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Logitech Wireless Keyboard K360 - UK layout
Logitech Wireless Keyboard K360 - UK layout
Price: £24.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-made light, small keyboard with unifying capabilities, 26 Jan. 2015
Logitech Wireless Keyboard K360 is a well-made wireless keyboard delivered in nice compact design that will enable its use everywhere still offering many good characteristics such as long lasting batter life that makes is valid choice for people who want combination of reliable and nice looking solution.

As already mentioned, keyboard comes in a bit lower size compared to others, 15 – 20 percent smaller, which makes it great if you don’t have big desk or want to take it everywhere with you in your laptop bag. The keys position is similar to a standard keyboard, but given the smaller size of keyboard the keys also need to be smaller and have less space between them. I didn’t realize that have any impact on speed of my typing.

Its usage cannot be easier, all you have to do is to plug wireless receiver and in couple of seconds you can start working on it. The receiver is really tiny therefore you don’t need to take it out of your laptop if you plan to use it on-the-road. Also receiver offers unifying possibility which basically mean by using one USB slot of your computer you can control up to 6 USB devices which have unifying capabilities.

Within the box, beside keyboard itself user gets two batteries (promised to last up to 3 years – will take some time to confirm), receiver that needs to be plugged in into computer and user manual. The keyboard comes in package box that protects it sufficiently from the possible damage during transport.

Speaking about extra features, besides 6 hot keys, the keyboard also offers 12 function keys that can be programmable for using with different programs/functions which would make your life easier. Though may seem light on pictures, K360 actually offers good feeling when keys are touched and also whole keyboard remains solid on surface when used, do not have to fear you will not be able to use it if you are quick typing person.

I tried it both on Win XP, Vista and 7, even tried with Linux and with all of them worked like a charm – no additional SW or drivers were required. It stopped working when I moved more than 6m from receiver, but given there were walls between maybe that could be even higher if you have really big room.

Therefore, if you are on budget or want to have light, small keyboard with unifying capabilities definitely K360 would be worth your consideration. Given the ratio of invested vs. received this is one of best cheap keyboards made by brand company you can find on the market.

I received a sample of Logitech Wireless Keyboard K360 for the purpose of testing and unbiased review, while all the presented information is based on my impressions.

Ours Is the Storm
Ours Is the Storm
Price: £3.23

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read for all fantasy fans out there, 26 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Ours Is the Storm (Kindle Edition)
‘Ours Is the Storm’ by D. Thourson Palmer is a fantasy novel made by new and talented US writer, well-worth of recommendation for readers who love to get lost within fantasy worlds, full of interesting characters and their exciting adventures.

The main character named Revik is heir of kingdom with great future that lies in front of him. Confronted by Ahi'rea, nomad fighter who wants to destroy his kingdom, Revik will realize there is no other way to defeat his enemies but to destroy Ahi'rea completely. And when two of them will meet, much more will be revealed than they could imagine in their wildest dreams.

And until the last page of this exciting novel reader will slowly learn about the deceptions and lies which will change their present and future for good…

I was pleasantly surprised with the level of writing skills D. Thourson Palmer delivered in his fantasy debut – story setting, characterization, well-written descriptions and novel pace are some of the qualities reader can witness while going through the pages of his work – obviously as big fantasy fan, author has a great imagination skills, his storytelling is engaging while his plot flows nicely.

With books and seems to me, especially when it comes to fantasy titles, it’s very subtle question of taste and thereby difficult to say this is work without drawbacks, but I could only say would enjoy this novel even more if names encountered within covers were not so difficult to pronounce.

Still this is matter of personal opinion but overall looking I see bright future in front of this writer and I’m looking forward to his next works - according to seen so far, who knows, maybe this is the first work of future Brandon Sanderson. Therefore I can highly recommend ‘Ours Is the Storm’ by D. Thourson Palmer to all the fantasy fans out there.

I was given a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of unbiased review, while all the presented information is based on my impressions.

