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TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND 300 Mbps Wireless N 4 Gigabit Port Cable Router with UK 3 Pin Plug (USB Port for Printers, Files or Media Sharing)
TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND 300 Mbps Wireless N 4 Gigabit Port Cable Router with UK 3 Pin Plug (USB Port for Printers, Files or Media Sharing)
Price: £37.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A good product, but a word of warning, 15 Oct. 2012
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While this product is generally excellent, providing a good signal at a good range, I do want to give one word of warning - the instructions tell you that you need to run the provided setup CD to use the router, however the setup program comes on a mini CD, not a full sized one, so any computer that takes CDs into a slot rather than a tray (or no CD reader at all) will not be able to use this disk (I foolishly tried to put it in anyway, and had to fish the CD out with the handle of a tea spoon). However the instructions do provide information on how to setup the router via the internet instead of using the CD, and while this process is slightly more complicated than using the setup wizard I still found it very easy to do, so if you do buy this and realise you can't use the CD, don't panic - just ignore the instruction to use the CD first!


You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero: A 'Just Make a Choice!' Adventure
You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero: A 'Just Make a Choice!' Adventure
by Bob Powers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, laugh out loud stuff, 9 Oct. 2012
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Brilliant, laugh out loud stuff - from the very first page this book forces you to make awkward decisions with unexpected and hilarious consequences. Thoroughly recommend for anyone who likes their humour a little dark.


Bitter Seeds (Milkweed Triptych)
Bitter Seeds (Milkweed Triptych)
by Ian Tregillis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A great concept, but somewhat disappointing execution, 9 Oct. 2012
I loved the idea behind this novel, and the characters of the nazi psychics and their handlers were classic pulp stuff, but I was disappointed by the unconvincing and thinly characterised characters on the British side - their motivations seemed lacking and their powers seemed much less well thought out that those of their German counterparts. I'm still likely to read the sequel (if only because there is so much tantalising set-up for it in the first book), but I had high hopes for this book which it just didn't manage to reach.


Empire State (Angry Robot)
Empire State (Angry Robot)
by Adam Christopher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An ambitious novel that hugely disappoints, 13 April 2012
The multiple worlds that Adam Christopher has created for this book are genuinely unique and interesting places in which all manner of exciting tales could be told, but unfortunately this book is not one of them.

Three quarters of the book are taken up with clumsy exposition about the setting - pages and pages of characters literally explaining to the central character how the multiple worlds work - and the remaining quarter is filled with confusing and nonsensical action. The central character is supposed to be a private detective who is the key to an inter-dimensional plot, but he never does any detective work, and just gets dragged dumbly along, never doing anything to advance a story that in truth could have carried on quite well with out him.

The conclusion is supposed to be an exciting series of crosses and double crosses, but none of the characters' behaviour makes any sense, the betrayals being present more because the author felt they were required of the genre rather than because they had anything to do with the motives on the characters. I kept expecting a clever twist at the end that would suddenly make the rest of the book make sense, but when in came to the final page I was just left disappointed.

Ultimately Empire State is an ambitious attempt to cross multiple genres, but sadly it fails to satisfy in any of them. Disappointing.

(Also - why is the main character so obsessed with his hat?)


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