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High Heat: (A Jack Reacher Novella) (Kindle Single) (Jack Reacher Short Stories)
High Heat: (A Jack Reacher Novella) (Kindle Single) (Jack Reacher Short Stories)
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but I wouldn't bother just for Reacher, 25 Feb 2014
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Not a lot to say about this. Easy to read, and worth it for the most bizarre thing that happens. Not up there really as one to recommend.


The Traders' War: This Merchant Princes omnibus includes The Clan Corporate and The Merchants' War (Merchant Princes Omnibus 2)
The Traders' War: This Merchant Princes omnibus includes The Clan Corporate and The Merchants' War (Merchant Princes Omnibus 2)
by Charles Stross
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor wallpaper, 21 Feb 2014
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An in-credible book. As opposed to 'incredible.' A dreary tramp through some not even vaguely novel ideas with tedious characters doing boring exposé things. Poorly edited (obvious jumps in places) and the constant effort to make it a 'true to life' experience for a modern person confronted with the various scenarios is fatuous. Goodness knows how the author dragged himself out of bed to write two sequels!


TP-Link TL-WPA281 V3 AV200 Powerline 300M Wi-Fi Extender with 2 Ethernet Ports (Wi-Fi Clone, No Configuration Required)
TP-Link TL-WPA281 V3 AV200 Powerline 300M Wi-Fi Extender with 2 Ethernet Ports (Wi-Fi Clone, No Configuration Required)
Price: 28.14

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of kit...with a quirk, 21 Feb 2014
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Highly recommended with the only annoying thing about it being that it comes with a WPA password pre-installed. Hence yo cannot login to it via an existing router without cabling it to a system and logging in to find out what the password is! Plus you have to bloody guess the login!!! It's 'admin' and password 'admin' btw. None of this is in the instructions (and the wireless login doesn't work - at least not for me).

So, not 'plug and play' you need the installation disk and a cable, but once you set it up it's wonderful. The older (equally expensive) version just plug and plays (no pre-installed password) but it's not as 'fast' if that matters.


The Bloodline Feud: This Merchant Princes omnibus includes The Family Trade and The Hidden Family (Merchant Princes Omnibus 1)
The Bloodline Feud: This Merchant Princes omnibus includes The Family Trade and The Hidden Family (Merchant Princes Omnibus 1)
by Charles Stross
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Readable if you're 12 or 14 yrs old, as an adult fantasy it's poor., 30 Jan 2014
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This book is unbelievable, as are the 'rave' reviews. Whereas I think it could be argued that all stories are contrived, this one is done so in such as way as to be transparent and quite painful in it's exposés, pretty much throughout. There is no real suspense, and the editing leaves a lot to be desired: in several places it is obvious where txt has been deleted and the reader is left wondering in what context the dialogue is being submitted. The principal relationship, established pretty much immediately between two main characters is naive and unbelievable. The reader (well, me anyway) spent the whole book *not* actually believing it, which defeats the object of all the other poor efforts at subterfuge. Reasonably well written, poorly edited, not even vaguely a novel idea.


The Plague Forge (Dire Earth Cycle 3)
The Plague Forge (Dire Earth Cycle 3)
by Jason M. Hough
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing end to an awful lot of reading, 10 Jan 2014
As with the 1st two books, a lot of wallpaper to work through. The author has finally revealed that the nagging suspicion that *he* didn't know what was going on, is in fact the case. Extraordinarily disappointing end to such a vast amount of reading. It is astonishing that so many loose ends have been left hanging. What, for example, was the 6th Builder ship going to do? Who knows? If the 'Builders' were so surprised (quote) that there were 'Immunes' to SUBS, then why oh why did they make it a pre-requisite for an Immune to be at the ship to gain access? What was the purpose of the 'Auras?' I mean what (in the bigger picture, as revealed)? Why would the main protagonists split up with no explanation given that the reader has ploughed through something like 20 or 30,000 words (or more!) of superfluous text detailing unnecessary thoughts about their various relationships? Very very poor. It's like someone came and said, 'end it now sunshine.' If you're looking for answers, don't bother, it isn't worth the time to read it. Or, if you have to know, just read the last two or three chapters.


The Exodus Towers (Dire Earth Cycle 2)
The Exodus Towers (Dire Earth Cycle 2)
by Jason M. Hough
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat better than the first book...just., 10 Jan 2014
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More reasonably well written wallpaper, although the pages flowed marginally better than the 1st book. It is literally more of the same, with that revelation still a chapter away. Is that good writing? Not if there is no suspense, in my opinion. Again, wouldn't recommend it, especially as I read the 3rd book.


The Darwin Elevator (Dire Earth Cycle 1)
The Darwin Elevator (Dire Earth Cycle 1)
by Jason M. Hough
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, written well enough, but hardly page flowing, 10 Jan 2014
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A fairly engaging book in the respect of trying to work out what has happened, although the characters are (as another reviewer said) two dimensional. The promise of a revelation as to what has happened is always a chapter away. After having read all three though, I class this as wallpaper. Not something I would recommend. (see comments for other two books, esp. 3rd.)


Nexus (Angry Robot)
Nexus (Angry Robot)
by Ramez Naam
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunningly good book, 12 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Nexus (Angry Robot) (Paperback)
Really different, really thought provocative. Great story with great characters. Seriously seriously good book. This is a view of future humanity which boggles the mind. So good.


The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two
The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two
by Patrick Rothfuss
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 5.66

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1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 23 May 2013
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Boring, boring, boring. Got to page 80 or 90 and gave up. This is so similar in form to the 1st book that I can't believe the character hasn't moved on.

Still chasing some love interest, still broke, knows nothing whatsoever about the bad baddies (and neither do we) and all that's happened is a load of guys sitting around listening to musicians in a pub.

There are vague sexual innuendos which left me thinking this was written by a teenager, but he doesn't look like one in the photo. The writing style is too developed for a kid too, but it is an indulgence.

Nothing happens.


The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle)
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle)
by Patrick Rothfuss
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK...but...., 23 May 2013
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The book has a lot of promise. The writing style is OK, and the main character has a lot of promise...but....

I read it all: basically it is a teenage fantasy, slow, but with a lot of hints of a lot more to come.

Then the 'slaying of the dragon' sequence, clearly a major point in the book. Oh, dear, chasing around a forest, back and forth with some love-interest and drugs. Rubbish.

I bought the second book. Got to page 80 or 90. NOTHING happens! Gave up. This is too slow, can't see why on earth it has such good reviews.

Don't buy it. Two stars for the writing. -4 stars for story and delivery of promised plot. How many books would you have to read to get back to Kothe in the Inn? 30 or 40? Life's too short.


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