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A. J. Sudworth "tonysudworth" (UK)

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by Jake Wallis Simons
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clever idea , but I was not grabbed, 29 Jun 2014
This review is from: Jam (Paperback)
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This has taken the full review period because I have come back to it on at least three occaisions because I just could not get into it
The situation is quite a neat idea, M25 everyone can sympathise with that, neat trick to put it a black spot for signal reception etc etc
but I remeber reading a sci fi a long time ago about someone trapped at the junction of a number of motorways and it seemed better executed. The characters come across as quite shallow and becaus eof the need to have an ensemble cast I did not feel you got under their skins that much and I felt it was a little stereo typed.
I had to really push to get to the end and finally did not think it worth it - I have read better - sorry

Braun Oral-B PRO 2000 CrossAction 2-Mode Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
Braun Oral-B PRO 2000 CrossAction 2-Mode Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
Price: 34.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - very effective, 28 Jun 2014
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Like this a lot. The brush has a built 'red' sensor if you are brushing too hard , so that helps you ease off. In just a week I have noticed a clear whitening of my teeth as it brushes more effectively and my breath is better as a result again of getting to the back teeth more consistently
The charger is fine , quite simple and compact with a guide to make sure it charges properly. I used it for a full week on a single charge so that is helpful as well - though not so for a holiday I guess

Live at Compound Studios in Long Beach (The Amazon Sessions)
Live at Compound Studios in Long Beach (The Amazon Sessions)
Price: 2.37

5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely great session, 14 Jun 2014
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Three songs from one of the best bands touring today including one, Good Things Happen which is one of the best songs they have done.
Bags of energy for Electric Man as well and having seen them take Manchester by storm this is a great reminder..

Acts of Omission
Acts of Omission
by Terry Stiastny
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.09

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shallow. depressing view of politicians, civil servants and news media, 15 May 2014
This review is from: Acts of Omission (Hardcover)
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I found this very hard to read because basically its tough to identify with any of the characters in the story. There is a journalist who seems not to know what they want , the fame and all that gos with it, and introverted spy who 'looses' a disk of data relating to the Stasi files informants
I found it very difficult to credit the government view in the book that this data should not be returned to Germany and the lack of ability of the Foreign Secretary to do anything against any advice of the civil service and secret services was just depressing. I think the portrayal of a media frenzy was pretty good but there was a huge air on inevitability of providing a fall guy for the media and the 'grey suits' seemed more interested in how it looked rather than the truth. And the book seemed to end before udnertanding what the connection with the German father of the disgraced politician which left me thinking ' is that it'

Eldorado Network
Eldorado Network
Price: 3.60

2.0 out of 5 stars Not a patch on his flying stories, 28 April 2014
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I gave up on this after about 150 pages because quite frankly I thought the 'hreo' Luis was a complete idiot
I imagined a story set in the Spanish Civil War would be interesting but once I'd read the recruitment section where he tries to get a job with the British and then the Germans I though I am missing something here because the wisecracking style jsut did not work for me in this context.
In contrast to the flying stories where you can imagine the jokes would be a way of dealing with the immediate prospect of death, in this one the main character just seemed very very shallow
I'll keep up the reading of the flying stories but this series is not for me I think - shame because his stories are usally excellent

Goo.ey for Samsung Galaxy S4 (Red) - Skin
Goo.ey for Samsung Galaxy S4 (Red) - Skin
Price: 14.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time - tried it for a week, 28 April 2014
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I thought initially what a neat idea but after a week of trying it I removed it
Two reasons : one, its does not work very well - did not stick to glass unless it was flat
two: one sticky and made the phone tacky and feel like I'd split something on it
I might have kept it on if it for example stuck to anything in the car so I could use the sat nav on the phone but it did not so I removed it

Beneath Another Sun
Beneath Another Sun
Price: 3.49

5.0 out of 5 stars too grim? maybe...great story..yes, 26 April 2014
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I think this the best of his books..I have enjoyed his other stories but this one is a true love story and also one of the
grimmest stories I have read made worse by the basis in fact. Its difficult to write without spoiling it but its a s*** atvredemption for a medic and bringing home a guy who has been brutalised and the twist at the end is very well done
yes, I can see grim but you just have to respect the survivors of the japanese camps

Sunwise Breakout Sunglasses - Green
Sunwise Breakout Sunglasses - Green

5.0 out of 5 stars Really light and reduces glare for a excellent price, 17 April 2014
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I lost my last pair of Sunwise glasses and these were a replacement. They arrived the next day and have been a great hit. They are very light indeed and the lenses are very effective in cutting down glare while running or driving. The bridge of the glasses is comfortable enough for running over longer distances and the fit from the arms curving inwards is snug without leaving marks on your head. The price was great and I think these are really good value for money

