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[Windows 10 Tablet]IROPRO® 8" Inch Windows 10 Tablet, Intel Quad Core 1.33GHz-1.83GHz, 1280*800 IPS Screen, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB ROM, 2MP Dual Camera, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, USB, OTG
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2.0 out of 5 stars Far better to save the money and spend a little more ..., 20 Jan. 2016
Please avoid leaning exclusively on positive reviews regarding this product.

The product arrived with a non-responsive screen and was returned for a replacement.
The product contains no manual.
The product is advertised as holding 16GB storage. As with all drives, this isn't actually how much usable storage space is available. It in fact it contains only 14.2GB usable storage.
Of this 14.2GB, 10.9GB is already taken up with system data, such as the operating system. Additionally, around 1GB is taken up with a very small selection of pre-installed apps. This means that the product can in reality only store around 3.5GB out of the box.
The OS is slow and appears unstable, freezing and crashing during periods of intense use. This can range from searching for documents to loading apps.
The product seems to drain battery at an excessively fast rate.

Far better to save the money and spend a little more for a more reliable product.


The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism
The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism
by Vincent B. Leitch
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £35.99

37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Compilation, 29 Dec. 2012
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Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism: Second Edition.

This is a highly useful book for any students of literature, critical theory, philosophy, anthropology, cultural studies, media or history. Whilst it does focus mainly upon literature, it contains excerpts about a huge number of topics. As potential buyers are unable to see the contents, included below is a complete list of theoreticians' work contained within the anthology:

Georgias of Leontini,
Plato,
Aristotle,
Horace,
Longinus,
Augustine of Hippo,
Moses Maimonides,
Thomas Aquinas,
Dante Alighieri,
Giovanni Boccaccio,
Christine De Pizan,
Joachim Du Bellay,
Giacopo Mazzoni,
Sir Philip Sydney,
Pierre Corneille,
John Dryden,
Aphra Behn,
Giambattista Vico,
Joseph Addison,
Alexander Pope,
Samuel Johnson,
David Hume,
Immanuel Kant,
Edmund Burke,
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing,
Friedrich Von Schiller,
Mary Wollstonecraft,
Germaine Necker De Stael,
Friedrich Schleiermacher,
Hegel,
Wordsworth,
Coleridge,
Percy Bysshe Shelley,
Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Edgar Allan Poe,
Marx and Engels,
Charles Baudelaire,
Matthew Arnold,
Walter Pater,
Stephanie Mallarme
Henry James,
Friedrich Nietzsche,
Oscar Wilde,
Sigmund Freud,
Ferdinand De Saussure,
W.E.B Du Bois,
Leon Trotsky,
Virginia Woolf,
Gyorgy Lukacs,
Boris Eichenbaum,
T.S Eliot,
John Crowe Ransom,
Martin Heidegger,
Antonio Gramsci,
Zora Neale Hurston,
Erich Aurbach,
Walter Benjamin,
Mikhail M. Bakhtin,
Horkheimer and Adorno,
Edmund Wilson,
Roman Jakobson,
Jacques Lacan,
Langston Hughes,
Jean-Paul Sartre,
Cleanth Brooks,
William K. Wimsatt Jr. and Monroe C. Beardsley,
Simone De Beauvoir,
Claude Levi-Strauss
J.L Austin,
Northrop Frye,
Roland Barthes,
Louis Althusser,
Paul De Man,
C.D Narasimhaiah,
Irving Howe,
Hans Robert Jauss,
Raymond Williams,
Frantz Fanon,
Deleuze and Guattari,
Jean-Francois Lyotard,
Michel Foucault,
Wolfgang Iser,
Hayden White,
Jean Baudrillard,
Jurgen Habermas,
Adrienne Rich,
Chinua Achebe,
Adunis
Harold Bloom,
Pierre Bourdieu,
Jacques Derrida,
Zehou Li,
Richard Ohmann,
Stuart Hall,
Barbara Herrnstein Smith,
Fredric Jameson,
Edward W. Said,
Monique Wittig,
Benedict Anderson,
Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar,
Helene Cixous,
Gerald Graff,
Stanley E. Fish,
Ngugi Wa Thiong, Taban Lo Liyong and Henry Owuor-Anyumba,
Paula Gunn Allen,
Tzvetan Todorov,
Karatani Kojin,
Annette Kolodny,
Julia Kristeva,
Laura Mulvey,
Gloria Anzaldua,
Gayatri Anzaldua,
Barbara Chrisian,
Terry Eagleton,
Stephen J. Greenblatt,
N. Katherine Hayles,
Donna Haraway,
Barbara Smith,
Susan Bordo,
Barbara Johnson,
Bruno Latour,
Martha C. Nussbaum,
Bonnie Zimmerman,
Homi K. Bhabha,
Gayle Rubin,
Slavoj Zizek,
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Franco Moretti,
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick,
Dick Hebdige,
Steven Knapp and Walter Benn Michaels,
Bell Hooks,
Lisa Lowe,
Judith Butler,
Paul Gilroy,
Andrew Ross,
Lauren Berlant and Michael Warner,
Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri,
Judith Halberstam.

