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Klarfit Relax Zone Basic Inversion Table Back Hang Ups 150kg
Klarfit Relax Zone Basic Inversion Table Back Hang Ups 150kg
Offered by Hifi-Tower Ltd.
Price: 184.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Upside your head..., 20 April 2014
I was a bit concerned that the Klarfit Basic Inversion Table looked a bit spindly in the photo's but it's actually much sturdier when you meet it in real-life. I was worried it might not feel that stable with someone of above-average height, but in use it's absolutely fine and can cope with people up to around 6'6"/1.98m. It arrives in a big flat box with the main parts already assembled and although it's quite well packed inevitably there were were a few scuffs on the paintwork during transit, but nothing serious. You have to assemble it before use and all the fixtures (even basic tools) arrive sealed in a clearly labelled bubble pack. The instructions aren't quite as clear - the theory is simple enough, each component of the table gets a letter and each bolt or fixture gets a number and you simply bolt the right components together with the right fixture. However the photo's in the manual showing which goes where are really small and you'll be squinting to read little letters and numbers - but once you get going it all comes together easily enough. Once assembled it will need approximately the same space (in use) as a single bed does and although it is possible to fold the legs together for easier storage in practice it's still a big clumsy thing to hide. Usually it's recommended to use an inversion table for a short time every day, so it's probably best left out anyway.

There's nothing fancy about the Klarfit Relax Zone table, they call it basic and it is, but there's nothing much wrong with it either - it all works as it should and ultimately has the same benefits as the much more expensive tables do. It's not pretty but gets the job done and with a little care should last for years. I've used inversion tables before but not for some time so I've been building up slowly, inverting a few degrees further each day and for a little longer each time. I've had a small but annoying pain in my middle back for a few months now and that's already easing. The trick, at least for me, is to try and completely relax while you're inverted so that your back really stretches out and all snaps back into its correct alignment (or at least feels like it is). Relaxing while you're upside down seems very unnatural at first, but you do become more accustomed to it - little and often seems to work best for me. There are a few medical conditions that are contra-indicated for inversion so best to check with your GP if you're in any doubt. Otherwise the Klarfit Relax Zone Basic Inversion Table is an affordable way to turn your world upside down and certainly worth a try - it's working for me. (Disclosure: item was received for review).


Lenovo C460 21.5-inch All-In-One Desktop - Black (Intel Core i3 4130T 2.9GHz, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, Wi-Fi, BT, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8.1)
Lenovo C460 21.5-inch All-In-One Desktop - Black (Intel Core i3 4130T 2.9GHz, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, Wi-Fi, BT, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8.1)
Price: 549.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The sum of the parts..., 14 April 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
If you're price-comparing Lenovo C460's the first thing to note is that Lenovo ship several different versions of this model, all (confusingly) called the C460, so be sure you're comparing like with like. I got the non-touchscreen version which comes with an Intel i3 processor and a Nvidia GeForce 705M graphics card - if you opt for the touchscreen version you get a less-powerful Pentium chip and no discrete graphics card. All versions ship with Windows 8.1 installed but this isn't going to be a review of 8.1 (it's a pigs ear in a silk purse!) which some people will love and some will hate - I'll stick to the computer itself. Once you get past the initial Windows setup procedure you'll find a selection of Lenovo and third-party app's installed but compared to the pile of trial-now-pay-later junk some manufacturers include it's not too bad. Lenovo's own app's are a bit confusing with similar features spread across multiple app's but they do give you access to the Recovery options (which allow you to reinstall the bundled app's or reset to the default settings) and some basic system settings like toggling the wi-fi and Bluetooth on or off - so I kept most of them installed.

Straight out of the box you only have to attach the bottom 'foot' of the stand using the inbuilt screw fixings (no tools needed) and then plug in the keyboard, mouse and power and switch on. The build quality seems good and the design is really successful making it an attractive and elegant looking computer very obviously based on Apple's design of the iMac. Annoyingly, the shiny plastic bezel which surrounds the display is a total dust and lint magnet - hopefully the static charge might fade after a while, but keep a lint-free cloth handy. The display itself is good and quite bright but the view-angle isn't the absolute best, this is no IPS screen, so you'll want to be positioned in front, and slightly above, of it for the best results, especially if you're doing anything colour-critical. The mouse and keyboard feel lightweight but decent quality and the mouse has a handy side-button which enables a few additional 'gesture' controls.