The Shylmahn Migration
The Shylmahn Migration
Price: £2.93

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Will be enjoyed by readers who like alien invasion stories, 26 Jan. 2015
‘The Shylmahn Migration’ written by David R. Beshears is the first installment of author series which brought an exciting story of Earth invaded by superior aliens.

Beshears made a good choice of book title which doesn’t reveal too much but still will make reader interested to learn more about invaders who conquered Earth due to their technology too advanced for human race. A story begins with premise that alien race, no longer able to prosper on their home planet, will embark on journey to find new planet suitable for their survival. Earth will become perfect prey and humans no matter how hard they tried would not be able to resist superior invaders.

But what surprised is that aliens did not want to completely exterminate human race, leaving some small resistance groups in order to learn more about people, or for some other reason. The reason why will not be disclosed in order not to spoil the fun of reading, but this is the beginning of mystery that manages to capture reader attention...

With ‘The Shylmahn Migration’ Beshears created an interesting piece of SF novel which certainly would have appeal on worst-case-scenario-for-human-race fans. What is especially interesting is fact that author didn’t split his characters in black and white manner, instead providing detailed explanation of Shylmahn race making them much more than human enemies.

On the other hand, certainly there is still some space for author to further develop his literary skills, mainly in the part of pace, characterization and believability, but regardless of that, first part of his alien invasion series will be enjoyed by readers who like good science fiction (bigger emphasis on fiction) stories. Therefore, I’m looking forward to continuation of this SF series.

I was given a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of unbiased review, while all the presented information is based on my impressions.

By Orhan Pamuk - Silent House
By Orhan Pamuk - Silent House
by Orhan Pamuk
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just as contemporary as 30 years ago when novel was written, 25 Jan. 2015
"Silent House" by Orhan Pamuk is one of his earlier novels, originally published in 1983 and has recently been translated into English, in gradual translation of all the author's works, given the author's getting the Nobel Prize for Literature .

The story of the novel takes place in the background of the military coup that took place in Turkey, three years before the release of this book, precisely one month before the September 12th 1980 when Gen. Kenan Evren and Turkish armed forces have introduced order in the country after the conflicts of nationalists and communists, and remained in power until 1983 when democratic order was reestablished.

The background of these historical events is very present in this novel which connects tradition, transition of Turkish society and intergenerational tensions.
Family gathering is going to happen in a fishing village near Istanbul, where Fatma who is 90-year old widow of local doctor will be visited in a regular summer visit from her three grandchildren.
The story is told by Fatma, her three grandchildren and Fatma servants.

First grandchild, Faruk, who is a historian, continues to work on the manuscript of his father and grandfather, who is a sort of encyclopedia telling a little about everything in Turkey.
Another grandchild is Niljun, beautiful student and leftist activist who regularly buys communist newspapers and dreams to live in a world created on the Soviet model.
A third grandson Metin, is a high school student who dreams of the promised life in America, cultivating peanut somewhere in Georgia. He wants to leave his country and don't see why his grandmother shouldn't sell her property and give him the money to realize his dreams.

Other main characters are Recep, a person small in growth that works as Fatma servant and his son Hasan who is a Muslim fundamentalist, and who will become the center of the tragic event around which this story will be unfolded...

"Silent House" is, as its name suggests, a sad novel, which essentially reflects the sad time in which Turkish society found itself these years.
For the author Turkey , and especially Istanbul which is a mixture of traditional heritage and modernity, is a kind of border area, a place where the history of Western and Eastern influences are intertwined to such an extent that they become an ideal stage for the culmination of the political turmoil in the Turkish society.
That is where the political elites and their followers, although opponents are passing one another in the streets, sit together in coffee shops, but as this novel shows, even live in the same house...

In its essence, this is a novel that speaks against violence , in her Orhan Pamuk called for tolerance, understanding and conversation at a time when it is difficult to imagine that any communication between opposing sides is possible, as in the case Turkey had unfortunately proved.

