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Lady Justice and the Pharaoh's Curse
Lady Justice and the Pharaoh's Curse
Price: £3.55

1.0 out of 5 stars So bad it's really really bad. At £0.00 it was overpriced, 30 July 2014
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I've been exploring the world of ebooks on the kindle recently. I found this one free of charge on and gave it a try. It was free, it had a title that caught my eye, best of all it described itself as a mystery/comedy novel. It sounded promising.

Sadly it contain neither mystery nor comedy. This book demonstrates some of the pitfalls with self published ebooks. It has been written with great enthusiasm, little skill and apparently no editing. The plot is both ludicrous and wayward. The story wanders about with no consistency, the characters are one dimensional. During chapters 7 to 10 a drugs bust and trial is inserted to allow the author to express his views on medical marijuana. That the sequence from DEA raid to the end of the trial appears to take less than a week and contains nothing that resembles accurate courtroom proceedings does not seem to bother the author, neither does the fact that the sequence has nothing to do with the rest of the book. He has created a soapbox and will use it. The rest of the book is as bad if not worse. Particularly annoying are the regular call backs to previous books in the series. I would rather read something pertinent to the story I'm currently wading through, rather than trailers for previous episodes. All in all this is one novel that can safely be left o your reject pile.

Apparently this is the seventeenth book in this particular series and the author's website boasts of his writing 21 books in just three years. One can only wonder what he might have achieved if he had focused on quality rather than quantity.

ProCook Retro Kitchen Clock & Timer Cream
ProCook Retro Kitchen Clock & Timer Cream
Offered by ProCook
Price: £14.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty but innefectual, 26 Mar. 2012
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I struggled to find a wall clock that I liked the look of, be they expensive or cheap, none caught my eye - until this one. I liked the design and the kitchen timer was an added bonus.

Unfortunately, it looks nice but is of very poor quality. The clock loses at least a minute a week and needs continual adjustment. The kitchen timer worked exactly once with terribly feeble burrrr... buzzer. In order to hear it you need to be in the same room, and preferably right next to the timer. At which point, why bother with a timer?

It's very pretty, I've left it on the wall, but I no longer use it as either a time-piece or a kitchen timer. Instead it is purely decorative, like three plaster ducks or a pretty china plate in a wire frame.

Wrath of Ashardalon: Board Game [With Rulebook & Adventure Book and 20-Sided Die and 200 Encounter, Monster & Treasure Cards and Ma
Wrath of Ashardalon: Board Game [With Rulebook & Adventure Book and 20-Sided Die and 200 Encounter, Monster & Treasure Cards and Ma
Offered by Wordery
Price: £47.43

10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Neither fish nor fowl, 26 Mar. 2012
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
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I'm wavering a little how to talk about this game as your reaction to it will differ depending on whether you're a hardened gamer/roleplayer or a newcomer to the genre looking for a fun new board game to try.

For the newcomer then - as the name might have told you this is a dungeon exploration board game. It comes packed with card tiles and tokens and a vast number of plastic figures, both heroes for you to play, and monsters to fight. The various components are well constructed and durable. You place your figures on the board then as the game progresses you add new floor tiles, gradually expanding the dungeon and revealing monsters and traps to overcome. That's all very well, except that to get to this point will take at least an hour of setting up and reading the rules - at least the first time. Subsequent plays will get quicker but still a minimum of twenty minutes to get setup seems to be required. The game play is based on modern Dungeons&Dragons and involves a lot of overlapping and technical rules, cards and tokens, all of which need to be kept track of. During any adventure a player will have roughly 12 cards in front of them to keep track of featuring their spells/possible actions/weapons/basic character details. If you want to try a dungeon exploration game then go and find a good second hand copy of HeroQuest or Talisman, much easier, faster and fun to play.

For the experienced RPG player then this is equally frustrating but for different reasons. Unlike earlier games there is no need for a DM - the game mechanic is automated, the players move through the dungeon and encounters are automatically generated each turn, depending on what they did. If you add a new floor tile then a monster appears, if you don't then something else happens, earthquake, trap, pit trap etc, all randomly from the card deck. Unfortunately this means that despite the presence of a storyline quest every adventure is the same and lacks character. There is no problem solving, no roleplaying, nothing that made D&D unique and charming, just endless dice-rolling. You can't even develop your characters. You start at 1-st level with a choice of a few pre-generated characters with limited powers/equipment options. You can with a bit of luck progress to 2nd level. That's it. No further.

In short, the components are of good quality, the idea of a D&D board game was intriguing but its far too complex for newcomers to D&D and fails to deliver the proper D&D experience for experienced players. The only group I can see this serving are players who cannot find anyone willing to GM for them, or fans of the modern Games Workshop style D&D, which is more about moving miniatures around a table and dice-rolling than actually adventuring.
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Bakaware A09 Clothes Horse 4Fold 20in
Bakaware A09 Clothes Horse 4Fold 20in
Offered by Heritage Home and Garden
Price: £12.34

4.0 out of 5 stars Good useful item, 26 Mar. 2012
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I bought this for indoor clothes drying during the winter months and it has more than justified the purchase. The frame is sturdy enough that the arms show no signs of distortion even when loaded with wet towels.

