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20 + 3 LED Camping Lamp with Remote Control by KurtzyTM
20 + 3 LED Camping Lamp with Remote Control by KurtzyTM

5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says (in German) on the box, 2 May 2014
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This is indeed a light! That works!

A word of warning - you do need to make sure that your batteries are new (or charged if you're using rechargables) and click the remote twice quickly, before the outer ring of lights will come on as I discovered.

Other than that it came fast, it works, jobs a good 'un


Moon Over Soho (PC Peter Grant Book 2)
Moon Over Soho (PC Peter Grant Book 2)
Price: 2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 19 Mar 2014
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A great read, fun, dark, and thrilling - well worth a read

If you enjoy police procedural or fantasy novels you'll love this


Remote Controlled 3pc Vanilla Wax Flameless Candles Set
Remote Controlled 3pc Vanilla Wax Flameless Candles Set
Offered by One Click Wonder
Price: 10.05

3.0 out of 5 stars A little impressed a little dissapointed, 3 Jun 2013
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So the items are exactly as described, real wax candles with an led type light and remote. THey're scented *very* powerfully so they might have to sit in the garage for a bit to calm down a little :) The remote has a few useful functions like a timer, dimmer and a flicker effect but it is only just remote, move more than a foot from the candle and it won't work which is a real shame as the theatrical affect I bought them for won't work.

Overall "meh"


Holocaust: The Nazi Persecution and Murder of the Jews
Holocaust: The Nazi Persecution and Murder of the Jews
by Peter Longerich
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.39

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but harrowing, 29 April 2013
Peter Longerich had created a masterful and scholarly book spanning the Nazi rise to power, the rise of antiemetic policy through to the eventual collapse of the Nazi system. It is not a work for the faint hearted either in its subject matter, nor style - this is history as a narrative but goes well beyond the normal "commercial" approach to history and reads more like a PhD thesis - which does make it less than easy to read. Nonetheless the reward for perseverance is a deep, well thought through and brilliantly insightful analysis if a nation state's decent into horror. His central tennent, that the Holocaust emerged from a background framework of NSDPA ineptitude, patchwork policy, racist ideology and public apathy is illustrated with evidence and example throughout and is a stark reminder of the ease with which religious and racial hate red can be adopted by state, media, public swiftly and seamlessly and create a tsunami of violence even without pre-planning or systematic thought.


The Traitor Queen: Book 3 of the Traitor Spy (Traitor Spy Trilogy)
The Traitor Queen: Book 3 of the Traitor Spy (Traitor Spy Trilogy)
Price: 5.99

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the "best" not the worst, 10 Aug 2012
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Trudi Canavan's writing is a lot like driving a real fast Skoda. You shouldn't enjoy it, you really don't want anyone else to see you near it, and it can be a complete blast. The Traitor series has been somewhat below par, after the incredibly slow first book and an unlimatley unsatisfying second I had high hopes she'd bring it all together in the third. Sadly this wasn't quite the case, and when all is said and done the series is a somewhat unworthy installment in the Guild Magician books.

Trudi telegraphs her plot lines so early its literally comical, her characters make bizarre decisions about how they interact with the world, no-one does anything remotely unsucessful and the world is full of very soft edges (even the "torture" scence in this book is about as scary as pink unicorns) - her saving grace is the speed and pace of her plots, and a good story concept and normally that's enough - in this case it simply isn't. Frankly I'd avoid these books and look elsewhere in her back catalouge.


Red Seas Under Red Skies: Locke Lamora Book 2
Red Seas Under Red Skies: Locke Lamora Book 2
Price: 5.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 27 Jun 2012
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Scott Lynch has created a pair of brilliant works that are really quite different from on enaother but contain the same kernell of a well thought through world, a dizzying array of characters and a compelling story. Although my copy of this came with the "recommended by George RR Martin" sticker, it is infact not a rambling history with no point but a rather wonderful pair of novels. Well worth a read.


Fool's Errand (The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 1)
Fool's Errand (The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 1)
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ho-Humm, 18 Nov 2011
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Sorry Robin, I thought the Assassin's Apprentice was a great book, but frankly you should have stopped there. The series has become ponderous and slow since. Characters react in bizarre ways to situations, which means they lose credibility and the plot becomes very obvious and uninteresting. On top of which our heroes have gone from action men to manic depressive cripples, which makes the whole series, and this book in particular, read like a funeral drudge. Such a shame as the concepts here are really interesting and the world deep, rich and believable.


The Most Dangerous Enemy: A History of the Battle of Britain
The Most Dangerous Enemy: A History of the Battle of Britain
by Stephen Bungay
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 7 Nov 2011
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This is, without doubt, one of the best written, most well researched and most exhaustive accounts of the Battle of Britain. I first read it about six years ago and it remains the one book I come back to again and again when advising people on what to read. The narrative holds together grand strategy, raw statistics and eye witness accounts into a sotry that is both suprising and highly complelling. Simply fantastic.


Assassin's Quest (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3)
Assassin's Quest (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3)
Price: 6.05

4.0 out of 5 stars Bordering on brilliance, 4 Nov 2011
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WARNING - Some spoilers here
Robin Hobb is, without question, an excellent story teller, with a great imagination for characterisation, something sadly missing from much of modern fantasy writing. She is also, very good at thinking about the inter play between her heroes and villains, and she's created a warm, complex, vividly detailed world upon which to play her story out. Moreover her sense of tragedy is exquisite, if rather obvious. Molly and Fitz can never be together, and comedy of errors that leads Burrich to assume Fitz is dead could be in a hundred penny dreadfuls.
It is a shame then, that her plot is sometimes reduced to nonsense by the unwillingness of characters to act. Book Two would be several thousand characters shorter if the principles behaved as people in those positions of power really do, eg utterly ruthlessly. Fitz is an assassin, and expendable. Chade would/should have simply had him kill Regal years before he ascended the Throne. If Verity wasn't up to the job, clearly Fitz would have been and he could have been put forward as a viable alternative to Regal. Chivalry should never have been allowed to abdicate, and if necessary, Patience's life should have been threatened to keep him on the Throne
And then there's the writing itself. Ideas like naming principal characters after aspects of their nature sound cool when you say it to yourself but send several hundred pages referring to your main villain as Regal;, when he's nothing of the sort, and the concept is worn to a transparent veneer
Overall I enjoyed this trilogy like few others, and Robin Hobb is unquestionably one of the most talented writers active today, up there with Fiest himself. Well worth the cover price, well worth re-reading, and well worth the odd editorial stumble along the way.
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Conquer Las Vegas for 3 Days - How to "Do" the World's Most Amazing Town in a 3-Day Vacation
Conquer Las Vegas for 3 Days - How to "Do" the World's Most Amazing Town in a 3-Day Vacation
Price: 0.77

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow, even at 86p this is bad, 5 Oct 2011
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It's hard to describe this book. Rubbish is a word that springs to mind. Perhaps the phrase "waste of time, energy and effort". If you like descriptions of things IN BLOCK CAPITALS, and plenty of !!!! or even s-p-e-l-t o-u-t for you then this is a book for you. For those of us who would actually like a short guide to Vegas that doesn't assume we're complete fools, get another one. A piece of blank loo roll would be a more intresting read and have some functional use for example.


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