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Stuart Sinclair (Plymouth, Devon United Kingdom)

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SAMRICK - HTC 8X - 'S' Wave Hydro Gel Protective Case - Black
SAMRICK - HTC 8X - 'S' Wave Hydro Gel Protective Case - Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 31 Dec. 2012
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For the price, this is an excellent case. It fits well, making the phone feel a little more solid and non-slip. Buttons are effective; in fact, the power switch is easier to find and use with the more pronounced button on the case.

SAMRICK - HTC 8X - Transparent Screen Protector/Film/Foil (3 Layer Technology) & Microfibre Cloth - (Pack of 10)
SAMRICK - HTC 8X - Transparent Screen Protector/Film/Foil (3 Layer Technology) & Microfibre Cloth - (Pack of 10)

4.0 out of 5 stars They do the job, 31 Dec. 2012
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Putting these films on is always tricky, and it is almost impossible to avoid some tiny bubbles. However, these films match up to other more expensive product in use. They are, perhaps, a little large, so the borders do not not adhere so well to the curves on the edges of the screen. But, for the price, these are good quality and do the job perfectly well.

Redemption Ark (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Redemption Ark (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Alastair Reynolds
Edition: Paperback

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reynold's best novel to date, 3 Aug. 2002
I loved this novel and finished it over a weekend. For those of you who have read Reynold's previous two novels, Redemption Ark seems to combine the best of both of them. It develops the intriguing ideas of Revelation Space and provides the thrills, twists and action of Chasm City.
One particularly effective aspect of Reynold's tales is his ability to make hi-tech events seem creepy in an almost haunted house sense. We saw this is Chasm City with the idea of the 'ghost ship' following Sky's flotilla. We see it in Redemption Ark with the star ship that has melded with its captain, in the strange disappearances of people in the inertia experiments and in the sinister activities of the Inhibitors. In discussing the novel with a friend they likened its ability to chill to the early scenes of the film Event Horizon.
In terms of characterisation, I enjoyed the way Reynolds reintroduced old characters, developing them further. I also felt that Clavain was a brilliant creation in his moral ambiguity and his motivation to do the 'right thing'. He is, by turns, heroic, enigmatic and terrifying.
My only disappointment with the novel was the way that it seems to gloss over certain events. I wonder whether Reynolds did this to move the story along and avoid too high a word count. It's a pity; I would have loved to have read about how the human/pig army attacked and captured the ship that takes them on their journey after the doomsday weapons.
I am a big fan of Peter Hamilton's Night's Dawn Trilogy, and while Redemption Ark does not have the scope of Hamilton's epic novels, I think Reynolds delivers equal thrills and deals in more intriguing hard science ideas.
Finally, a word of warning. At times I felt unsure how easy and satisfying a read this novel would be without first reading Revelation Space. Many of the complex story lines in Redemption Ark begin in this novel.
Overall, a highly recommended read, but read Revelation Space first if you want to get the most out of the story.

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