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The Prague Cemetery
The Prague Cemetery
by Umberto Eco
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 16 Feb. 2012
This review is from: The Prague Cemetery (Hardcover)
What a thoroughly miserable main character, right from the very first page. Misogynist and misanthropic. I stuck with it, but the main character is antisemitic from page one right through to the end - it doesn't let up. The only relief or balance is that the character seems to hate everyone.. Jesuits, women. Everyone. What a miserable book.
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HP Mini 210-2001sa 10.1" Netbook (Intel Atom N455 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, 250GB HDD, 10hrs Battery, Windows 7 Starter) - Charcoal
HP Mini 210-2001sa 10.1" Netbook (Intel Atom N455 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, 250GB HDD, 10hrs Battery, Windows 7 Starter) - Charcoal

32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HP Mini ...small and perfectly formed!, 5 Feb. 2011
This netbook is excellent. I set a budget of around £250 and looked at numerous alternatives, including the ASUS Eee range, a Packard Bell Dot and an ACER Aspire One.The quality of the HP Mini is head and shoulders above the others. A clear screen with no distracting fixings (similar to a Mac), quiet and quick enough in operation, excellent keyboard with separate keys. The Aspire One with a dual core processor was a similar cost and had some good reviews, but I had a good look at one and it seemed very "plasticky", like a kid's toy. I almost didn't buy this Mini because of a poor review on CNET, complaining about the trackpad and weirdly the power cable. Total rubbish! The trackpad is brilliant and there's absolutely no problem with the power cable connection (the reviewer must have been having an off day?!) PC Pro mag rates this netbook (and it's trackpad!)highly too. I'm typing this review on it now, and will ping it off by wi fi. Very pleased!

( I sympathise with the reviewer who had problems receiving their netbook, but their review of "one star" skews it's amazon rating unfairly I think, as it's not a review of the netbook itself.)
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HP 2050 All-In-One Special Edition Printer
HP 2050 All-In-One Special Edition Printer

37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HP 2050 "All in One" - good quality and great value, 3 Jan. 2011
Our HP 2280 recently conked out and we bought this as a replacement. It's excellent.. better in fact than our previous printer which cost more. Good quality prints. Machine copies and scans. Our previous HP had all sorts of slots for cards for direct printing but we never used them once... it was also a front loader which sometimes would not grab paper, especially photo paper. This HP has a rear load tray and prints perfectly. Printer is quiet and pretty quick. Well designed, no fancy knobs and buttons. Really good value. Recommended.


Sony DSCHX5VB Cyber-shot Digital Camera - Black (10MP, 10x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD
Sony DSCHX5VB Cyber-shot Digital Camera - Black (10MP, 10x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed with quality of camera build, 24 Sept. 2010
This camera ticked many boxes - decent quality photo's; full 1080 HD video - my two main reasons for buying it. It also has "sweep panorama", which is pretty impressive, and a "burst mode" which is OK but not used often.

The 1080 video was the "deal clincher" though .. there are very few compacts with full HD, most have some "HD Lite" eg the Panasonic Lumix range.

Unfortunately however I had to return mine for the following reasons;- The screen flickers; the battery cover is very poorly designed and extremely flimsy, and located under your thumb where you hold the camera, so there's a chance of it slipping; the microphones are located front top left corner ... just where you hold the camera with your left hand, so fingers can easily block the mic; the quality feels really "plasticky" for a camera of this cost.If you do buy one, make sure you buy a screen cover and/or case - the large screen on the back is very soft and scratches easily.

Some reviewers have complained about picture quality - I thought it was OK - an improvement on our old Fuji which itself was pretty good

There is a new cybershot out - WX5 - I compared the two cameras in a local shop side by side ... compared to the HX5, the WX5 is smaller; lighter; better build quality; 12MP (HX5 is 10MP); dials in the right place; microphone moved inboard; lockable battery cover; 1080 video; panoramic shots; also capable of 3D shots and panorama if you have a 3D capable tv - it seems as though Sony have taken the criticisms levelled at the HX5 and resolved them in the newer WX5? The only downside is 5X zoom compared to the HX5 10X zoom.

The WX5 seems better all round, apart from the zoom.

I might wait until Sony update the HX5, to see if the faults are rectified?

The alternative is to wait for Panasonic to update their Lumix to 1080 video?

Then there will be a real choice.


Character Options Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster Babies
Character Options Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster Babies

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 26 April 2010
= Durability:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
My daughter bought this with her pocket money and was very disappointed.

It is made from cheap plastic. It has a ball bearing underneath which is supposed to make it move but it doesn't really work. Obviously it makes no noises as the usual go go hamsters do. My daughter was really disappointed.

A waste of money - do not buy!


Thinking Architecture
Thinking Architecture
by Peter Zumthor
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought, 22 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Thinking Architecture (Hardcover)
I believe that this book is based on a series of lectures hence the previous post's comments regarding "printed blog". I think however that it is a key text for architcture students and architects alike, giving some insight into where Zumthor obtains his inspiration for creating truly individual and inspiring buildings. In a world of throwaway gestures where architecture is becoming (or has become?) equally shallow, this book is a timely reminder of the quiet power of architecture to resist this cultural move toward surface and iconoclasm.
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Peter Zumthor Therme Vals
Peter Zumthor Therme Vals
by Peter Zumthor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £75.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Therme Vals, 22 Dec. 2009
I have visited this building - the book is an excellent representation of it, with detailed plans an added bonus. I agree with the previous post - Peter Zumthor "Works" is impossible to get hold of as Zumthor will not allow a reprint, which is a real shame. It is not however a poor substitute.. it stands on its own as a fine publication on a beautiful building (Iwould also recommend the A&U Special Edition on Zumthor if you are interested in his work)


Heidegger for Architects (Thinkers for Architects)
Heidegger for Architects (Thinkers for Architects)
by Adam Sharr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment, 16 Dec. 2009
As the other reviewer, I bought this book as I have an interest in Heidegger and his thoughts on architecture, his relationship to current practitioners such as Steven Holl and more particularly Peter Zumthor, and the phenomenological aspect of architecture. Much of the author's critical faculty is centred upon demolishing the man himself and his links with the Nazi Party, rather than providing enlightenment upon the book's claimed subject. I was left with the very strange impression that the author did not want to write the book. No doubt there are unsavoury aspects to many great thinkers - allow me as a reader to have the intelligence to decide for myself. A disappointing book.
(UPDATE) There is more than "one small reference" to Nazi connections. This in itself is not a problem - the overall negative and dismissive tone are however.
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