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The Bard's Tale
The Bard's Tale
Price: £1.86

1.0 out of 5 stars Battery drainer, 9 Sept. 2015
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Unistalled it. Just too complex to learn and used up a lot of battery power.


Lazy Way to Gaelic
Lazy Way to Gaelic
by Flann O'Riain
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.25

2.0 out of 5 stars Says on first page - not a text book, 9 Sept. 2015
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It says "This is not a text book" on the first page. Then recommends that you study the language thorugh grammer books and dictionaries before reading Lazy Gaelic. Not much in the way of pronunciation guide. i cannot work out what this book is for. Not for learning Gaelic obviously.


Time Salvager
Time Salvager
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok easy read, 1 Sept. 2015
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Time Salvager is an OK light read based on the established sci-fi principle that if you can avoid disturbing the time stream then it is possible to remove items fromt he past. For a future in which everything is scarce, history is there to be mined. This was the principle behind John Varley's Millenium. Time Salvagers is a fine book but the characters felt a little hollow. Nothing really wrong. Just too many sci-fi cliches in the plot. What redeemed it, in my view, was the author awakening complexities in the plot and politics of time travel that made you realise that the controlling agency may nt be so all powerful after all.


Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
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4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it despite myself - not at all Dickensian, 28 Jun. 2015
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I did not think I would like this book, because I had tried a sample of one of Susanna Clarke's other books and fell asleep. JSM turned out to be a pleasant surprise. It does have shades of Neil Gaiman in it so if you like him that is one obstacle out of the way. Some reviewers have criticised the Dickensian writing style as slow, turgid and annoying. Actually the style is more pseudo Dickensian and intended to give a historical feel to the story. But it lacks the entire dismal pointlessness that make Dickens unpalatable to many modern readers. In fact, being set in the early nineteenth century, it is much racier.

The picture of London at the time is probably not that accurate. This is set pre-Baseljet, so the streets would have been running in filth and the water undrinkable and dangerous. public health and John Snow lie in the future. But suspending disbelief for a while allows a story to press along nicely.


TekBox® Digital Handheld Sports Stopwatch / Sport Stop Watch Time Clock Alarm Counter Timer - With Neck Strap
TekBox® Digital Handheld Sports Stopwatch / Sport Stop Watch Time Clock Alarm Counter Timer - With Neck Strap

3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and cheerful, 21 Jun. 2015
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This is a cheap looking and feeling digital stop watch but it does the job. Instructions are prnited on the box back.


The Wandering Earth (Short Stories by Liu Cixin Book 2)
The Wandering Earth (Short Stories by Liu Cixin Book 2)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Feels like Olaf Stapleton, 21 Jun. 2015
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The high concept, which is explained at the very start and so is no spoiler, is that the sun is unstable and so a future human civilisation decides to move the Earth. That's fine and the method used to directly propel the planet using hundreds of gigantic fusion mass drivers.That is OK although Larry Niven did it much better in World Out of Time.

Where the book fell down was that there was no real personalisation in the characters. It was ll very flat. "I did this then I did that and some people did the other." The result is a narrative style that is a little like reading a history book. A list of events and actions. The protagonist suffers some losses in the book but no mention is made of how upsetting this is. In some ways the style is similar to Olaf Stapleton.


The Wrong Side of the Sky
The Wrong Side of the Sky
Price: £3.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read, 6 May 2015
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Wierd that I love a book almost fifty years old. I came to Lyall only because it was contemporary with Neville Shute who I discovered late. This is a stonking good yarn. It has everything from m issing treasure to millionaire villains and Arabic desert camps. Throw in some daring piloting, written in a factual way and I found this an enjoyable read


Poseidon's Wake (Poseidons Children 3)
Poseidon's Wake (Poseidons Children 3)
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK ish, 6 May 2015
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I am finding this a bit of a plod. I do not mind the family saga, but I do not find it adds to the book. They really could be anyone. The starship scenes feel a little like those Chalet School books where the new girl has to deal with predjudice and bullying by the posh prefects. Not much sci-fi so far. It is OK ish so far but I would probably not have shelled out for it if I had known how slow it would be.


From Russia with Stuff (The Life of Captain Reilly Book 3)
From Russia with Stuff (The Life of Captain Reilly Book 3)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Real Shame after two good books previously, 6 May 2015
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Captain Reilly was an engaging and realistic chharcter in the first two books. However I found that in this fantasy takes over from reality and it detrcted from the book for me. I deleted it about a third of the way through. Originally Reilly gave a pilots eye view of airlines and what itwas like to work for them. The cogs behind the daily schedules. In some ways it was a little like Air babylon but less nesty towards the passenegrs. The costs of becoming a pilot and the travails of maintaining a qualification were susprising.

In this book railly is involved in with the Russian Mafia and it does not really gel with his previous wrokaday character. OK he is allagedly blackmailed into the job but I just could not feel that it was the same Reilly who worried about his marriage and kids and regretted being tempted by an air hostess. His compadre, Rivers, is a Donald Sutherland like character who I found was more irritating than engaging.


Gemistry
Gemistry
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK ish, 25 April 2015
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Nothing really wrong with this candy crush type game. Just not that interesting.


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