Red Rising (The Red Rising Trilogy)
Red Rising (The Red Rising Trilogy)
by Pierce Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Clever idea, not sure it will carry through a trilogy, 16 April 2014
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I can see the Hunger Games and Ender's Game analogy, because the book is largely about the competition between rivals to see who will progress up the social tree and hold power in this 'winner takes all' society. In the Hunger Games you never had that option I felt as it was about survival in the first two , then the overthrow of the established order in the third - in Red Rising that is Darrow's aim from the start as he is inserted into the selection process for the 'Golds' - the cream of society
Ender's Game was also about survival - the unwitting kind, and I think this might be in that the game is rigged from the start - and in any corrupt society it really is not the best - but the best connected that reap the rewards
I think the obvious prenmise is that Darrow starts out with the clear aim of taking this lot down but by the end of book 1 you get the feeling that this may not be so clear cut - it would be interesting to see if thais is how it pans out over the coming series
Its really quite a violent story and quite well done in terms of the way they progress from the obvious power games of violence to mind games to get people to control themselves and its clear that there are vested interests that will manipulate the result if they can - but I don't think we see the whole reason why in this first part
So a clever idea, will I read the next part - not sure

Garmin Fenix Outdoor GPS Navigator Watch
Garmin Fenix Outdoor GPS Navigator Watch
Offered by Burrows
Price: 215.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A super piece of kit, 14 April 2014
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Douglas Adam's once wrote that 'people still thought digital watches were a neat idea' - well, if they did this would be the watch to convince doubters I think.
Why? it looks excellent - I now use it as my everyday watch and the battery life means that I run most days using the GPS and it still only needs charging once a week. And there is a neat alarm that will warn you when it does need charging as well - and you can set what level you get the warning. It has a alarm function and its a little thing but you can set a weekday alarm and not have to reset for the weekend.
Its really straight forward to set up and there is a quick start booklet with it (the ful manual is a download) - my arrived about 75% charged already so it really was 'out of the box' - the charger itself is unique making a cradle to charge the watch - a micro USB might have been simpler given that phones use them but a minor point - it will at least charge from a PC which is useful
Main function is on a big orange button or there is a simple forward scroll from the main page direct into the compass . then altimeter and barometer in succession. Again , minor gripe, the temparature reading is affected by body warmth - but you can buy a seperate sensor (or take the watch off for 30 minutes)
Top left is a simple backlight button and just watch pressing that for too long as it also doubles up as the reset button - bit disconcerting that the first time you do it ..
On the orange button you get a series of other options
The first is start GPS and then it sets about finding the satelittes - I have a Forerunner 205 and the Fenix acquires them a LOT quicker by comarison - and is more tenacious about keeping hold of them as well it seems
At ths spoint its a hold button press to get 'Activity started' - and it will record as any GPD would - but it also has a variable logging function - I like mine to record each kilometre, dead handy in a 10k race as a pace reminder
The screen is easy to read when running and the backlight helps that at night as well
When you are done, its just press the orange button to shut off the GPS and it saves automatically - nice when you tired at the end of a run.
Afterwards if you wish to review the data you need to scroll down to FIT data and select a date/time to review
It was not immediately obvious but when you load the data it presents a screen of distance / time etc
You can then scroll forward to get screens of data on the sub detail relating to checkpoints recorded during activity. So for example you get the 1k splits (as I have it set up to do so) on time / pace etc and this really helpful for longer runs / walks as you can judge the drop off in speed.
This is also where the battery indicator is - another improvement over the 205 as I never knew how charged it was ..
Below that is the setup option - handy for changing between running and walking profiles
Below that is the clock and options around 24 hour display - and here is another neat trcik , turn on the GPS and its sets the time ..
The alerts feature I have only used a couple of time but found it handy with plotting out and back routes when running - you can work out where 5k is and set a reminder to know when you reach it - distance and time are also covered - I have to admit though I just looked at the watch
Then the important option - FIT history, everything you record is held here until you upload it to the website - so distance, time etc
The Waypoint functionality I've used for cross country running to check distance and time and having the ability to recorsd a track (and then review it) I found really useful
The last feature I've used quite a bit is the GPS tools - the first part is just another way to look for satelitte's but there is a co-ordinates function that enables an alarm when you reach a position - again, not a complete substitute for map reading skills but very useful support
I really like this watch/GPS , it pactical, more use that the old forerunner and all I would say is that is probably for the complete outdoor activities rather than just a GPS watch for running, so you would have to choose to spend the extra money

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