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Trackers: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Series
Trackers: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Series
Price: £2.34

4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff, 14 Sept. 2017
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Enjoyed this, a confident post apocalyptic thriller. The author takes his time to establish characters and a believable scenario. North Korea launch EMP attacks and take out power in major areas of the US, and a proper nuke takes out Washington. I liked the way the author doesn't jump into a survivalist type future and I like that one of his main characters is pretty flawed. The book chooses not to tick the boxes of lazy writing and gives us a situation and the impact on the people of a small town. There is also a side story of a serial killer with the backdrop of WW3.
The author is obviously concerned about the vulnerability of countries to EMP attacks (and studies have shown that civilisation will break down within two weeks of a loss of power) and this book paints a bleak picture of a possible future.
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Philips Series 5000 S5572/40 Wet and Dry Men's Electric Shaver with Turbo Plus Mode and Beard Trimmer
Philips Series 5000 S5572/40 Wet and Dry Men's Electric Shaver with Turbo Plus Mode and Beard Trimmer
Price: £100.00

4.0 out of 5 stars You'll need some storage space!, 13 Sept. 2017
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You would expect to find much to like with an expensive shaver. It feels good to use, nice and light and the feel over the face is odd at first (I’m not accustomed to rotary heads doing their own thing like kid’s spinners) but did the job well without any skin burn. You can convert fairly easily to a beard trimmer but I only tried the change-over but I didn’t use it as I have no beard.
You will obviously rinse out the shaver heads, but there is also a bulky “smart clean” system which is a unit for additional cleaning and charging. My issue is there is no space in the bathroom for this so I have struggled to find the right location for it while it is “resting”.
Bulk is the thing here, while the unit is light and easy to use, the box it comes in is pretty big and the extras seem to just take up space rather than really add something. There were five different items in the box, each in their own cardboard box, I can see myself just using the shaver and the charger and maybe tailing off usage of the charging unit and the extras.
But shaver on its own? Never going to be quite up to a wet shave, but pretty close.


New Pompeii
New Pompeii
Price: £3.79

3.0 out of 5 stars The days of future passed, 7 Sept. 2017
This review is from: New Pompeii (Kindle Edition)
I wanted to enjoy this a lot more than I did to be honest. The premise is an interesting one but the delivery falls a little short.
A mysterious company have developed the ability to pull forward in time people from the past. A number of inhabitants of Pompeii are brought into the present into a purpose built and isolated reconstruction. A historian gets a job there and starts to realise there is more at stake than he realised. Some stuff here about time travel, the ethics and possibilities of changing the future by adjusting the past, but the good idea at the core fails to deliver in terms of tension or in logic. So "okay" at best.


Warlord: Danny Black Thriller 5
Warlord: Danny Black Thriller 5
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars SAS v the cartel, 5 Sept. 2017
A Danny Black story. Here he is part of a team sent into Mexico to help take down a drug cartel. On arrival everything goes wrong and it looks like the bad guys are aware of their supposedly secret mission. The SAS team are up against the very worst and it looks like they are on their own.
I quite enjoyed this, it's fairly gritty and not much is held back. I did very much enjoy the wider aspect and involvement of the Regiment itself. This does end slightly oddly and felt like a slight anti-climax but there is still plenty here to enjoy


InterDesign Linus Stackable Battery Organizer Box For AA, AAA And Other batteries - Clear
InterDesign Linus Stackable Battery Organizer Box For AA, AAA And Other batteries - Clear
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Organise those batteries!, 29 Aug. 2017
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A simple but obvious idea. It's a plastic box (the plastic is pretty robust) and has a hinged lid. Inside are various sized compartments and at the bottom of each one is a kind of embossed bit telling you which battery goes where. So, rather than having half opened packets of batteries in the back of a drawer, you can use this. The product blurb mentions you can store "cell phone battery chargers" but I think this means you could "sacrifice" a space and put a couple of cables in there but I think most of us have them plugged in somewhere and just plug our devices in when a charge is needed.

Those who like order and structure will like this, it is a little expensive for what is basically a plastic box but it does the job rather well.


Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 2)
Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 2)
by Jay Kristoff
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Hello Darkin, my old friend, 28 Aug. 2017
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Loved the first book in this series and loved this too. It is very much an adult story, with some graphic sex scenes and lots of full on swearing. The author helpfully gives us a little reminder at the beginning and I would certainly recommend reading the books in order.

Here we have a tale of revenge. Mia has decided on a dangerous plan to elicit revenge and it means she must go against the wishes of the Red Church, make sacrifices and focus on nothing but the long game.
Old friends and enemies appear although they may not stay that way, the story is told partly in the present and partly in the past until the two threads join, and, as always, the chronicler of these tales does so in a witty and sarcastic manner.

Strong links here to a Roman style environment where Mia must become a slave/gladiator to get close to the ones she wants to kill, all the time aided by her sentient shadow companions, the Darkin. We don't learn as much about the Darkin as perhaps we might wish but there are still clever plot twists and surprises and a lot of blood and action.

Hugely enjoyable series.


OMRON EVOLV All-In-One, Wireless, Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor - Black
OMRON EVOLV All-In-One, Wireless, Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor - Black
Price: £116.42

5.0 out of 5 stars very easy to use, 28 Aug. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The joy here is the ease of use. My wife has to keep an eye on her blood pressure and this looked like a good solution. There is not much to it in terms of complexity but it is a robust and well packaged item.

To use you just put around your arm and then press a button. After a short wait you get your readings. You can also use a phone app (check it is compatible) so you get a log of your pressure reading, all through the magic of bluetooth.
Nice and efficient item if slightly on the pricey side.


STABILO EASYergo Mechanical Pencil for Right Handed with Sharpener, 3.15 mm - Orange/Red
STABILO EASYergo Mechanical Pencil for Right Handed with Sharpener, 3.15 mm - Orange/Red
Price: £6.92

4.0 out of 5 stars Good training for pen holding., 8 Aug. 2017
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Very useful for his for training young hands in the correct way to hold a pencil. Also for older people like, ahem, me that have got into bad habits. Light and easy to use. Simple but effective idea.


Revenger
Revenger
by Alastair Reynolds
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Space Jinks, 3 Aug. 2017
This review is from: Revenger (Paperback)
My first Alastair Reynolds and I am informed it is supposed to be aimed at the YA market. I found the style interesting but would have to say it didn’t feel overly YA. You sense that the author was having fun here and perhaps not inhibited by his normal style and audience.
So it is an easy read but contains some hard themes, no soft touch here and not much of an approach I would normally associate with YA fiction.
Anyway, it a well -crafted bit of world building, two sisters escape the boredom of their planet to become “bone readers”, basically individuals that can read alien bones and catch whispers of where treasure might be. Said treasure is locked in artificial worlds (baubles) that are only accessible at certain times.
What starts off as an adventure becomes something else and a quest for revenge while our sisters will change beyond imagination.
Pretty entertaining I thought, it feels like there will be a follow up and I would be happy to read more of Adrana and Fura Ness. Possibly not one for those who like their SF hard, but easy reading for the rest of us, YA or not.


Oxford Black n' Red A4 Card Cover Wirebound Notebook, Ruled and Perforated 100 Pages
Oxford Black n' Red A4 Card Cover Wirebound Notebook, Ruled and Perforated 100 Pages
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice PAPERBACK notebook, 2 Aug. 2017
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Nice and bold notebook. Perforated so pages can be torn out and there are about 100 of them. Nice quality paper too.

Important to stress this is not a hardback notebook, it is "lightweight", so only the 100 pages and a light card cover. A tad expensive even though it is a quality product.


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