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Half Life (Russell's Attic Book 2)
Half Life (Russell's Attic Book 2)
Price: £3.82

5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel, 25 Dec. 2014
Cas returns in another intelligent, science-filled thriller. This time there are robots that look like people, problems with the Mafia, and a bona fide evil genius with a high-tech lair. If you enjoyed Zero Sum Game, you'll love this.


Zero Sum Game (Russell's Attic Book 1)
Zero Sum Game (Russell's Attic Book 1)
Price: £0.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Superhuman maths geek, 24 Dec. 2014
Cas has numbers and equations constantly streaming through her brain, combining with physical training to turn her into a maths-powered ninja. I liked the idea of a mathematical genius saving the world... but this book is actually much better than that. For a start, even without the constant threat of shadowy figures influencing their thoughts, no-one really knows what the 'right' answer looks like. The dysfunctional team that Cas pulls together leads to a lot of brilliant moments. Action-packed, fast-paced, and full of nods to maths and computer science alike.


Unstrung
Unstrung
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent dystopian fiction, 27 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Unstrung (Kindle Edition)
17-year-old Lexa has been a thief for about as long as she can remember, creeping through the night and stealing from the corporation that rules the city. But when she unwittingly steals schematics that turn out to describe the latest generation of artificial humans, she and her confederates are looking at serious trouble. At the centre of the story are the Bolts — engineered humans who with every iteration are becoming more and more human in their emotions, while retaining super-human levels of health and mental capacity. Unstrung is in a class above the standard dystopian adventure, using a transhumanist vision of the future to deal with hefty issues of identity, family, and acceptance. Fast-paced, but thought provoking.


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JETech® 2nd Edition Diamond Folio Leather iPhone 4 4S Case Smart Cover with Built-in Stand and Front/Back Protection (Red)
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Jackrabbit Messiah
Jackrabbit Messiah
Price: £2.92

5.0 out of 5 stars A crazy god, 9 Mar. 2014
The fantastic (in more ways than one) story of a god who can't sit still. I couldn't get enough of the characters: Amity is a wonderful heroine whose insight into human nature comes in very handy, and you wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of Maggie or Pauline. As for Jack, he's on a heart-rending quest for stability when his super-power is the ability to slip away... from himself as much as from others. Beautifully written.


Lovely Assistant
Lovely Assistant
Price: £4.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy fantasy with a heart, 9 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Lovely Assistant (Kindle Edition)
I loved everything about this book. It's a fast-paced and fantastical adventure; it's an understated romance; it's a comedy of errors. There are mysterious artefacts, scornful horses, and a serious deadline. The prose is beautiful and the metaphor colourful; the story is told in a lighthearted and comedic style that made me laugh out loud... right until it made me cry. There was plenty of tension with the looming apocalypse, but it was Jenny's personal journey that broke my heart. Simply brilliant.


A Christmas Tail (short story)
A Christmas Tail (short story)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Christmas short, 9 Dec. 2013
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This short story is a sweet read for Christmas, with a little seasonal magic. I hadn't read any of Muir's work previously, but I'd certainly be interested in seeing more of Gilchrist.


City of Dark Magic: A Novel
City of Dark Magic: A Novel
Price: £8.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Magic in Prague, 6 Dec. 2013
Sarah is a young postgrad who's offered the opportunity of a lifetime in Prague. It should have been perfect - but when her supervisor falls to his death, she's drawn instead into a web of intrigue and magic.

It's great to see an academic heroine, and Sarah is a fun character with plenty of strong views - including a very liberal attitude to sex, by way of which she finds herself in a charming if unexpected romance with a local prince. There's magic, immortality, strange characters, and esoteric artefacts, and a plot that kept me up at night. Beautifully written and addictive.


The Bluffer's Guide to Your Own Business (The Bluffer's Guides)
The Bluffer's Guide to Your Own Business (The Bluffer's Guides)
Price: £0.59

3.0 out of 5 stars Short but useful, 22 Nov. 2013
This is the first book I've read in the Bluffer's Guide series, and I suspect it may not be typical, as the series mostly seems to cover topics of conversation - whereas this one focuses firmly on the practical. The book is short (although not bad value at 85p for the Kindle edition!), and it's easy to read, with occasional moments of humour.

There's a lot of very useful information in these pages, although for anyone seriously looking at starting a business, I'd be rather alarmed if any of it were news. It may, however, be a good introduction to what's involved, for someone who's just starting to sort-of halfheartedly think about it. The attempt to span everything from starting up a one-man operation, to taking on more members of staff later, means that coverage of any given topic is necessarily brief.

Short and sweet, but probably applicable to a limited audience.


Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking
Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking
Price: £15.59

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth skimming, 10 Nov. 2013
Surfaces and Essences is basically a book of one idea, explained in ridiculous levels of detail. The basic premise is that analogy-making lies at the core of thinking. The book is written in plain English and would be a good introduction for a beginner without experience in linguistics or cognition. Even if you find the basic idea somewhat obvious, the authors present a number of fascinating examples and applications. Unfortunately this sometimes runs to pages of word- or phrase-length instances of a particular phenomenon, which led to me skim-reading a lot of the book. (I tend to think that if you haven't grasped the concept that's being offered after a dozen or so examples, having a further hundred to choose from is unlikely to help - but maybe that's just me!)


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