Obviously, some excerpts are covered in more detail than others, as the book is only approximately 2700 pages long and therefore doesn't contain the full publications by each of these figures, merely snippets and excerpts. However, a good selection from each is included, as is a quick preface for each individual containing a holistic overview of their biographical information and theoretical contributions to their respective fields.

Topics include (at random) 'The Defence and Enrichment of the French Language', 'A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas', 'Culture and Anarchy', 'The Defence of Poesy', 'The Archetypes of Literature', 'The Signification of the Phallus', 'Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness', 'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema', 'A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Social Feminism in the 1980s' to name but a few.

Translations are presented well. I personally enjoyed the opportunity to experience some new (and in some cases improved) translations of familiar works, particularly a selection of wonderfully eloquent excerpt from Nietzsche's 'Birth of Tragedy' translated by Ronald Spiers which was a refreshing change from my Kauffmann and Hollingdale editions.

The book itself is printed upon unfortunately cheap (bible-type) paper which does not highlight particularly well. However, with the lighter colours such as orange and yellow it is more than possible to highlight on any page. The pages do crumple and fold somewhat readily, although some might suggest that a well loved book needs a little wear and tear. This would perhaps be my single criticism of the book. However, as a particularly mobile student, I've lugged mine all over the place and as yet it has not been rendered damaged. I can imagine rain playing havoc with the pages.

The binding is nice and hard, and somewhat stylish - pure white with red text. Included is a dust-jacket.

Overall this book is excellent, and I would thoroughly recommend it to any student considering further education. It can't ever hope to replace original texts of course, but either as an introduction or a handy collection for easy reference, it does hold a vast selection of real gems.

Minor personal quibble would be a lack of work from Jung (which was included in the previous edition, but sadly not this) or Goethe/Schopenhauer, yet selection is of course a personal taste.

9/10: deserves five stars rather than four.


RDX Gym Weight Lifting Gloves Workout Fitness Bodybuilding Crossfit Breathable Powerlifting Wrist Support Strength Training Exercise
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 26 Dec. 2012
The RDX Pro Lift gloves are as near to perfect as any gym glove I've ever used.

The gloves feature a high quality wrist-strap support system which makes use of two velcro strips to ensure a nice firm fit. The material is slightly elasticised to provide variability and the velcro strips are spaced well. I bought medium sized gloves and the wrist strap fits my incredibly slim wrists nicely. The wrist straps are one of the best things about these gloves: high quality, easy usage and well designed to extend down the wrist. Excellent if you have weak wrists.

The hand segment of the gloves are well designed. They're not purely leather so they do vent heat fairly well through the elasticated synthetic material on the top of the fingers. They're a very tight fit - I don't consider myself to have large hands, but the medium is incredibly snug on me. They do have some elastic give once your hand is in the glove, but if you have particularly prominent knuckles then you may struggle to get past the leather "neck" which doesn't have a great deal of give whatsoever.

