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The Syllabus of Errors
The Syllabus of Errors
by Ashley James Stokes
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Fruit basket., 27 Aug 2014
This review is from: The Syllabus of Errors (Paperback)
From the first few pages you know you're being well guided through these connected worlds. Some of these are juicey peaches. Others are squashed bananas. The title story and "I remember nothing" are perfectly formed and have stayed with me. "A short film about a short film" is a film script which is overcome by its copious footnotes. "The Prettiest Girl in Berlin" is a horrifying ramble through a war zone. Some of this is confusing. Some if it is not. All of it is written with such zest, learning, humour and joy though, that any deviance is acceptable.


Adam Robots: Short Stories
Adam Robots: Short Stories
by Adam Roberts
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but something's missing., 27 Aug 2014
I started off liking this. It's classic SF: Take a (Sciencey) idea to its extremes. But it's much better written than most of the genre and that's why I bought it. However, along with some literary sensibilities, he has added a veil of literary obfuscation. Has he? Or am I missing the point in so many of these? Perhaps I am but if so then I can't quite be bothered to dig out the ideas.

You know the pub menu which runs to 12 pages? You know that some of the dishes are overambitious Is the chef just trying to demonstrate his range when he should be concentrating on a few signature dishes?
Roberts tries to write in every possible sub-genre of SF. So it's a bit hit and miss. Some of the stories are satisfying and interesting Some aren't.
The Mary Anne poem is naff. The MacBeth pastiche is just sad. Woodpunk gives us an insight into the mix and match method of story production. Like the landlord's attempt at "fusion".


Flatland (Illustrated)
Flatland (Illustrated)
by Edwin A. Abbott
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.49

1.0 out of 5 stars Classic text but this edition is awful, 5 Jun 2014
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Diagrams are photo-copied in
Text is misaligned,
Paper is cheap.
Binding is going to fall off soon.
It is cheap I suppose.


Archos 501870 Gen9 10.1 inch Tablet (RAM 512MB, Memory 8GB, Android 3.2) - upgradeable to Android 4.0 / Ice Cream Sandwich
Archos 501870 Gen9 10.1 inch Tablet (RAM 512MB, Memory 8GB, Android 3.2) - upgradeable to Android 4.0 / Ice Cream Sandwich
Offered by AVIDES
Price: 69.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Worked really well .. until it stopped, 13 May 2014
Was great for video and browsing. I used it a lo but then touchscreen stopped responding and it was out of warranty. Customer support was not much help at all. Wouldn't buy Archos again.


Aurora AS610C 6 Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder with Waste Bin
Aurora AS610C 6 Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder with Waste Bin
Price: 32.20

2.0 out of 5 stars Worked for a year. Then ate itself., 2 Mar 2014
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OK. I did overload it. Then I tried to put it in reverse and it started to eat itself like a culture in decline.

Then it started to smell and I thought that the combination of electrical faultiness and the shreddings below was like a "tinder box".
Do you know how many shredder related fires there are? Several.


OCR Computing for A Level
OCR Computing for A Level
by Chris Leadbetter
Edition: Paperback
Price: 24.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Confused, misleading, often simply wrong, 7 Feb 2011
I truly wonder how much the authors understand about the subject. They're OK on the soft side of things eg. "implications of Computer use" and have some good application examples but when the going gets tough on CPU architecture they're just babbling. Many terms go undefined, sentences are unreadable. Even on the softer side of things, we have statements like, "human beings are not designed to change ... quickly" and so many tautological statements.

But the worst part is that there are so many mistakes. How can anyone learn the difference between a while and until loop when the example is wrong? Even the bright student will be put off. This is the opposite of teaching. Or when a student is confronted with a test question where the wrong command is used and the brackets don't match? It's unforgivable.

On the plus side. It's presented well and it seems to cover anything.


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