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Shadows of time
Shadows of time
by Patricia Wrightson
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Australian history seen by oddly immortal outsiders, 7 Jun 2014
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Two children (one poor white, one Native Australian) accidentally get the attention of an Australian spirit (not one known to aboriginal culture) and wander, unageing, through a century or so of European colonization of the continent. It's a slight, mildly engaging fantasy, not up to Wrightson's masterpiece (the story of Wirrun).


The Litany of Earth: A Tor.Com Original
The Litany of Earth: A Tor.Com Original
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovecraft Revisioned, 7 Jun 2014
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A very neat revisioning of Lovecraft's racist imaginings: Cthulhu worshippers as a misunderstood and deeply oppressed minority, with a notion of cosmic history at odds with the human triumphalism still endemic in SF.


The Silver Bough
The Silver Bough
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2.0 out of 5 stars Irritating protagonists, 28 Mar 2014
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Celtic Fairyland encroaching on small town: not a bad example of the genre, but blighted by three of the most irritating, self-absorbed and suspicious female leads I've ever encountered!


What Does a Martian Look Like?: The Science of Extraterrestrial Life
What Does a Martian Look Like?: The Science of Extraterrestrial Life

4.0 out of 5 stars Forgetful!, 25 Sep 2013
It's fun, and does a good job dissecting and rebutting the nonsense about "habitable zones" and "Goldilocks Factors". The (not very good) running joke about two aliens setting up tours for their clients in the manifold and peculiar biological environments of our globe (one of the most exciting turns out to be a puddle in a filling station) does manage to suggest the deep complexity of areas we mostly neglect. There are brief summaries of many classical SF stories - but Jack&Ian (as they refer to their composite authorial self) seems to have prepared them solely from a flawed memory: there is an error in almost every summary! More significantly, despite a constant theme that alien biology, psychology and technology are certain to be very different from anything we ourselves find natural or easy (and that our own theories are biased by our biological and cultural beginnings) they can't resist dismissing anything they personally disbelieve as "mystical" or "silly" or "primitive", and offer desperately ignorant criticisms of any supporting theories (Mathematical Platonism is treated as mockingly as Homeopathy). The eventual moral seems to be that we couldn't recognize a genuine alien intelligence (or "extelligence", to indicate that - like us - they store most of their information externally) even if many such entities were all around us.


Samsung Galaxy S5830 Ace on O2 Pay As You Go with £10 airtime credit
Samsung Galaxy S5830 Ace on O2 Pay As You Go with £10 airtime credit
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4.0 out of 5 stars Replace the Battery!, 6 Aug 2013
It's a good smart phone, except for the battery, which can't hold a charge even for 12 hours, especially if you run any Apps. Be sure to get a high capacity battery to replace the one in the phone. Try e.g. Kinps® Gold 2450mAh High Capacity Battery for Samsung Galaxy ACE S5830.


Kinps® Gold 2450mAh High Capacity Battery for Samsung Galaxy ACE S5830
Kinps® Gold 2450mAh High Capacity Battery for Samsung Galaxy ACE S5830
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Purchase, 6 Aug 2013
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The battery supplied with the Samsung Galaxy Ace is wholly inadequate: it can be fully charged at the beginning of the day, and be dead by late afternoon even if no Apps are run. Trying to run (eg) Maps and Navigation is very frustrating. By contrast the Kinps Battery holds its charge, enables Apps and should be an immediate purchase by anyone buying the phone! Kinps supply the battery quickly and enthusiastically.


Astronoesis (Star Wisdom): Philosophy's Empirical Context, Astrology's Transcendental Ground
Astronoesis (Star Wisdom): Philosophy's Empirical Context, Astrology's Transcendental Ground
by Anthony Damiani
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £62.16

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2.0 out of 5 stars Unintelligible, 23 Mar 2013
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Sorry: this was a book recommended to me as an excellent survey and analysis of ancient theories of stellar symbolism (not astrology in the modern sense). It may be so - I simply found it impossible to read.


Suction Cup GU10 Recessed Halogen Light Bulb Remover
Suction Cup GU10 Recessed Halogen Light Bulb Remover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars does the job!, 23 Mar 2013
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This is a simple and inexpensive solution to a problem posed by the sort of light socket that builders now seem to like.


Count to a Trillion
Count to a Trillion
by C.
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.80

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Galactic Game Theory, 30 Oct 2012
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As usual with JCW, the book is full of interesting ideas, mostly drawn from political theory (and especially game theory), applied to the problem of hierarchies of power and intelligence in a galaxy-wide civilization (which his protagonists are just discovering) constrained by light-speed, rather than relying on magical wormholes and the like. That last constraint is becoming popular in modern sf (see also Greg Egan, Alastair Reynolds)and does have the proper mind-boggling effect. The problem, as other reviewers have said, is that the protagonists either have no character at all or characters that arouse no sympathy, interest or belief. It becomes a chore to slog through the foul language and fouler actions of his hero, the post-apocalyptic Texan gunslinger turned mathematical genius, just to enjoy the political theory. And that theory, though engaging, is also very implausible!


Earthling
Earthling
by Tony Daniel
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars flawed but fascinating, 23 Jun 2012
This review is from: Earthling (Hardcover)
This story attempts a long view for humanity, without the usual triumphalism, and with unusual adversaries. As urban civilization collapses assorted tribes emerge: some, the foresters, retain a high biological technology, but ferociously insist that none of their number breed (so they are constantly recruited as infants from neighbouring tribes); others play out brutal versions of American football, with their slaves; others have still more brutal ways of restricting population growth. All through this future a remnant mining machine gradually improves in artificial intelligence, just in time to encounter and make sense of the long slow thoughts of the tectonic plates below us, and a very strange invasion from outside. It's flawed: lacking in sympathetic character development, and with far too many ideas jostling for position. But it doesn't deserve the poor ratings from amazon.com! At least it sticks in the mind - even the bits that I'd really rather didn't!


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