However, the most negative first impression is how noisy the hard-drive is - the drive spinning (and onboard fan) are quiet, but the noise of the drive heads at work is really quite bad. The drive in my particular C460 is a 3.5" 1TB WD Blue and I'm really surprised how clattery it sounds. When the PC starts a drive-intensive task, like a full virus scan, it sounds like someone pouring ball-bearings down a metal staircase, really not good. Of course Lenovo might fit different models of hard-drives in different batches of the C460, so this might not affect everyone, but for me it's a real annoyance - thankfully the hard-drive runs at a decent speed and helps to make the computer quite responsive in use. The inbuilt DVD-RW drive is a tray-loader and it is a bit fiddly to get discs correctly snapped into position when you load them, but an optical drive is still a welcome inclusion for those of us with software and games on disc (are you listening Apple?). There are 6 USB ports in total, four USB-2 and two USB-3, but the USB-3 ones are all on the left edge of the computer (alongside the headphone, mic and memory-card slots) so if you keep a fast USB-3 device, like an external hard-drive, connected you'll see the cable hanging out of the side of the PC, which spoils the all-in-one look.

The C460 has both Intel integrated graphics and a discrete Nvidia graphics card, the entry-level GeForce 705M (which is apparently a re-jigged version of the older GeForce 610M) so it's quite possible to play big-name games although you'll probably have to reduce the quality settings on the more recent and/or more demanding of them. For example Bioshock and Bioshock 2 both play smoothly at the High quality settings whereas the more recent BioShock Infinite only plays really smoothly at the Low quality setting (still looks great though!). I got the original Assassin's Creed and (especially demanding) Crysis running at decent frame-rates too, but you do have to tweak the settings to achieve it. The C460 certainly isn't aimed at hardcore gamers but it's capable enough for the occasional blast, especially if you stick with slightly older and/or less-demanding games.

If you need to upgrade or fix your C460 Lenovo have made it a breeze to do - the lower half of the back panel simply slides off to give access to the RAM slots, the hard-drive and even to the optical drive, which in my experience is the component most likely to go wrong. If the noise of that hard-drive gets too much to bear you can easily snap a new one into the flexible plastic cradle inside, you won't even need a screwdriver. It's really not much more difficult than changing the battery in a radio and I wish more manufacturers made it this easy to upgrade and fix your own computer (again, are you listening Apple?).

Speaking of Apple... My other computer's an iMac - which sounds like a cheesy bumper-sticker but it's true and since this Lenovo closely mimics Apple's iMac designs it might be worth mentioning for anyone comparing the two. To be honest the C460 isn't on the same level as an iMac, either in build or component quality, but then you wouldn't expect it to be since it's close to half the price of an iMac and, to be fair to Lenovo, you may be paying half the price but you get a lot more than half the computer. In the end there's no denying the C460's an entry-level computer and the components and build-quality are all good but not great - yet Lenovo have still managed to make an affordable and stylish computer that would be speedy and capable enough for most households and it's well worth considering for your next PC.


Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 - 1 Desktop - 1 Year (Mac)
Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 - 1 Desktop - 1 Year (Mac)
Price: 29.12

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's French for Hello..., 12 April 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Ideally you want anti-virus software for OSX to have as little impact on performance as possible - it's a belt and braces approach to the security of your Mac and there's no point in slowing the whole thing down in order to combat a threat that's not really there yet. In that regard Kaspersky Internet Security mostly succeeds, it runs quite happily in the background with no obvious slowdown and seems to be very stable. There are no scheduled scans of your hard-drive and, unless I missed something, no option to enable them as everything gets scanned and checked in the background as you work. There are also browser extensions which get installed for Safari, Firefox and/or Chrome, one provides an onscreen virtual keyboard to enter data more securely and the other scans links on webpages to check they're safe - I didn't find either of them very useful and disabled them. The interface is well-designed but you don't often need to access it as there's a handy status menu in the menubar which gives access to the most commonly needed features. The version of KIS on my disc was not fully compatible with OSX 10.9.2 and I had to install from a more recent downloaded version and then use the serial number included here to license it.

