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Sandisk 8GB Secure Digital Card [PC]
Sandisk 8GB Secure Digital Card [PC]
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Price: £4.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Very reliable, and great value., 1 April 2012
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Memory become so cheap that there's no reason not to buy a branded make. I've had several of these cards, and they've all operrated flawlessly. Recommended.


Feel The Speed
Feel The Speed

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, if a little pricey, 1 April 2012
This review is from: Feel The Speed (DVD)
Football trainng DVDs always seem to be expensive - perhaps because they sell in relatively small numbers.

This DVD is based around exercises for fast feet. It starts out with basic exercises without a ball, and then gradually puts moves together until the start to relate to game play. The exercises can be used with individuals, or with teams.

The exercises are clearly explained, and are shown at normal speed and in slow motion, which I found useful (my eye's aren't as fast as they used to be!). It's particularly aimed at children up to about 14, but they can be used as training exercises at any age.


Steampunk: The Jade Queen: Part One: Lynchmort James, the Accidental Private Detective (The Jade Queen: Steampunk Books Book 1)
Steampunk: The Jade Queen: Part One: Lynchmort James, the Accidental Private Detective (The Jade Queen: Steampunk Books Book 1)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting, genre-mixing thriller, 1 April 2012
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Publishers seem to struggle with books that don't fit a precise niche - a thriller, a fantasy, a horror story, etc. One of the good things about the increaing ease of publication is that it leaves gaps through which books like 'The Jade Queen' can emerge.

This book crosses genres with abandon. The hero, Lynchmort James, is a fighter pilot turned soldier, who has plunged in to misery and opiate use after the death of his partner. War wounds have left him with one eye, and a hook in place of one of his hands. The book is set in a fictional middle European country during World War II while Nazi's advance on their frontiers, but there's no attempt at historical accuracy - this is fun.

James is recruited from the Opium Den he inhabits to investigate a series of murders. The adventure spirals out from there. moving rapidly from crime to adventure, with elements of fantasy and even a suggestion of steampunk. Think Clive Cussler's Isaac Bell crossed with Indiana Jones, and with a bit of Sharpe thrown in for good measure, and you've getting close to the character and the tone. This sounds as if it could be a mess, but it's anything but - this is an accomplished and entertaining adventure novel.

The book is well edited, and I noticed very few grammatical mistakes - it seemed much the same standard as a traditional novel. I hope this is the start of a series - these characters are too good to let them go after one outing.


A Soccer Life in Shorts
A Soccer Life in Shorts
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting little book, 29 Mar. 2012
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This is quite a short book. and took about half an hour to read. I enjoyed it enough to go back and read a couple of the stories again. The book consists of poems and short stories - anecdotes, really - about the author's footballing experiences. The poems are written with enthusiasm, and I enjoyed most of them, but they're not particularly skilled.

The little stories are the heart of the book. The author played professional football in the US, and most of the tales relate to this time. They convey the joy of football, and suggest that the author couldn't quite believe his luck that he was playing and being paid for it- even if the wages don't seem to have been all that high. The author's experiences are a long way from the Beckham lifestyle, and had more in common with lower league British football than Californian glitz.

If you're interested in football, this is a reasonable buy for the money. If you want a gritty expose of the underbelly of soccer, you'll need to buy a different book. If, on the other hand, you want to read a brief volume by someone who had a good time doing what they enjoyed, and who still loves the game, then this is worth downloading.


A Bad Spell in Yurt (The Royal Wizard of Yurt Book 1)
A Bad Spell in Yurt (The Royal Wizard of Yurt Book 1)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting fantasy, 27 Mar. 2012
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A wizard leaves wizard school and takes up a job in a royal court. Along the way, he discovers that book learning isn't everything, that perhaps his teachers knew something after all, and that people are even more complicated than spells.

Hard bitten, uncouth warriors, morally ambivalent mages and hardscrabble depictions of hand to mouth communities? Not a bit of it! This isn't a gritty fantasy as some are now - it's light, entertaining and fun. The economics of the community are a mystery, it's not clear who the knights ever fight, and there's no 'Game of Thrones' profanity. This is probably the fantasy equivalent of a 'cosy mystery'.

There's a mystery at the heart of the book, and although I found the repeated reconsidering of the possible villains a bit dull, it worked well overall. This book was a pleasant way to spend a couple of evenings. I certainly enjoyed it enough to buy other volumes in the same series.