All the seams are double stitched to ensure that they don't rip under pressure.

There is only one reservation I have concerning these gloves, and that is the design of the gel grip. Whilst this grip works really well for bench where the bar just rests on the glove, it's really not that great for any other weight or resistance training exercises. The gel pads are so thick on the palm that it can quite difficult to grip things such as dumbells properly. This means that if you have weak wrists such as I do (broken both multiple times hence why I bought these gloves for the sturdy wrist support) you'll have to keep standard wrist wraps with you to switch to unless you can get used to the strange sensation of trying to grip through the thick palm-pads. Not a big deal, but these are otherwise such brilliant gloves that it's a shame that they're not quite perfect.

Either way, a good buy for any serious gym user, especially those benching who would want that extra wrist support. Finally, just as a tip, I would also suggest that you don't buy these if you're starting out at a public gym - they look great stylistically, but they will draw attention merely due to the quality and distinctiveness - you don't want to rock up wearing these "serious business" gloves and then fail to lift half of what the other guys are doing without anything.

Anyways, these gloves are great at what they do. 9/10.


The Red Book: Liber Novus (Philemon)
The Red Book: Liber Novus (Philemon)
by CG Jung
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £218.50

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to Embark on a Journey, 3 Aug. 2012
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If you're looking at this item and questioning the warnings given by other reviewers, do not dismiss them as folly. This is a seriously intense, esoteric and transformational journey. More than anything it presents a risk - any cognitive scheme leaves the mind open to construct potentially dangerous paradigms, and none more so than Carl Gustav Jung's delicate probing of just what it is that makes him who he is as an individual. This is not a scientific book - whilst it may draw roots from clinical psychology, Jung actively avoided jargon and objective theory in what was always designed to be an intuitive, primal and highly idiosyncratic journey into his own consciousness and psyche. Do not buy this book unless you're willing and ready to engage on a challenging journey with Jung as he struggles with madness, doubt, fear, mythology, philosophy, insecurity and various psychonautic voyages into his own being, set to the tone of a palpably Nietzschean construct with some Freudian overtones. Not everyone will be able to appreciate this book - fewer still will be able to enjoy it; but it does present a fascinating opportunity to glimpse at one man's stumbling journey into who and why he is. Jung makes frequent usage of biblical imagery as well as various references to literature, all of which are highlighted by footnotes. The real challenge of the book is less in the writing, which whilst occasionally challenging should be accessible to anyone who's read Nietzsche, Camus or Wittgenstein (which I pick merely as examples of writers whose work I've found more difficult to understand.) In reality, the real difficulty I can see a reader having to overcome is accepting the ideas Jung presents: not only are they highly personal and therefore difficult, if not impossible to objectify (which in some respects is a deliberate design) but they explore a highly mysterious and misunderstood area of study in a hugely enigmatic manner - almost parabolic in many respects. Despite this, anyone willing to devote time and energy into exploring Jung's Liber Novus will most certainly benefit from it hugely, and whilst it is not a book I recommend to the uninitiated, it is most certainly the best book I own as a pre-university student of psychology, philosophy and literature.

In practical terms, the book is deceptively large. It measures at 30cm across, 40cm down and 5cm in thickness. It has approximately 373 pages printed in full colour on the finest printing paper I've ever come across. The first half of the book contains the original German Jung wrote in (detailed photo-copies, not transcribed) and all the included illuminations and art Jung himself drew and painted. The second half of the book contains the English translation written in computerized font and so sadly missing the illuminations and artistry of the first half. Included is a dust jacket. Many people say that the cost of the book is inflated, but in truth the presentation is just as much a part of Jung's work as the semantics encapsulated within, and it would therefore be of detriment in my humble opinion to lower the quality of the book, which is fantastic. Equally, holding out for a paperback edition is unlikely to provide the same experience, as any paperback edition will likely be merely the translated text which misses the importance and symbolism of the art.

