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The Road
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
Edition: Paperback

7 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A generous 1 star, 26 Jan. 2010
This review is from: The Road (Paperback)
I am glad there are others who have reviewed this book and hated it. With all the accolades it has managed to collect I figured I must be alone in hating it. This book is TERRIBLE, I can't begin to tell you how glad I was to get to the end. Thanks to the dialogue being no more than a word a line and taking page after page up it did not take terribly long.

And while we are on the dialogue....who in the name of all that is holy thought having pages of it with no punctuation was a good idea? It is impossibly confusing after only a few lines. It would probably be easier if any characters had names, but McCarthy has wheeled out the most over used device in the world - nameless characters. How original! I mean it is not like anyone has done that before...oh no. That's not true is it? Everyone has done it. For the last 30 years (Sergio Leone).

Poetic descriptions are there, true enough. But after reading the same one for 50 pages it gets a bit laboured. And that, beyond the unintelligible prose and the characterless protagonists is the real problem with this book - the utter lack of anything resembling incident. This is a prime example of an author setting out with a very noble goal (capturing the presumed futility and desperation of a post apocalyptic environment) and being so obsessed with the achievement of this goal he forgets to make the thing readable and / or interesting.

I don't think a book needs to be constant, non-stop action like some sort of printed John Woo book. But a bit of character development and / or plot is probably not too much to ask.

But when all is said and done, everyone who reads these reviews will be taken in by the hype and read the book. But hopefully this review will open people's eyes to see the difference between a good author and an author with a good publicist.

Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (PS3)
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (PS3)
Offered by 6 Hungry Weasels
Price: £19.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best yet, 4 July 2009
The best Spidey adaptation yet (not much praise there though). Story is good but very short. Essentially two or three phases / chapters and without the bonus objectives it is a VERY short game. But the combat feels a lot more fluid and "Spider-man like" than previous games (and Ultimate Alliance but that worked for the other characters so...) which is really want counts for me.

From the air, web-slinging round the city the graphics look great, no / minimal pop-up and great visuals. On the ground the game isn't quite as exciting to look at. The sound is a bit of a non-event and the voice acting is hit and miss, though some of the dialogue (particularly with KingPin) is Spidey at his most acerbic and raises a good chuckle.

The whole "your choices affect the outcome" is a bit overplayed - they only really affect the cut scenes not the overall plot. Combined with the lack of unlockables and trophies and this means the game is a lacking in replay value, though these are all flaws that affect other Sandbox games like Assasin's Creed that no-one de-cries there so don't let that put you off entirely.

Some of the characters and dialogue were very in keeping with the Spiderman arc but others (in particular Cage and Moon Knight) seemed odd in a Spiderman game. And as had been said really you are fighting in / as Carnage not Venom but frankly I would rather see Venom than Carnage in the game.

There are flaws but the combat system and fluidity of the web slinging make up for them for me though I would have liked a few more unlockables and maybe even trophies.

Resistance 2 (PS3)
Resistance 2 (PS3)
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.51

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When is 3 coming?, 4 July 2009
This review is from: Resistance 2 (PS3) (Video Game)
Fall of Man was good. This is GREAT. Better re-generation. More characters and enemies. And the boss battles...worth the price alone! The story is not as good as the first and the revelations less shocking but all in all it's a vast improvement on an already excellent recipy.

I got this the day it came out (pre-ordered it after finishing FOM) and played it through as fast as I could. Then went looking for a release date for 3. I hate FPSs generally and should have hated this but it's just too good to dislike. I would genuinely say this is in my top 5 all time, and it is a game I would normally expect to hate.

If I can have one complaint it is that the game is is too seamless. Weird complaint I know but I found it difficult to know when was a good time to save and stop. The plot and the game are so in-sync that it is tough to put down...Strange complaint but a "would you like to save?" pop-up would have helped. A tiny fly in an otherwise almost flawless ointment.

Now, when is three coming out?

Resistance : Fall of Man - essentials
Resistance : Fall of Man - essentials
Offered by 4GamersUK
Price: £4.50

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Launch Titles Rule!, 4 July 2009
I actually got this with the ps3 or would never have touched it. SOOOOO glad I did! This is one of the best games I have ever played. Immersive story line, great slow reveals of locations and enemies. And seeing parts of the world I know laid low by the Chimera was a real thrill...

In all honesty the graphics are only ok by newer ps3 standards and the sound is not particularly stereo / 360degrees but the plot and gameplay keep in working. There are some really tough bits in the middle of levels but they shouldn't take more than a couple of goes. And there is even some replay value... I ordered the sequel the day it came out (and to be honest it's even better), the last game that I awaited that eagerly was Zelda on the N64.

At the current price? Totally worth it.

Dead Space (PS3)
Dead Space (PS3)
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £9.98

11 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype, 4 July 2009
This review is from: Dead Space (PS3) (Video Game)
Awful. Just awful. The atmosphere and story are good, the setting is good. Sadly the game play is terrible. The lack of HUD means that you keep trying having to look away from what you are doing and by the time you do...dead. The idea of having to shoot for limbs rather than heads is a good one. Sadly you can shoot the limbs all day and it won't make a jot of difference as the weapons have no effect.

The kensis and stasis were good ideas too, but just useless for combat situations. And why on earth are their no short cut buttons for inventory items? The O button on the six-axis is not even used, being able to assign it would have been a massive help.

All in all EA missed a trick here by fouling up some great ideas with a horrible, clunky and frustrating combat system. The worst part about it is that you want to like the game and then get frustrated at the ludricously bad execution. After a couple of hours of gameplay I am going to trade this in.

Just buy Resistence...the "atmosphere" may not be as "good" (read "you can see where you're going") but the gameplay and weapons are a hundred times better.
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The Flight Of Dragons [VHS] [1982]
The Flight Of Dragons [VHS] [1982]

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of my childhood, 8 May 2005
The best film ever made! Beautifully animated, colourfully voiced and a rivetingly fast storyline. Everyone must own this.
I must have seen this film a hundred times and I still watch it and enjoy it every time. There are just so many scenes etched on my memory: Gorbash's chase of Brioc, the sand rats, the worm of sligoth, smurgle's fight with the ogre of gormlry keep, the battle between Sir Orin Neville Smythe and Brioc and of course the final battle with Omadon. There is so much more to this film, and any fan of fantasy will love it.
This is a film you can not help but fall in love with, for what other reason would someone like James Earl Jones or Don Maclean be involved in such an obscure film? The only reason they would is that they swa what everyone who watched this film sees....animation at its very best, story telling of the very highest order.
Anyone who sees this film will fall in love with it instantly and it will be seared across theconciousness forever. You'll heart will sing and your imagination will be set free in a way no other film will ever manage.
This really is the most beautiful film I have ever seen and you should too

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