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The Way of Shadows
This book and trilogy is great. Ill be honest, I was put of by the cover and story description but this is one these books you cant put down. Durzo is one of the best characters ever and the assassin training is depicted realistically and brutal. The "talent " aspect annoyed me a little, as I thought it was a bit of an easy option to enhance the story. However its not a blatant magic and kind of has parallels with Jedi powers (without sounding cheesy). Anyway, don't just think you need to only enjoy modern fiction to enjoy this, I only thought I liked sci-fi novels until I read this! A great read, that'll put a smile across your face. Note to other reviewer. How can you review half a book?
This book is brilliant!
If you are after thrills, moral dilemmas of galactic proportions and characters you feel you have known for years, look no further. Ender's game is what you need. It is a wonderful piece of writing.
Ender, the title character, is extremely likable. His habitual brilliance is key to the reader's relationship with him. By being both normal and exceptional, you feel inspired by the way he takes on countless - seemingly impossible -challenges.
Don't worry if you are thinking that because the main characters are very young; you must be young to read this book; not true. The books main philosophical ideas are only emphasised by Orson's use of children in warfare.
Anyway, you'd be an idiot not to read this.
Tuesdays with Morrie
13 New from
Apparently this is a bestseller? Well roll up readers, if you can write down a long list of basic moralistic ideas, you're onto a bestselling novel yourself.
Synopsis: Boy inspired by university lecturer. Boy leaves university. Boy turns into a man and forgets about his once inspired ideals. Man sees old lecturer on TV and decides to meet him once last time.
Terminally ill Morrie then rants on at our main character for the rest of the book: family is important, live life to the max, money isn't everything, blah blah blah. After a sickening bombardment of patronising rudimentary moral lessons, Morrie begins to die. Boo Hoo. :-(
This book is unbearably cheesy. For example, the lecturer - Morrie- is from the Bronx, i.e. a once impoverished individual, who has climbed life's ladder against all odds. Not original.
Anyway, yes, this book is well written but it is uninspiring at best. In all honesty, unless you were brought up with as much philosophical insight as a squashed snail, you won't find anything new in this. However if your after a quick read and the meaning of life - yeh right - you can't go far wrong with Morrie.
Warhammer: Mark Of Chaos
I bought this game as an investment during exam leave. The idea was to have a game that would keep me occupied in the house and out of the pub. All I can say is that this plan did not work.
This game is far too short. It is meant to be a strategy; well I can guarantee zero strategic thinking on this one. Most battles are a case of tanking your virtually indestructible heroes into battle, followed by heavy troops, backed with ranged units. I completed both campaigns in a matter of days using this single, "strategy". There is also no option for single battle/skirmish which further limits replay value.
The graphics are amazing and you can't fault the warhammer stories and recognizable characters. Battle animations are mesmerizing at times; you are able to zoom right into action, with next generation visuals. Leveling up your heroes is a nice touch too. Although changing items between heroes is awkward, even with the patch.
All in all a good game that could have been better. Enjoyable? Definitely. But definitely not a step forward for the genre.
The Book of Skulls
4 New from
This is an interesting novel about four students on a journey of self-discovery. The main story; two of the characters hope to become immortal, while the remaining two will die. This concept is skilfully developed, often forcing the reader to decide which character "deserves" to live.
Personally, I constantly felt myself yo-yoing between which characters I hope should die. Brilliantly, i still could not decide right up until the final departure. Although there are multiple moral issues raised within the story, I felt the most impressionable dilemma raised was: does anyone deserve to die more so than another?
And yeh, that's not really sci-fi, is it?