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Winds of Steel review

Posted : 8 years, 2 months ago on 23 September 2010 09:58 (A review of Winds of Steel)

This is the first game I played on Android, and it was very easy to get to grips with quickly. Just tilt and roll your mobile phone to pilot your aircraft and focus on the action, firing at all enemy targets. But don't get too complacent, or you'll soon know that an enemy plane has you in their gun sights by the gun noise and vibrator feedback, jolting you to react with a swift barrel roll, loops and other emergency manoeuvers. As with most Android games, there is a free trial version to try before you commit to buy the full version.

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Robo Defense review

Posted : 8 years, 2 months ago on 23 September 2010 08:51 (A review of Robo Defense)

Anyone who has played 'Desktop Tower Defense' on the PC, will love this portable version that can be played anywhere on the Android platform. Simple and fun to play, the tension builds as game continues. Its not just about creating killing zones and mazes for the enemy to confront, air raids and other surprise attacks mean you should consider all types of battle tactics. Buying the right equipment at the right time and upgrading key points when necessary, is a key element of the gameplay. Easily controlled with a touch, this is a fun game I can recommend, but do try the free Lite version first, before you commit to spending you hard earned money on the full version.

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Save a Fortune Fast: 12 Secrets to Eliminate Your Mortgage, Loans and Credit Cards review

Posted : 8 years, 4 months ago on 18 August 2010 03:32 (A review of Save a Fortune Fast: 12 Secrets to Eliminate Your Mortgage, Loans and Credit Cards)

This is a very simple read, it tells you how to control money and clear your debts as fast as possible. There are no real secrets in this book, but the advice is very sound and financially benifical, making it well worth the price tag. But then again, if you really want to control your spending - visit a library. You won't need to take this book out, it can be read whilst there in under fifteen minutes. Just don't forget the lessons learnt!

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The SAS Survival Handbook review

Posted : 8 years, 8 months ago on 4 April 2010 08:41 (A review of The SAS Survival Handbook)

John (Lofty) Wiseman served for 26 years with the Special Air Service (SAS) and this book is their complete course; how to survive outdoors, on land or sea, in any weather, in any part of the world. As you might expect it covers all topics in a very practical and informative way, with illustrations to assist. It is the original survival manual and still one of the best. The ultimate instruction manual, but remember only practice makes perfect. This book should be required reading, but its size and weight prevents it from being carried everywhere. Thankfully it is also available in a Collins Gem pocket sized edition.

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The Survival Skills Handbook review

Posted : 8 years, 8 months ago on 4 April 2010 08:33 (A review of The Survival Skills Handbook)

This is the second best survival book published and one of the few books I'd actually take with me on any journey. It's extremely well written, covering not just practical needs and standard survival instruction, but also the mindset required. Examples are also given with survivors telling their personal stories, so you know the challenges ahead and what is required to overcome them. This is also the only book I know that covers cannibalism seriously.

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Survival Wisdom & Know How: Everything You Need to Know to Thrive in the Wilderness review

Posted : 8 years, 8 months ago on 3 April 2010 12:35 (A review of Survival Wisdom & Know How: Everything You Need to Know to Thrive in the Wilderness)

A very good book, well written and covering almost every topic, but such an awkward size - honestly I don't own a shelf big enough for this title. If you like reading the original broadsheet edition of the Times and want to learn about survival, then this is ideal. However if you want to pack a good read that you can refer back to whilst in the wilds, give this one a miss, although its almost a tent when openned.

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The perfect book

Posted : 8 years, 8 months ago on 3 April 2010 12:25 (A review of The Book of Secrets (Gift))

This is the perfect book. Small enough to carry in a trouser pocket, fact filled enough to entertain on a long journey or holiday, and when finished you'll rant and rave about it to friends and family. Like a condensed editon of the TV Show QI, every page contains interesting trade secrets, facts and hidden gems of information. It is hard to describe this book as the facts are so diverse, but all are interesting and accurate. I'd recommend this book to everyone!

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One to fast forward!

Posted : 8 years, 10 months ago on 14 February 2010 11:27 (A review of Click)

The simple choices you make in life, creates the life you'll live. So what bits would you choose to fast forward through or even slow-mo if given the choice? Those are the types of decisions that Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) must make when he obtains a truly universal remote control. From the trailer, I had expected a humorous (well at least an Adam Sandler) movie, but the laughs are very few and far between, what this movie did have was a traditional 'family and love should come before career/work' tale. This type of movie has been done many times before in films such as Family Man, It's a Wonderful Life and even Scrooge. This movie isn't a Dicken's classic, but thankfully its also is not as strained as Family Man. Worth a watch on TV, but don't waste money on getting it on DVD.

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Déjà vu

Posted : 8 years, 10 months ago on 14 February 2010 10:00 (A review of Avatar)

This movie doesn't have a single original idea in it. Every element of this movie is ripped-off from somewhere else. The concept for Avatar, even down to the creature's blue skin as well as the films ending, may have been taken straight from Call Me Joe by Paul Anderson. I could spend all day listing where different parts were, or rather might have been (just in case a lawyer is reading this), copied from to make this patchwork quilt of a movie, but then Star Wars was also constructed in this way and it remains one of my all-time favourite movies. So perhaps this movie should also be judged on its own merits as a finished product and as such its a huge fail for me at least.

The plot and character development are so predictable. Whilst the movie is visually stunning and shown in 3D, it isn't an effects roller-coaster either. What is great about this movie is how effects, animation and real action are seamlessly integrated so you do feel as if you are watching a movie filmed on another planet with real creatures alien to us and just happens to be filmed in 3D. 3D isn't treated like something new and nothing is thrown at your face for effect.

But I'm also confident that no matter how badly I review this movie the majority of people who can will still go and see it, just so they too can experience it, like the first sound or colour movie of its time.

If you haven't seen a 3D movie, don't make this your first. It isn't a great introduction. But if you have and are bored by balls being thrown at you or things floating past your nose, this movie is a breath of fresh air and a glimpse of how 3D can be part of filming, rather than a special effect.

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Not bad, not great either

Posted : 8 years, 10 months ago on 22 January 2010 11:20 (A review of Travel: 101 Things NOT Every Traveler Should Know How to Do (Forbidden Knowledge))

Never judge a book by its cover, great advice especially for this title. The front cover states you'll learn 1) How to get a fake passport 2) How to fly for free 3) How to have your cell to make free international calls 4) How to crash a nude beach. Then the back of the cover states the genre is 'Humour' and that the author is an accomplished humour author, tut. Such a shame, this could have been a wonderful nonfiction title.

As it stands there are some gems of wisdom in there, but you cannot take them seriously. Other suggestions, such as finding Atlantis aren't meant to be followed. If you like the 'Survival Guides to...' series of books, then this is a good read for your bathroom, very easy to read, you'll finish it in an hour or two.

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