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2pcs UK to European 2-pin EU Schuko France Germany Italy Spain Greece Travel Adapter/ Plug Converter in Black *CE Marked
2pcs UK to European 2-pin EU Schuko France Germany Italy Spain Greece Travel Adapter/ Plug Converter in Black *CE Marked
Offered by ShaniTech
Price: 3.49

2.0 out of 5 stars Misdesigned safety makes 2 out of 10 unusable, 16 Aug 2013
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There is a small plastic cover inside over the two live connectors, which should slide aside but doesn't, even with application of a lot of force. I ordered a batch of 10 of these going on the good reviews, and ended up taking 3 out of 10 plugs apart to get rid of the sliding cover. Seriously, how hard is it to make a decent plug.


Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidons Children 1)
Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidons Children 1)
Price: 5.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and optimistic view of near future, 4 Aug 2013
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Unlike his high space opera, this book covers Earth's near future, and it seems to have left Reynolds a little out of his depth. Most of the book is a lengthy chase along a crumb trail of clues which started to wear a little on my patience before it ended. Then the last 15% of the book mostly makes up for this by being rather good, but don't come expecting an action-packed blockbuster. This is definitely character-first sci-fi, and perhaps not as well balanced as some of his earlier books such as Chasm City or The Prefect. Still very readable and it does move along well.


Comes the Peace: My Journey to Forgiveness
Comes the Peace: My Journey to Forgiveness
by Daja Meston
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 15.62

4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating life story, 15 Feb 2013
Written in a sparse, clean style this is a simple memoir of an extraordinary life. Daja's confused relationship with his mother is a central piece of the narrative, which ultimately describes a man who often found well-meaning support along his journey but still could not find a place for himself or a sense of his own worthiness in the wider world. The sense is that he slowly struggles towards the Peace of the title, and forgiveness of his parents.

His early life as a Buddhist monk in Nepal is particularly fascinating and strange to western eyes - it seems medieval, a million miles removed from the iPhones and microwave dinners. I felt a kinship with him, having also been dragged by a parent through some strange circumstances.

Still I recommend it - this book is a great antidote for anyone who is tempted to take their own life too seriously, and a good read. And after reading I'd google his name to get the rest of the story, what happened after publication.


The Asutra
The Asutra
Price: 4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Conclusion of the Durdane trilogy, 25 Dec 2012
This review is from: The Asutra (Kindle Edition)
After having been a man of great influence, this third part of the Durdane trilogy sees Gastel Etzwane abandon his position of power to accompany the returned Ifness on an expedition to try and shed light on the origins of the Rogushkoi. Many roundabout adventures later, much is revealed though the story ends on a slight downward note.


The Brave Free Men
The Brave Free Men
Price: 4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Durdane trilogy, 25 Dec 2012
Continuing on from The Anome, this sees Gastel Etzwane move in rarified circles of Shant's society. It expands on the previous book's journey through Shant's cantons by a change in perspective and a building of allies, giving a different layer of social commentary. Overall probably the best of the Durdane trilogy.


The Anome
The Anome
Price: 4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid start to the Durdane series, 25 Dec 2012
This review is from: The Anome (Kindle Edition)
This is good, solid adventuring: start with a youth in adverse circumstances, who is forced to set out to see the world. As is Vance's speciality he comes across many distinct societies from the merely banal to superbly absurd... At his best, Vance is fluent and lyrical in this, here he is merely good ;) An enjoyable journey.


Existence
Existence
by David Brin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking Man's SF Novel, 13 Dec 2012
This review is from: Existence (Paperback)
If you love SF which folds in current technology and social trends, sticks to a universe where relativity turns out to impose hard limits to space travel, and yet manages to include first contact with a diverse selection of aliens, and tries to explore some of the hard questions about human existence that this poses, then this is the novel for you. It's big, bold, and diverse, a panoply of ideas and characters spread over many pages. Enjoy!


Rango [DVD]
Rango [DVD]
Dvd ~ Johnny Depp
Price: 3.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystical movie-reference-ridden western, 2 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Rango [DVD] (DVD)
There were several things that surprised me about this film, first the mystical slant, all the way from a cypher-like narrator who asks "who am I" to shamanistic and naturist character incarnations in the hawk and the desert cacti, to dream-like sequences in the desert where the film takes leave of its own reality, to a Clint Eastwood-like character who shows up like a god of the genre. It is a metaphorical chameleon, a movie that plays with meaning and allegory in a daring and inventive way.

Aside from the mystical slant, the story is a fine tale of derring-do which carries many movie references, from Django to Chinatown to hints of Mad Max or Apocalypse Now. The bat-powered "ride of the Valkyries" has to be seen to be believed, and the denuoment suitably "legendary". The actual animation work by ILM is fantastic, not far behind Dreamworks' or Pixar's best, and in some ways surpassing them. All in all an excellent piece of work, though it doesn't quite make my best-of shelf alongside Spirited Away and Ghost in the Shell.


The Book Of The New Sun: Volume 1: Shadow and Claw (Gollancz 50 Top Ten)
The Book Of The New Sun: Volume 1: Shadow and Claw (Gollancz 50 Top Ten)
by Gene Wolfe
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, great writing, horrible cover..., 1 July 2012
Out of all of the editions to own, this might have the distinction of being the most garish cover, which is saying something given the cover art that has been on Claw paperbacks over the years... I have to say it doesn't really motivate me to buy this over the ebooks or the second-hand paperbacks -- had this been a beautiful book as well as a great text it would have been an instant buy.

If you are collecting the 50, this is an essential. It is one of the great sci-fi quadrilogies of the last century. Think of the wonders of Coleridge's Kubla Khan, add a dash of the quirkiness of Jack Vance, rewritten with the prose mastery of Dumas or Balzac. It is a grand vision that will transport you, whirling you away to the furthest ends of the earth on the wings of archons.


Cowboys & Aliens - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) [2011] [Region Free]
Cowboys & Aliens - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) [2011] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Olivia Wilde
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: 8.70

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, light-hearted pulp sci-fi, 24 April 2012
What would happen if some aliens were to come scout out the Earth during the wild west era? This film has a solid stab at finding out, taking the iconography and archetypes of a typical western and adding in a very large, clawed, airplane-equipped wild card. It's good, enervating fun, with some quality acting and special effects. It's a rare combination - usually this kind of plot gets the low-budget treatment, and it's great to see it get an extra layer of polish.


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