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VIA-PET Dog Breed Test - Veterinarian Recommended
VIA-PET Dog Breed Test - Veterinarian Recommended

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DNA analysis, fast turn around., 28 May 2017
We're overjoyed to learn so much about our two rescues - it perfectly explains their idiosyncratic characters!

The Prefect (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
The Prefect (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Prefect - Oustanding, 3 Jan. 2015
I predominantly digest science and philosophy texts these days, so it was a particular treat to sneak in Alistair Reynold's book, 'The Prefect', over the last two days. The work is set in his familiar 'Revelation Space' Universe, one of my favourite sci-fi series of all time.

While moderately smaller in scope than some of his other work, I believe the geographical limitations enabled him to develop more intriguing characters and more curiously and excitingly adorned environments than we have encountered in other work. Simply, this book is outstanding science fiction. The man is a genius in the genre - his hard sci-fi space opera is second to none. The sense of wonder he instills when sharing his immense imagination through his masterful control of language actually makes me giddy. That profound sense of awe is like being rendered a child again, when eyes are fresh and the world is new.

Thank you, Alistair!

The Endymion Omnibus: Endymion, The Rise Of Endymion (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
The Endymion Omnibus: Endymion, The Rise Of Endymion (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Dan Simmons
Edition: Paperback

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic concluding omnibus, 6 May 2006
How does a novelist follow up one of the most incredible, awe-inspiring and enlightening SF books ever written...?

Dan Simmons does it by taking the formula of Hyperion (another journey this time through the River Tethys and its farcasters, the manipulation of humankind by the TechnoCore, the reappearances of the strikingly memorable shrike), but placing it in a very different post-Web universe. The Christian society known as the Pax has taken over most of the fallen worlds, and rules ruthlessly and unforgivingly, rather than the vast Capitalist government seen in the Hyperion omnibus.

Anyway, that is all irrelevant, you will read all of this when you buy the book. WHEN (not if) you buy the book.

For ease of explanation (and to limit my waffling on about the greatness of the two books), I will review the omnibus as a whole rather than two seperate novels:

Simmons' narrative is, again, breathtaking. It is often common for SF to be this descriptive and expansive and absorbing, but never since Hyperion have I read a book that can convey so much emotion, and completely involve me in that emotion (especially with regards to the main characters, who you inevitably relate to and hope for). Love, hatred, fear, anger, are all put across with unfailing brilliance, and the book ranges from the deepest pits of despair, loss and pain up to the highest reaches of ecstasy and glory, exuberance and vibrance - and everything in between. Even if you are not a fan of SF, you should read these books just to experience the literary genius of Dan Simmons. The man is awesome.

There is always the risk that having read a review that quite clearly "brown-noses" a book, a reader of that book may feel it is incapable of living up to the surrounding hype, so there is perhaps something you should know. If you want to follow straight on from Hyperion, if you want immediate answers, you will not be satisfied. These books are set two-hundred and seventy-four years after the fall of the World-Web, and follows a set of new (brilliantly conveyed) characters, and we all know no human can live for two-hundred and seventy-four years...

Deftones [Uk Version-Enh'D]
Deftones [Uk Version-Enh'D]
by Deftones
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavier, more inspired, their best album yet., 4 Jun. 2003
15 years and 5 albums later, Deftones release their self-titled album. This is the one I've been waiting for. They've stuck mainly to their usual formula of low power chords, screaming uninterpretable lyrics and simple yet effective drumming, but somehow it sounds better than ever. White pony was an amazing release, which I (and many others) thought couldn't be beaten - we were wrong!
The songs are darker, and heavier, than ever, (such as the chorus of 'When Girls telephone Boys', featuring a perfect fitting kickdrum triplet) but they are more melodic and with Carpenter's samples echoing malevolantly in the background, they all work perfectly. Abe's footwork is much better on this album, being less predictable (the intro beat on 'Needles & Pins' is noteable), and really adding a thumping demonic sound to the whole effect.
All in all, this is a fantastic album which begs a listen, and a must-have for any metal/nu-metal fan.

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