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Nemesis Games (Expanse)
Nemesis Games (Expanse)
by James S. A. Corey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Another riveting instalment, 30 Jun. 2015
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Really enjoyed this, though it's a bit different to previous instalments of this saga.

I had enjoyed the structure of previous books, with each chapter being told from a variety of characters viewpoints - usually switching between one of the "main" characters, and then characters we're less familiar with.
This book is a departure, in that it focusses on the crew of the Rocinante, and the situations and thoughts of each of them.
Though I was slightly disappointed in the more internal focus, rather than further development of the universe beyond the gates, it was still a riveting read - Holden and Naomi are fairly fleshed out characters from previous books, but Alex and Amos I always felt were a bit lightweight - I liked them as characters, but they were 1 dimensional buddies for Holden.
This book addresses this issue, in a very enjoyable manner - I now feel very invested in the entire crew of the Rocinante, rather than just the main man.

Naomi's background was maybe a bit contrived, but was well written, and you can generally overlook some minor flaws due to the exciting storyline.

In summary, highly recommended


Getting a Big Data Job For Dummies
Getting a Big Data Job For Dummies
by Jason Williamson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.26

2.0 out of 5 stars Far too lightweight, 30 Jun. 2015
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I was very disappointed with this book. It seems like the dummies series is dumbing down to a ridiculous degree. This book contains so little usable information, it could easily be distilled into a short leaflet.

It is clear that it is not "Big Data for Dummies", but "Getting a Big Data JOB for Dummies" - so effectively what you get is a handful of Big Data chapters, tacked on to a variety of generic job chapters - I wouldn't be surprised to review similar technology for dummies books, and find the chapters on management consultants/working in public sector etc, repeated verbatim. They are just generic filler chapters, with relatively little insight, and very little relevance specifically to Big Data.

The actually chapters on Big Data are so light as too be worthless, and the section on different data types just leaves you scratching your head as to the difference.

All in all, a very disappointing book, saved only from a 1 star review by the fact that there are some decent tips, and some decent insight for people who don't know the industry at all - but it would be hard to really recommend this to anyway, given how lightweight it is - and at the current price of nearly £20, it's a very poor deal.


Rimmel London Exaggerate Smoke-n-Shine Eye Definer, Little Black Smokey
Rimmel London Exaggerate Smoke-n-Shine Eye Definer, Little Black Smokey
Offered by Gracious Online
Price: £2.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value product, 30 Jun. 2015
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This is an excellent value product. Goes on smoothly, and looks very good. Having the smudger on the other end makes it quick and convenient to use. Highly recommended.


Cetaphil 236 ml Moisturising Lotion
Cetaphil 236 ml Moisturising Lotion
Price: £7.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent moisturiser, 29 Jun. 2015
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This is excellent stuff - I'm constantly bothered by dry skin, and this lotion is a great help - quick and easy to absorb, doesn't feel greasy, and doesn't smell - exactly what I need in a moisturiser - highly recommended.


SLEEP EYE MASK - Pure Silk - HIGH QUALITY - AIDS SLEEP - ADJUSTABLE ELASTIC - HYPOALLERGENIC - FOAM EAR PLUGS included - DORMIBENE The SLEEP PILLOW that BLOCKS light for REM rest - Lucid Dream - Enhance your power nap and therapeutic sleeps NOW
SLEEP EYE MASK - Pure Silk - HIGH QUALITY - AIDS SLEEP - ADJUSTABLE ELASTIC - HYPOALLERGENIC - FOAM EAR PLUGS included - DORMIBENE The SLEEP PILLOW that BLOCKS light for REM rest - Lucid Dream - Enhance your power nap and therapeutic sleeps NOW
Offered by Precipice
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent eye mask, 26 Jun. 2015
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This is excellent - I'm often bothered by the smallest bit of light coming into a room, and makes having a lie in a bit tricky.

This is a great solution - easily to adjust, suits a range of head sizes, and the actual eye covering is very soft and comfortable, and most importantly, keeps out any light.

Highly recommended.


LED Backlit USB Gaming Keyboard by ENHANCE with 104 Illuminated Keys , Plug & Play 2.0 USB Design & 10 Button Multimedia Hotkeys for PC , MAC , Zoostorm , AMD , Cyberpower , VIBOX , Dell , Lenovo Laptop & Desktop Computers
LED Backlit USB Gaming Keyboard by ENHANCE with 104 Illuminated Keys , Plug & Play 2.0 USB Design & 10 Button Multimedia Hotkeys for PC , MAC , Zoostorm , AMD , Cyberpower , VIBOX , Dell , Lenovo Laptop & Desktop Computers
Offered by Accessory Genie
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great value keyboard, 24 Jun. 2015
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This is an excellent value gaming keyboard.

Feels good quality for the price, solid keyboard, with good braided cable to connect via USB.

Level of backlight when plugging in is fairly gentle, but I think it looks good, prefer that to glaring backlight. Cursors keys and W/A/S/D are highlighted in green, rest are blue - again this looks quite nice.

Key presses have quite a soft feel, but not too spongy, and is quiet.

In summary, a good keyboard at a good price, recommended


Carmex Original Tube and Pot - (Pack of 2)
Carmex Original Tube and Pot - (Pack of 2)
Price: £5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent lip balm, 23 Jun. 2015
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This is an excellent lip balm - I often have very chapped lips, and products can be very hit and miss - cheapest whilst being effective is vaseline, but can be quite greasy feeling.

This is excellent - has a fairly vaseline feel, but not as greasy, absorbs well - and has a bit of menthol type tingle to it.

All in all, an excellent lip balm product, and nice having a pack with 2 different methods of delivery. Highly recommended.


Under Armour Coldblack RUN Short Sleeve Running T-Shirt - SS15
Under Armour Coldblack RUN Short Sleeve Running T-Shirt - SS15
Price: £20.47 - £42.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent running top, 22 Jun. 2015
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This is an excellent Under Armour top - cool, and comfortable, and definitely feels like it works quite well for reflecting sunlight - big help to someone like me who struggles to run in sunshine, as my temperature rises quite easily in even slightly warm weather. Highly recommended.


Kingfisher Long Handled Patio Knife
Kingfisher Long Handled Patio Knife
Offered by Buy-For-Less-Online
Price: £10.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent patio knife, 22 Jun. 2015
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This is an excellent patio knife - strong, lightweight, long handle - excellent value tool, and saves me a sore back. Have broken a few lesser models (where often the knife too easily comes away from the handle), but this seems more durable, and is highly recommended.


Ultra Chloraseptic Throat Spray Cherry - 15ml
Ultra Chloraseptic Throat Spray Cherry - 15ml
Price: £5.21

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent throat spray, 22 Jun. 2015
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This stuff is excellent for keeping a sore throat at bay. I've used it for years, and there is nothing that comes close to numbing the pain, and also fighting infection in the same way as this stuff - can really stop a ticklish throat from becoming a full blown sore throat.

Cherry flavour is nicer than the original flavour too. Highly recommended.


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