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Five Wounds
Five Wounds
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable historical novel with a keen sense of period, 4 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Five Wounds (Kindle Edition)
This was a good read with an engaging plot and, for the most part, well-developed characters. It is set during the Pilgrimage of Grace, about which I could remember very little, but the historical background is expertly filled in as the book progresses.


Murder Offstage: A Posie Parker Mystery (The Posie Parker Mystery Series Book 1)
Murder Offstage: A Posie Parker Mystery (The Posie Parker Mystery Series Book 1)
Price: £1.99

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2.0 out of 5 stars A book of two halves, 13 Feb. 2015
This is a book of two halves. The first half of the book is a solid three-star historical mystery; there's an interesting set-up and enough in the plot to grab interest. Even here the historical detail, the dialogue and the characterisation all seem slightly off, but still better than a lot of books of this type.

Then we get to about 50% of the way through the book and it all starts to get very silly. Characters make wild deductive leaps that are almost entirely unsupported by evidence and then act completely out of character in the service of the plot; the whole thing lurches uncomfortably towards melodrama and It's a big disappointment.


EasyAcc UK 40Pin 15V 1.2A AC Adapter ASUS Wall Charger for ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101, Prime TF201, SL101, Pad 300 TF300 TF700T-with EMI CORES
EasyAcc UK 40Pin 15V 1.2A AC Adapter ASUS Wall Charger for ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101, Prime TF201, SL101, Pad 300 TF300 TF700T-with EMI CORES
Offered by Smart Parts UK, Digital Lifestyle Retailer

4.0 out of 5 stars Works well and seems far more robust and to have ..., 6 Oct. 2014
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Works well and seems far more robust and to have a more secure connection to the tablet than the official charger.


Sony BDPS5200 3D Smart Blu-ray Player with Super Wi-Fi
Sony BDPS5200 3D Smart Blu-ray Player with Super Wi-Fi

4.0 out of 5 stars Sound and picture are high quality and overall represents very good value for, 6 Oct. 2014
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Impressively small, and the instant video features work well. Sound and picture are high quality and overall represents very good value for money


Quick Release Motorcycle Bike Mount Handlebar Kit with Water Resistant Case for HTC One X
Quick Release Motorcycle Bike Mount Handlebar Kit with Water Resistant Case for HTC One X
Offered by UltimateAddons-UK
Price: £21.99

4.0 out of 5 stars It works, 26 Mar. 2014
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This is easy to fit, adjust and remove, seems secure and watertight, holds the phone in position and overall does what it says on the tin. You can work (and hear) the phone through the casing, as long as you're not wearing gloves, and it came through a crash without the phone being damaged.

It's a bit fiddly to clip in place and can be slightly too easy to unclip it if you are fiddling, but other than that it is a very good product and good value.


The Last Mountain
The Last Mountain
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good attempt to write a mountaineering thriller, 12 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: The Last Mountain (Kindle Edition)
The book is the story of a climber trekking in the Himalayas who falls in with an expedition to climb a high mountain. They have a couple of unexpected dropouts and need someone to share the load, so he and his girlfriend are invited to join them. But the route that the climbing party have in mind is not the one on their permit...

I've not seen a mountaineering thriller before and this was quite fun. The technical details are well-handled and the book really comes alive once the climb proper begins (though there is one glaring exception: the mountain they are trying to climb is at one point described as "the last unclimbed 8,000m peak" - which just doesn't ring true as the list of eight-thousanders is so well known. It would have been better to make it just short of 8,000m).

The main gripe with the book is that the author goes out of his way to make the (anti)hero and narrator of the book chippy, self-centred and angry at the world. It's necessary to the plot, but he goes too far - the guy has so few redeeming features that it's hard to see why you should keep reading about him. Fortunately, just as it gets too much, the proper climbing begins and the plot sees you through.

Without wanting to spoil it, the ending has a very effective twist that I didn't see coming (but all the clues are there). It's stayed with me long after I finished reading, so perhaps the book deserves another star on that basis.
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The Tomb of Chewang Nima: An expedition to climb Baruntse in Eastern Nepal (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries Book 14)
The Tomb of Chewang Nima: An expedition to climb Baruntse in Eastern Nepal (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries Book 14)
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A good sense of what an expedition is like, 12 Feb. 2013
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I'd recommend Mark Horrell's books for anyone planning a mountaineering expedition who wants to get a sense of what it's really like - especially the rhythm of travel, climbing and hanging around base camp.

The books are adapted from his blogs, written as he was on the mountain so they give a good idea of day-to-day on an expedition. His companions are often entertaining characters in their own right and he tells a good yarn. And all for under £1.

If I were being very picky, they could do with a little more proof-reading, and the drama of the books doesn't quite live up to his (excellent) choice of titles. But again, they're less than £1 each. It's hard to complain at that price.

This one describes a climb up Baruntse - in which a sherpa from another party, who has summitted Everest multiple times, dies while fixing rope on the upper slopes of the mountain. This happens off-screen, so to speak, but you get a sense of the danger involved in mountaineering


In the Footsteps of Whymper: Climbing Ecuador's volcanoes (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries Book 11)
In the Footsteps of Whymper: Climbing Ecuador's volcanoes (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries Book 11)
Price: £1.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A good sense of what mountaineering is really like, 12 Feb. 2013
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I'd recommend Mark Horrell's books for anyone planning a mountaineering expedition who wants to get a sense of what it's really like - especially the rhythm of travel, climbing and hanging around base camp.

The books are adapted from his blogs, written as he was on the mountain so they give a good idea of day-to-day on an expedition. His companions are often entertaining characters in their own right and he tells a good yarn. And all for under £1.

If I were being very picky, they could do with a little more proof-reading, and the drama of the books doesn't quite live up to his (excellent) choice of titles. But again, they're less than £1 each. It's hard to complain at that price.

This one describes a trek up several of Ecuador's volcanoes - not his most dramatic but very evocative of the experience.


Camelbak Antidote Reservoir with Quick Link 3.0 Litre, 100oz
Camelbak Antidote Reservoir with Quick Link 3.0 Litre, 100oz
Price: £21.48

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A number of good design improvements, 12 Feb. 2013
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I've used Camelbaks for years now, but bought a new one because I needed an insulated hose and the new hoses have the new click-on connectors on them (instead of just pushing onto the outlet like they used to). The latest design has a number of improvements - the lid is easier to open and close (needs only a quarter turn), the new connectors feel more secure but also more versatile than before, and the internal divider in the reservoir gives it a bit more structure and makes it easier to fill.

Overall, a worthwhile upgrade.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Light, comfortable but bulky, 12 Feb. 2013
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This is a good, low cost, warm sleeping mat. I used it in conjunction with a self-inflating style mat on a mountaineering expedition and never felt cold or uncomfortable at night. The only thing to watch out for is that even rolled up it is still quite bulky - make sure you take some cord or webbing to attach it securely to the outside of your pack, because it probably won't fit inside it.


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