Sadly, today we are witnessing that our societies and the world itself, didn't much changed in the last 30 years, making this novel just as modern today as it was when it was written.

Children of the Wild Cats: Kitten Adventure
Children of the Wild Cats: Kitten Adventure
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-made first part of exciting book series for kids that love cat heroes, 25 Jan. 2015
‘Children of the Wild Cats’ written by Lily Pickles is a beginning of a new book series that will be loved by kids who enjoyed Erin Hunter ‘Warriors’ or similar works with cats as leading characters.

The main character, kitten named Hattie, because of poverty and suffering she sees all around, fights and rebels against everyone on her journey to survive and become free. And though she’ll be alone fighting against all the odds and numerous dangerous opponents, Hattie will not give up of search for her freedom and happier place to live…

Lily Pickles with ‘Children of the Wild Cats’ created well-made first part of exciting book series that will have appeal on kids who love kittens. With her writing style suitable for younger schoolchildren this book will be a ticket to a world of Hattie adventures which one can only guess how exciting and long lasting would it be.

Ending with a sort of cliffhanger, both young readers and their parents until next installment would be released will keep guessing what happens next in life of our heroine full of adventures. And because of all mentioned, I can recommend ‘Children of the Wild Cats’ as not-so-long, easy-to-read, interesting and exciting piece of work for children.

I was given a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of unbiased review, while all the presented information is based on my impressions.

The Drifting Self: a novella
The Drifting Self: a novella
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Though short, very interesting and provocative work, 25 Jan. 2015
‘The Drifting Self’ written by Andre Averbug, though short in size, is novella worth reader’s time both in terms of its story and questions it provoked after the last page will be turned.

The main character referred simple as He will one day decide to leave all his known life behind and continue driving into the unknown. This “what if” scenario of leaving everything behind, known also in psychology as "The Tahiti Syndrome", is something that almost all of us at least once thought of, though only few had actually courage or strength to proceed into that direction.

In the remaining pages we are witnessing the fate of our main character who, though happily married and with family like you can only wish for, working as a history professor, will decide to change his life that morning, buying a bus ticket for a small town.

While following what happened during his one week stay in Algar, meeting different characters and experiencing various events, will answer some questions but bring many more what may happen in such situation if we were in his place. One thing mostly worth emphasizing is the amount of good things he received from people he encountered, which in the end helped him bringing the only possible decision about the remaining of his life.

Though short in volume, Andre Averbug with his ’ The Drifting Self’ managed to write very interesting and provocative work which for sure will keep you interested until the (too soon came) last page. Averbug didn’t wrote novella about escaping from our obligations, but about desire to experience new things and returning to regular life with found appreciation for everything we forget to see every day.

Therefore, his work will be understood by every human being that lives from day to day in their beautiful lives, but still dream about breaking out at least for a moment to meet some new people and experience some new possibilities - but in the end returning to the old good known life finally sure it’s the best we could imagine. And for those reasons I can recommend ‘The Drifting Self’ as quick and interesting read with you will spend.

I was given a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of unbiased review, while all the presented information is based on my impressions.

Cities In Flight (S.F. MASTERWORKS) by Blish, James ( 2010 )
Cities In Flight (S.F. MASTERWORKS) by Blish, James ( 2010 )
by James Blish
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great saga with more inside than just plain science fiction, 24 Jan. 2015
"Cities in Flight" by James Blish is collection of his four short novels that were written in period of 15 years in the 50's and 60's.

At the beginning of 21st century humankind discovered the possibilities to control gravity which enabled interstellar travel. Also, due to development of medicine, powerful drugs were invented that prolonged human life to thousands years or even more.

As it could be expected, lot of people went to space looking for promised land, establishing human colonies all across the universe. On the other hand, Earth started slowly decaying, wars and chaos erupted and lasted for several centuries. As solution that will provide better life for Earth citizens, the spindizzies were invented. These machines which are able to control gravity were mounted under the cities enabling whole shielded cities to leave Earth.

