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Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch)
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing, 24 April 2014
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A thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi novel, excellent writing and beautifully paced. The setting is a well-realised empire, uniquely imagined with a cleverly thought out dynamic of the interactions between the AI ships, their "ancillaries" (human sub-units) and the surrounding culture. I look forward to the next instalments, confident that I'll be in for a treat.


Dutch English Dictionary
Dutch English Dictionary
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4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says, 9 Mar 2014
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Perfectly adequate dictionary, handy to have. One star off for the slightly childish interface and not acknowledging some common Flemish words


Watch Movies Now Pro (kindle Tablet Edition)
Watch Movies Now Pro (kindle Tablet Edition)
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4.0 out of 5 stars a bargain app, 5 Feb 2014
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A very fine app for the price. Many great memories and new discoveries. Yes, I'm over 50! Streaming seems good, though the quality is not HD, that's not a major drawback with this content, though.


Shaman: A novel of the Ice Age
Shaman: A novel of the Ice Age
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine tale, 1 Dec 2013
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A fine tale of life in Ice Age Europe, evocative writing and good character development, humour, excitement, and adventure. But... raccoons? Blue jays? Muskrats? Hummingbirds etc? Oh dear. I found the poor research very jarring occasionally, so one star off for that.
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Samsung M3 1TB USB 3.0 Slimline Portable Hard Drive - Black
Samsung M3 1TB USB 3.0 Slimline Portable Hard Drive - Black
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, 3 Aug 2013
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Plug and Play straight out of the box, adequately fast transfer even with USB 2.0, all my photographs safely backed up.


Edinburgh Map [Kindle Tablet Edition]
Edinburgh Map [Kindle Tablet Edition]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a map, 6 Feb 2013
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A map of Edinburgh. Handy to carry on the KFHD with a decent range of scales available. Loses a star as it does not recognise my home address, and another because it does not remember previously used locations after it is restarted.


BBC iPlayer(Kindle Tablet Edition)
BBC iPlayer(Kindle Tablet Edition)
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4.0 out of 5 stars londoncentric, 12 Nov 2012
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works fine, but no content from local radio stations , or tv channels. How hard can it be to have all BBC content? Laziness? Lack of awareness that real people live outside London, more likely....


Convergent Space
Convergent Space
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20 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor stuff, 22 May 2012
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I bought this title based on the various 5* reviews. Many seemed to mention that it was "Unputdownable". Wrong. I almost never fail to finish a book, but this one defeated me. I am a huge fan of space opera and hard sci-fi, so was very disappointed.
One thing I always ask of a sci-fi story is that the universe must be plausible, even if the author needs to invoke a few Deus Ex Machina tricks (hyperspace, star drive, whatever)There is no consistency here: sometimes the protagonist is flitting between solar systems in her ship as if driving a car between nearby towns, at other times, a huge "Golgafrinchan" space ark needs to use years of constant acceleration. To compound the error, on the space ark (under constant acceleration, as is pointed out specifically, as a plot point) the inhabitants of the ship experience zero-g (as another plot point)! Lazy and blithely unconcerned with physics and the scale of the galaxy.
As for characterisation, there is none. One of the protagonist's side-kicks (who joins her for no discernible reason) has, as his defining characteristic, "stubby arms", mentioned 4 or 5 times. Nothing else, apart from a slight grumpiness, which comes and goes, is known about this character.
A good hard editing would also help; it's a flabby book and with a more than acceptable number of grammatical and spelling errors (including my current bug-bear, a confusion between "then" and "than".)
It completely failed to grip me; rather, it annoyed me pretty constantly.


Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) (Silo Saga)
Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) (Silo Saga)

5.0 out of 5 stars Not in the least "wooly"!, 22 May 2012
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As a fan of sci-fi and dystopian fiction, I bought this Omnibus edition largely on impulse. So glad that I did. The writing is excellent; brilliant characterisation, well-plotted, well-paced. The action takes place in a claustrophobic future world; very inventively and beautifully realised. Revelations keep coming, making sense of the characters and their situation and keeping the story moving towards a breathless finale. A genuine treat.


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