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Casio Exilim EX-ZR100 Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, 12.5x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD
Casio Exilim EX-ZR100 Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, 12.5x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great camera but questionable quality, 28 Mar. 2011
I had a lot of expectations about this camera, and gave it a thorough workout. The HDR Art capability is excellent, and the high-speed video is a lot of fun. My issue: after two weeks, the lens stopped opening or closing properly, with "Lens Error" or "Retry Power On" messages. I tried the various fixes, but it's now looking like I have to send it back under warranty for repair. I've never had such problems with other cameras.

Pandora's Star
Pandora's Star
by Peter F. Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover

69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hamilton page-turner, 16 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Pandora's Star (Hardcover)
Odd that Amazon considers it not yet published, as I just finished reading it this weekend after Amazon shipped a copy to me. Once again, Peter Hamilton has painted a broad canvas for his latest series of novels. Set in a relatively near future, but one in which wormhole travel to far stars is an everyday occurrence, where the elves are recognized as an off-world species who walk their own paths between the worlds, and a shadowy terrorist group, inspired by fears of a mysterious alien invader that no-one else believes to exist, Hamilton once again weaves dozens of individual stories into a seamless whole.
The "Pandora's Star" of the title refers to a mysterious cosmic event hundreds of light years away, beyond the reach of the wormhole technology, where two solar systems are suddenly enclosed instantly by a pair of massive force fields. This drives the major action in the book, with its usual massive space battles, detailed descriptions of alien species, complex politics and the tragedy and small triumphs of individual lives.
Hamilton has developed a star-spanning empire with new species, including his usual AI constructs and human memory archives, however this world is very different from the universe of the Neutronium Alchemist. There are the usual cliff-hangers at the end of this satisfying read, which make me certain to buy the sequel when it is released (hopefully this year!)

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