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You Only Live Twice
You Only Live Twice
by Ian Fleming
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The best in the series, 24 May 2011
This review is from: You Only Live Twice (Paperback)
This is where Fleming really got flowing with his character, and for many who come to the books from the films, this will perhaps be the most recognisable Bond.

The baddie is imaginitive, far-fetched and sadistic, the setting is far-flung and exotic, but perhaps the most aspect to this book is the experience that Bond himself goes through, a character development that sadly not one of the films has ever put on screen without adding saccharin.

This book makes reading all of the series worthwhile.

Groom Mate Platinum Xl Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer
Groom Mate Platinum Xl Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer
Offered by Body4Real
Price: £14.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Does nothing at all for me, 24 May 2011
Some people have said that it doesn't trim hairs very well, or that it pulls them.

For me it did neither of these - it simply shrugs its shoulders when I hold the top half to my nose or ears and manually turn the bottom half. I honestly don't think this little thing has cut a single hair of mine.

I wish I hadn't thrown the packaging away so keenly. Do not buy. There are plenty of other, more effective trimmers around.

Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower
Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower
by William Blum
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Referential and well-researched, but lacking a start, middle or end, 24 May 2011
This book has been thoroughly researched and I find no reason to doubt the veracity. My guess is that most readers of this book will not be surprised by most of the content, though because of the author's pedigree and the span of the book, most readers also may not be aware of. So for that reason, if you're thinking about reading this then you probably won't be disappointed.

However, the book lacks any progression. This book is simply a catalogue of affairs in which the US has meddled, and as a consequence it reads more like a reference book. It doesn't go anywhere, by and large it doesn't explain the background to each affair, and nor does it follow up with the eventual outcome; it simply contains bursts of historical fact - on average about a page in length although some take short (approx. 5 page) chapters.

The information is certainly well worth knowing - and more people should know about this - but soon after I started I found myself flicking ahead to see if the course changed in any way. It doesn't.

The Hunt for Zero Point
The Hunt for Zero Point
by Nick Cook
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unconvincing, yet un-put-downable, 10 Oct. 2001
At first this book seems to be a bit disjointed, jumping from one lead to another, then telling you that it reminds him of something he'd read a few years ago, or somebody he once heard about. Stick with it, though, as most of these leads start to come together in the second half of the book (which I read in one sitting).
The major problem that this book has, and which perhaps, oddly, lends it more credence, is that there seems to be a real lack of proof - it's almost entirely conjecture.
Still, it makes a very interesting story, if you're prepared to believe that the US is still trying to perfect inventions which the Nazis seem to have almost perfected, but inventions that virtually no-one has spoken about in 50 years.
Even if you do find it a little far-fetched, it still raises some points which governments would probably rather hadn't been raised.

DSL For Dummies
DSL For Dummies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so much concerned with communications but MS Windows, 25 April 2000
This review is from: DSL For Dummies (Paperback)
As an Electrical Communications engineer I bought this book to get a foothold in this subject in which there are still a lot of unkowns. Unfortunately this book only skims the surface in terms of digital communication theory, but goes into great depth about how to get in touch with the best local operator for DSL, how to make the best ethernet connections, etc.(bear in mind that these books are written in America). The only depth the book has is in areas that, I think, people who are working (at the moment) around DSL aren't concerned with. If you're working in IT (web design or such like) then this book could be of help, but if you're working in Digital Communications, the first chapter of this book just isn't enough for you.

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