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Comic Wars: Marvel's Battle for Survival
Comic Wars: Marvel's Battle for Survival
Price: £2.36

3.0 out of 5 stars Bogs down in the middle, 19 Jan. 2015
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Started well, but bogged down in a screamingly repetitive mid-section. The first time you hear about a banker or high powered lawyer shouting abuse during a negotiation you're a littel shocked. But when its the same guy for the dozenth time... and the issue is the same... then you really want a higher level overview and less repetition. Or some *really* imaginative swearing.


Victorious (The Lost Fleet Book 6)
Victorious (The Lost Fleet Book 6)
Price: £3.83

3.0 out of 5 stars Generic., 19 Jan. 2015
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Generic. The space navy genre has become the SF equivalent of tinned bake beans and these books are the beaniest. They're not the worst by a long way, but they take no chances and have no real personality.


A Just Determination (JAG in Space)
A Just Determination (JAG in Space)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and brilliant, 19 Jan. 2015
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Campbell wrote these books before his much better known Lost Fleet series. There's no comparison: these are much and Lost Fleet is a huge dumbing down. The JAGs have one of the most realistic space navies ever, clearly drawing on Campbell's USN career. The engineering and operational details are brilliant translation of the wet navy world to space, if not the wish fulfillment fantasy that you seem to need to get big sales in this genre.

If you're seriously interested in realistic naval fiction and the problems of naval officers and crews, these are a must buy.


Rule of Evidence (JAG in Space)
Rule of Evidence (JAG in Space)
Price: £3.83

5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and brilliant, 19 Jan. 2015
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Campbell wrote these books before his much better known Lost Fleet series. There's no comparison: these are much and Lost Fleet is a huge dumbing down. The JAGs have one of the most realistic space navies ever, clearly drawing on Campbell's USN career. The engineering and operational details are brilliant translation of the wet navy world to space, if not the wish fulfillment fantasy that you seem to need to get big sales in this genre.

If you're seriously interested in realistic naval fiction and the problems of naval officers and crews, these are a must buy.


Iron Sky [DVD]
Iron Sky [DVD]
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1.0 out of 5 stars So bad that it's... boring, 19 Jan. 2015
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It's weird that Amazon reviews for this flick are so positive, given that most review sites have at a 2 to 3 out of 5. Hmmmm...

Anyway: this is indeed that worst of a things, an unfunny comedy. It's not unfunny because it has Nazis in or because it is in space - two of my favourite films are The Producers and MST3K's Space Mutiny. Nor is it unfunny because it is in bad taste - I wish it was, because at least that would have meant that the director and writer had taken some risks. (The people who have described this being funny in a bad taste sort of way would presumably expire of shock if they saw Bottom or Peter Jackon's Brain Dead, or still worse Gainax's Panty And Stocking With Garterbelt.) It's just not funny because it has no jokes in. Literally. No one even says anything clever, or witty, or even surreal; no one emphasizes the absurdity of the situation; there's no physical comedy. Nothing. Funny. Happens. The film has a premise that should have been comedy gold and does nothing with it.


The Domains of Koryphon
The Domains of Koryphon
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Lesser Vance, but still great SF, 16 Jan. 2015
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Lesser Vance, but still great SF. It *is* an apologia for colonial states like South Africa though.


Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book I
Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book I
Price: £4.93

3.0 out of 5 stars An ok sausage if you don't mind more sawdust than meat...., 16 Jan. 2015
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An ok idea but rather, well, *flaccid.* Destroymen takes an idea that have sustained a single 200 page novel in the age of the pulps and s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-s to fill a series. This whole book felt like it should have been less than half a novel.


The Time Mercenaries
The Time Mercenaries
Price: £2.48

4.0 out of 5 stars Classic pulp, 16 Jan. 2015
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Classic pulp: a whacky idea is made to seem plausible and then worked hard with compact, efficient writing - these days a book like this would be a series of 8 much duller novels.


Come, Hunt an Earthman
Come, Hunt an Earthman
Price: £4.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Lay plotting; read "The Time Mercenaries" instead, 16 Jan. 2015
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The normal Philip High virtues of very efficient and compact writing are undermined here by lazy plotting; resolution very implausible. Read "The Time Mercenaries" instead


Pentel Xp207 0.7mm Automatic Pencil - Blue
Pentel Xp207 0.7mm Automatic Pencil - Blue
Price: £4.14

5.0 out of 5 stars Great pencil - and retractible!, 16 Jan. 2015
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Great pencil. Why? It's a drafting quality retractible at a low price. Ok: you have to hold down the button and press the lead holder against your table/notebook to retract, but it is pocket safe! And the lead is solid to drafting standards, not wobbly like in more automatic retractible pencils. Finally, it has excellent ergonomics and seems very reliable.


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