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Glory Season
Glory Season
Price: 3.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Kindle transfer, 25 Feb 2013
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The book's quite good - interesting premise with a lot of promise, but it cuts off rather abruptly with a lot of loose ends. It feels like a rush job towards the end that would have been better with a full sequel.

The Kindle version appears to be a poor scan version, lots of errors like "bit his bottom Up" (should be lip) and people's names replaced with similar words. Not a big problem, but a shoddy job from the publisher.


Exiles: The Uplift Storm Trilogy (Uplift Omnibus Book 2)
Exiles: The Uplift Storm Trilogy (Uplift Omnibus Book 2)
Price: 12.91

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An evolution from the Uplift trilogy, 5 Feb 2013
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Exiles is a little tough going at first, as there are lots of characters and most of them are aliens, which makes them a little difficult to empathise with. This makes the first book a slow burner, but definitely worthwhile and the more rewarding once you're into it.

Unlike the Uplift books the Exiles books are one long story, which makes it feel a lot more epic in scope. It connects back to the Uplift stories, but I won't give anything away by saying how.

I recommend it strongly, especially if you liked Uplift.


The Fractal Prince (Jean le Flambeur Book 2)
The Fractal Prince (Jean le Flambeur Book 2)
Price: 5.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arabian Nights meets post-singularity sci-fi, 4 Dec 2012
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I loved this book, but it's not for the faint hearted. Rajaniemi eschews any exposition, which I like because it always feels jarring to me when sci-fi characters stop to explain to each other how something they use every day works.

I think that works: on the surface the dense sci-fi terms read like magic, especially for the humans still on Earth, but then you read up on it and gain an additional layer to the story. For instance to the humans there's a kind of spirit world, but to the post-humans it's a broken augmented reality environment full of damaged copies of dead human minds.

It's also a worst case scenario for a singularity gone very wrong - instead of a digital upload utopia a few minds (founders) retain all the control, with most of the uploaded reduced to Gogols (an enslaved copy of a mind). I like that slightly dark, cynical view.

The story is told with many nested stories, and those are themselves part of the plot. That adds to the slightly mystical tone to the book, but also adds to the confusion. This is definitely a book I'll read again, probably after re-reading The Quantum Thief and before Rajaniemi publishes the next one.


One For All URC 7960 Smart Control Universal remote
One For All URC 7960 Smart Control Universal remote
Offered by AVIDES
Price: 18.87

5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent remote and excellent at the price, 10 Nov 2011
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Batteries not included - it needs 4AAs.

This does what it says on the box. It was easy to set up. The manual had codes for my TV, Sky+ box and Xbox. It took 5 mins to look up my amplifier online.

Build quality is consistent with the remotes it's replacing, and certainly good enough for 15.


Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Augmented Edition (Xbox 360)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Augmented Edition (Xbox 360)
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: 21.11

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing game, 7 Sep 2011
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Absolutely brilliant game - they've absolutely nailed the feel of the original game, with very few gaffs.

The boss fights are jarring, such that even on a sneak/stealth run through you need to lug about some heavy weapons for when you get forced into a confrontation with some heavily aug-ed bosses. The load times are awful (install to disk - it helps), lots of the NPC models repeat (but there are loads of them) and shooting someone in the head with a tranq or stun gun (rather than the torso) counts as a kill rather than a takedown (which screws up some missions and an achievement).

Those are nothing but quibbles.

40+ hours of immersive gameplay, smart plot, tons of content and easter eggs, good weapons, and several different ways to complete each mission.

In short: buy this game.


Dance Central - Kinect Compatible (Xbox 360)
Dance Central - Kinect Compatible (Xbox 360)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: 8.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best launch title on the Kinect, 2 Jan 2011
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This is a dance game that really works! Ok, so you're still not really dancing - awkward dancers are still awkward and good dancers still fluid, but pulling the right moves at the right time is a real game and real fun.

Everyone who's played this game round my house has got a little addicted to it. It has a similar vibe to Rock Band at parties, though it is a lot more tiring.

Good exercise too - I got an achievement for burning 1000 calories :)


Panasonic Lumix GF1 12.1MP Digital System Camera 20mm Lens Kit - Black
Panasonic Lumix GF1 12.1MP Digital System Camera 20mm Lens Kit - Black

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent combination, 14 April 2010
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This camera is a DSLR that you will actually take with you. It's still a fairly big piece of kit - it reminds me of the 35mm range finder that I had when I was a kid (an Olympus TRIP 35).

Put it on intelligent-auto mode and it's a camera anyone can use, and the interface to open up all the manual options is well designed and fairly easy to learn. Pass it to your point and shoot friend and they'll be able to use it, and if you're a DSLR user you'll feel at home.

The 20mm f1.7 lens is excellent and effortlessly takes rather nice bokeh effect shots. The body struggles a bit at ISOs above 400, but the wide aperture means that I rarely need them. Natural light and indoor shots come out great. It'll struggle in a darker environment like a nightclub, but it's also still to big to take on that sort of night out.

It fits in the pocket of my long overcoat, but is too heavy and bulky to carry there comfortably.

It's an excellent travel camera.


Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360)
Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360)

5.0 out of 5 stars Ace multiplayer, 11 Feb 2009
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This is simply the best co-op multiplayer game on the 360.

There isn't really a single player game - if you're not online it's a mild distraction of a few hours play.

Online, with friends, it's just fantastic. Great feeling of accomplishment when you and your mates survive on the hardest difficulty.


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