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A Blink of the Screen: Collected Short Fiction
A Blink of the Screen: Collected Short Fiction
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really entertaining collection, 6 Nov. 2012
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In the dedication of the book to his agent, Colin Smythe, Terry remarks that Colin "spent a lot of time sieving through a lot of dusty old newspapers to find my tracks. Amazingly he really likes doing this kind of thing ..." Having read through the results of his research I think anyone who has enjoyed anything by Terry would have given their right arm to have been asked to do that job. From the story written as a 13 year old (with the rather obvious ending) to the speech by Lord Havelock Ventinari on the occasion of the twinning of Wincanton and Ankh Morpork, to "The Sea and Little Fishes," the reading of it has been one of life's great pleasures.


The Long Earth: (Long Earth 1)
The Long Earth: (Long Earth 1)
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to his usual standard, 2 July 2012
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Havaing read and enjoyed all of his books so far I never thought I would say that any book written by Terry Pratchet was boring but this is. The concept is a science fiction one of parallel worlds and the reader is taken along on a trip through the millions of such worlds. As very little happens and there is even less of Terry's humour I am afraid I cannot recommend this book. Sorry Terry!


The Complete Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Trilogy of Five
The Complete Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Trilogy of Five

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Science / Fantasy fiction series ever written and funny with it, 25 April 2012
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I first heard the Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy on the radio, the media for which it was written. "The answer to Life, The Universe and Everything is 42" is a quote which is frequently made thus showing that "Hitchhikers" has become one of the more favourite books in the world and beyond. The original concept was unique and the writing had me in fits of laughter from the start. As the series progressed from the trio to five volumes it got more and more surreal but never lost its humorous base. I still have the original paperback books but to have the stories on a Kindle means I do not have to carry them all around with me. Even after a number of re-reads the whole story is still as entertaining as ever and I am still trying to fly "Just throw yourself at the ground and miss." If I could I would give it 42 stars!


Adobe Photoshop CS5 (Mac)
Adobe Photoshop CS5 (Mac)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rolls Royce of photographic software, 5 April 2012
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On the minus side it is expensive. But the plus side overcomes any objection by my bank manager. I did try Photoshop Elements after a disastrous computer crash meant I had to buy new software but some of the strange ways of that program and the lack of some of the "elements" from the parent program left me frustrated so it had to be a dip into the "rainy day" account to purchase a new copy. Another objection might be the steep learning curve to get the best out of it but persevere and you'll find it worth while. I am still finding little tricks after a number of years of use and I suspect there are a number of surprises still hidden in its folds. However I do not regret buying it for the second time.


Immortal Words: History's Most Memorable Quotations and the Stories Behind Them
Immortal Words: History's Most Memorable Quotations and the Stories Behind Them
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I would question the title "Most memorable", 5 April 2012
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As the author himself suggests there are over 100,000 quotations from which he had a choice so those he did use are very subjective. However with a title of "History's most memorable quotations" I would question some of those he has included and those he has ignored. For example an inclusion is "The Sea the Sea" said by Xenophon although it may have been said at the end of a major retreat by Greek warriors I would question that only those studying Greek history might have heard of the saying and are unlikely to raise it to "most memorable." At the other extreme when quoting Wordsworth he fails to mention "I wandered lonely as a cloud" even in the accompanying descriptive text. The line is probably that which the average member of the public would say when then poet's name is mentioned. There are a number of others equally strange for being used or not used which created, in me, irritation and spoiled the overall enjoyment of the book.


Wrestliana: Or, the History of the Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling Society in London Since 1824
Wrestliana: Or, the History of the Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling Society in London Since 1824
by Walter Armstrong
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting history of a little known organisation, 26 Feb. 2012
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That such an organisation as "The Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling Society of London" ever existed may come as a surprise to many of the current participants of the sport. It did and was very popular throughout a large proportion of the 19th century. This book gives extraordinarily detailed accounts of virtually every bout, some in front of crowds of 10,000 spectators and more, that ever took place from 1824 to 1869 when interest started to fade and the events went into decline. It also gave details of organising committee meetings and descriptions of the various meets, including one by Charles Dickens. By the very nature of its subject the book is unlikely to attract many readers except for historians and possibly people searching for family tree information but what it does it does well and Walter Armstrong, the compiler of the book, is to be congratulated on the depth of research he has produced.


Chinese Astrology (Collins Gem)
Chinese Astrology (Collins Gem)
by Bernard Lodge
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an excellent little book, 14 Feb. 2012
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Physically it is a little book which will easily go into a pocket or a handbag. However what it lacks in size it more than makes up in content. As a hobby I produce and write Chinese Horoscopes and have done for years but I came across information in this little tome which I found useful. There is no author given which is strange but the illustrator, Bernard Lodge is named. It comes under the "Collins Gem" series and it is just that - a gem.


XXX Adult Sex Stories: Taboo Erotica
XXX Adult Sex Stories: Taboo Erotica

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very badly edited., 13 Jan. 2012
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What a strangely edited book. Some stories were full but others were only extracts quite a few stopping before getting to the plot, others split with other stories in-between. There was no way of telling which was the first type and which was the second. The latter would suddenly stop and you were left with some confusion as to whether the next page was a continuation or a new story (no chapter headings). Also my copy would have a couple of lines of printing on one page and half a page the next followed by a full page totally at random. Fortunately it was cheap but even then it was not worth the money.


Clip On 3D Glasses Green and Magenta - For 3D DVD and Blu Ray - Anaglyph
Clip On 3D Glasses Green and Magenta - For 3D DVD and Blu Ray - Anaglyph

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I could not get them to clip on my spectacles, 13 Jan. 2012
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The delivery was excellent but when I tried them they would not clip on to my spectacles. Maybe my glasses are not of a design suitable for this clip ons, but how many others are like mine? I would check with the seller as to the width of the clips before buying.


7dayshop 64x LED Stackable Video/Camcorder and Photograhic Modelling Light - 7DVL1
7dayshop 64x LED Stackable Video/Camcorder and Photograhic Modelling Light - 7DVL1

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bright as I was led to believe, 13 Jan. 2012
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Having read the other reviews I was expecting the light to be at least a full stop brighter. I realise it has a better benefit for video cameras but it has its usefulness for a still camera even if only to allow the auto focus to have sufficient light to work and allow the normal flashlight to produce an acceptable photograph. It does what it says on the box and with a second one to the other side of the camera (I only bought the one) or two or more stacked (its original intention) I suspect I would up the rating to a four or even a five star.


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