Mostly I've been quite happy to let Kaspersky Internet Security run in the background doing its thing but there are a couple of negative aspects too. The past couple of versions of Kaspersky have implemented a proxy approach to internet security - meaning that when app's request data from the internet most of those connections are now rerouted through KIS itself allowing the data to be scanned as it goes through. This is a perfectly valid way of doing things but it does result in most connections appearing to have been instigated by Kaspersky itself, not the individual app's - this means that other utilities like Little Snitch are suddenly less useful because they can no longer differentiate between the connections to/from individual app's, everything now appears to be to/from KIS. The other issue is that KIS is currently blocking Bonjour addresses accessed through Safari, you simply get an error saying the server is not available. This affects things like local NAS servers or routers that use Bonjour to provide quick access to their onboard services. You can get around it by entering the actual URL of your device instead of using the Bonjour address - or disable KIS temporarily to allow access. The problem only seems to affect Safari (Firefox is fine) and it disappears as soon as you disable KIS. I'm in contact with Kaspersky support now trying to find a solution - I'll update this review with the outcome later and then maybe re-instate the star I have to withhold in the meantime...


The Friendly Swede with Fire Starter and Sharp Eye Knife (Stainless Steel Grade SS304) - Extra Beefy / Wide / Thick Premium 500 lb Paracord / Para-cord Survival Bracelet - Adjustable Size Fits 7-9 Inch Wrists in Retail Packaging - Lifetime Warranty (Black, 11-inch)
The Friendly Swede with Fire Starter and Sharp Eye Knife (Stainless Steel Grade SS304) - Extra Beefy / Wide / Thick Premium 500 lb Paracord / Para-cord Survival Bracelet - Adjustable Size Fits 7-9 Inch Wrists in Retail Packaging - Lifetime Warranty (Black, 11-inch)
Offered by The Friendly Swede [UK]
Price: 9.99

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Anti-Bling..., 7 April 2014
There's something wonderfully primeval about jewellery that can start a fire. Even if you never find yourself out in the wilds with a rabbit to cook and no matches - even if the only place you ever demonstrate your personal shower of sparks is down the pub on a Saturday afternoon, it still stirs something within men's souls... Or maybe it just makes you feel a bit better about wearing a bracelet? This Friendly Swede Survival Bracelet is a chunky, funky take on a friendship bracelet, only instead of multicoloured threads it's woven from high-strength paracord and fastens with a fire-starter and a hidden mini-knife. You'll have to unravel it to reveal the knife though and once it's all undone it's probably staying undone, but it's nice to know it's there. The fire-starter works without unravelling but it takes a bit of practise to get a really good display of sparks - press hard then swipe, but mind your poor knuckles. Be aware that using it also scratches the dark finish off the bar, so use the underside - or don't, because it actually adds to the utilitarian look of the bracelet anyway.

I have big wrists and most men's bracelets don't fit me very well (even if I did want to look like P.Diddy coming home from Argos) but there was no problem with this bracelet, it extends to about 9" internally so I can even get it over my outsized hands while it's fastened and then tighten the cord to keep it there, it's around 8" at its tightest so might be too big for some. It's really well made, the components all feel like they're good quality and it looks great on - you'll get comments and questions too because it gets noticed. I chose the Desert Camo option and it's slightly darker and more muted in colour than it looks in the photos, but in a good way. It arrives in a simple plastic sleeve but would wrap easily and would be a perfect gift for that outdoorsy guy in your life - or yourself. If you really don't do bling but still want a bit of personal adornment, with a practical edge, then meet the anti-bling! (Disclosure: item was received for review)


