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Tor!: The Story of German Football
Tor!: The Story of German Football
by Uli
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wunderbar, 17 Oct. 2014
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This is a brilliant book about German football, the chapter about the naming of German teams is worth the money alone. If only every book about football in other countries (Spain, Italy, Holland, France) was written more like this one then they'd be improved.

I've read Tor!, Morbo, Calcio, and Brilliant Orange and I'd rank them as follows:

1. Tor!: The Story of German Football
2. Calcio: A History of Italian Football
3. Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football
4: Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football

If you have any interest in Germany, German football, the Bundesliga, you must buy this book by the incomparable Uli Hesse, who writes terrific articles on ESPN as well.


Inateck Compact Kindle Paperwhite Cover Microfibril PU Leather Protection Cover Case - Sleep Mode Control Through Magnetic Induction for New 2014 2013 2012 Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 6" 3G / Wi-Fi + 3G - Simple & Lightweight - Blue (will only fit Amazon Kindle Paperwhite)
Inateck Compact Kindle Paperwhite Cover Microfibril PU Leather Protection Cover Case - Sleep Mode Control Through Magnetic Induction for New 2014 2013 2012 Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 6" 3G / Wi-Fi + 3G - Simple & Lightweight - Blue (will only fit Amazon Kindle Paperwhite)
Offered by Inateck
Price: £28.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job well, 17 Oct. 2014
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Holds the 2013 Kindle Paperwhite very well, locks it when closed, and does not add much weight while protecting it well. Very happy with this and definitely a great cheaper alternative, while still good quality, than other Kindle covers.


The Whisper of Stars: A science-fiction thriller (Hibernation Series Book 1)
The Whisper of Stars: A science-fiction thriller (Hibernation Series Book 1)
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Whisper of Stars is terrific, 17 Oct. 2014
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Let me whisper something to you: This novel is terrific.

This book surprised me, for it was so much better quality than I was expecting. The author may be unpublished (in the traditional sense) but he is definitely skilled and unlike many self-published works, this book does not read like one that could use the careful eye of an experienced editor, such was the quality of the writing.

The story gripped me pretty much from the opening chapter, the characters are interesting, and the concept is really fantastic and quite believable as a possible future for humanity.

I can see this book being categorised as science fiction, to me it's more future fiction and is definitely worth a read, especially as it's free. I will be eagerly anticipating the sequel to what is a marvellous first novel.


Postman Pat Pocket Library (Postman Pat Special Delivery Service)
Postman Pat Pocket Library (Postman Pat Special Delivery Service)
by John A Cunliffe
Edition: Board book

2.0 out of 5 stars The utility of a pocket library is not apparent and it would be better to buy bigger, 17 Oct. 2014
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Incredibly small, it really is a pocket library. The stories are consequently very short and hold little attention for my little Postman Pat fan. The utility of a pocket library is not apparent and it would be better to buy bigger, and longer books for the little ones.


Lamaze Walter the Waddling Penguin
Lamaze Walter the Waddling Penguin
Offered by Pebbles Pink
Price: £12.89

3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good but not a favourite, 17 Oct. 2014
Walter wobbles when he is pulled and does look like a penguin walking, I understand why the string is short but this could have been lengthened to make it easier to pull along through the use of a connection that breaks apart at any force stronger than the one required to pull Walter.

The flippers are scrunchy and make noise.

Daughter found it okay but it isn't a favourite.


Trust GXT 25 Gaming Mouse for PC, Laptops - Black
Trust GXT 25 Gaming Mouse for PC, Laptops - Black
Price: £19.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Trust GXT 25 Gaming Mouse, 17 Oct. 2014
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It can be annoying reviewing a mouse where there are different options on the same page as the reviews will be for different mice. For the sake of clarity this review is for the Trust GXT 25 Gaming Mouse, the size of which is wrong on the product description (no mouse is 20cm wrong, that's the size of the box).

The size of this mice sitting on my desk is 11.5cm long, 7cm wide (at its widest point) and 4cm high/deep. This is too small to be comfortable for my hand as I'm a palm hold mouse user, compared to a claw grip. My previous mouse, a Logitech GX518 which was comfortable and large had given up on me after six years of reliable use.

This mouse would be suitable for those with a smaller hand than my six foot 1 frame (from tip of middle finger to wrist, 18cm). The mouse does have a handy double click button that it useful when an actual double click isn't being registered. I will however be giving this mouse away once I purchase one more suitable for my needs.


Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 Deluxe (PC CD)
Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 Deluxe (PC CD)
Offered by Peej's products
Price: £12.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant game, great value, 4 Jan. 2014
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All 3 parts of RCT 2 means lots of rides, parks, and themes. RCT 2 is brilliantly conceived and has the all important sandbox mode for creating your own custom park.


Snatch - Two Disc Set [DVD] [2000]
Snatch - Two Disc Set [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Jason Statham
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.75

5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourites, 1 Jan. 2014
What's not to like about one of the greatest films in terms of acting, accents, and writing. Brad Pitt is fantastic and it even makes Jason Statham look good.


Piranha PC28b Large CORNER COMPUTER DESK with A4 Suspension File Drawer
Piranha PC28b Large CORNER COMPUTER DESK with A4 Suspension File Drawer
Offered by Piranha Trading Limited
Price: £109.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value and good quality, 1 Jan. 2014
An excellent desk that can be alternated to have the drawer pedestal on the left or right. The build is quite complicated but the instructions are clear enough and all the tools are provided, and even spare items are enclosed.

The desk arrives in two separate large and heavy boxes, the frame is light but the desktop and drawer unit is heavy and sturdy. You will need to break screws through parts of your build but these don't show at all as it is all internal.

Make sure you set aside up to 4 hours for building the desk and have a lot of room to do it in, a second pair of hands is also a necessity in my opinion. I built the drawer unit and the steel frame separately and then carried it up to the study to put together due to lack of room. Also, check the company's website as they may have it cheaper.

Would also like to state we received this desk 2 working days after ordering it, great and quick service.

In conclusion, a much higher quality desk than the price would suggest.


The Cleansing (Earth Haven Book 1)
The Cleansing (Earth Haven Book 1)
Price: £1.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Apocalyptic Book, 28 Dec. 2013
*I received this book for free as part of the Goodreads First Reads giveaway in exchange for an honest review*

I really liked The Cleansing by Sam Kates. I don't read much post-apocalyptic fiction and entered the giveaway because this book sounded interesting. A warning though, reviewing this book without giving anything away is difficult, so be warned.

I don't think I'm spoiling anything in a book called the Cleansing by revealing that humanity is (virtually) wiped out (it is in the blurb!). Although I've read little apocalyptic literature, the method of wiping out humanity is even something I've heard of before as a common method in this type of book. That being said, the way it is done, and why it is done is different and mysterious. You really want to know why this is happening and for what purpose.

This is a novel that is interesting, mysterious, and well written. There is a clear sense of the feelings of the survivors being brought to the fore, and the horror of the actual plague and the effects it has on society are explored well and in detail. During this phase of the book you are introduced to many families and individuals, including children albeit briefly.

The motivations, thoughts, and characters of the perpetrators are revealed slowly and the premise is something I found original. At times, despite the post apocalyptic setting, I felt I wasn't reading a science fiction novel but a story about surviving in the face of adversity combined with a mystery.

I enjoyed it immensely, even if I do have to wonder about the empathy of an author who can write so easily about wiping out children. (The author explores that very thought and subject on an external blog. In the book, not only is the horror that the survivors are living through skilfully and artfully explored and described but what happens to the world and society at large is littered throughout the story, cars everywhere, power failing, hospitals unable to cope without it being overbearing, it is just something that each character encounters on their arcs.

One of my favourite bits in the book (SPOILER AHEAD) is the President's speech to the world.

The real shame for me was that the book was over so soon, at 300 pages I easily could have read more and was yearning for more, a book two or three times the length may have turned it into a brick book, but I like brick books (a la Peter F. Hamilton)

So, Mr Kates, please write number two and I'd be happy to read it and find out what happens.

SPOILERS BELOW

Some questions I'd like answers to in the next book(s):

- How would the 'People' have wiped out humanity pre-20th century?
- Did they have any involvement in the Black Death or Spanish Flu?
- How did they hide their advanced technology for thousands of years?
- If they live underground on their home planet but rejuvenate through the Sun, how does that work?
- I recall Peter stating humanity was more intelligent, yet the 'People' could cure cancer and develop the Millennium Bug...

Also, if like me the first page didn't make sense when you first read it, read it again once you've finished this book and it is actually a great big clue slammed in your face that you just missed first time around!

Great book, looking forward to more.


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