First story of Blish collection is "They Shall Have Stars" which is telling the story how the original discoveries happened - it's year 2013 and on Earth war is still raging between West and the East, although there are no real difference between war parties, both trying to impose complete control over their population. American senator Bliss Wagoner is working on the major construction project on Jupiter and due to his research, whole humankind future will be changed...

The second story "A Life for the Stars" is happening several centuries after the first, when humans discovered powerful gravitronpolarity generator, colloquially called "spindizzy", enabling whole cities to abandon Earth in search for better life somewhere else among the stars. The main character called Chris deFord is one man who is also departing Earth when Scranton, one of the last remaining cities on Earth, will take flight...

The third story in series one called "Earthman Come Home" is longest although best story in the series about New York City that travels across the galaxy. City lead by Mayor John Amalfi takes contracts with many human colonies and goes through lot of exciting adventures which will lead to discovery that threaten the entire human species...

The last fourth story "The Triumph of Time" continues the saga of New York City when Mayor Amalfi is coming out of retirement to face a final challenge that can mean the end of the whole universe. It was the least satisfying of the four stories. This story is somehow of a bit lower quality compared to others, with its final outcome somewhat unexpected. It seems as if the author was happy to finish this collection, although many opportunities were offered to continue it in different directions.

Overall, "Cities in Flight" as a collection is a piece of good, old school science fiction that offers intrigue and believable concept that is able to grab reader's attention. On the other hand, there are some parts that are of bit lower quality, some characters are not believable sometimes even stereotypical and with the time distance particular events sound somewhat unconvincing.

Still, what separates these novels from other SF works is that there are more inside than just science fiction. A reader is able to found great philosophical, social, political, economic and even visionary aspects of this story which makes it more deep and convincing. And due to that, although writing style is a bit outdated, it influences on overall impression making its quality similar to better representatives of SF genre.

Sadly, if such story will be written these days certainly there will be more than four stories in series due to the possibilities this concept is offering for an almost unlimited number of installments.
So have a bit of understanding for the author, he wrote it 60 years ago and you'll see that eventually you will enjoy it.

S. by Dorst, Doug (2013) Hardcover
S. by Dorst, Doug (2013) Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original, exciting and fascinating piece of literature, full of exciting twists and gradual story revealing, 24 Jan. 2015
"S." by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst is excellent work both to its look and thrilling content, one of the most innovative in recent times.

The novel is based on interesting concept what could happen when a novel which has an unusual notes on its cover that seems written long time ago was picked up.
A main character, young woman, attracted to this writing will start answering to it, thus resulting in communication with the person about who almost nothing is known.
When she will respond with her own notes, slowly stranger's identity will be revealed while numerous details are emerging, but also in that process she would be revealing herself.

The novel itself called "Ship of Theseus" acts like a third main character and for its theme has story of a man without past who embarked on long sea journey in a unordinary ship with a strange crew.
Although first it seemed like an unimportant, gradually the theme of this book will show more and more relevant to what is happening between the two main characters...

As far as the design of the novel, it's also something where it excels. It comes inside the sleeve looking like an old style book bind in outdated way, with classic cover page and font which were used in the past, even with the stamp on it that says 'Book for loan'.

"S." is exciting and fascinating piece of literature that can certainly be recommended to experience.
It's not surprising when we remember that the person behind this project, J. J. Abrams, is same guy who was producer, director or screenplay writer for numerous exciting movies and TV shows, e.g. Lost, Fringe, Mission: Impossible and many more.

What is sure you will enjoy to its last page, not able to put it down, although I don't want to spoil you reading pleasure with any additional details given that the novel is like his series, full of exciting twists and gradual story revealing.

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything by Hadfield, Chris (2013) Hardcover
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything by Hadfield, Chris (2013) Hardcover
by Chris Hadfield
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Author can teach how to think like an astronaut, and will change your perspective looking on Earth (problems), 24 Jan. 2015
"An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth" by Chris Hadfield is an interesting story written by astronaut who went through all kinds of adventures in his career, many of them that you certainly wouldn't expect from one astronaut which changed his perspective of problem solving.

