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Robens Tent Heater 'Denali', Black
Robens Tent Heater 'Denali', Black
Offered by Taunton Leisure
Price: £224.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bit of gear!, 21 Jun. 2017
This review is from: Robens Denali Tent Stove (Sports)
Fantastic!
I have been dithering over which stove to get for a year or so and finally plumped for this one as I have the Robens Kiowa tent. It is basically the Frontier stove re-badged with the tent fabric protector, spark arrester, gloves and bag.
We took delivery one morning just before we left to go camping, and cooked on it that night. There was no issue with "burning in" or anything - the outside smoked for a few minutes then we went for it. It was very easy to light and get a good draw. I have read reviews of the Frontier stove where people have said a rack is needed below the fuel to get sufficient air flow around it. This is not so - just use properly dried wood and don't pack it in too tightly.
Also, after using it all weekend for all our cooking and kettle boiling the flue pipes were not nearly as dirty as I had been lead to expect. I think you would have to use it for a long time before the draw was affected. We just shook out the ash from the stove and put it away. We went home and used it in the garden to show the kids.
Basically, use good dry wood and keep the door snecked open (you gotta let air in) and bingo!
btw - it does not have a flue damper but I fail to see the need. If you have it fitted in your tent damping down the stove could lead to carbon monoxide fumes (deadly!) and increased sooting in the flue. Let it burn out and start again in the morning.


Hippopotamus
Hippopotamus
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Their usual brilliance!, 6 May 2017
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This review is from: Hippopotamus (MP3 Download)
The little teasing trailer for the forthcoming album implied something a bit stentorian and pompous. When the album title was revealed we should all have realised that that is not what Sparks are about. Whatever they do or say, they are always having fun. This makes me laugh and just won't get out of my head. Music is meant to be fun, and just because something is funny this in no way lessens its worth.


Dead Planet
Dead Planet
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Price: £10.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Loads of fun, 6 May 2017
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This review is from: Dead Planet (Audio CD)
Abduction has been one of those records I have never stopped playing over the years. Although this is not quite there, it is still fantastic. The sounds are, to me, a bit more high-tech and Leftfield-y, which is not necessarily a good or bad thing, just a little less warm and familiar.


The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers
The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers
Price: £4.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but not that good either, 6 May 2017
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This was an ok read. The prose is not great and the metaphors and similes were not convincing.
The basic premise was interesting but didn't actually go anywhere - we were left to decide for ourselves in the end what it was all about.
I won't read any more Thomas Mullen books.


The Miniaturist
The Miniaturist
Price: £3.03

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unimpressed, 10 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: The Miniaturist (Kindle Edition)
This book is not as well written as people say. Character development seems to happen by random unpromted jumps (sometmes backwards). Dialogue seems to occur between two people speaking private monologues. Metaphor is used as an opportunity to show off the author's skills but never really works. I am not even interested enough to write any more.


My Splendid Concubine
My Splendid Concubine
Price: £3.10

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars My Tedious Concubine, 17 Jun. 2015
About 500 pages too long, basically. It started off well enough but became increasingly more boring, and the characters less and less convincing. Not that well written either.


Divergent (Divergent Trilogy, Book 1)
Divergent (Divergent Trilogy, Book 1)
Price: £3.74

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad...., 2 Jan. 2014
... just a shame I did not realise it was just a kids' book when I bought it. My teenage daughters would probably like it.


Dead Broken
Dead Broken
Price: £1.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a well written book, 9 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Dead Broken (Kindle Edition)
This book has received good reviews for the same reason that people like the Sun newspaper, Mcdonalds and Eastenders - they like trash!
The characterisations are very one-dimensional, the dialogue is clumsy and any supposed tension is negated by the childish waffling about his mum and dad.
Most annoyingly there were lots of errors and incorrect words: "death throws (throes)", "one foul (fell) swoop"come to mind.
Not terrible, just not any good.


Speculation
Speculation
Price: £2.18

1.0 out of 5 stars Boring rubbish!, 25 Jun. 2013
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Incredibly boring and very patronising. There is no philosophy beyond pretentious 6th form drunken musings. Building a machine to talk to God? He glossed over this astonishing feat of engineering remarkably quickly! Please do not trouble yourself to read this. It's a shame I had to give it one star.


Wool (Wool Trilogy Series Book 1)
Wool (Wool Trilogy Series Book 1)
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wool - stupid title, 25 Jun. 2013
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Quite an interesting set-up but the book fails on so many levels for me.
First off, if you are writing a science fiction book then it would be useful to have some tiny understanding of science, or at least check out a few facts. When a gas goes into a lower pressure environment it does not condense - quite the opposite in fact. You cannot tell the time of the night from the position of the Moon. Cold air does not rise on air currents. There was loads of nonsense about "stale" air and "toxins". The business of the electronics expert working out how a radio works (bearing in mind radios were in use in the silo) was laborious and bonkers. I could go on.
The scale of the place just did not make sense. How could it take anyone two hours to descend 16 floors? 7-8 minutes per floor? How high were they? We never really got any idea of how many people were in the silo. A minerals mine and an oil reserve beneath every silo? An oil refinery, steel works, intensive farming, production facilities for everything they needed? How many people would that take? And had no-one thought to build an elevator if all this other brilliant technology was possible?
It was also very difficult to understand people's motivations. The idea that everybody would react the same way when sent out to "clean" was stupid - and yet so much of the story seemed to depend on it! When everything started to kick off it was again difficult to see where it all came from. And the absolute tripe with the romance thing - shoehorned in and frankly unbelievable. Generally, the characterisations were very flimsy and unconvincing.
The quality of the writing itself left a lot to be desired. The constant mixing of metaphors served only to display the writer's limitations rather than his skill. And I could not help being irritated by the "dipping of chins". He meant "nodding of heads". No-one in the world dips their chin at someone.
Finally, the title. To name a series of three books after the type of rag used to clean a camera? (Incidently, I don't remember any sheep farms here - surely there are not acres of grazing for them underground?)
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