner of the protagonists eye, which quickly doused any kind of spooky connection I had with the book.

As the two characters storylines come closer together the book had an opportunity to redeem itself, however to say the ending falls flat is a gross understatement. Undeveloped characters suddenly rush about, very little is answered or accomplished and it almost seems like the author suddenly decided to set the book up for a sequel rather than finish telling the story he set out to. It had been awhile since picking up a book in the "Horror" Genre and I was looking forward to finding a novel that actually sent a shiver down my spine, sadly this continues to be the case. This book was a chore to read I do not understand how people could have enjoyed or been scared by this but then each to their own.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish, 13 Feb. 2012
Look fantastic and are very elegant / stylish. They are a bargain price too, so if one gets broken it's not going to cost the world to replace them. Delivery was swift and for those concerned about ordering glassware on-line they were exceedingly well packaged.

Philips SWV3562 2-Way Scart to A/V adapter - cable interface/gender adapters (2xRCA, Scart, Male/Female, Gold, White, Gold)
Philips SWV3562 2-Way Scart to A/V adapter - cable interface/gender adapters (2xRCA, Scart, Male/Female, Gold, White, Gold)

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Low Cost Solution, 17 May 2011
This did exactly what I needed it to.

The sound quality that comes out of my tv is quite frankly pretty terrible and I wanted it instead to come out through a separate Hi-Fi that I own but both my digital box and tv both lacked an audio out.

This low cost solution was perfect it plugged directly into the SCART socket on the back of the digital box and split the sound off to the Hi-Fi.

It didn't interfere with the quality of the picture at all and although the audio signal still comes through the TV as well this can easily be muted (although for those wanting a surround sound experience they might want to leave it on).

William Walker's First Year of Marriage: A Horror Story
William Walker's First Year of Marriage: A Horror Story
Price: £3.49

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best not read while having a hot drink., 26 Feb. 2011
Would definitely recommend to anyone from those avid readers with 100's of books under their belt to the individual that reads a book once a decade. You can't help but be captured and entertained by the vividly described antics that unfold through out this delightful book. Guys will quietly recognise behaviours and situations within the book and women will almost be entertained and amused by the not entirely inaccurate portrayal of the less fair sex. My only recommendation, would maybe to find somewhere quiet to read, as you'll find yourself no doubt spluttering in public with barely contained laughter and quickly acquiring funny looks from all in the vicinity.

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