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HTC Desire 510 Premium Leather Black Wallet Flip Case Cover Pouch + Big Touch Stylus Pen + Screen Protector & Polishing Cloth SVL2 BY SHUKAN, (WALLET BLACK)
HTC Desire 510 Premium Leather Black Wallet Flip Case Cover Pouch + Big Touch Stylus Pen + Screen Protector & Polishing Cloth SVL2 BY SHUKAN, (WALLET BLACK)
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Price: £9.55

5.0 out of 5 stars very pleased., 31 Mar. 2015
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Arrived v. promptly indeed, product cheap but ideal, very pleased.


The Other Place and Other Stories of the Same Sort
The Other Place and Other Stories of the Same Sort
Price: £3.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Timeslips, parallel worlds, conspiracy theories!, 25 Mar. 2015
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Excellent stories from before the ideas were overused. Very well written indeed. The themes are;

The Other Place- parallel worlds, lost Edens
The Grey Ones- conspiracy theories
Uncle Phil on TV - Human foibles, the shock of the new
Guest of Honour - insanity, futility
Look After the Strange Girl - timeslips, the past
The Statues - timeslips, precognition
The Leadington Incident - insanity, futility (thematically v. similar to Guest of Honour, perhaps redundant in this collection)
Mr. Strenberry's Tale - timeslips, precognition, End of the World
Night Sequence - timeslips, the past, folie-a-deux

The pick being the one which impresses the least on first reading- "Night Sequence" has a stereotyped beginning, mock-regency prose, and (initially) unlikeable protagonists, but turns abruptly into a wonderful folie-a-deux piece with Lovecraftian hints.

If you enjoy CS Lewis' short stories, you'll enjoy these.


Native American Tribes: The History and Culture of the Inuit (Eskimos)
Native American Tribes: The History and Culture of the Inuit (Eskimos)
Price: £2.39

5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Briefing, 25 Feb. 2015
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Designed to be read on a long commute, a good compromise between a textbook and an encyclopaedia article. Briefs you on all the topics that you need to compare against other Nations, especially national identity, society, hunting, spirituality, relationship with European culture and the modern reality. Decent illustrations including maps which aren't overburdened with detail. Not romantic and not anecdotal, but not too stiffly written either.


Single Wall Cardboard Boxes - 305x228x68mm (12x9x2.7ins) LxWxD. 25 Strong Flat Boxes for General Posting, Packaging & Storage. Rigid Corrugated Brown Board with Kraft Finish & Lid Flaps. Easy to Assemble & Recyclable Flat-packed Cartons. Fast Delivery
Single Wall Cardboard Boxes - 305x228x68mm (12x9x2.7ins) LxWxD. 25 Strong Flat Boxes for General Posting, Packaging & Storage. Rigid Corrugated Brown Board with Kraft Finish & Lid Flaps. Easy to Assemble & Recyclable Flat-packed Cartons. Fast Delivery
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Price: £8.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money, 8 Dec. 2014
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Ideal for several purposes, including post, and for magazine, comic-book and paper storage. Easily adapted for use as stacked pigeonholes. And very reasonably priced indeed.


Fantastic Four Volume 2: Original Sin
Fantastic Four Volume 2: Original Sin
by James Robinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.69

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's never looked so bad. It's never been so good., 29 Nov. 2014
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The emotional and nostalgic investment of the long-term FF follower is pretty substantial- possibly the greatest in comic-book fandom. Superman/Batman may have been around longer, but this is a technicality-their fans can't claim the continuity of acquaintance that we can on these, the First Family of Comic Books. James Robinson is playing on this investment brilliantly and, I hope, not cynically.

Sucker punch after sucker punch is landing on the FF. The Four have been separated from everything they loved. Shield are behaving like the fascist foundation their uniforms have always suggested them to be. The Avengers, cock-of-the-walk poseurs that they are, are Shield's bully-boys. Former friends, even lovers, are now the FF's bitter enemies. Some hidden power is tugging, expertly, incessantly, on the loose threads, and the family ties are unravelling.

This is brilliant storytelling, good enough for me to find myself hoping sincerely that this isn't, after all this time, the end. Didn't the Man Himself promise them a happy ending in #511? Can Robinson go against the word of G*d?

I await the next instalment with intense anticipation... and with trepidation.


Victorian Inventions
Victorian Inventions
by Leonard de Vries
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Outrageous Steampunk Heaven, 17 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Victorian Inventions (Hardcover)
This book is not about those inventions that gave rise to the modern world. You'll find no conventional dynamos or steam engines, no civil engineering projects or medical innovations. This book is about the outrageous also-rans in the history of invention- genuine but insane innovations such as how to copper-plate a corpse, the ankle-wheel roller-skate, mechanical waiters, mole machines, cloud projectors, devices to multi-task the playing of musical instruments, the public demonstrations of Nicola Tesla...