Brainwavz S1 Over The Ear IEM Earphones
Brainwavz S1 Over The Ear IEM Earphones
Offered by MP4 Nation
Price: 37.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound-waves for your brain..., 7 April 2014
In-ear earphones have always been hit or miss for me - they're very fit-dependant and if the fit's not right there's no bass or real volume. I'm blessed with a pair of mismatched ears, one ear-canal seems bigger than the other - so getting one pair of in-ear earphones to sound balanced for both the left and right can be a real challenge. Luckily the Brainwavz S1's are up to that challenge as they come with a wide selection of replaceable soft tips, standard-shaped ones in three sizes and two colours (grey and black) and a pair each of bi-flange and tri-flange tips (a flange too far for my ears) and even a set of memory-foam tips. I couldn't get along with the memory-foam (like pushing two bits of old chewing gum into your ears!) but with a bit of experimenting arrived at a tight and comfortable fit for both the left and right ears. Figuring out which earbud goes into which ear is an initial problem because the L and R indicators marked on them are so tiny, but once you get the feel of the shape of the earphones it becomes more natural. Both the earbuds (being made of aluminium) and the cables feel sturdy and like they'll stand up to regular use - plus you get a handy little case to stow them in between sessions and that has room for extra tips and the included airplane adaptor too.

So once they're firmly sealed into your expectant ears how do they sound - really very good! It's sometimes hard to think of the right words to describe sound reproduction but I'd say these have a solid, muscular kind of sound. The bass is strong and tight, the treble is clear and precise and they never sound like they're straining to reproduce anything. Nothing feels too forced either, some headphones sound like there's a hidden graphic equaliser at work somewhere, but these don't so much. As with all in-ear earphones they block out a lot of ambient sound, so should be great for commuters and travellers, and really immerse you in the music. For some music, like thumping dance music or heavy electronica, it can be a bit oppressive sometimes but on other music you start hearing details you hadn't noticed before. You'll probably find you need to reduce the volume on your music player too, you can hear every detail so clearly without the need to crank things up - in fact cranking them up could do your ears some serious damage. For me they sound best with quieter, nuanced music where you can just lose yourself in the sound - with bass-heavy dance music or similar the effect is like standing right by the speaker-stack in a club - but some people will probably love them for that! My only complaint would be that the chunky moulding around the plug is a bit too big for some devices - for example the moulded cover on my iPhone only just accommodates it - but that's nit-picking. I'd never heard of the brand Brainwavz before getting these but they've been a pleasant surprise and well worth auditioning for your next pair or earphones. (Disclosure: item was received for review).


Perfect Fitness AB Carver Pro Ultrawide Wheel - Black, Size 1
Perfect Fitness AB Carver Pro Ultrawide Wheel - Black, Size 1
Price: 37.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roll with it..., 3 April 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I apologise in advance if I'm about to sound like one of those rarely-convincing 'Before & After' people from infomercials, but I do really like this product. I've tried various bits of home-fitness equipment over the years but only a few of them have found a regular place in my regimen - most of them find a place in the garage or under the bed. I've always found many abdominal and core exercises especially difficult to do effectively without hurting my lower back, probably because I'm quite tall. You're always told to hold your ab's in too, keeping them flat and tight during the movement but that's also been hard for me with some exercises. This Ab Carver Pro seems to get around all of those problems, I can work the ab's and core muscles really effectively without killing my back and can keep ab's held in flat and tight for the duration of the movement.

I had tried an ab' wheel before but previous version looked (and felt) like a stick through a pram wheel compared to this one. The internal spring and ratchet-effect means it only rolls correctly in one direction and comes to a stop when returned to its starting point. It also gives some resistance as you roll out and a bit of help on the way back - this isn't really strong enough to make much difference to your exertion but it does somehow make you feel more stable. The one-direction roll means there are also dedicated moulded left and right hand-rests and these are one of the best features of the Ab Carver Pro - they really make using the device much more comfortable and supposedly help increase the benefits to your arms and shoulders too by keeping your arms in a good position. The other great feature is how wide and therefore stable the Ab Carver Pro is, plus the bevelled sides mean you can roll out at an angle and work your obliques too.

The Ab Carver arrives ready to assemble (you just snap the hand-rests into the sides, no tools required) and with a very useful pair of dense foam knee pads. The pads are effective and worth using, although the webbing strap holding the two pads together doesn't seem to be fixed that securely. There aren't any instructions in the box but you can download them from the Ab Carver Pro's own website (search 'abcarverpro') and also watch a short video about the design of the device - plus see testimonials from those requisite before-and-after people. Quick tip: the instructions suggest placing the Ab Carver Pro in front of a wall to begin with, to stop it rolling away from you, and gradually increasing the distance from the wall as you get stronger and more confident. To that end, I'd suggest rolling in front of a wall but with your eyes shut - when you're rolling out and 'listening' to your body instead of staring at the approaching wall you sometimes roll out further and more confidently, thereby increasing your results. I've only been using it a couple of weeks but I can now extend pretty much all the way to horizontal without collapsing in a heap or snapping my spine in two - I've surprised myself, so this one's a keeper!


