All posts by Duaine

‘Press Start to Play’ Review

Press start to play is a collection of short stories based around gaming and gaming culture.
It was a good collection but some of the stories were a bit rushed due to the format. These stories could use some expanding to explore their concepts.
My favourite story was the first one called ‘God Mode’, this was by Daniel H. Wilson, author of Robocalypse. In it our main character is a game designer and he has to explain how his game works to a friend.
As a whole the book was good but could use some expansion of it’s core ideas.

Book of the Week: Timmy Failure

Hey guys, its Duaine here back at it again with book of the week. For the past few weeks I’ve reviewed some of my favorite books that I’ve read and enjoyed but it’s time to shake it up. Now I will explore the library every week and pick a book  that i have yet to read and review the first few pages. So this week i have picked…Timmy Failure

(BTW Before I begin I apologize for not uploading last week).

The book follows the adventures of Timmy Failure, an amateur detective with a lot of ambition and very little sense. The first thing i noticed from this book is the childish art style and wording. It definitely appeals to younger children at least in year 6. While I thought that at first, reading the next few chapters really made me laugh. All the attempts at being funny really succeed. I would recommend it to fans of Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates.


Book of the Week: The Hunger Games

Hey guys.

Its Duaine here, back at it again with book of the week. This time we explore a dark version of the future North America in a large, tragic nation called Panem. That’s right, this week we review the hunger games.
Panem is in dark times. The 74th hunger games is approaching were 12 boys and 12 girls are randomly selected from the 12 districts of Panem in which only one will survive in a gruesome fight to the death. When Katniss Everdeen, a hunter and natural survivalist at birth, nominates herself as tribute to save her sister from otherwise certain death she must use all of her survival skills to live another day.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrilling action in a dystopian world. Can you survive the games?

The Hunger Games Series- 7/10

Book of the Week: How To Train Your Dragon

Hey guys its Duaine here back at it again with book of the week. This week we explore the mythical island of Berk as we look into the hit book/TV/movie series ‘How to Train Your Dragon’.

Long ago, on the wild and windy isle of Berk, a very skinny boy with a very long name stood across Berk. His name is Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. Hiccup has a vast knowledge of everything about the dragons who coexist with the humans. He looks to impress his father and classmates as the heir to the king of Berk.
I recommend this book series to anyone and everyone who likes a fantasy mythical adventure with a deep storyline and multiple plot twists.
Train your dragon now.
How to Train Your Dragon series 8/10

Book of the Week: Beast Quest

Hey guys, Duaine here for the next instalment of book of the week! This week we will be looking at the first ever entry of the popular book series Beast Quest by Adam Blade.

The infamous dragon Ferno makes his debut in the first book. When a mysterious fire causes Tom to flee from his home, he sneaks into the magical city where the king shall be found. Disguised in knight’s armour he seeks the help of the king but his plan is failed after his true identity is exposed.

Desperate, he pleads and begs. After being presented to the wizard Aduro and set on an adventure the beast quest begins.

This description has only scratched the surface of the 80+ books that are waiting to be discovered.

Your quest awaits.

Beast Quest series 8.5/10

Book of the Week: Hacker by Malorie Blackman

Hey guys. Its Duaine here from the Hamstead Hall Academy library team. This week for book of the week we will be looking at ‘Hacker’ written by Malorie Blackman.

Overview: Vicky is a girl who has been trained in the ways of a hacker by her legendary father. A mysterious accusation of a robbery worth millions of pounds puts her father in prison. Determined to prove his innocence she sets of on an adventure to uncover the true thieves.

I would definitely recommend this book simply because it appeals to anyone who likes a mysterious adventure with a few plot twists. It especially appealed to me as I’ve a keen interest in computers and hacking culture.

Overall rating 9/10