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Twilight Of The Thunder God
Twilight Of The Thunder God
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 Aug 2014
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Very enjoyable.


A Manual for Creating Atheists
A Manual for Creating Atheists

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, every atheist should read this., 25 Jan 2014
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This book is firmly aimed at atheists with a view to encouraging them and empowering them with techniques for disabusing people of their irrational theistic beliefs.

It's a brilliant and fascinating read and the basic principles are very simple to understand and put into practice. However, this book can only get you started in the job as a "street epistemologist" (as the author puts is), because most of the learning has to be done in the real world with real people; but it surely sounds like a lot of fun!

So why am I giving this 4 stars instead of 5 if I thought it was fantastic? Well, the reason is that the book is just a bit too short and left me wanting more. I would have liked to have seen more real-world examples and some more in-depth exploration of how to respond to common situations. An extra 70 pages or so would make this book perfect but don't let this put you off, you really should read it.


OpenGL ES 2 for Android: A Quick-Start Guide (Pragmatic Programmers)
OpenGL ES 2 for Android: A Quick-Start Guide (Pragmatic Programmers)
by Kevin Brothaler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to OpenGL ES, 25 Jan 2014
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OpenGL ES is a complicated subject at the best of times but this book does an excellent job of explaining the principles and concepts of OpenGL ES to an absolute beginner. From setting up the development environment to creating a mini 3D game and then covering some slightly more advanced topics such as particles, sky-boxes, height maps, occlusion, lighting, textures and so on, the pace is never too quick and everything is explained clearly with frequent use of colour diagrams and pictures. More detailed explanations of the maths involved is available in an appendix for those who are interested.

The reader is naturally expected to be familiar with Java and the Android platform but the sample code is clear, fully explained and is presented gradually so that it's easy to understand what's going on. There is code on almost every page as the reader is shown how to build various OpenGL ES programs, with each chapter building on the previous one to improve and expand the application, be it the 3D air hockey game or live wallpaper.

For someone who is looking to take their very first steps with OpenGL ES on Android, this book is a great choice and will quickly get you started.


The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss
The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss
by David Bentley Hart
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.19

10 of 69 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Turgid nonsense, 16 Jan 2014
Like most theology, this book contains nothing more than vague, mystical, meaningless bluster which might soothe those who are swayed by emotional talk but will not convince informed atheists like myself.

The author clearly doesn't even have a basic grasp of logic, doesn't know how to form valid syllogisms, lacks an understanding of scientific and philosophical terms (and misuses and attempts to redefine them, include god itself, to suit his fallacious argument) and merely weaves a word-tapestry so vacuous of meaning and full of holes it's hard to know where to begin my criticism.

Offering no evidence whatsoever and instead relying on meaningless phrases, non-sequiturs, illogical criticisms of atheism (as if a lack of belief due to lack of evidence is somehow irrational and illogical) and bundles of double-talk, the author fails miserably in his attempt to arrest what is the inevitable worldwide decline in god-belief with a pathetic book which can best be described as "word soup".

For example: "Our wonder at the mystery of being, however fleeting and elusive it often proves, is a partial encounter with a divine reality."

What evidence does he present for this assertion? None whatsoever.

His next sentence sounds like nonsense that would come from Deepak Chopra:

"Wisdom is the recovery of wisdom at the end of experience."

No matter how many times I read it (and many other sentences like it in the book) it fails to make any sense whatsoever.

Read it if you want to have a good laugh at how bad religious people are at thinking about and rationalising their god-belief but don't expect to learn anything new. I think it only serves to highlight the natural path to atheism that I see happening again and again. A believer goes from belief in a personal god, to an impersonal god, to a mystical god and then to atheism. The author, like the rapidly growing number of other people around the world, is moving away from a personal god towards atheism down this path and this book represents one step on the way.
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Nimbus 7" Universal Anti-Shock Tablet PC Sleeve/Case - Protective Cover For Nexus 7 1 & 2(2012/2013), iPad Mini, & Other Devices (Black Purple)
Nimbus 7" Universal Anti-Shock Tablet PC Sleeve/Case - Protective Cover For Nexus 7 1 & 2(2012/2013), iPad Mini, & Other Devices (Black Purple)
Offered by inno-in
Price: £15.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the Nexus 7, 28 Feb 2013
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I use this with my Nexus 7 and it's a perfect fit. The thick lining and padding ensure that my Nexus 7 is protected from everyday knocks and bumps. The chunky zip opens quietly and effortlessly and because it's made of plastic, won't scratch my Nexus 7 like a metal one would. The external zip pocket is great for storing small cables and in-ear headphones. I use this every day and would certainly buy one again.


