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A Memory Of Light: Book 14 of the Wheel of Time
A Memory Of Light: Book 14 of the Wheel of Time
by Robert Jordan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just ... boring, 20 May 2014
I've read over half of the book so far and ... I am getting terribly bored. It just isn't a good read. Pointless fight scenes ... I have found myself skipping pages.

The first two Sanderson books were not too bad. Sanderson himself is a good writer, and everything possible has been done to make it work. But this volume is no good. The characters turn two-dimensional. Worse, they aren't really the same characters. Even the villains aren't the same.

If I didn't know that there are 50 pages of Robert Jordan in there somewhere still to come, I don't think I would bother.


Garfield - Going for Gold (Garfield Pocket Books)
Garfield - Going for Gold (Garfield Pocket Books)
by Jim Davis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Thieves and swindlers!, 10 May 2014
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BEWARE!!! This is NOT a new collection of Garfield strips. Instead it is a handful of old strips - interspersed with old full-page drawings of Garfield to ensure you get even worse value. It may look like a new Garfield pocket book; it may be numbered as pocket book 64; but all that is a sham.

I feel really cheated by this. I have bought nearly all the Garfield books, so I already own everything in this. Nothing indicates that this is an anthology.

This is surely "passing off", and if anyone reading this owns some lawyers, please sue the publisher, Ravette, and do a favour to the rest of us. There's some easy money to be had here, I suggest, if you have the wherewithal.

I suspect what this must mean is that Jim Davis has dumped Ravette. Because this is the sort of thing a disgruntled publisher does, when he knows that the author is now with someone else - to bring out a book that looks like a new book but will anger and upset all the author's fans, and make them suspicious of any new product.

This is the last Garfield book I shall buy from Ravette. If I can't be sure what I am getting, then I shan't buy any more. Actually I think I probably won't buy ANYTHING more from Ravette, whoever the author.

Scumbags.


North
North
Price: £14.47

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless, 1 May 2014
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This review is from: North (Audio CD)
John Lees has never made a decent solo album, and that is what this is. He doesn't have enough good songs to do it. He needs to work with Les Holroyd; between the two of them they can just about manage an album.

Much of this is dreadful. A track starts with a hokey synthesised chord ... and holds it, interminably, while we marvel at how it is both uninteresting and unnatural. Production is dreadful. It frankly sounds like a pub band, and the standard of composition is no better.

I really wanted to like this. But it came along with Asia's "Gravitas" in the post, and there is no comparison.

Save your money.


Gravitas
Gravitas
Price: £16.08

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected, 1 May 2014
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This review is from: Gravitas (Audio CD)
Wetton and Downes are old men. It's unreasonable to expect them to have the fire of their youth - indeed I think Wetton's once-distinctive overdriven bass sound was last heard on "Ride Easy" on the original Asia album! Both have spent a lot of time piddling about in lower-grade work. Any good music needs edge. Generally Steve Howe ensures that any work he is associated with is of a minimum standard, but of course he isn't here.

Now I got this through the post together with "North" by John Lee's Barclay James Harvest (The JLBJH effort was so lame it hurt). The comparison made me realise that Gravitas is not at all bad.

First, it's got two tracks that I can't get out of my head - "Valkyrie" and "Joe di Maggio's glove". The rest is variable and hasn't grabbed me yet - I've only had the CD for a few days. Wetton's voice on both is good, and the production is crisp.

It's not very up-to-date, but then Asia always set their own style which was often at variance with current fashion. I was afraid that it might be a keyboard-driven album, but Asia seem to have avoided this trap largely. The new guitarist is excellent, fits in, and is not as "tacked-on" as Mandy Meyer so obviously was.

What I recommend is using the online snippets and listening to a few of the tracks. If it grabs you even that much, then it is for you. If not ... not.
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Alton Gift (Darkover)
Alton Gift (Darkover)
by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.08

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete rubbish, 29 April 2014
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If you liked Traitor's Sun ... you will hate this.

The executors of the Bradley estate obviously found the ghost-writer of Traitor's Sun too expensive, or something like that. So they got this Deborah Ross in to do the job. Except she can't. The writing is poor, the characterisation is poor, and the whole thing drags.

I gave up after a short while and binned the book.


