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DURAGADGET Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Case - Exclusive Custom-Designed Hard Shell EVA Case / Cover for the New 2014 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet in Black (12" inch Display, 64GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 4GB RAM, 8GB RAM)
DURAGADGET Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Case - Exclusive Custom-Designed Hard Shell EVA Case / Cover for the New 2014 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet in Black (12" inch Display, 64GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 4GB RAM, 8GB RAM)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it is sturdy and with some extra home-fitted padding will protect the ..., 27 Oct. 2014
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A very snug fit height and width, and a little too big depth, so the tablet can move a little in the case. However, it is sturdy and with some extra home-fitted padding will protect the Surface.


Texter
Texter
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short but very well done., 8 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Texter (Kindle Edition)
Cleverly done and well delivered, even if short. The text message medium makes for a novel delivery of a a mystery.


Apple iPod nano 16GB  7th Generation - Slate  (Latest Model - Launched Sept 2012)
Apple iPod nano 16GB 7th Generation - Slate (Latest Model - Launched Sept 2012)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great item, pity about the earphones., 7 Mar. 2013
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Small, attractive iPod, good music quality, nice interface. Very happy I purchased it.

The one down-side are the earphones - the quality is good but they don't have remoted controls, so if you have it in an armband it is a pain to start, stop and change the volume. The iPod is compatible with the control earphones, though, so it's all good.

Overall a great item, I just wish they had control earphones included.


Les Misérables: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack
Les Misérables: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack
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256 of 271 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but be aware it's not a complete soundtrack, 11 Jan. 2013
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I'm a long-time fan of Les Misérables and I was eagerly awaiting the release of another interpretation of the classic musical. I won't discuss the film here, but will concentrate on this album.

There are 20 songs on the disk, less than half of the 49 in the film. This is clearly listed as a highlights album so I don't believe it is at all misleading, but I thought it important to stress that fact here in the review. Some of the omissions are a surprise to me; notably "Come to Me", "Do You Hear the People Sing?" and "A Little Fall of Rain" - all iconic songs for the musical in my personal opinion (plus I'd have liked to have "Little People" included as it's one I enjoy a lot). However, included is "Suddenly", a new song for the film, and the songs that are included are very strong.

Of the songs on the disk some stand out and I would like to comment on them...

Anne Hathaway's rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream", a portion of which was used in the trailer and has gone far and wide across the internet, is the run-away piece of this compilation for me. From it's jarring and quiet start it rides a roller-coaster of emotion and is truly amazing.

"A Heart Full of Love" shows the vocal talents of the singing actors exceptionally well as they sing together. You can feel the passion in the piece, and things like this show exactly why the cast singing live together was a great choice.

"On My own" has been my favourite song from the musical, from the very first time listening to it, and Samantha Barks doesn't disappoint as she delivers it exceptionally.

One final nod goes to the unlikely pairing of Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter for "Master of the House". Although I have read a couple of articles expressing that maybe they weren't ideal choices for the film (and my wife was very unsure about "Borat doing Les Mis") they perform a brilliant and funny double act. Great stuff. Nobody else will truly be Thénardier for me after this!

The quality of the recordings is very good, though the large ensemble numbers (such as "Master of the House") can sometimes get a little hard to follow some of the lyrics with a large number of background singers - the only thing that is a negative to the idea of the actors singing live.

All-in-all this is a great version of an amazing musical. I'm very positive about this (as I am sure you have detected through my subtle review...) and I have no hesitation in giving it a five-star review as it is fantastic soundtrack collection. My one caveat (and may seem contrary to the five-star review, but I don't believe so) is that if you want the whole soundtrack, this isn't it and don't buy it (I chose to buy it in the hope that sales will drive an earlier release of the full soundtrack). What is here, however, is more than worth the £4.99 it cost me.
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TALES OF THE FAR WEST
TALES OF THE FAR WEST
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting start to a new setting., 4 Feb. 2012
The mixing of western and wuxia is an interesting concept, an the stories in this anthology present a number of different takes on the mash-up presented within the Far West setting. The stories are universally entertaining, though some are stronger than others. He Built The Wall To Knock It Down, In Stillness: Music, and Seven Holes are particularly worthy of note.

There are a few typos throughout the book, but otherwise it is a well-assembled package of stories in an intruging setting. The Far West is a setting to watch.


Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt)
Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt)
by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Edition: Paperback

79 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Telling a great story!, 9 July 2008
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I picked up this book on a recommendation and I'm not disappointed. Its a fast-paced and interesting book with a good mix of characterisation and action. Nobody is truly good or truly bad, or even truly what they seem - even the "big bad guy" Thralic has admirable qualities, and the "good guy" mentor figure could be said to be a little without morals in a lot of his methods.

What makes it truly stand out is its setting, which throws out standard fantasy conventions in favour of the "kinden", humans who share some of the traits of insects (and can use "the Art" to manifest some of their physical characteristics). The Mantis=kinden are superlative lone warriors, the Spider-kinden are the well-known manipulators of the world, the hive-mind Ant-kinden are masters of warfare, and the list goes on. An industrial revolution has run roughshod over a near-medieval world, with ornithopters, lighter-than-air ships and curious gadgets.

A final thing worthy of note is the author's easy to read and erudite style.

You'll like this if:
- You enjoy action-packed, but intelligently plotted, stories.
- You enjoy a book that draws you in to twists and turns.
- You like different, exotic concepts built on a solid fantasy base.

You'll dislike this if:
- You don't like your fantasy without Elves and Dragons.
- You don't like technology in your fantasy.
- You prefer whiter-than-white heroes and linear plots.

This is a great book, and I am looking forward to the sequel.


The Scorpion (Clan War...Fifth Scroll)
The Scorpion (Clan War...Fifth Scroll)
by Stephen D. Sullivan
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars The world of Legend of the Five Rings comes to life., 15 July 2000
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An excellent book that admirably tackles the problems of a westernisation of a japanese-style culture tied to a sweeping plot and in-depth characters. It's a story of one man's quest to save all that he is loyal to that asks the question "are some prices too high to pay?" The characterisation and setting in the book are done very well, with the author causing you to indentify with the protaganists, though you know that what they do is wrong... The only down point is that, perhaps due to the scale of the plot covered, sometimes areas of the book that deserved a greater treatment can seem to be "glossed over". However, this is hardly a fatal flaw, and one that can be overcome easily. If you are a fan of L5R then buy this book now (players of the RPG, however, should be aware that a major future-history plot in the timneline is laid bare here). If you are new to the Legend of the Five Rings then it's a very fun read and will pique you interest in all things Rokugani.


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