World of Data® 1.5m Professional Quality HDMI Cable with Ethernet for 3D TV - v1.4 - 4k x 2k resolution (Full HD and Beyond) - 1080p - Audio & Video - 3D - Multi Shielded - Braid, Shield & Drain Wire for added protection - 24k Gold Plated - Exclusive to World of Data
World of Data® 1.5m Professional Quality HDMI Cable with Ethernet for 3D TV - v1.4 - 4k x 2k resolution (Full HD and Beyond) - 1080p - Audio & Video - 3D - Multi Shielded - Braid, Shield & Drain Wire for added protection - 24k Gold Plated - Exclusive to World of Data
Offered by World of Data Ltd
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Well built, value for money, 28 Feb 2013
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This cable looks and feels well built and sturdy. For the price, it's a good quality cable and worked perfectly for me.


Infrared (IR) Remote Control (RM-1) for Olympus E-400 E-410 E-420 E-450 E-500 E-510 E-520 etc.
Infrared (IR) Remote Control (RM-1) for Olympus E-400 E-410 E-420 E-450 E-500 E-510 E-520 etc.
Offered by A-21 World
Price: £4.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Great little remote, well worth the few pounds!, 29 Nov 2012
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Great little remote, well worth the few pounds! Worked perfectly first time and is indispensable. I would definitely recommend this if you need an Olympus E510 remote.


No Kingdom Come
No Kingdom Come

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, 21 Oct 2012
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This review is from: No Kingdom Come (Kindle Edition)
Based on factual events in the author's life, this truly gripping story of neglect, surprise, misfortune and awakening is sometimes disturbing to read and always difficult to put down. Every chapter is full of intrigue and insight into a very difficult life and the mental struggles endured as a result; one cannot help but feel deep empathy towards the author.

I would have given this five stars (it really is a book you should read!) but the story confused me at one point and a couple of the chapters are a bit short but this is understandable as this is meant to be a short story. These are very minor points however and I intend to re-read the book to make sure I'm not in error.

There's so much to this story that it certainly demands to be told in full and I hope the author has the time to write such a sequel. This is an incredibly well-written book which is compelling to read. It would probably make a great movie too.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Received item is different, 21 Jun 2012
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Delivery took a lot longer than expected but when it finally arrived it was the wrong item. It was a case for the right phone but it is different from the item in the photograph. Hopefully I'll be able to return this.


The Greek Seaman
The Greek Seaman

33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The author clearly has a poor grasp of the English language, 31 Mar 2011
This review is from: The Greek Seaman (Kindle Edition)
Like many others, I came to know about this book through a tweet by the mighty Stephen Fry which directed me to "BigAl's Books and Pals" website. The hilarious fracas which unfurled before my eyes prompted me to do something which I hardy ever do: read a novel.

Reluctant to part with my hard-earned cash, I decided to use the Kindle's "Try a sample" feature and promptly began to read.

I was surprised to find that most of the comments regarding this book have severely understated how poorly written it is. You really do have to experience it for yourself to fully appreciate the tragic and appalling mess that the author has produced. As other reviewers have noted, grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure are all poor; I would expect a 1st year GCSE English student to do better. But there's more. Near the start of the book there is a long, three-way conversation where none of the utterances are attributed; making it difficult to determine who is talking. To make matters worse, it later transpires that some of the discourse is conducted in Greek (it's not clear which parts) and that one of the three doesn't even speak much Greek; the whole thing is an unreadable mess and similarly unreadable passages occur frequently in this book.

For me, the most amusing of these numerous and basic errors has to be the frequently appearing nonsense-sentence; it is worth downloading and reading the sample for the entertainment value of these alone.
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