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Nokia C2-01 SIM free mobile phone
Nokia C2-01 SIM free mobile phone
Offered by david james store
Price: £95.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 Oct. 2014
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Good product - does what you'd expect of a Nokia


The Emperor's Knives: Empire VII (Empire series)
The Emperor's Knives: Empire VII (Empire series)
by Anthony Riches
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not an accurate picture of an auctorati gladiator, 6 Oct. 2014
The swordsmanship of the main hero appear to be superhuman and unrealistic. This story did little to convince me otherwise. The series would benefit from a more realistic character that sometimes comes across individuals that may even best him in one-on-one combat. To date, I can't recall this from having ever occurred.

*SPOILER ALERT*

The story also didn't depict the auctorati (those who volunteer to become gladiators) accurately, with the protagonist not losing any of his worldly possessions (in theory, his wife, children and all their property should have been transferred to his new master).

Such auctorati were also rare, so to find not one but three legionary centurions, all to be volunteering at the same time came across as far-fetched. The third's auctorati's role felt a little forced too.

The manumission of the protagonist (and more importantly, his friend) also appears incredulous - why this was granted was not properly explained. So what if he had done as he was expected by those pulling the strings?...he was still the son of a disgraced senator and therefore deemed an enemy of the emperor. His friend was of little consequence being from a barbaric tribe of the North. It comes across as a little implausible that this would be overlooked by someone so close to the Emperor himself.

*SPOILER END*

Riches ability to story tell is not in doubt however his setting of Rome is merely a backdrop. While I do find the books a good read, I find myself questioning whether some of the plots could quite easily be transposed to another era of history. I've also noticed the author is also prone to particular writing 'habits' - for instance, if a character is not explicitly called out by name, one can in all probability expect them to die or be of little consequence to the main story line (much like the 'red shirts' in Star Trek who accompanied Kirk and Spock to an alien world). In contrast, a character that is named will invariably play a significant part in the story. While this style in itself is down to personal preference, it does make the storytelling predictable in that one knows whether the author is likely to develop a character or not (or is there merely as 'sword fodder') before it actually happens.

I hope Riches takes these comments on board as constructive feedback as opposed to criticism. I look forward to the continuing adventures of Marcus Aquila and his Tungrian friends.
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Vktech Men's Cotton Low Cut Athletic Ankle Socks 5 Pairs (Black)
Vktech Men's Cotton Low Cut Athletic Ankle Socks 5 Pairs (Black)
Offered by vktech-HK
Price: £4.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Photos are not an accurate representation of product, 6 Oct. 2014
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The socks that arrived are not as those depicted in the photos. I was looking for a sock that covered the ankle and went an inch or two further up the leg. When I saw the photos for this product it appeared perfect.

What arrived were socks that stopped barely at the ankle. There is no element of the sock that proceeds above the ankle as is depicted in the photos.

In addition, the material is a lot thinner than the thick cotton that appears to be the case, as per the images.

I will probably donate these to charity as they do not meet the requirements for which they were purchased.


Russell Peters - Two Concerts... One Ticket [DVD]
Russell Peters - Two Concerts... One Ticket [DVD]
Dvd ~ Russel Peters
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £16.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Good comedian!, 19 Jun. 2014
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There are two shows but the Comedy Now is the one that makes this a bargain buy. Great example of observational humour - Russell's stories and impressions will have you in stitches. Would definitely recommend if you want some quality stand up.


Draper 53093 1-Tonne Scissor Jack
Draper 53093 1-Tonne Scissor Jack
Price: £15.32

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delivered as ordered - yet to be used (hopefully never will have to!), 7 Mar. 2014
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The product looks of good build quality however it has yet to be stressed test so I can only comment on its appearance and no more.


GRIP LOCK SECURITY. Protect Your Ride! Style & Security.
GRIP LOCK SECURITY. Protect Your Ride! Style & Security.
Offered by SPORTOURING
Price: £40.45

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great visual deterrant and additional security option, 22 Jan. 2014
Firstly, if a thief wants your bike unless you sleep with it, you're not going to stop a determined criminal from getting their hands on your vehicle.

Having said that, the the Grip Lock is a useful high visibility device to put off the opportunist thief looking for an easy target. If used in combination with a chain, disc lock its an added pain for the thief who may decide he or she is better off looking for another option.

I've had my Grip Lock for over 5 years and it has stood the test of time well. Quality is top notch, just don't expect this to be the 'silver bullet' to stop your bike from being targeted from a professional thief.


The Last Of Us (PS3)
The Last Of Us (PS3)
Offered by Shop4World
Price: £18.82

5.0 out of 5 stars A very well put together piece of work, 19 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: The Last Of Us (PS3) (Video Game)
Strong story, superb graphics and realistic characters. You'll be hard pressed to find a superior game on the PS3 this year.


Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II (2.0) Multimedia Speakers with MTM Audiophile Configuration and BasXPort Technology
Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II (2.0) Multimedia Speakers with MTM Audiophile Configuration and BasXPort Technology
Price: £84.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars quality speakers, 19 Jan. 2014
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The build quality and performance of these speakers is superior to any previous speakers I have used for my gaming rig. Unless you have a pressing desire for a sub woofer enabled experience then you'll be hard pushed to find a similar level of sound quality for this price point.


Heavy Rain (PS3)
Heavy Rain (PS3)

5.0 out of 5 stars A story well told, 19 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Heavy Rain (PS3) (Video Game)
Story driven game that offers a fairly unique experience. While it may not be for some, I found the game enticing and worth the time and effort I put into playing it. Two Souls (developed by the same guys) is said to be of a similar style - worth checking out if you enjoyed this game.


Company of Heroes 2 (PC DVD)
Company of Heroes 2 (PC DVD)
Offered by Zartek UK
Price: £11.48

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid return of a great game, 7 Aug. 2013
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Not a spectacular amount of change from the original. Some may find this disappointing but if ain't broke...

Good game play and the graphics still hold up despite the lack of any noticeable significant changes from the first game.


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