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The Long Earth
The Long Earth
Price: £3.66

2.0 out of 5 stars Would have made a great short story, 4 July 2014
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Enough material here for a short story but was stretched to the length of a novel. I was astonished to hear that this was the start or a series. Well written though and there are some Pratchett jokes to enjoy but it just did not grip at an intellectual level at all and the humour failed to make up for that.


Downturn Abbey
Downturn Abbey
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Fun, 24 May 2014
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Not JP Donleavy but still great fun. Why had I not heard of this writer before running into this book.

Recommended.


Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-A01UK 11.6-inch Laptop (2GB RAM, 16GB HDD)
Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-A01UK 11.6-inch Laptop (2GB RAM, 16GB HDD)
Price: £182.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 3 Feb 2014
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I wondered how I would get on outside the Microsoft Windows world. Well the answer is just fine.

A sensible choice for people looking for a low cost but full featured laptop format PC.

There are plenty of Chrome apps and plugins to fill in any gaps in the basic offering.


Avantree Bluetooth Handsfree Multipoint Car Kit - BTCK-18C
Avantree Bluetooth Handsfree Multipoint Car Kit - BTCK-18C
Offered by Fast Link
Price: £19.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says, 3 Feb 2014
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This unit works fine. I can now receive calls on the move. Setup was simple.

Only 4 stars as the occasional flash of a blue led that indicates that the unit is operational is a bit bright at night and this is a slight distraction at the very edge of my vision (could be less of a problem in a different car).


BestDealUK Aluminum Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard Dock for Google ASUS NEXUS 7
BestDealUK Aluminum Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard Dock for Google ASUS NEXUS 7
Offered by mobileFDL
Price: £13.90

3.0 out of 5 stars Does not fit Nexus 7, 3 Feb 2014
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If you have purchased a Nexus 7 in the last few months then it will not slot into this keyboard. You are therefore left with a rather small Bluetooth keyboard. As a keyboard it works fine - pairing it with the Nexus was easy - so no setup problems.


Tom Wood: Men / Women
Tom Wood: Men / Women
by Tom Wood
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £58.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Formidable Work In Two Wonderful Volumes, 15 Jan 2014
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I lived next door to Tom for a couple of years in the very late 1970s. I am therefore lucky enough to have some small inkling into Tom's love of the people and places of Merseyside as well as having had the opportunity to observe some small part of his projects at that time. Having completely lost touch, it was an exciting moment when I saw some online reviews of his exhibition last year at the Photographer's Gallery which included some images that were unmistakably Tom Wood's.

So what is so special? When photographing individuals or groups Tom manages to capture an extraordinary intimacy. It is almost as if he is accepted by his subjects as part of the moment but (and this is an important but) his "presence" has a minimal impact. You see people as they are in their place and at a moment in time. The sense of intimacy follows you through the books - every time you turn a page you get the feeling you are just about to see someone you know well. You always feel that each photograph tells a much longer story that the limits of the scene would ordinarily encompass.

Everyone I show the books to has their own list of favourite images. My own are a mix of nostalgia (not just for the place but the time) and sheer gob smacking beauty found in a face or pose that Tom has managed to lever out of what many would have often considered the most unlikely sources. There is magic here and astonishing art.


E-TECH Brake Caliper , Engine Paint Red with STP Brake Cleaner and Brush
E-TECH Brake Caliper , Engine Paint Red with STP Brake Cleaner and Brush
Offered by E2 TRADE
Price: £15.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 9 Dec 2013
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Very nice result and you could brighten up a whole fleet of cars on the content of the supplied cans.


Raising Steam: (Discworld novel 40) (Discworld Novels)
Raising Steam: (Discworld novel 40) (Discworld Novels)
Price: £5.31

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different voice but a good story, 9 Dec 2013
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As others have noted the "voice" of this Disk World book is different - as an instance the Patrician says things that he might only have subtly implied in earlier works - but the books stands on its merits. An enjoyable read running over a longer time frame than normal (but given the subject matter that would be a necessity). Don't be put off - it is different but still good.

Edit: I returned to this book after a bit of a gap to re-read it. I am glad I did. The different voice had put me off the first time but on return I found more humor and that the text matched the longer time dimensions and the wide scope of characters rather cleverly. So 4 stars now rather than 3. Recommended.


Dell 1760NW Colour Laser Printer with Ethernet, Wireless and 3 year Warranty
Dell 1760NW Colour Laser Printer with Ethernet, Wireless and 3 year Warranty
Offered by Ebuyer UK Limited
Price: £99.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good printer for family use, 18 Oct 2013
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Printer arrived one week after it was supposedly dispatched (but as it actually arrived on "overnight" delivery that must have been stretching the meaning somewhat).

However the printer itself is fine - slightly fiddly to set up on WiFi (you need to do it twice) but the print quality is good and installing the drivers on the household PCs was straightforward. I love the way it turns itself off after a period of inactivity - the physical switch moves to the "off" position.

I look forward to seeing how economical it proves to be over time and under the family load.


Reamde
Reamde
by Neal Stephenson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read, 30 Oct 2011
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This is an action/adventure story from a novelist at the top of his game. Beautifully constructed and fast paced this book reflects the attention to detail for which NS is well known while shifting his work out of the literary compartments that have boxed in his previous epics and into the mainstream. The language is a delight and his characters are nicely defined - sidestepping the usual stereotypes.

Not to be missed.


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