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You've Got Murder (Turing Hopper Mysteries)
You've Got Murder (Turing Hopper Mysteries)
by Donna Andrews
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock inside a computer, 4 Dec. 2009
This series is quite different to the Meg books by Donna.
The concept of a sentient computer is not new but Donna brings it up-to-date and with a light touch. It would be easy to have made this much darker and heavier.
I would certainly suggest that the books are read in order, I read the 3rd book before the 2nd and felt a bit lost not knowing about some of the characters and events in book 2.
I will not read book 4 until I have finished book 2.
The inner conflicts as Turing tries to understand humanity are interesting and say as much about humans as AI.
The interactions between Turing and the other AIPs, esp. KF, are well though out.


Six Geese A-Slaying (Meg Langslow Mysteries (Paperback))
Six Geese A-Slaying (Meg Langslow Mysteries (Paperback))
by Director of Therapy Research Donna Andrews
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £4.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good book full of laughs and mayhem, 4 Dec. 2009
Yet another great book from Donna, a combination of murder, mayhem and almost slapstick comedy. She weaves a good story line with "the usual suspects" her disfunctional extended family and friends. I like them all, warts and all, and can identify with Dad!
There are a few things, particularly food items, that may not be familiar to UK readers - I know about Tex-Mex - but this does not detract from the story as it is obviously a local name for a snack food item.
I have read all of the Meg books by Donna and am waiting for the latest one to come out in paperback. Also, I have started the Turing books which are interesting but quite different to the Meg series.
Jim.


Black Books - The Complete Box Set [DVD]
Black Books - The Complete Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dylan Moran
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £15.72

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read on DVD, 29 Jun. 2009
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This series is great, a home grown British comedy.
Bill Bailey is perfect as Manny and for me is the real star of the show.
Dylan Moran as the bookshop owner Bernard Black is a good example of how not to run a business. Tamsin Greig as Fran makes up the trio of oddballs and thankfully there is no romantic involement with either of the two boys.
It is a pity that only 3 series were made, I think there was enough potential for at least 2 more.


Hyperdrive - Series 1 & 2 Box Set [DVD]
Hyperdrive - Series 1 & 2 Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nick Frost
Price: £6.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great British Hyperdrive., 28 Jun. 2009
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I think that this series was very under-rated and did not get the publicity and exposure that it should have got.
It is a very British sense of homour and so much of it may have been lost on the overseas market expecting a glitzy Hollywood style big budget epic. Obviously, any space SciFi film gets compared to Star Trek which is a big ask, this is more Red Dwarf.
We have some very good writers, producers, directors etc. in Britain today and they can do some fantastic work if given a chance.

The crew of Camden Lock are the typical assortment of people you find in any office anywhere in space and time.
Captain Henderson is too laid back, York is too keen, Teal is a sad case of unrequited love, Jeffers and Vine add their bit to the mixture, and the enhanced Sanderson is part slapstick part eye-candy.

The whole thing works well and it is a shame that only two series were made.


Family Tree Legends Starter Edition (PC)
Family Tree Legends Starter Edition (PC)
Offered by Limited Edition Trading
Price: £7.96

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars good in part but let down by printouts., 12 Sept. 2006
I have a copy of Legends v5.25 and although the data entry is not bad and you can view reports and charts on-screen I have had problems printing.

Even though I selected "Do NOT allow boxes to cross over page boundaries" it still did on ancestor vertical charts and you can see this onscreen even before you try to print, so it NOT a printer fault..

Also, and even worse when printing a 6 A4 page chart it only prints the first 5 pages so it is worse than useless.

(I teach IT and know that it is not me at fault).

I have emailed them and got no reply, also I tried their upgrade to v5.31 but that did not download.

All in all it is a good program badly let down by problems in a few minor but crucial facilities.


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