I do understand the other reviews. If you're looking for how Victorian ingenuity contributed to our lifestyle today, this book is not for you. But if you're interested in the indirect impact- the Victoriana that remains with us as the giant gears and hissing automata of steampunk- then you'll find much of its origin right here.

I call for a new edition!


Fantastic Four Volume 1: The Fall of the Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four Volume 1: The Fall of the Fantastic Four
by James Robinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING, 17 Sept. 2014
I'll do my best to avoid spoilers.

We don't know who the enemy is. He, or she, is powerful enough to manipulate Fin Fang Foom, smart enough to penetrate Baxter Building security, and ruthless enough to upgrade the powers of the Wrecking Crew. From Sue's opening narration, this unknown super-enemy will do even worse.

The usual suspects don't seem to fit. Doom is playing host to Valeria, the only person whose opinion he respects and whose love he may somehow earn, so it seems impossible he could be involved. The Wizard is a mercenary in the Unknown's employ, and says so. Kang and Annihilus were recently defeated ("Doomed" and "Family Freak-Out"). Besides, the style is unfamiliar- the attack is on at least two fronts.

On the second front, Shield are attacking through the Courts, charging the team with endangering the public. Surely no coincidence? What's at stake is the care of the Future Foundation, the Four's extended family. It's heart-breaking that there are so few voices raised in their defence.

"Fall" is brilliant, exciting, disturbing reading. It's tone is different from other stories- with less humour and darker imagery, it reminds the reader of "Disassembled". The feeling I normally associate with the end of a first volume is "How will they get out of that?" This time, it's different.

It's "somebody help. Somebody do something!"


Fantastic Four: Season One (Fantastic Four (Marvel Hardcover))
Fantastic Four: Season One (Fantastic Four (Marvel Hardcover))
by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Reclaiming their own, 10 July 2014
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The Fantastic Four have always had the best storylines and the most interesting villains. Witness the fact that all the Marvel animated features are cheerfully looting FF history for their plotlines- having the Avengers fight Doom and Galactus, the Hulk fight Annihilius and meet the Inhumans, Spider-man face off against the Frightful Four, and so on. Well BACK OFF, YOU WANNABES! Here's where the FF reclaim some of their own history, in a retelling that is much superior to the ill-fated "Heroes Reborn" attempt of the nineties.

Which, given the Genre Junkie's very fine words, is all I have to say- I refer you to his thorough and thoughtful review. Hopefully, in the follow-up volume, there will be an encounter with Doom which will achieve 5 stars...


Fantastic Four Volume 3: Doomed (Marvel Now)
Fantastic Four Volume 3: Doomed (Marvel Now)
by Matt Fraction
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Because there isn't a 6-star option, 26 Mar. 2014
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Stories like this, fast-moving, creative, intelligent, witty, and touching, are the reason why The Fantastic Four still deserve the banner-

THE WORLD'S GREATEST COMIC MAGAZINE!

In searching for the cure for their mysterious (and increasingly visually striking) affliction, the story progresses through Ben's involvement in the origin of Doctor Doom, through an encounter with maverick time travellers, the arrival of the mysterious "Old John", and finally a cracking adventure with an alternative Four, Doom, Kang and Annihilus. This last brings the action back to Earth, concluding in tandem with the events in "Family Freakout", also highly recommended.


FF - Volume 2: Family Freakout (Marvel Now)
FF - Volume 2: Family Freakout (Marvel Now)
by Matt Fraction
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-moving freaky fun, 25 Mar. 2014
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An absolutely cracking end to the "Faux" arc! Whenever it's not edge-of-the-seat exciting it's laugh-out-loud funny. Ant-Man's vendetta against Doom is background to some sparkling scenes, incidental and otherwise, playing to all the characters' strengths- no mean feat of storytelling when the cast list has 18 entries, not including the villains.

With the strong "New Departures, New Arrivals" arc running over in the Fantastic Four this title could easily have been relegated to a few offhand "meanwhile" entries in the parent publication. Instead Fraction runs with it, clearly enjoying himself, and finally dovetailing the action of the two titles- delivering a climax which must have strong repercussions in the mainstream. The retro artwork continues to evoke Kirby while meeting the best modern standards- all respects to Quinones and the Allreds, a superb team.

And never have the words "He's not wearing any gloves, Scott!" been uttered with such horror. I thoroughly recommend this.

This should be read in tandem with "Fantastic Four: Doomed", which explains the rather abrupt departure of "Old John".


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