More than anything, this is an educational book. It doesn't seek to provide laws or theories because Jung recognised that to understand the natural, intimate workings of the human soul/psyche his findings must be presented in a natural, intimate manner. It merely presents a journey and a set of personal conclusions that the reader is invited to share in, endorsing or dissenting as he/she sees fit. Truly brilliant.


Education from the Heart: A Jungian Symbolic Perspective
Education from the Heart: A Jungian Symbolic Perspective
by Carlos Amadeu Botelho Byington
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 9 Mar. 2012
Let me just preface this review by stating that the book is in fact incredibly interesting. Byington clearly knows his subject well and the book has enjoyable and erudite sections that are cleverly interweaved and linked to realistic applications/examples.

The issue I have with this book is the translation. Originally written in Brazilian, this book has clearly been translated, possibly via another language. This makes the sentances feel somewhat dissonant from each other and ruins any semblance of flow.

The book assumes knowledge of Jung's works, which whilst not unreasonable doesn't help a reader already struggling to adapt to the style of writing. Byington manipulates and tailors some of Jung's terminology for his own means, meaning that the reader should be comfortable enough with the original theory so as not to become phased by the author's use of terminology.

The book also fluidly jumps from topic to topic with limited relevance. Perhaps this is again lost in translation, but the book somehow felt as if it was preaching rather than educating, failing to provide me with definitive meanings; merely bombarding me with cumulative ideas and values which (whilst appealingly Romantic) didn't always feel totally supported.

This book is by no means unreadable and does hold niché appeal. However, unless you have an interest in (and basic knowledge of) Philosophy and Psychology, and a fair catalogue of theoretical texts, then this is perhaps not the impulse buy for you.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Favourite Scent, 30 Dec. 2011
John Varvatos was my initiation into the world of cologne, and a good one at that. I chose this specific cologne after having trawled through reels of internet forums searching for the quirkiest yet most appreciated scent available, and so settled upon the slender black bottle that you see before you. Since then I have also bought and tried various other colognes and scents, ritualistically making my way through the testers at various shops and stores, and owning Artemis, Ralph Lauren Saphari, RL2, RLPolo, CK Free, Diesel, D&G The One - put simply, nothing compares that I have either owned or tested.

John Varvatos is the scent of scents for me. I cannot describe the smell accurately, only that it has no subjective equal. The smell is deep and strong, with high notes that add definition and blend excellently. Unlike many other scents, this is a truly unique smell which your intended audience won't have experienced before, simply due to its rarity outside of the US (in the UK I know of no one who's even heard of John Varvatos.) This is a very masculine fragrance, and one that I found particularly popular amongst all whom I wore it around.

My only complaint about this cologne (and the cause for its 4 star score rather than the 5 the fragrance alone deserves) is that, much as with its other Varvatos brethren, its smell fades quickly. Not as quickly as Artisan I might add, which has a truly desperate life-length, but I did find myself having to top this up two-three times if I wanted it to last all day. This was not always due to having lost the total scent (often the deeper tones last well) but due to the higher notes (which I personally feel are the joy of this cologne) having faded into obscurity. I refrain from suggesting this as a "best" fragrance only because I'm unsure at how well it "matures" over time. I would definitely suggest wearing this on a daily basis because it's so excellent and delictible.

However, this fragrance is incredibly hard to get now. It's still listed on the John Varvatos website as being available (though it's been renamed "Classic" which may indicate that JV intends to begin distributing it again after having previously stated that it was going to be discontinued last Spring.) If you do see it available - buy it! The price has risen (when I bought my original 4.2oz bottle it cost a mere £50) but I do advocate at least trying it. I at least am willing to pay through the roof for it, so long as JV never hear me say that.


