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You are Not So Smart
You are Not So Smart
Price: £6.02

4.0 out of 5 stars Now slightly smarter, 7 Jan. 2014
The book is arranged into bite sized chapters each focusing on a different way your mind plays tricks on you. I really enjoyed it. Even though there is some overlap of the ideas covered, I found the writing style engaging and the examples given easy to follow and understand.

Azari & III
Azari & III

5.0 out of 5 stars Azari & III, 31 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Azari & III (MP3 Download)
Azari & III (pronounced third apparently) début album is an absolute corker. So often after a few excellent singles, dance acts can let you down when it comes to producing a full album. Not so with Azari who have come up with a group of tracks that sound very fresh but with a distinctly old school flavour. The writing and production on each track is excellent and Azari have crafted a sound that is very distinct while still feeling part of the Jamie Jones/Hot creations/Art Department sort of sound that was starting to get big in Ibiza this year. Highly recommended.

Native to
Native to
Price: £10.86

5.0 out of 5 stars Is Tropical Is Good, 31 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Native to (Audio CD)
Is Tropical are a trendy London group who often get described as (whisper it) nu rave, a description I expect they hate as much as everyone else, seemingly just because they have the crazy of idea of using guitars AND synthesizers to play their songs. In any case the tracks on this album are first rate, full of interesting riffs and tight production. The band manage to walk the fine line between being trendy enough to be cool while just about not taking themselves too seriously enough to be annoying. The album seems to get better and fresher with each listen rather than sounding cheesy and clichéd like some of their peers' efforts.

Don't Want To Sleep
Don't Want To Sleep
Price: £14.62

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Fun, 31 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Don't Want To Sleep (Audio CD)
This is just as good as their first album How To Make Friends. Full of quirky dance/pop tunes with offbeat lyrics and catchy choruses. Not incredibly serious stuff but lots of fun and well worth a listen.

Kingston Technology Micro SDHC 16 GB Memory Card - Standard Packaging
Kingston Technology Micro SDHC 16 GB Memory Card - Standard Packaging
Offered by Wowcamera
Price: £4.89

5.0 out of 5 stars No Complaints, 30 Oct. 2011
Works great and it does exactly what you would expect.
The adaptor comes in handy and it's cheap.
Can't really say more.

When God was a Rabbit
When God was a Rabbit
by Sarah Winman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars When god was a rabbit was a disappointment, 30 Oct. 2011
This review is from: When God was a Rabbit (Paperback)
This book is not without any redeeming features but I was left disappointed and somewhat annoyed after finishing it.
The writing is sometimes clever and funny but there are some aspects of the book which left me feeling very frustrated.

I'm fine with talking rabbits and some of the other more obviously fantastical elements of the story which require the suspension of disbelief but some of the other plot devices seem so crowbarred in they are laughable. The narrator's brother for example, despite no previous mention of any notable intelligence, ambition or social skills (quite the opposite for the latter), finds himself in an incredibly well paid job on Wall Street (naturally he hates it because "it's not him") seemingly just so the author can wring some emotion out of him being caught up in 9/11, which seems unimaginative and frankly lazy. The narrator herself somehow gets a job writing a newspaper column about her fairly uninteresting childhood which again stretches credibility to the point of detracting from the writing.

The time line jumps around in the middle of the book with little explanation making reading frustrating. In fact there are times the author clearly tries to conceal something from the reader, purposefully withholding information or referring to something as "it" which foretells a profound plot point or big reveal so obviously it takes away the emotional impact and surprise.

The narrator seems incredibly self absorbed and emotionally detached from the world. She rarely displays emotions which stray from the childlike; happiness, sadness, and envy is about her entire range. I think the book would have been better written in the third person as it's hard to connect with the characters when there's no subtlety to the narrators feelings.