The Devil and Preston Black (Murder Ballads and Whiskey Book 1)
The Devil and Preston Black (Murder Ballads and Whiskey Book 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil and Preston Black, 23 Mar. 2012
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This is a book about music, about loss, about being overwhelmed by life, and about redemption.

Preston Black is going nowhere fast. He's in a cover band with his step brother and a school friend, and they spend their evenings resisting the drunken calls of 'Freebird' from the floor. In the day time, he works in a music shop and teaches guitar to children.

His life skids out of his control, and the book gives a good impression of a man running ever faster to stop falling on his face. It's difficult to say more without spoilers, but as the title suggests, he's haunted by a woman who may be the devil and a song that may be about his life. Balancing this, there's some people who believe in him, texts from dead rock stars, an attractive Appalachian fiddler and an Alan Lomax type character who understands more about what's going on than Preston himself. There are explicit references to 'Crossroads', but you'll spot them in the first few chapters in any case.

The book builds to a major musical climax, appropriately played out on stage. There's a brief sequelae, but fittingly it's music that brings the book to it's close. The author is working on a soundtrack to go with the book, apparently - I'll look forward to it.

Highly recommended.


Sky Pirates
Sky Pirates
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fantasy novel, 21 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: Sky Pirates (Kindle Edition)
This book is very good indeed. There's a kind of 'star inflation' in Kindle reviews, but this would be worth five stars in a newspaper or magazine review.

It's a good fantasy novel, with interesting characters, a well developed world and an exciting plot. The writing is first class, and King delivers a story with bite and interest. The world is an interesting amalgam of decaying civilsations, competing sorcerers, a flavour of steampunk here and there, and even a cat person - a tribute to Cordwainer Smith, perhaps? Whether it's a deliberate homage or not, it works well, and I looked forward to getting back to the book whenever I had to put it down.

I haven't seen other stories in this series, but it obviously invites further novels in the same sequence, and I'll look forward to reading them.


Keats and Chapman Wryed Again
Keats and Chapman Wryed Again
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy puns, this is the book to buy, 19 Mar. 2012
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This book has a series of short stories - one or two pages each - which culminate in a play on words that relates to a well known phrase. The puns vary from the very ingenious to the truly awful - but when it comes to puns, bad is, of course, good. I'm not sure you could read these all at one go, but I've kept it on my Kindle and dipped in and out of it. If you enjoy word play, it's well worth the money.


Hollywood Locations: a Guide to the Sites of Movies, Murders, Suicides, and Events of Interest, With Photos, and True Stories of What Occurred There. Includes ... a listing of more than 400 Hollywood celeb
Hollywood Locations: a Guide to the Sites of Movies, Murders, Suicides, and Events of Interest, With Photos, and True Stories of What Occurred There. Includes ... a listing of more than 400 Hollywood celeb

2.0 out of 5 stars Too expensive for recycled material, 19 Mar. 2012
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This is a neat little book. It includes famous sites around Hollywood, and ends with a list of movie star residences, including both current and deceased stars.

The main part of the book consists of addresses, and for each address a map and a story about the address, such as in which film it was used, or which star lived there. There's a focus on the sensational - addresses where people died by violence, for example, and in the rush to include this, the author includes some fairly minor stars among better known actors, producers and directors.

There are some editing errors, such as repeated blocks of text, and even a sentence where the 'citation required' mention from Wikipedia is included. I felt this would have been a reasonable book for, say, 99p. It uses secondary content - at least some of the wording is a straightforward cut and paste from Wikipedia. Still, having someone do it for you is useful, but I didn't feel it justified the £2.21 being charged at the time of this review.


PASKAGANKEE (A Paskagankee Novel Book 1)
PASKAGANKEE (A Paskagankee Novel Book 1)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Police procedural meets horror, 18 Mar. 2012
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This book has some familiar plot elements. A big city (or at least bigger city) police officer moves to a smaller town after a tragic event, meets a new love interest, and copes with a series of murders. It's combined with a plot about native American legends and supernatural forces. It hangs together well, and it's an exciting story. There are one or two issues you would expect an editor to pick up - like a Chief of Police who doesn't know how many people live in his town - but all in all it's done well, and delivers a decent number of thrills. Recommended.


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