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Outside Context Problem
Outside Context Problem
Price: 1.92

4.0 out of 5 stars Good but needs better editing, 3 Feb 2014
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The Outside Context Problem trilogy is an epic, enjoyable and very believable depiction of a hostile alien force coming into contact with humanity. Refreshingly, this is one science fiction book where the characters are very much aware of science fiction plots about alien invasions, from "Independence Day" to Niven & Pournelle's "Footfall" and many other references. A large part of the trilogy deals with the uncomfortable aspects of occupation and collaboration, sandwiched between the action packed beginning and endings of the series.

However, the books could do with some "Outside" help of their own in the shape of an editor. Parts of the story are inconsistent or have errors in them, the author insists on repeatedly using the book to political points about NASA and Israel (for example).. the sort of thing that you can get away with once or twice, but it gets repetitive. And I lose count of how many times I read "like a bad movie" in the book. And come to think of it "tits on a bull" is something that should only get one outing, if that.

But overall this is a very enjoyable trilogy, even if some of it is quite a tough read due to the subject matter.


Sphere (Vintage)
Sphere (Vintage)
Price: 2.88

4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, 3 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Sphere (Vintage) (Kindle Edition)
Very much in the vein of "The Andromeda Strain", this book is quite intriguing and challenges the reader to work out the mystery of the book itself. "Sphere" has a wry sense of humour and features a fairly unlikeable bunch of bickering characters who are (if you'll forgive the pun) very much out of their depth when it comes to dealing with.. well, *whatever* it is that they find at the bottom of the ocean.


Invasion
Invasion
by DC Alden
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but gripping, 14 May 2013
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This review is from: Invasion (Paperback)
Let's start with the flaws - the one that you are just going to have to accept is the idea of a united Islamic superstate because without that concept the book wouldn't work. But there's also an uncomfortable clash of time periods, technologies and social and political elements that don't seem to fit together (and in some cases seem anachronistic), as if the backstory and history have been rather crudely shoehorned in to fit the plot. The start and end chapters in particular are a bit odd and their concept seems a bit shaky.

But.. ignore the flaws and this is a gripping story once it gets fully underway. The scenes and sequences in the the book are vividly portrayed and well-written and it really is very difficult to put down. I'd honestly like to have seen more.. when the book end you are left wondering "what happened next?". I still feel that there are stories to be told and histories to be fleshed out.. perhaps DC Alden would like to write a sequel? Please?


Wallace Cameron Baco Cling Film & Dispenser 350mm x 100m Ref 6401037
Wallace Cameron Baco Cling Film & Dispenser 350mm x 100m Ref 6401037

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 19 Nov 2012
The plastic box is so poorly made that it usually disintegrates before the roll is even partly used. It really is complete rubbish, and is no better than a cheap disposable dispenser.


Baco Easycut Refillable Cling Film Dispenser 40 m (Pack of 5)
Baco Easycut Refillable Cling Film Dispenser 40 m (Pack of 5)
Price: 17.30

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 19 Nov 2012
The plastic box is so poorly made that it usually disintegrates before the roll is even partly used. It really is complete rubbish, and is no better than a cheap disposable dispenser.
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Kodak EasyShare Max Z990 Digital Still Camera - Black (12MP BSI CMOS, 30x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch HVGA LCD
Kodak EasyShare Max Z990 Digital Still Camera - Black (12MP BSI CMOS, 30x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch HVGA LCD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so., 6 Jun 2012
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The good points - the Z990 is pretty simple to use and the zoom is magnificent. The bad points.. it suffers from chromatic aberration when you look at the details and often pictures you have taken do not preview properly on the screen (although they are perfectly OK on the card), and the video capture is nowhere near as good as a proper HD digital camcorder. Overall, it's OK.. but given Kodak's recent financial woes, this is probably the last Kodak digital camera I will buy.


TeckNet@ Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Leather Cover/Case With Built-in Magnet for Sleep/Wake Feature + Screen Protector - Purple
TeckNet@ Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Leather Cover/Case With Built-in Magnet for Sleep/Wake Feature + Screen Protector - Purple
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Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, 6 Jun 2012
It looks great. It does the job. It seems to be pretty well made, and it's a nice colour too. Recommended.


Outpost
Outpost
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bleak but original, 28 Sep 2011
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This review is from: Outpost (Kindle Edition)
It's quite an original book, although you could say that it's a cross between a Dawn of the Dead, The Thing, Silent Running, Blood Music and On The Beach. If you like those books and movies, then there's a good chance that you will enjoy this.

The writing style is interesting, and I was very surprised to find that this is the author's first novel. The story tend to jump forwards rather than following a strict narrative, and also it swaps between characters freely giving several different viewpoints. The writing feels fresh and the storytelling itself is compelling.

Some people has said that the book is ripe for a sequel. I'm not sure that it is, although I would definitely read it if it came out.

The one niggle that I have is that what actually *happens* in the book lacks any sort of scientific basis. I won't go into details because I don't want to spoil the plot..
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After America: The Disappearance Novel 2
After America: The Disappearance Novel 2

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, 11 Sep 2011
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The idea of the book is a bit madcap, but it's such an interesting idea that the book stands up well in its own right. The story of the geopolitical meltdown following an unexplained calamity that hits the US is compelling, although it's fleshed out with human aspect stories that don't alway work. Well worth a read though!


Awkward Situations for Men
Awkward Situations for Men
by Danny Wallace
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.22

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 11 Sep 2011
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I general I like Danny Wallace's books quite a lot, but this isn't really a book, it's a series of short articles republished in book form.. and some of these articles are frankly just newspaper filler. If you like Danny Wallace's books then you'll probably be disappointed.


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