Antiagon Fire (Imager Portfolio)
Antiagon Fire (Imager Portfolio)
by L. E. Modesitt Jr.
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lazy writing and plotting, 29 April 2014
I resent books like this. L.E. Modesitt is a perfectly competent writer ... when he can be bothered. He has written some splendid material, such as "The Magic of Recluce" and the "Forever Hero" novels. He has also written inferior works, more or less routinely, as sequels.

This is an inferior work, Modesitt by numbers. All his military campaigns are exactly the same. The countryside is sketchily realised, the people interactions invariably involve the hero sitting around with minimal forces, worrying at his colleagues and subordinates and getting constantly reassured by them - something that is quite simply unbelievable and irritating. Indeed there is a parody waiting to be written where all the minor characters groan at the author making them constantly pet the hero. So frankly it's boring a lot of the time. Modesitt's ability to keep the reader with him means you finish the work; but only just.

Much of the plot is silly. The hero - never mind his name, it's the same hero as every other Modesitt book - goes off on a dangerous diplomatic mission, with wife (!). Instead of negotiating the council of Khel make pointless speeches. After which, for no obvious reason, the hero goes and stands on a hill-top while people get him dive-bombed by eagles.

Anybody with an elementary experience of human interactions will find all this incredible. Khel itself was tedious and improbable as a country.

Likewise the scenes where the hero is involved in pacifying Bovaria. I wonder if Modesitt knows that there are memoirs, written by imperial civil servants who had to do precisely such a role in difficult country, after British forces had won the major battle but now had to create a nation? (e.g. in Nigeria) If he had read these, his storyline would be considerably more probable.

It tires, after a while. You can only take so much poor quality plotting and writing.

If you have read the series so far, you may as well read this. But frankly it's atrocious.


Henry Martyn His Life and Labours: Cambridge-India-Persia
Henry Martyn His Life and Labours: Cambridge-India-Persia
by Jesse Page
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor, 9 April 2014
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I'm interested in Martyn's life and works, but this is a very poor account. It presumes the reader already knows the details, and just waffles around the subject. Avoid.


Woddis Collection
Woddis Collection
by Roger Woddis
Edition: Hardcover

1.0 out of 5 stars Tired old left-wing ranting, 9 April 2014
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It's odd. I remember Woddis' poems in Punch. They were always very clever and very funny. Indeed I even wrote him a fan letter once, to which he (ungraciously) never replied.

But this volume ... well. It's rubbish. It consists of all the parodies of other poets that he did, on cod-left wing issues of the 70's. On many of them he was dead wrong, and indeed disgustingly bigoted. But either way, the controversies are dead and stale.

Don't buy this - you will be very disappointed.


Lord of the Ages
Lord of the Ages
Price: £7.15

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great and classic album, 9 April 2014
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This review is from: Lord of the Ages (Audio CD)
...pity that it comes in a cheap cardboard sleeve instead of a proper case! Almost no thicker than a coaster.


Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 - 3 User - 1 Year (PC) [Download]
Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 - 3 User - 1 Year (PC) [Download]
Price: £27.06

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How to install this for Android, 15 Mar 2014
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If you buy this product, you can download it for Windows from this site. If, like me, you have both Windows and Android, this is fine for the first bit. But there is no indication whatsoever of how to install it for Android (and I bet the same is true for Mac!). I have just spent an hour of my life trying to work this out. I bet a good many people just give up.

First, deinstall the free Kaspersky app you already have on your Android device. Because, incredibly, this will conflict with and prevent installation of the thing you just bought. More, you will not be able to enter the activation key you just got into it. You just can't.

Secondly, connect to the internet on your Android device, go to the Kaspersky site, and look for the same product you just bought, the "Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 Multi Device". Currently that is here:

[...]

At the bottom of this page are the words "free trial". Click on this. This takes you here:

[...]

See the downloads of trial versions at the lower right? Find the "Kaspersky Internet Security for Android (30-day trial)" and click on the "Download Trial" button.

A .apk file will now download. Now find this on your Android device, and install it. And ... at some point ... you will get prompted to enter an activation code. Now enter the code that Amazon gave you, the 4 groups of 5 letters and ... it will activate.

I suspect Mac users will have to do the same, to get their software.

* If you try to download from the link you get when you buy, it will ONLY work on Windows.
* If you even try to find "Your software library" on the Android app, you will struggle. And it will only give you the huge Windows exe.

This is pretty bad stuff. Come on, Amazon: you should give all three links, not just the Windows one!
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