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Firefall
Firefall
Price: £6.47

4.0 out of 5 stars Space Opera with a PhD, 31 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: Firefall (Kindle Edition)
I was captivated by this book, an addictive piece of science fiction which manages to throw in considerable doses of philosophy of mind along with the science and, yes, action, without becoming too didactic.
Peter Watts writes well and I was amazed by the depth of his knowledge and research. The ending may seem gloomy but take heart, because Watts's take on consciousness is not shared by everyone.


The Colonel: A Tor.Com Original (Firefall)
The Colonel: A Tor.Com Original (Firefall)
Price: £0.78

4.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet, 31 Oct. 2014
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This is an excellent piece of space opera. What Amazon doesn't make clear is that it is at most a novella, and a prequel to Peter Watts's book Firefall. I heartily recommend them both to anyone who enjoys SF.


GMC PBCBH30 Petrol Brush Cutter 30cc
GMC PBCBH30 Petrol Brush Cutter 30cc
Price: £105.20

1.0 out of 5 stars No Spares, 31 Oct. 2014
On the positive side, this machine is cheap to buy, easy to assemble and starts extremely easily.
On the negative side, after just a few hours of use it ate the starter cord. I dismantled it, expecting that I would simply have to fit a new cord.
Unfortunately the round plastic part the cord is fitted to, and another which adjoins it, had both been damaged.
The manufacturer GMC simply referred me to Tool Spares Online, who only carry a couple of parts for this machine and were not interested in helping any further.
So now I am left with a useless machine.
I would strongly advise you to save up for a quality brand - Stihl or Husqvarna - which will be reliable and for which you will be able to get spares, rather than wasting your money on this item.


GMC PBCBH30 Petrol Brush Cutter 30cc 2-stroke 914693
GMC PBCBH30 Petrol Brush Cutter 30cc 2-stroke 914693
Offered by Power Tool Store
Price: £140.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and Cheerless, 31 Oct. 2014
On the positive side, this machine is cheap to buy, easy to assemble and starts extremely easily.
On the negative side, after just a few hours of use it ate the starter cord. I dismantled it, expecting that I would simply have to fit a new cord.
Unfortunately the round plastic part the cord is fitted to, and another which adjoins it, had both been damaged.
The manufacturer GMC simply referred me to Tool Spares Online, who only carry a couple of parts for this machine and were not interested in helping any further.
So now I am left with a useless machine.
I would strongly advise you to save up for a quality brand - Stihl or Husqvarna - which will be reliable and for which you will be able to get spares, rather than wasting your money on this item.


Grunwerg Windsor Serving Spoon x2
Grunwerg Windsor Serving Spoon x2
Offered by MK Cookware
Price: £5.25

4.0 out of 5 stars Neat and Practical, 26 Jun. 2014
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Useful sized spoons for kitchen and table in stainless steel. They are clean and unelaborate in appearance and have handles which are a convenient length - not too long and not too short, unless you need to get to the bottom of a huge pan. They seem reasonably strong and the metal appears a good corrosion-proof stainless steel. I remember my mother having similar spoons when I was a child, but they are hard to find these days, being either very long or very plastic.


The Risen Empire
The Risen Empire
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, 29 Jan. 2014
This review is from: The Risen Empire (Kindle Edition)
Delightful space opera, well thought out, fast paced, evocative and engrossing. I only wish there were more contemporary SF of this quality. And that Scott Westerfeld would publish a sequel!


Resonance: Ragnarok: Volume 3
Resonance: Ragnarok: Volume 3
Price: £5.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Satisfying Conclusion, 26 Dec. 2013
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Space opera this may be, but it is top quality space opera, well written, stimulating, eminently readable yet intelligent, on a galactic scale.
John Meaney has succeeded in wrapping up the Ragnarok trilogy via this satisfying finale. I was engrossed, reading into the early hours to see what happened. But now I've read it there is a sad hole in my life: where are the other contemporary works of quality SF to brighten my evenings?
Those who are new to Mr Meaney had better start with the earlier works - Paradox, Context and Resolution in the Nulapeiron sequence and Absorption and Transmission, the preceding parts of the Ragnarok trilogy. (The two trilogies take place in the same universe, and elements from the earlier Nulapeiron opus appear in Ragnarok.)
If I were to be picky, I'd have liked to have heard a little more self-disclosure from the Darkness, or Admiral Schenck, perhaps during an attempted diplomacy by the pilots or Kenna, and it would also have been in the pilots' interest to make more effort to forge an alliance with the Zajinets.
If you've enjoyed Meaney's works then you might also enjoy The Quantum Thief and Ancillary Justice.


Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch Book 1)
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch Book 1)
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Fiction, 26 Dec. 2013
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This seems to be Ann Leckie's first book. I just wish she had written more as it is first-class. Ancillary Justice is exciting, engaging, thought-provoking and (rare in contemporary science fiction) well written. There is something for everyone here, from intrigue and space opera to moral reflection, all in one mouth-watering package. Go ahead and buy it - I don't think you will regret it.


Transmission: Ragnarok: Book Two
Transmission: Ragnarok: Book Two
Price: £4.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Oasis, 3 Mar. 2012
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This book is an oasis of excellence in the desert of mediocrity which is contemporary science fiction. If you are looking for quality space opera - entertaining yet thought-provoking - then look no further.
As usual Meaney provides a feast of ideas (but not enough to cause indigestion), along with interesting believable characters, moving along a vast timescale.
He does all this with a sureness of touch and smoothness of style (sadly lacking among most of the other SF books being e-published at the moment) so that the reader is swept along effortlessly, gripped by the narrative and never left marooned in confusion.
While it is probably fine to start with this volume, in order to get the full experience I would recommend starting with Meaney's much earlier Paradox (Nulapeiron 1) and working your way through the series, if you haven't already one so. What a treat awaits you!


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