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The Martian by Andy Wier

The Martian by Andy Wier

They thought he was dead, so they left without him. Kinda sounds like Home Alone, it kinda is. There are accidents, lots of swearing, incredible ingenuity and determination to not let the red planet win.   During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut... Read More »

My Rating: 9 / 10

Crossworlds

Crossworlds

A young man discovers that his father was from another dimension and that he is the key to the operation of a crystal that can be the deciding factor in a war crossing the dimensions - and that's where the thrill ends.    This sounds like a good ide... Read More »

My Rating: 1 / 10

Influx by Daniel Suarez

 Influx by Daniel Suarez

Physicist Jon Grady and his team have discovered a device that can reflect gravity - a triumph that will revolutionize the field of physics and change the future. But instead of acclaim, Grady’s lab is locked down by a covert organization known as the Bureau o... Read More »

My Rating: 6 / 10

Survivor

Survivor

Not the band who wrote the song Eye of the tiger, the other thing, the reality tv show.   Is it meant to be a reality show? I don't know, but what I do know is there is not much to call real about it, certainly the title is very misleading, if this... Read More »

My Rating: 1 / 10

Bill Nye - Undeniable

Bill Nye - Undeniable

Bill Nye has always and will always be that spokesperson for science who can engage people who know nothing about science. He is erudite, eloquent and passionate - all great attributes in an author. Bill read this audiobook himself and has a voice that engages... Read More »

My Rating: 5 / 10

David Michell - Backstory

David Michell - Backstory

You might know David Mitchell from the UK panel show circuit - such hits/bullshit as Would I lie to you,The Big Fat Quiz, Mock the Week and 8 out of 10 cats.  Having seen those shows I always thought he came across as a raving, private schooled, know-it-a... Read More »

My Rating: 5 / 10

Maddox

Maddox

I didn't think I'd ever review a website, based on that previous statement, I may never again, however since that is exactly what I'm about to do, the entire previous thing really amounts to nothing, so lets move on.   What seems like 150 years ago,... Read More »

My Rating: 4 / 10

App Review: Quora

App Review: Quora

Quora is a question-and-answer website where questions are created, answered, edited and organized by its community of users.   On and off I go back to Quora - I can't seem to stay interested but there is a lure, firstly its simplicity and secondly... Read More »

My Rating: 6 / 10

Flash Forward

Flash Forward

I've just finished reading Flash Forward by Robert J. Sawyer. I got the feeling about halfway through that there may have been a movie or TV series like this - and there is, its called...Flash Forward. Duh. Not a bad story, great concept, the writing however i... Read More »

My Rating: 3 / 10

Black Books Season 1

Entire season 1.

Hollow World

Hollow World

I've always been a massive fan of Time Travel books, sadly they are few and far between when you are an avid reader. I'm about 80% through this book and finding it to be a very interesting story and a fresh new spin on a few other tales (somewhat). Rather than... Read More »

My Rating: 8 / 10

Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer

There comes a point when you are thirsty that despite the massive amount of drinks available, they all suddenly look the same - Coke, Fanta, Powerade, Fruit Juice, Energy Drinks (most made by coke anyway) Have you considered or tried Ginger Beer? Even before v... Read More »

My Rating: 7 / 10

MortPlayer Audio Book Player

MortPlayer Audio Book Player

I decided to review an Android app because sometimes the good ones are hard to find. IMO Audiobooks are bit of a niche thing as far as phones go, yet despite this, there are shitloads of shitty ones and this might save someone wading through lots of install/un... Read More »

My Rating: 7 / 10

Calculating God

Calculating God

As a prelude to the book the author states that he had an idea for a book, then wrote it in reverse to see where it went, which works. Without keeping this concept in mind, this book might cause argumentative thoughts for an atheist. Regardless, it certainly i... Read More »

My Rating: 7 / 10

A Million Ways To Die in the West

A Million Ways To Die in the West

So I've just finished the audio book of A Million Ways To Die in the West - very funny and not badly written. At the point where I had about 20mins of it left I found out that there is also a movie - Googled - looks like a star spangled live action version of... Read More »

My Rating: 8 / 10

Adobe Nightmareweaver

Adobe Nightmareweaver

Dreamweaver - sigh.  Anyone who uses it will understand what the sigh is for. It's not an endearing sigh like the ones you might produce thinking back on happy times, oh no - not even close.  Before I begin my scathing evaluation of Adobe Dreamwea... Read More »

My Rating: 1 / 10

Mad Season (Band)

Mad Season (Band)

Woke up to some great news on the internet - Mad Season, one of my fav old grunge bands have reformed with the surviving members and guests to do a live set, awesome.  If you liked any of the Seattle/Grunge bands like  Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice... Read More »

My Rating: 8 / 10

Prince Lestat

Prince Lestat

I've just finished reading (audio book) Prince Lestat, the 11th book in the Vampire Chronicles series and unlike movie sequels that let you down by the second one, this does not disappoint.  One of the coolest things about this audio book is that it's rea... Read More »

My Rating: 8 / 10

The Anubis Gates

The Anubis Gates

This time it's not an audio book, it's a real book - I haven't read an actual real book in a while, which is strange for me as I do enjoy the actual page turning interaction of it, and I have a shitload of books. I'm reading The Anubis Gates http://en.wikipedi... Read More »

My Rating: 6 / 10

Drive Club - PS4

Drive Club - PS4

I bought a PS4 a few weeks ago, it came with Drive Club free, however they had none in stock, which means since GTA5 for PS4 cannot be found in ANY stores, I've had a PS4 with no games for a few weeks,, that is, until today.   I just picked up Drive... Read More »

My Rating: 1 / 10

Timeline

I'm currently reading, rather listening - with Audible, to Micheal Crichton: Timeline.   Michael Crichton's novel opens on the threshold of the twenty-first century. It is a world of exploding advances on the frontiers of technology. Information... Read More »

My Rating: 6 / 10

Oculus Rift Test

Currently having a go on an Oculus Rift.
This is seriously one of the coolest things ever.

Playstation 4

So I got a PS4. My first impressions, once I got past all the start up bullshit was that the interface looks and sounds like Gran Turismo. I would have liked to post more of a review but PSN and XBox are down due to an Xmas hackfest - actually, related to this, you cannot use ANYTHING on a PS4 without being signed in, so currently its a futuristic looking paper weight.