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For my first year of my English Language and Literature A level (I am now in my 2nd year), it was required for me to read The Kite Runner as part of my exam was based upon the book. My initial thoughts I have to say were not great. Im a older teenager more interested in action and fantasy, not drama and relationships etc etc. But to my surprise, when I first sat down to read the book, from the first chapter, I was hooked.
The book really does just have that effect on you, it really is one of them books you cant put down. Set In Afghanstan, the book focuses on the character of Amir who from what you discover in the first chapter has done something terribly wrong in his past and wishes to make things right. What is noticeable is the way the book is structured. Everything that occurs in the book has already happened; the book is written in 1st person from Amirs point of view aside from one or two chapters. I think thats just one of the many things so great. Khaled Hosseini really gives his character of Amir a real distinctive voice and its truely brillaint to see how Amir changes and grows as the book progresses.
As mentioned, Im a big action and fantasy fan, but honestly The Kite Runner is throughly entertaining. The amount of emotion that the book can actually draw out of you is shocking, as even I myself found my jaw dropping and my gut turning in certain points of the book just to how shocking they actually are. When I say shocking though, I dont mean in a exicting way, I mean shock as in general shock. The Kite Runner deals with some very controversial and mature themes, and I was quite surprised it was a book I was actually studying in class at the age of 16. Therfore the book is generally for a older audience, but if your mature and want a superb read, then The Kite Runner is still really a brillaint book.
I really cant reccomend this book enough, and with my endless months of studying the book inside out for my English exam as well, I can truely say from knowledge and experience just how clever, intrigueing, emotional and amazing The Kite Runner is. A definite read no matter what genre or area of book your interested in.
Out of all of Cadburys chocolates avaliable, Cadbury flake has always been up there as one of my favourites. Its odd shape and texture has always appealed to me and its long winding yellow wrapper always seems to stand out amongst other chocolate bars. The purple writing contemplates the yellow background, and the writings wavey almost luxurious style reflects the chocolate itself. Flake really does taste a lot different from a typical cadbury bar, for example dairy milk. I always seemed to find cadbury chocolates often tasted the same, but i can safely say Flake is a very different yet delicious taste indeed. The chocolate melts very quickly in your mouth, but the taste lingeres, which allows you to really take the taste in. The chocolate is quite rich, but for a sweet tooth like myself it is a small problem compared to the overall chocolate. The only real problem that occurs with a flake is the sheer mess it can cause! If your quite a messy eater like myself, youl most likely find the chocolate crumbling all over your clothing and floor, so I suggest your not wearing anything too formal if you intend to eat a flake, or at least make sure you have some tissues at the ready!
Dead Island is a first person/RPG survival game which pits you as one of 4 characters trying to escape from a so called "paradise holiday"... which has now been infested with millions of zombies. To survive, players have to complete a variety of quests to help people survive and eventually find a way of the island.
The controls at first seem very simple, arrows to select your weapon, a to jump, right trigger to attack... The trigger to attack button gets furiously boring after a while; killing a zombie by furiously pulling on a trigger provides little entertainment as you have no control as to where you cut, slice or bash the opposing zombie. However, there is a option in the game to change the attack button to using the analogue sticks. By flicking the sticks in the motion you wish to attack, your player will attack in the desired way. This results in a lot more accuracy and fun in killing zombies, as you can carefully and tactically choose where to attack, be it an arm, a leg, or the head.. you get the idea. Later on the game you access firearms which control much like a typical first person shooter, although it is easily much more fun to kill a zombie by cutting of each body part rather than a simple shotgun shot to the face.
The RPG aspect is well.. ok at best. By completing quests and killing zombies you gain experience to level up, and with each level up you gain access to better weapons and also a skill point to put on your skill tree, granting you various perks. The perks I think could be improved, as aside from the ability to stomp on zombies, most perks are very basic, such as increased life or increased damage, which doesnt leave the player much of an incentive to level up and gain new abilties. However, the first person aspect of the game more than makes up for this.
The best feature of the game though is easily the multiplayer option. Playing single player can be fun for a while, but the real fun begins when you get some friends together to play. Unfortunetly the game does not support local multiplayer, so unless your friends have online and a copy of the game, your pretty much stuck with the single player. However there is a option to join other random peoples games if there game type is set to open, so even if your friends dont own the game it is still possible to play online, but people tend to kick you from their games farily frequently and lets face it: Its much more fun to kill zombies with your friends then complete strangers.
Overall Dead Island does have some downfalls and isnt worth buying brand new, but if your able to get it preowned for £20 or less, its a worthy buy if your a fan of good old zombie killing fun.
The first thing you need to know about Skyrim is that its big. Real big. With practically millions of different things to do in the game, from going on quests, buying a house, becoming a werewolf (you heard me), and easily one of the highlights of the game: Killing Dragons. These are just a few of the possible things to do in Skyrim and is the games true appeal: you can literally do as you please. Of course there is a main storyline in which to follow and once finished you do essentially "win the game" so to speak. However in reality you cannot ever actually complete Skyrim. There will always be a new quest to do, a new spell to learn, a new village in need of rescuing from a fire breathing Dragon... You get the picture. Skyrims beauty is it allows the player to pave their own path through the game at their own pace, so neither player will play the same way as someone else who plays the game. With its open world style of gameplay, theres always new enemies to kill and fortresses to conquer, and in my year long experience of owning the game I have never once got bored of playing.