Gardens of the Moon (Book 1 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen)
Gardens of the Moon (Book 1 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen)
by Steven Erikson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £8.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new style of fantasy..., 29 Oct. 2011
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...Gone is the grandiose of Tolkein, Jordan, etc. The Gardens of the Moon feels very different from the onset: whereas the classic fantasy stories are slow, descriptive and start instantaneously spinning weaves of grandeur by slowly layering history and lore on the reader, Erikson instead opts for a much more fast paced, action orientated writing style. Little is explained, with characters often conversing over plot points that the reader won't be aware of until later. Character/Race/Place names are constantly thrown at the reader, which can be a little daunting, yet it unarguably prevents the characters from "going stale" as the reader has so little time to acquaint oneself with them before they're either dead or have started plotting with/against yet more hitherto unknown characters. Characters constantly feel as if they know more than the reader does, often speaking of things that make little or no sense and which the reader must try to analyse and guess on the fly. The magic system, despite sounding vastly complex when fleetingly mentioned is not clearly defined at any one point (though as the characters themselves profess not to know everything I think I can forgive them.) Magical combat is simplistic - X strikes at Y, Y avoids/blocks/survives - there is little deeper intricacy, and although the types of magic described are varied and interesting (necromancy, "Elder magic", Pyromancy, Entropy, etc.) there's little that a true fantasy fan won't have come across before. The chronology is speedy - I think by page 100, two years had passed since the beginning of the tale (though the tale really has no defined beginning.)

Re-reading this review, even I find myself thinking "well these don't sound like brilliant qualities?" But there's something about this book. Maybe it's the rawness of the book which makes it likeable? Even I find myself unable to give a definitive reason, having nervously shuffled over from deep trenches in the Robert Jordan world. The book is too fast, too zealous, too political (oh boy is it political - every character seems to have a plethora of possible agendas, and few are clearly explained or even known to the reader/characters alike.) But there is something appealing about the book. Maybe it's the writing style, which despite being hyperactive (or utilitarian shall we say) is enjoyable, making good (and constant) use of metaphor and simile to thread strong images. Maybe it's just the amount of content crammed into each page? Maybe it's the realistic and likeable characters or unpredictable plot that shuttles its way along regardless of whether you're holding tight, often threatening to leave you behind completely if you don't grip on and pay attention. Regardless of what it is, this book does have a raw, primal beauty to it, and though I wouldn't rank it up there with the best of the genre, I do think it's worth a foray just to season oneself in a different environment and try something new.

I would've awarded it 3.5/5, but it deserves rounding up rather than down.


SteelSeries QcK+, Gaming Mouse Pad, 450mm x 400mm, Cloth, Rubber Base, Laser & Optical Mouse Compatible - Black
SteelSeries QcK+, Gaming Mouse Pad, 450mm x 400mm, Cloth, Rubber Base, Laser & Optical Mouse Compatible - Black
Price: £16.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tad excessive?, 27 July 2011
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First off I don't know why I was asked how fun this game was whilst reviewing this. If there is a game going on right now I'm pretty sure Amazon are the ones playing it in this case, as I feel somewhat trolled.

But to the product in hand - it's great. It's massive (honestly, be aware how big it is.) I almost feel like it's wastefully big, and I can imagine all the polar bear tears shed due to the creation of such an excessively large mouse mat. However, I'm sure some people must have discovered a way to put the size to use, probably using it as an infant trampoline or picnic mat (hyperbole...)

In seriousness though, the build quality is up to scratch: the fabric feels nice, and the underside is just grippy enough to hold on securely to my desk. Not sure how well it'd couple with a wood desk, but that's a minor consideration.

It tracks nicely. I got used to it within about 5 minutes, and now I can't imagine going back. It's comfy on my hand, and works excellently with my Razer Naga Epic. The little logo staring at you from the corner looks nice, and doesn't seem to mess up the tracking at all. It's thinner than you'd think however. I know there are a lot of cloth mats that are even thinner than this, but to be honest I'd have gone for the QcK Heavy in retrospect.

Don't be fooled by the Goliathus Control/Speed mats, this is the best of both.

Enjoy.


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