WD Green 2TB Eco 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive including WD Express Warranty (Frustration Free Packaging)
WD Green 2TB Eco 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive including WD Express Warranty (Frustration Free Packaging)
Price: 70.78

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Green for go..., 7 Mar 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
When my LaCie external drive finally gave up I really didn't want to throw away the drive housing, which was fine, so got this WD Green hard-drive to eventually become the new occupant. To start with I've been using it in an Inateck Docking Station, which has been interesting because I can hear and feel how noisy and warm the drive actually gets in use without the insulation of an external case. So I can report the spinning sound from the Caviar Green is virtually inaudible, you're hardly aware it's even running. However the familiar crunchy clicking noise the heads make as they flick back and forth is much more noticeable, though not really loud, and will remain slightly audible inside most cases. The heat generated by the drive is minimal too, I had mine running constantly for hours (zeroing out data) and it became warm but never hot. Of course, ongoing running temperature will be very influenced by the kind of enclosure it's fitted into but the drive seems to be fairly well-suited for fan-less conductive cases.

Speeds are really good, I was getting up to 140MB/s through a USB-3 connection, especially for sustained throughput. In order to save power the Green drives park their heads whenever possible, so maybe they aren't the fastest out of the gate but once they hit open road they're excellent. At first glance the WD Green range sounds like a good fit for small NAS servers, especially with low-power consumption and good speeds, but it's worth noting that isn't the job they're intended for and there may be problems if they're used that way. The main use for the Green range is as secondary drives, such as external drives or media storage drives that don't require constant access. The onboard error-correction routines and eco features can cause problems (even data loss in extreme cases) when used in 24/7 systems like NAS servers so it's best to go for the WD Red Hard Drive range instead - with some warranty options there isn't even that much price difference.

Speaking of warranty, if you decide the Extended WD Care option is worthwhile for you then you get a leaflet with the drive which has a scratch-off panel to reveal a code, you enter the code on the WD website to activate your extended guarantee. Beware when scratching off the panel to reveal the code - it's very easy to scratch off the code itself at the same time! I didn't realise until it was too late and it took several guesses on the WD website to figure out what the destructed letters were meant to be...


[Optimized For SSD & Support 4TB] Inateck USB 3.0 Hard Drives Docking Station for 2.5 Inch & 3.5 Inch SATA HDD (SATA I / II / III) Support UASP, Including USB 3.0 Cable and External Power Supply 12V 2A, Comaptible with Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8(32/64-bit), Mac OS 10.8.4, Tool-Free
[Optimized For SSD & Support 4TB] Inateck USB 3.0 Hard Drives Docking Station for 2.5 Inch & 3.5 Inch SATA HDD (SATA I / II / III) Support UASP, Including USB 3.0 Cable and External Power Supply 12V 2A, Comaptible with Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8(32/64-bit), Mac OS 10.8.4, Tool-Free
Offered by SpringRainUK

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inateck FD1003 Docking Station, 27 Feb 2014
A hard-drive docking station is one of those gadgets you don't think you'll ever need - until you do. I had accumulated a small stack of old hard-drives from defunct devices and needed a way to examine and/or erase them without having to repeatedly fit them into external cases - the Inateck FD1003 is a really simple-to-use and straightforward solution to that problem. It's simple to connect, just a mains adaptor and a USB-3 cable (which is supplied), and has only one switch which turns it on and off. You simply drop your 2.5" disc through the slot in the spring-loaded trapdoor (the trapdoor swings out of the way completely for 3.5" drives) and push it home to make the connection. Then turn the unit on and after a few moments the drive should mount on your computer and be accessible as normal. Speeds are excellent, I was getting pretty much maximum read/write performance with the different drives I tried, and it all seemed stable and reliable in use - it's probably a good idea to connect the docking station to its own USB port on your computer and avoid busy external USB hubs which can slow things down. During use the blue illuminated bar on the front of the drive flickers to show data activity, but it's not so bright that it becomes distracting. When you've finished accessing your drive just un-mount it from the computer, switch off the docking station and eject the drive using the pop-up button.