A big positive is also the combat system. Unlike most RPGs, the games combat is much more "hack and slash" style than a tactical or turn based style. Some more traditional RPG players may see this is a negative, but I feel it gives the game a real edge and makes the fights much more action packed and exicting. Added to the whole variety of weapons avaliable to use, from swords to bows to spells to massive hammers, combat always feels fresh and rewarding.
If you dont own Skyrim yet and are debating as to whether to get it or not, get a copy. Beleive the hype, Skyrim is one of the best RPGs avaliable on the market.
Bounty is a confectionary chocolate bar made by the same company who makes the popular Mars bars, and so as such the chocolate used in the bar is Mars bar chocolate. What is more interesting and favourable about the product is the fact the chocolate surrounds the inside which is filled with coconut. People always seem to be very wary when confectionary is mixed with fruit, complaining the fruit takes away the taste of the chocolate, they dont work together well etc etc. However, Bounty chocolate bar is definitely a chocolate/fruit combo that works extremely well. Im not a particular coconut lover myself, but I was intrgiued with the fact Bounty combines chocolate and cococnut, a combination I had never heard before. Much to my surprise, it tasted very good! The mars chocolate seems to melt in your mouth while the coconut lingeres, but the coconut is sticky as a result of the sugar, and it works suprisingly well. The coconut does not have the harsh taste of a actual cocount, infact it tastes very little like a coconut at all, but in a good way. The fact the bar comes in 2 small pieces means you dont have to eat the whole bar in one go, which may be neccesary as the bar is suprisingly filling for a chocolate bar! Therfore Bounty is also a great idea as a way to keep you full and refrain you from eating anything larger before lunch or dinner.
The only downside is the coconut can become quite sticky and crumbly, so if its a hot day, perhaps keep a tissue of some sort handy!
It would be hard to beleive if someone was unfamilar with a Mars bar. Its easily recognisble wrapper and satisfying taste has led it to be one of the most popular chocolate bars today. But what makes it so appealing then? It isnt down to it being a healthy option, with 280 calories and 12g of fat In each bar, it is one of the more fattening chocolate bar on the market. Therfore if your looking for perhaps a healthier chocolate bar, perhaps a Mars bar isnt for you.
The fact that Mars bars are so popular and recognisible is simply due to their taste. Combining the taste of toffee, nougat and milk chocolate, Mars bars do very much taste different to many of the other well established chocolate bars, such as Cadbury. The 3 different tastes work well in sync with eachother, with neither overpowering the other, allowing you to fully taste and savour each flavour in the bar. The combination of flavours do lead the bar to becoming very sweet though, which is great if you have sweet tooth, but if not, you may find it slightly overpowering. Regardless Mars bars are still one of the most popular chocolate bars on the market and a great choice for a chocolately snack.
I got my very own Blackberry Curve 9300 as a gift for my last birthday in April, and upon discovering it I was very exicted to finally own my very own Blackberry. The Blackberry is well known for its vast amount of features, most notably its messaging service BBM and its ability to download apps for the phone through the phones service known as "Blackberry App World". With a whole load of other features, the Blackberry is filled with hundreds of items, and definitely is more than just a simple phone for texting and making calls.
But perhaps having so many features avaliable is one of the phones first downfalls. With the huge number of apps avalaible to download (with a fair majority being free), you may quickly find yourself filling up your phone with lots of new apps. Many of the apps are entertaining, and the ability to also download themes to change the layout and background of your phone is a welcomed feature, however you will soon find that having a fair few apps and themes on your phone will have an impact on your phones speed, both in navigating the menus and even the internet. Furthermore the internet isnt exactly the best avaliable either. It is is in general fairly slow, and will even sometimes cut out on you, leaving you without internet for a few minutes up to half an hour before it decides to start working again. It becomes very aggrovating if your researching something with your blackberry or perhaps ordering something online and the internet decides to cut out. It is possible to download other browsers through the Blackberry App World such as "Opera Mini", which do work a lot better than the phones default browser. However, with many people today putting a huge focus on the internet capabilties of all the new hi-tec phones today, it is a major downfall on Blackberry's behalf.
What does clearly stand out though with the Blackberry 9300 is its messaging service, BBM. BBM works a lot like any messaging service, such as MSN messenger. Each Blackberry has a 8 character long code which serves as there individual BBM account. To add people to your messaging list, you simply just add there 8 character long code, and once the other person has accepted, they are added to your message list. BBM in itself is brilliant though. It uses a very simple chat interface which clearly displays who your chatting too and who is saying what. You can edit your own profile with a photo and write a personal message, similar to a status you would write on Facebook. Another important feature is that BBM constantly runs, so you will always recieve a message if someone messages you through BBM, and vice versa if you message someone else. With the added abilty to send photos, videos, music, notes, web addresses etc, BBM really is a cut above the rest and a clear winnning feature on the Blackberry. Obviously BBM is only benificial if you have friends and have family who own a Blackberry too, so this is important to bear in mind. However, Blackberry do also havel lots of chat/social apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Msn Messenger and Whats App, which are all free to download and are all worthy subsitutes of BBM for keeping in contact with friends and family while avoiding heafty phone bills or constantly topping up on pay as you go.
Overall the Blackberry is a cheaper alternative to some of the more pricey hi-tec phones on the market, but does have some downfalls.