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Winning the Game of Thrones: The Host of Characters and their Agendas
Winning the Game of Thrones: The Host of Characters and their Agendas
by Valerie Estelle Frankel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.30

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Looked like it might offer more than it actually did..., 15 Sep 2013
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The book was has been written with the TV audience in mind and does not spoil their fun with spoilers or revelations that occur in the latter books (but have not been filmed and televised yet). It spells out some situations that are less clear on TV than they are in the books – and takes the trouble to spell out some issues that blatantly transparent. There are some other elements addressed about ‘Game of thrones’ such as the role of women in this universe and where some of the references and homages that colour the book come from, however, in all honesty it offers nothing that reading the original source material won’t provide. I bought this entirely on a whim and I wish I had taken a little more time to research my choice. I won’t call it a shameless cash in because it is better than that but I found it to have a lot of filler material, and having read it once i then sent it to the charity shop. I could only recommend this if you like the TV show, want to know more, but are averse to reading anything more than an inch thick.


The Definitive Ambient Collection Vol.2
The Definitive Ambient Collection Vol.2
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £49.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting stuff..., 5 Feb 2012
Pete Namlock is prolific by anyone's standard and the `Definitive Ambient Collections' are a great way of taking a sample of his broad spectra of ambient work. It is a mixed bag and by no means perfect, but there are some great tracks (I suppose it all depends on what your flavour is). The other reviewer makes a valid comment that the tones are dominantly computer generated but I don't necessarily feel that this has to be a bad thing, and it is a perfect snapshot of the sounds circa 1991-93. If you can pick this up on the cheap, then I wouldn't hesitate to buy it if you like down-tempo/ ambient grooves; it certainly surpasses the `...collection 1'.


Toshiba 42XV555 DB - 42" Widescreen 1080P Full HD LCD TV - With Freeview
Toshiba 42XV555 DB - 42" Widescreen 1080P Full HD LCD TV - With Freeview

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maximum milk for minimum moo, 4 Sep 2008
Picture 4
Sound 3.5
Flexibility 4
Aesthetics 4
Value 5

The picture of the Toshiba 42XV505DB 42" LCD HDTV is a mixed bag.
I watched the 505DB with a blue ray DVD player and I was flabbergasted. The quality of the image, it's speed and detail were really impressive. With this kind of ancillary the TV really delivers well beyond it's budget.
With regular DVD the picture is good and responds quickly, showing keen detail.
With a regular analogue input the picture is highly changeable (the quality of the signal is the issue here). Pictures can range from good to intolerable. HD inputs are naturally excellent, whilst poor quality transmissions result in a blocky and grubby image that is distressing. A lot of time has to be spent adjusting the colour, contrast and brightness in order to get the best from this set; the factory presets are clearly designed for the showroom and result in gaudy and unrealistic colours. Even when correctly adjusted, skin tones are a little ruddier than normal and the greens are slightly lacking in vibrance; at this price it is utterly forgivable.
The sound is reasonable and I was surprised at the richness of the bass given the small cabinet size. I found the sound to be lacking in midrange clarity, and at higher volumes the cabinet will vibrate unpleasantly. It would be wise to connect this TV to an amplifier (thus resolving the lack of midrange clarity). Ultimately, the extremes of bass and treble are lacking, but this is TV, not Hi-fi.
The 42XV505DB offers a variety of inputs and outputs and will allows connections to 3 HDMI sources, 2 SCART devices, S-video, RGB phono, and a PC input. Sound connections are via phono sockets outputs (fixed and variable), as well as 3.5mm jack. I'm confident that 99% users will have all the connections they need.

Conclusion:
A 1920 x 1080 resolution 42" LCD TV at this price is astounding. It's not perfect and needs time and effort to set it up correctly, but with care and attention it is possible to get a more than respectable performance. If you want a big LCD TV and are not rabid about ultimate detail resolution, and absolute colour representation then this offers a lot of milk for little moo. If you are looking for minimal compromise TV then keep looking, but if you want big value, big screen TV, then you would do well to check this TV out. At £600 on Amazon, 42" TV has never been easier.
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