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Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years
Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years
by David A. Goodman
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Any Star Trek Fan, 28 Sept. 2013
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I purchased the standard version of this book, without the extras, as at the time this deluxe version was prohibitively expensive!

However, even without all the bells and whistles of this version, this is easily the most comprehensive in-universe account of Earth and Starfleet's early 'history'.

The author, a veteran of Hollywood sci-fi television, has created a book that not only details events depicted in the Star Trek TV series, but goes beyond them, elaborating on areas that were never fortunate enough to have been depicted on screen. He answers the question of the eugenics wars of the 1990s (and briefly perhaps why they never materialised in our own timeline), the Earth-Romulan war, and beyond.

It is well written - my only criticism would be the 'excerpts' of historical documents seem a little basic - I could probably have made them with some clip-art in Microsoft Word.

However, that aside, put simply, if you are a fan of Star Trek who enjoys learning of the ins and outs of its fictional universe, you must own this book.


Koss "PORTA PRO" Stereophones (3.5 mm Jack) for iPhone/iPad/iPod/MP3 Players/Samsung/Smartphones - Black|Silver
Koss "PORTA PRO" Stereophones (3.5 mm Jack) for iPhone/iPad/iPod/MP3 Players/Samsung/Smartphones - Black|Silver
Offered by DiscountDiscs
Price: £35.90

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant audio, but leaks sound like a sieve, 22 July 2013
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These headphones offer simply stunning audio quality for a reasonable price.

The headphones have been practically unaltered for decades. Whilst this is testament to their audio quality, this also means they are a little plasticky, and due to their open cup nature, they leak sound at even lower volumes.

Great for home use.


The Ultimate Illustrated Guide to Marine and Freshwater Fish of the World
The Ultimate Illustrated Guide to Marine and Freshwater Fish of the World
by Derek Hall
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, unparalleled set of books, 22 July 2013
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I have been searching for a guide to marine fish for quite a while, but none have ever come close to being informative and exhaustive as this. The two books catalogue an unparalleled record of both freshwater and marine fish with details illustrations. Encompassed in a hard back sleeve.


Macbook Air 13 Sleeve, GMYLE Sleeve Letter for MacBook Air 13 inch - Brown Crazy Horse Pattern Magnetic closure design with Red Microfiber inside PU leather Ultra Slim Envelope Sleeve Bag Case Cover
Macbook Air 13 Sleeve, GMYLE Sleeve Letter for MacBook Air 13 inch - Brown Crazy Horse Pattern Magnetic closure design with Red Microfiber inside PU leather Ultra Slim Envelope Sleeve Bag Case Cover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good product, reasonable look, 22 July 2013
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This is a good product, however the interior does feel a little 'cheap'; sort of like a 1970s briefcase with felt inside. The outer case looks nice, however. It is reasonable for the price.


Twelve South SurfacePad for 13-Inch MacBook Air - Luxury leather cover for MacBook Air (jet black)
Twelve South SurfacePad for 13-Inch MacBook Air - Luxury leather cover for MacBook Air (jet black)

4.0 out of 5 stars Great product, but the packaging causes issues, 22 July 2013
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This product is a really nice, unique product, incorporating a nice leather padding for the Macbook Air.

However, the fact that Twelvesouth packages this by folding the part in half means that it creases the leather at the folding point. It seems silly to me to have done such a thing to such a premium product.

This is my second Surfacepad - the first, there was a crease in the left hand side which detracted from the premium feel of the product. This second one is much better but the creases in the centre do still detract from the look of this product. Perhaps next time, the company should consider paying the extra for packaging, especially considering this is such an expensive protection, meant to be premium. I can't imagine apple folding anything of their own!!

All in all, a good product, with a flaw in the way it is shipped.


An Utterly Impartial History of Britain: (or 2000 Years Of Upper Class Idiots In Charge)
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain: (or 2000 Years Of Upper Class Idiots In Charge)
by John O'Farrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

136 of 150 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book so utterly wonderful, I would defy you not to enjoy it!, 19 May 2008
As a former university history student, I have to say that I knew shockingly little about the times of Ancient and post- Cromwellian Britain. Most history books I read were so dry and, frankly, dull, that I felt my head hitting the page after the first lines of the introduction. This book is totally different, and all the better for it. From reading this book, the author has made British history flow from one dynasty to the next so that you are compelled to turn the page. OK, so it might not be a true historians critique of our past, but it's one that is easily relatable. Running through the narrative is a wonderfully sarcastic wit, which not only serves to make the book more pleasurable to read but also reminds us of our true murky past, should we think that Britains history is one of stiff- upper- lipped honour and decency from start to finish. Each monarch is scrutinised for what they really were, from Elizabeth I and what really caused the defeat of the Spanish Armada (bad weather!) to the puritanical despotism of Cronwell's rule, despite being seen nowadays as almost a national hero, having a statue in pride of place outside Westminster.