As I say, the book is not without redeeming features but I feel it should have been edited a lot better as for me, the things that annoyed me outweighed the good bits enough make it impossible to find the book particularly enjoyable or engaging.
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Torch LA4126 9 Ultrabright LED Front and Rear Light Set
Torch LA4126 9 Ultrabright LED Front and Rear Light Set
Offered by Zovelo
Price: £22.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Bike lights, 12 April 2011
Got myself a set of these and they worked fine, nice and bright and fitted well to my bike. I lost the rear one and bought myself a replacement but this started to go faulty after a couple of weeks- the LEDs would only glow dimly. Luckily for me I found the old light which was still working fine. For the price and if you get ones that work then they are perfectly acceptable but reliability is clearly an issue. Probably best if you cycle occasionally but if you cycle regularly you might want to spend more for better quality.

Hybrid XYLO-GEL Skin / Case / Shell for the HTC DESIRE Mobile Phone Range. (HTC Desire, Black)
Hybrid XYLO-GEL Skin / Case / Shell for the HTC DESIRE Mobile Phone Range. (HTC Desire, Black)
Offered by Xylo Uk

5.0 out of 5 stars XYLO-GEL Skin, 12 April 2011
Bought this case after using a silicon case which was too bulky and was impossible to pull out of my pocket due to the rubbery nature of silicon 'sticking' to my pocket inners. This is a very good compromise between a silicon case and a plastic shell as it gives some protection from falls (albeit not as much as a silicon case but more than a hard shell) while being fairly slim.

Church With No Magic
Church With No Magic
Price: £12.11

5.0 out of 5 stars Church With No Magic, 1 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Church With No Magic (Audio CD)
I really like this album. It mixes together many different elements and manages to come up with something that sounds utterly unique which is a rarity in this day and age. At times broody, at times uplifting, the album creates lush soundscapes with haunting synths and unexpected drum patterns but always manages to give the impression that every instrument has a purpose and adds to the whole. Refreshingly different arrangements with some real song writing talent.

Poker Tournament Formula
Poker Tournament Formula
by Arnold Snyder
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's good but..., 15 April 2010
The Poker Tournament Formula is written specifically for fast paced, low buy-in MTTs. Snyder argues that much of the existing poker literature offers inadequate advice for doing well in such tournaments. He advocates and describes a highly aggressive approach to playing that often sees players betting and raising with junk. It's not that I don't agree that the level of aggression is warranted, it's that I don't think that any one such strategy can be followed slavishly and to be successful you should incorporate ideas from many strategies. I certainly think that the tournament formula in this book will work much better in real casinos than online.

To give you an example, one strategy he would have you employ is open-raising from late position with any 2 cards. If you get called from the blinds and your opponent checks to you then bet half the pot. If he calls and checks the turn, bet half the pot again whether you have a hand or not. If he calls and checks the river then either bet half the pot again or shove all in if you have more than half your chips in the pot. The problem with this particular strategy is that at low level buy-ins, opponents will call you down with marginal hands and you will frequently lose on your total bluffs, at at higher level buy-ins, players at your table will let you do this once or twice and then either slow play or check-raise the hell out of you.

I do think that at a bricks and mortar casino the strategy described is much more likely to work as people play tighter at your local £20-30 week night tournament than they would in a $5-15 buy-in online simply because if they bust out they can't just join another game and will have to wait until (at least) tomorrow to play again.

This book offers many useful pieces advice on positional play and aggression and I agree with the author that other books such as the Harrington series do not adequately prepare you for blind levels that rise as fast as in the majority of low stakes tournaments. A complete guide of how to do well at these kind of blind speed would be very difficult to come up with since so much of the outcome will be determined by the cards you are dealt in the short space of time you have and this book makes a decent stab at setting you on the right track. However if you are looking for a complete formula that you can follow to success then you will be disappointed (if you are looking for this in any book you will be disappointed). I would have given it 3.5 stars if I could but the fact that I don't think many of the ideas can be applied to online play where there are plenty of opponents playing lose aggressively and willing to play back at you pulls it back to 3.

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