There are advantages to the four section design, You can set it up in whatever angled shape you need to fit the available space, when folded away for storage it is conveniently small. However in an ideal world I would have liked a clothes horse the same length but with three sections not 4 - the smaller arms are not quite wide enough to spread a t-shirt out fully, larger clothes will always dry with creases as the only section of useful length is the top bar.

Despite that it has done exactly what I bought it to do and it shows no signs of wear after a year. Happy to recommend it to anyone.

Replacement Large 25" Diameter 5 Spoke office Chair Base In Stylish Chrome Finish With Castors
Replacement Large 25" Diameter 5 Spoke office Chair Base In Stylish Chrome Finish With Castors
Offered by BiMi
Price: £26.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what was needed, 26 Mar. 2012
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I bought a new chair last year - very affordable leather office chair, gas lift rated to 25 stone. Unfortunately it had a plastic star base which broke a leg after only 3 months. I didn't want to buy a whole new chair so gave this a try. It's a perfect fit. The castors are assembled and clicked into place with no trouble. I knocked the old base off the bottom of the chair then the bottom of the gas lift fitted snugly into this base. Two months later it is still going strong.
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5 Star Office Noticeboard Cork with Pine Frame W600xH400mm
5 Star Office Noticeboard Cork with Pine Frame W600xH400mm
Price: £6.19

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as described, 17 Jan. 2011
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I needed a notice board to help keep my household bills/ephemera in order. This product arrived promptly and fits the bill perfectly.

It comes with two metal eyelets to screw into the frame for hanging purposes and half a dozen pins to get you started. You can attach the eyelets wherever you chose so this can be hung either landscape or portrait style to fit your available space. You need a bit of string to connect the eyelets but after that you're good to go. Mine hangs quite happily on a single picture hook and I have absolutely no complaings

Smartcafe Cafetiere Hot Mug, Red
Smartcafe Cafetiere Hot Mug, Red
Offered by KM AGENCIES
Price: £7.50

106 of 121 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great coffee solution, 27 Mar. 2009
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Finally I have purchased one of these. A friend has had one for years and yet I could never find a shop that stocked them. I love proper coffee but am the only one in my house who drinks it and so a full cafetiere is a bulky wasteful item. This is also far faster when I'm wanting a single cup before I head out to work in the morning. It is simple to use and the insulated mug prevents the coffee from cooling down too much whilst you wait. Sure, you can get the occasional coffee ground in the bottom of your drink but I find that with my cafetiere as well.

My only problem is the size of the cup. The plunger apparatus and grounds occupy the bottom of the mug and the max fill line is quite a long way from the top. Look at the picture. The colour change on the outside of the mug is NOT the max fill line. The max fill line is BELOW the top of the handle. Fill the mug past this line and coffee will leak out around the little tab at the top of the plunger. It all adds up to a coffee mug that holds only half a standard mug of coffee.

I love the thought behind this mug, I use mine every day and it is far superior to instant coffee. I just wish it was a little larger
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Shipwrecked On The Top Of The World: Four Against the Arctic
Shipwrecked On The Top Of The World: Four Against the Arctic
by David Roberts
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A tantalising glimpse of an amazing story, 25 Nov. 2008
I bought this book on the strength of the cover and blurb alone. In the 1740s four Russians find themselves unexpectedly stranded on Spitsbergen with almost no supplies or tools. They then proceed to survive for six and a half years before another ship finds them and brings them home. It sounds a fascinating tale of survival in one of our planets most hostile environments.

The problem is that the book is less about the four Russians and their achievement than about the author David Roberts and his attempts to uncover their tale. He stumbles accross the story and the rest of the book is about his effort to verify it. Which effort is fairly unsuccessful.

At the end of the book we know little more of the men than we did at the start. There is some history of Spitsbergen and of Russian whaling/walrus hunting. He neatly covers other attempts to overwinter in the arctic. He even leads friends on a brief expedition to Spitsbergen which adds a certain polar bear drama to the latter chapters; but we never learn any more of the four Russian castaways than that they existed and the event happened.

There simply is not enough surviving evidence to tell their tale. Instead we are treated to a detailed description of Russian bureaucracy and of the authors experience of hiking in Alaska, neither of which were the reason I purchased this book.

Datawrite DVD-R 8x 4.7Gb FullFace  Printable 50 Cake Box  White
Datawrite DVD-R 8x 4.7Gb FullFace Printable 50 Cake Box White

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value product, 3 July 2008
These are decent quality DVD-Rs. Please ignore the other reviewer who claims they cannot be used for video - I do not know what technical issues he encountered but I have used them for a year or so for both my home movie DVDs and Data Storage/backup and have had no problems. I have yet to try printing on the all white top surface so cannot comment on how well it takes - I just use it as a blank slate to hand write on whatever I need to.

A great value product
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Storm Front: The Dresden Files Book One
Storm Front: The Dresden Files Book One
by Jim Butcher
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Harry Potter..., 19 May 2008
Recommended by a friend this was good fun. Harry Dresden is a Private Detective in modern Chicago. As typical of this literary breed he can barely make the rent and has the authorities and crime lords breathing down his neck.

What sets this aside is that Harry Dresden is a Wizard. The Authorities looming over him are not just the Chicago PD for whom he consults regularly but the White Council of the Wizarding world, out to keep tabs on him. The book rocks along quickly, mixing film noir with a harsh, dangerous magical world that we pick up as we go along.

A book about a magician aimed at an adults not children, and great fun too

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