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Temeraire (The Temeraire Series, Book 1) (Temeraire 1)
Temeraire (The Temeraire Series, Book 1) (Temeraire 1)
by Naomi Novik
Edition: Hardcover

2.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea, but ends up as my little pony but with fangs., 23 April 2014
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I liked the original idea, and some of the thought behind the dragons.
I didn't like the endless plod around with manners and etiquette
I didn't like going on how much he loves the thing and dressing it up nicely.
I didn't like the token, shallow references to history.
I didn't like the lack of action.
Good fantasy is credible, it takes stuff we don't have but the rest of it is real. This wasn't I don't think there's any feel for practicalities...how could you board a hostile dragon in flight for example? Or support a flying dragon without clattering the wings? Loading, aiming and firing a musket on a dragon?
It's written well enough, but a bit disney and dull for me.


Red Country (First Law World 3)
Red Country (First Law World 3)
by Joe Abercrombie BA
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 3 April 2014
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His best book I think. He's got a very good turn of phrase for the dialogue, the characters have depth and it's well plotted.
In addition to this, it's got good pace to it and it's an original idea. He's really picked up the western genre to create this excellent hybrid. What genre next? Maybe an Abercrombie romance?


The Daylight War (The Demon Cycle, Book 3)
The Daylight War (The Demon Cycle, Book 3)
by Peter V. Brett
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.20

2.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but overlong., 15 Feb 2014
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Firstly, The Painted Man was one of the best books I've read, an imaginative, immersive and credible fantasy novel.
The next two weren't so good. The Daylight War isn't a really bad book, it's just overly long and most of that feels like padding.
On top of this, some of the writing got on my nerves, the frequent references to Krasian words I either ignored or had to check back, and although there was a ton of detail on the culture it wasn't especially imaginative.


SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 8GB MP3 Player with Radio and Expandable MicroSD/SDHC Slot - Black
SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 8GB MP3 Player with Radio and Expandable MicroSD/SDHC Slot - Black
Price: 46.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just the job, 26 Jun 2013
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This player is tiny and simple to use, ideal for me. Has a shuffle feature, and tons of capacity with a micro SD card.

Bad points are poor instructions, and rubbish default volume - presumably enforced by pointless nannying eurocrats looking for something to do because if you set the language as English>Europe it sets very low on maximum, too low to block out modest background noise.
But if you set English>rest of World it works fine.

Namely, you can set it too loud, then turn it down a bit if you want, being a grown up who can vote, drive, bring up children and all that I'm sure you can make this decision for yourself.
If you find this out after setting it up, just restore to defaults.


The Corpse-Rat King
The Corpse-Rat King
by Lee Battersby
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.81

4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read, 20 Dec 2012
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An entertaining book, with an unusual plot, rich descriptions and a good blend of pace, humour and action.
If you like a Joe Abercrombie feel but with no politics and and dash of silly humour as well as the dark humour you'll like this.


The Ambassador's Mission: Book 1 of the Traitor Spy: 1/3
The Ambassador's Mission: Book 1 of the Traitor Spy: 1/3
by Trudi Canavan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.91

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull potboiler, 26 Jan 2012
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Blandly written, without any engagement or feel for realism or humanity.

I gave up after about 100 pages, unusual for me. There are far better fantasy authors out there.


Sarah Millican Chatterbox (Live) [DVD] [2011]
Sarah Millican Chatterbox (Live) [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Sarah Millican
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking funny., 13 Jan 2012
As funny as Peter Kay. The gags are a mix of the twee stuff about cakes like you see on TV plus far coarser stuff about sex plus bad language which may not be everyone's cup of tea. But it's all delivered with such warm humour I'm sure most won't take offence.
The funniest stand up I've seen in years, good gags, audience engagement and imaginative variety too.


Heaven's Mirror: Quest for the Lost Civilization
Heaven's Mirror: Quest for the Lost Civilization
by Graham Hancock
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting stuff, 16 Oct 2011
Pros - tons of information and interesting content.
Cons - not scientific really, the facts are made to fit the theory as opposed to the theory being deduced from the facts - other options are never considered.

That said, it's feasible - I'm sure that old civilisations did exist 10 000+ years ago, complete with surprising levels of astronomy and other science. After all, most of the evidence would be under water now (especially as early settlers were coastal) and plenty of folklore/religion refers to ancient floods etc. And archeology is always a subset of what existed - as much will be undiscovered.


The Sirius Mystery: New Scientific Evidence for Alien Contact 5000 Years Ago
The Sirius Mystery: New Scientific Evidence for Alien Contact 5000 Years Ago
by Robert K.G. Temple
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting material, but it's not science., 27 Sep 2011
I liked some bits...looking at the spinx as a fresh view.
Most of the rest is a fantastic example of bad science.
Tons of information, but not usually related to the main theory.
Leaps of thought that owe more to wish than logic.
Bizzare comments like "it would obviously be sensible intergalactic ettiquette".
Yet more unrelated information to wade through and give the illusion of depth to the opinion.
No thought given at all to other possibilities. Such as coincidence, or the fact that any archeological picture is less than the whole picture...this point undermines the whole thesis because the rapid rise of the civilisation and the in depth knowledge could be due to this fact.


In Defence of Dogs: Why Dogs Need Our Understanding
In Defence of Dogs: Why Dogs Need Our Understanding
by John Bradshaw
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful an interesting text, 4 Aug 2011
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I enjoyed this, has a bit of everything.

Evolution, physcology, biology all combine to give a good understanding of our pets.


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