Saturday, 13 December 2014

Assassins creed - brotherhood

Rome, once mighty, lies in ruins. The city swarms with suffering and degradation, her citizens living in the shadow of the ruthless Borgia family. Only one man can free the people from the Borgia tyranny ' Ezio Auditore, the Master Assassin.

Ezio's quest will test him to his limits. Cesare Borgia, a man more villainous and dangerous than his father the Pope, will not rest until he has conquered Italy. And in such treacherous times, conspiracy is everywhere, even within the ranks of the brotherhood itself.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Assassins creed - renaissance

This novel apparently based on the second game of this series, just felt lacking to me. I approached this book based on the fact that I enjoy this mix of genre, history, spy, fantasy fiction &c, but just couldn't connect with it.

Certainly in parts, especially the gadgets that make this assassin more deadly, great, loved the gadgets. The fight scenes could have been more dramatic, think 'the princess bride'. Swearing was over used and unnecessary, think of a Fleming Bond novel for use of this type of style without constant vulgarity.

Again dialogue not flowing, no real connection with place or character, historically tenuous at best, this is obviously hoping you connect off the back of the game. Though more enjoyable in some respects to the splinter cell series, I simply did not enjoy this the way I should.

Hopefully as the novels progress, the writing style improves.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Marriage of moment - Josh Reynolds

Long before the End Times, when Gotrek Gurnisson’s doom was still many years away, he and his Rememberer Felix Jaeger found themselves in all manner of adventures and scrapes. Here is one previously untold story… As the heroic duo travel through the Border Princes, a drunken night coupled with Gotrek’s dwarfish lust for gold leads to him agreeing to a marriage – for Felix. With a halfling. Gotrek is determined that this will be a “marriage of moment”, allowing an unamused Felix to abandon his diminutive wife afterwards, but will she see it that way? And just what is the mysterious Jabas that the villagers are so scared of? Will hilarity ensue from this wedding… or horror?

Thursday, 30 October 2014

For your eyes only - Ian Fleming

The destruction of a Russian hideout at SHAPE headquarters near Paris; the planned assassination of a Cuban thug in America; the tracking of a heroin ring from Rome to Venice and beyond; for Bond it is just routine. For anyone else - certain death.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Zero day exploit - Graham McNeill

Amidst the toxic ash wastes of Mars, the spiker-for-hire Adept Hydraq is tasked to infiltrate the mighty Basiri forge complex and steal data from its tech-priest overlord. As Hydraq and his team of spikers and infocytes pull off their daring heist, he discovers that his haul is far more dangerous than he could have imagined, and puts him in the greatest peril he has ever known.
ISBN 9781782518686             

Friday, 17 October 2014

Marx a very short introduction - Peter Singer

Peter Singer identifies the central vision that unifies Marx's thought, enabling us to grasp Marx's views as a whole. He sees him as a philosopher primarily concerned with human freedom, rather than as an economist or a social scientist. He explains alienation, historical materialism, the economic theory of Capital, and Marx's ideas of communism, in plain English, and concludes with an assessment of Marx's legacy.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Never let me go - Kazuo Ishiguro


In one of the most memorable novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewered version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now 31, Never Let Me Go hauntingly dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School, and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world. A story of love, friendship and memory, Never Let Me Go is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life.