There are a couple of minor issues with the FD1003 but nothing very serious. The mains adaptor, built into the plug, is a bit chunky compared to some these days, although it gets only slightly warm in use. The casing of the docking station is made from plastic with a noticeable static attraction for dust and fluff - it's not that bad but when you're handling bare components like hard-drives you generally want things to stay as dust-free as possible. My only real peeve was that when a hard-drive is mounted on your computer it will generally appear only as `Inateck Media' and your PC can't see the specific details for that drive -- like the manufacturer, model number or firmware version -- but then you can read most of that from the label on the side of your bare drive anyway. Generally the FD1003 just works and I haven't found anything serious to fault with it - especially if, like me, you only occasionally need to access drives this way and just need an affordable and reliable way to do it. (Disclosure: device was received for review).
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TP-Link TL-PA4030KIT 500Mbps Powerline Adapter with 3 Ports - Twin Pack
TP-Link TL-PA4030KIT 500Mbps Powerline Adapter with 3 Ports - Twin Pack
Price: 39.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick threesome..., 26 Feb 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've picked up a few TP-Link devices over the past year or two and they've all met expectations nicely, including this pair of PA4030 Powerline units. They're a breeze to setup, just plug them in near to each other, press the 'Pair' button, wait about a minute until they've negotiated an encrypted connection and then you're ready to deploy them at opposite ends of your house, or wherever you need them. Of course one unit stays connected to your existing router but the other can roam the house moving from socket to socket as required and it's worth experimenting with different sockets, even within the same room, as you can find some achieve a noticeably faster connection than others, especially if you're in an older building with wiring from different eras. Beware of some other electrical devices too, like microwaves and fridges, which can cause interference in the electrical circuit which disrupts network connections. Note the 500Mbps speed is theoretical and you'll never achieve anything like that in the real world.

The kit includes a pair of Ethernet cables and a mini-CD with the Windows Powerline utility on it, this allows you to change some basic settings and update the firmware if it becomes necessary. There's no option (unless I missed something) to change the encryption password so you're just stuck with the default. There's also no Mac version of the utility on the CD although there is one to download from the TP-Link website. The units only get slightly warm in use so I'd be happy putting them into an enclosed space or tucked behind books on a shelf, unlike some Powerline units which can get quite hot and need good ventilation. The throughput speeds are really good too, depending on your home wiring, and should be plenty fast enough to support a trio of internet devices or a couple of concurrent video streams. They also play nice with other Powerline devices and I've had no problems adding additional TP-Link and Netgear Powerline units into the mix. Speaking of Netgear these Powerline units don't have all the configuration options some Netgear units do, but maybe that's not a bad thing, they just work and they work well and they give you three separate Ethernet ports - perfect if your smart TV and smart BluRay player weren't smart enough to arrive with wi-fi built in.


Not For Parents How to be a Dinosaur Hunter (Lonely Planet Not for Parents)
Not For Parents How to be a Dinosaur Hunter (Lonely Planet Not for Parents)
by Lonely Planet
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The previous owners..., 20 Feb 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
We've had a couple of the 'Not for Parents' series before and they've always proved to be good books for a delve, you'll always find some bizarre, interesting fact you didn't already know, whatever your age. This 'Dinosaur Hunter' edition is more fact-packed than ever and is stuffed with little morsels, and some big surprising chunks, of information about our planet's previous inhabitants. The format remains the same with themed chapters covering the tools of the archeological trade, the different prehistoric periods (so you can tell your Jurassic from your Cretaceous) and the kinds of fossils you might discover in six different areas of the globe (Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australasia). It's all profusely illustrated with drawings (no photo's), these are better than in some editions of the series, and the overall style is a kind of organised chaos. You don't have to read the book in logical order, you can just pick a chapter and dig through the facts looking for shiny nuggets. It all much fun and for any kids going through the dinosaur infatuation phase (is this a common thing? I know I went through it) it's a treasure trove of information in an easily accessible form - it seems to be one of the best in this series too.


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