I would recommend this book to anyone, as a funny, witty, and informative guide to British History. If you're new to History or just want to refresh your memory or expand your knowledge, this book is well worth a read. It'll make you laugh too, which is always a plus!
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Winter's Heart: Book 9 of the Wheel of Time: 9/12
Winter's Heart: Book 9 of the Wheel of Time: 9/12
by Robert Jordan
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £9.99

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Truly as cold as the title, 4 Aug. 2006
There came a point, upon beginning book number 10 of this cumbersome series(don't worry, I wont give away any of the plot), that I had to stop and ask myself What happened in the last novel. Where was this character at the end of his or her last scene? I couldn't remember a single fact about the characters progression in book 9. Because, simply, there is none. Books 8 and 9 are so slow a snail would be hard pressed to set a slower pace.

The last battle is coming, there is evil abound, forsaken walk the earth, and yet this is not enough to peak the authors interest. Instead, we are treated to a detailed description of peoples clothing, and their deepest thoughts that run on and on and on until Tarmon Gai'don.

This is not the worst part, however. I started this series full of interest, yet with each passing book have felt like i have been through an ordeal upon turning the last page, because I have been treated to an ever expanding list of sub- characters who I really couldnt give a Cha'Fa'Faile'Si'Swai about. It takes half the book before you reach a character you actually care about, and when you do, it gives you just enough pleasure to make you read on to reach the next. Sometimes Rand or Egwene or the starting characters are abandoned entirely in favour of random Aes Sedai or the so-boring-i-could-kill-myself Shaido. I have abandoned reading these chapters entirely, because it's the only way I will preserve my sanity.

This book isn't the worst; there are points of interest, which make sure you're not driven completely insane as an Asha'man, yet compared to the earlier novels, its like the characters are stuck in quicksand.

Wait till book ten, however, and book 9 has the pace of a cheetah.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Season 2 [DVD] [1996]
Star Trek: Voyager - Season 2 [DVD] [1996]
Dvd ~ Kate Mulgrew
Offered by lightningdvd
Price: £59.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best trek; though not the worst, either, 13 Sept. 2004
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Season two of Voyager, although settling into the formulaic star trek show for several episodes, still manages to reel in some good and memorable episodes. From Chakotay and Janeway stranded together on a planet after they are infected by a virus, to Q reappearing aboard the federation ship, season two isnt half as bad as many fans make it out to be. Though not of the calibre of the seasons to come, Season two is worth buying if you want to collect the rest of the seven seasons and not be left with a gap in the middle!


Star Trek: Voyager - Season 3 [DVD] [1996]
Star Trek: Voyager - Season 3 [DVD] [1996]
Dvd ~ Kate Mulgrew
Offered by ____THE_BEST_ON_DVD____
Price: £29.98

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars third time lucky, 9 Sept. 2004
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Series three of Star trek: Voyager began the breakaway of the series from the early 90's trek; finally stepping out from under the shadow of the next gen and coming up with better stories and better villains. Among some of the best include 'Sacred ground', which sees janeway going through a spiritual test to save Kes, Futures end, the two part time travel episode that led to several more along the shows seven year run. 'Real life' sees the doctor experiencing family life, and death, and with 'Scorpion' Voyager got its most exciting cliffhanger to a series yet; the reintroduction of the Borg.
The DVD extras are nothing special; the review of the season is only ten minutes long and does not reveal anything other than outlining the stories that most people will have watched by the time they get to the seventh disc. However the visual effects feature is interesting and shows the transition from motion capture to CG footage being used more and more.
In short, season three is much better than the two preceeding it and fully establishes Voyager in the franchise. Both this, season four and season five are the three seasons when voyager was at its peak. Buy this over the first two seasons!


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 6 [DVD] [1995]
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 6 [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Avery Brooks
Offered by makandmabel
Price: £34.77

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best overall season of any star trek series, ever!, 22 May 2004
Deep space nine was admittedly the darkest of all star trek series. Where many fans see this as its biggest fault, I see this as its best point. The writers and actors werent shy to writing provocative, emotive stories. The dominion war shook up the stories and gave the a sense of trepidation and suspense. Crewmen died (including one of the regulars at the end of the series!)and the captain was susceptible to underhand means to bring the war round to his advantage. Particularly interesting and the best point of ds9 was that you got to see the war from the dominion side. Characters such as weyoun and ducat really added to the shows engrossing nature. Many die hard trek fans argue that "its not living up to gene roddenberrys vision of a peaceful universe." To be honest, id rather watch exciting tv than a show where people wandered round being nice to each other all the time. The very nature of ds9 is probably why it was watched by a variety of people and won so many awards. usual trek it might not be; exciting it certainly is and well worth the price tag.


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