Main character astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield during his life has spent numerous years in training and, if all counted together, almost half of year in space.
During that time he experienced things that can be expected in some action movie like braking into the space station with pocket knife or losing sight for some time being outside of spacecraft, but also he speaks about everyday issues like clipping the nails or fixing a toilet that seems ordinary down here, but represent big challenges up there in space.

In his guide he is telling the story of his life, the story of a lot of sacrifice to become and remain an astronaut that is the desire of many boys and girls.
And due to that he is in position to be able to teach readers how to change their perspective, how to make impossible things possible.
As he's saying, there is only one secret how to do that, philosophy that he had been taught at NASA and that is to prepare for the worst scenario and to enjoy every moment of it.

He is speaking about years of his training, about the time in space, stories full of adrenaline and rush, but also stories about the wonderful things that vast majority of inhabitants of this planet unfortunately never won't be able to experience.
It's hard to imagine what it feels like playing the guitar and looking out the window or looking down on Earth during spacewalk, and yet it seems so easy to imagine ourselves being in his position, envying him on such opportunities.

When he is speaking about problem solving in space, problems that on Earth we everyday take for granted, he's teaching reader how to cross the obstacles in her/his life and go towards the goal, in same time don't forgetting to enjoy life.

"An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth" is a beautiful book full of author's wisdom and charm that although doesn't talk about distant planets and bright stars, brought the story of great astronaut adventures, so interesting that due to him some children who will read it would certainly decide to follow his footsteps.

For the rest of us, adult readers, the book offers some good life lessons,
some small wisdoms that can be helpful in our ordinary life because Chris Hadfield with his insights can teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change your perspective looking on Earth (problems).

by Jean Plaidy
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it together with its prequel, 23 Jan. 2015
"Light on Lucrezia" by Jean Plaidy is second novel about Lucrezia Borgia written by this author whose real name is Eleanor Hibbert, one of the worldwide most bestselling author of historical romantic novels.

"Light on Lucrezia" is sequel to author's previous title "Madonna of the Seven Hills" that started the story about Lucrezia Borgia who was born in fifteenth-century Rome, her father being Pope Alexander VI.
Pope Alexander will draw his illegitimate daughter and her three brothers into a world of richness and scandals that ranged from Pope's affairs with adolescent girls to her brother Cesare's jealousy of anyone who will be near Lucrezia that would result in her conceiving a child in secret...

This sequel starts with Lucrezia second marriage although she is just eighteen, when she hoped that all problems are behind her and expects happiness with her new husband, Alfonso.
Unfortunately brutal murder will happen and Lucrezia will be torn between love for husband and devotion to her brother Cesare.

Those days Borgias ruled the Europe, meaning the almost whole modern world, therefore no one is safe enough of their revenge if something wrong is done, even Lucrezia who is part of the family...

"Light on Lucrezia" brings more light to Dark Age of Italian society when Borgias ruled pious and civilian lives.
It's strong recommendation to read it together with previously published work "Madonna of the Seven Hills" to be able to learn about all the events from her birth to the day when she married her second husband which is the start of this novel.

Her life being the sad story, Lucrezia wasn't able to be happy through all her life due to someone who would destroy even the slightest chance of it.
Particularly that could be said about her brother Cesare but there were some others who were equally ruthless.

The author succeeded to picture her life in realistic manner filling in the gaps of historical data with her rich imagination.
The novel is mainly made in historical, rather than the tabloid writing style, enabling reader to learn not only about rumors and romance stories but also on political issues and reason why Lucrezia did particular things.

The novel can be easily read, although sometimes fails to hold the reader's attention enough that may cause loss of interest if you not read it regularly.

Overall, "Light on Lucrezia" together with its prequel is history story that is presented in realistic and classic manner, that being the main reason why it should be recommended if you want to learn more about the unbelievable Borgias family.

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