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The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
by Richard Holmes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful piece of non-fiction. Entrancing., 16 Sept. 2014
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As a scientist/engineer who also has a passion for the arts, this book spoke to me as no other non-fiction book ever has. It really is a 'page-turner'. I only wish that modern society could see more of the interaction between science and the arts that was seen during the Romantic period.

A History of Modern Britain
A History of Modern Britain
Price: £4.72

5.0 out of 5 stars A history book that is a page turner, 1 Jun. 2014
I always appreciate a history book that manages to avoid simply listing of facts (as interesting as those can be sometimes). Andrew Marr's personal writing style brings to life events from the period between 1900 and 1945 (roughly), breaking down assumed truths and myths and replacing them with something closer to what really happened. Whilst this is a book about Britain, I learned quite a lot about other European countries and the US in particular. Marr manages to stay relatively impartial at all times.

World Turned Upside Down
World Turned Upside Down
by Melanie Phillips
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Right-wing ranting, 31 Aug. 2011
I picked up this book on good faith. I thought it was a critique on modern habits of believing in ghosts, mediums and the general lack of people basing their decisions on fact rather than feeling that goes on in the modern world. But reading on you realise most of the book is dedicated to pro-Israel propaganda and climate change denial. Some of the chapters dealing with other topics are good, maybe even commendable, and I guess if you don't mind skipping chapters this book is OK........if only I knew when I bought the book that Phillips writes for the Daily Mail!
I havent read this book ( but to me it looks as if it might be a better buy!
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The Ropemaker (PB)
The Ropemaker (PB)
by Peter Dickinson
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars An unrecognised great fantasy work, 31 Aug. 2011
This review is from: The Ropemaker (PB) (Paperback)
Not many people have heard of this book, which is a shame as it is truly a great piece of fantasy. No magical humanoids as mentioned, this book focusses more on the characters, which is always the sign of a great novel. When magic is used you really feel as if it's buzzing inside your head; the author really gets across the energy involved instead of the airy fairy spells cast in some books. Worth reading! Sequel "Angel Isle" not quite as good but still worth reading if you're gagging for some more action.

James Bond: Bloodstone (Xbox 360)
James Bond: Bloodstone (Xbox 360)
Offered by Hauseinkauf
Price: £29.95

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie-like gameplay, bad online., 1 Jan. 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Much more hard-hitting than older Bond games, in a similar way to how the Daniel Craig films have been in comparison to previous Bonds. Great use of cover, a variety of painful-sounding close quarters takedowns and great music. Graphics wise it looks as good as any other game out there. The weapons are ok, not quite COD or Halo. Plays like a movie with great cutscenes (which can be paused!) as well as driving levels. Started the campaign on the second easiest setting and wish I had gone for the harder one! Its too easy. There is some climbing and jumping involved but this is very much pressing one button and its done for you (theres no risk of missing the jump and falling, which is a shame). All in all, the campaign feels great.

Had a go at the online multiplayer and was VERY disappointed. The opponents and your team members are very jerky and the levels are rather boring in construction. Don't buy this game expecting to play for hours and hours online as you would with certain FPS games.

Shades of Grey
Shades of Grey
by Jasper Fforde
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Once again another step into the literary unknown, 20 May 2010
This review is from: Shades of Grey (Hardcover)
After reading both Jasper Fforde's 'Nursury Crime' and 'Thursday Next' series, I had some idea of what to expect with this latest outing. Once again Fforde's incredible talent to create a world which is ALMOST believble shines through. This book works not only as a playful piece but also as a social commentary; Colourtocracy being a form of class system. I have not yet finished the book but at the moment I'm not feeling as attached to protaganist as was with Thursday Next or Detective Jack Spratt. Nevertheless, this book is still great and is, as far as I know, truly original - something which is rare in this day and age.

Killing In The Name (Album Version) [Explicit]
Killing In The Name (Album Version) [Explicit]

5.0 out of 5 stars Fight the POWER!, 19 Jan. 2010
Bought this single in the week up to the UK number one 2009..........and it won!! Two fingers to the X-factor machine! We wont do what you tell us anymore!

Time Out Of Joint (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Time Out Of Joint (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Philip K. Dick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic science fiction, 8 Nov. 2009
This is a brilliant read. It has all the characterisitcs of a Philip K Dick novel - the books starts off a slow pace, slowly building the tension until breakin point. Unlike a lot of his works, this book has not been made into a film (as far as I know) but I believe (-SPOILER ALERT- ............................................................) that this film may have influenced the writers of "The Matrix" trilogy. Very interesting read.

Crash Tag Team Racing (PS2 - Platinum)
Crash Tag Team Racing (PS2 - Platinum)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but a bit annoying..., 26 May 2009
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This game, like any game in this genre (I would include things like mario kart), is always good fun. However, this game is let down in two main ways:
1. you start with 2 cars and a few tracks; you have to unlock them by playing (despite being quite easy to do this, it can be a bit annoying).
2. the racing element of the game is somewhat over-complicated and the array of weapons that can be picked up through crashing into boxes is very limited. I think i prefer crash team nitro on the ps1 in terms of actual simplicity and fun. Or mario kart on N64

As for the platform side of the game, I have not really played this as it is not what i bought the game for. It does not limit you too much if you do not want to play this side of the game but it does leave you feeling slightly confused as to whether this is a racing game or a platformer......

Apple iPod classic 80GB black
Apple iPod classic 80GB black

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but OS can be unstable, 6 Jan. 2009
- Looks great
- Durable body
- Stores lots of music, video, photots, or any other files as mass storage
- Have to use iTunes for everything except mass storage (iTunes is a commerically orientated piece of software that is very controlling, especially on windows OS's).
- Have had to restore ipod 4 or 5 times in the 6 months i have owned it. Crashes are worrying :s
-Maximum volume output not very high so use of mini-jack as line-out to a stereo allows only low volumes. If you take a line from the dock connector, performance much better.

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