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Creative ZEN 16GB MP3 Player
Creative ZEN 16GB MP3 Player

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Died in less than a fortnight, 7 Aug. 2008
Looks beautiful and when it was working then I was very happy with it. But then for no apparent reason it simply stopped. Nothing that I did would persuade it to turn on and so it has had to be returned and I will get a refund. Other creative players have been fine for me (and indeed my brother has the 4gb version which he hasn't had any problems with) but very disappointed with this especially when I see that so many other people seem to have had the same problem.


Planet of Adventure: City of the Chasch / Servants of the Wankh / The Dirdir / The Pnume (4 books in 1 volume)
Planet of Adventure: City of the Chasch / Servants of the Wankh / The Dirdir / The Pnume (4 books in 1 volume)
by Jack Vance
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply amazing, 12 Sept. 2003
Out of the many books that i have read or that i have to read this is simply one of those books that i can never help but returning to again and again and again. as said in an earlier review Vance has a wonderfully elegant and simple style that brings other worlds and people to life.
if you are a fan of science fiction then this really is one of the finest examples that you are likely to find


Bring the Jubilee (Millennium SF Masterworks S.)
Bring the Jubilee (Millennium SF Masterworks S.)
by Ward Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars slight but good, 21 Aug. 2001
this is one of the better alternate history stories that i have read but the problem with all of these stories is the seemingly unstoppable desire to show how this alternate history is created. to be sure it is an engaging book and perhaps i have just read too much but the ending was oh so obvious.
but it was a good if quick read, in my opinion not as good as dick's 'man in the high castle' but better then robert's 'pavane' cos at least i understood the ending of this one! defintely deserving of the rather backhanded compliment on the inside cover of "...minor classic". to me that's about right.


Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (Penguin Modern Classics)
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (Penguin Modern Classics)
by George Orwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the greatest books ever, let alone political satire, 16 Mar. 2001
is it possible to give any work of art whether it is a book a film a piece of music or whatever higher praise then to say that it fundamentally alters how you look at the world? this is how this book changed me.


The Human Factor (Vintage Classics)
The Human Factor (Vintage Classics)
by Graham Greene
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars compassion but still intelligent, 20 Feb. 2001
George Orwell once wrote that if he was faced with the choice of having to betray his friend or betraying his country, that he hoped that he would have the strength to betray his country. This is a book that is filled with something that I feel that I personally am lacking and that i fear that the world in general could do with more of. Compassion. It is a clever book filled with real feeling people but it wears it's heart on it's sleeve and has some lines in it that made me stop and re-read them again. Beautiful and delicate, but also poignant.


Infinite Jest
Infinite Jest
by David Foster Wallace
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars to be honest i really dont know, 28 Nov. 2000
This review is from: Infinite Jest (Hardcover)
i wont even bother attempting to beat the mulititude of the plot summaries and likes and dislikes on this page except to add my two penneth on the fact that a few people here say that the book just comes to an end without any form of resolution. well, i kind of agree about that unless you all actually get out your copies of the book from where youve left them (and lets be fair if you've read this book all the way through, you want to be sure and leave it somewhere obvious where it can impress others)and re-read the start... i did enjoy this book even though large parts of it dont have a conclusion but i really rather feel that that was one of the points, IJ is not a conventional novel and thankfully some authors are still out there writing stuff that is not easy and digestible but rather makes you THINK!


Something Happened
Something Happened
by Joseph Heller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars moving and yet painful, 4 Sept. 2000
This review is from: Something Happened (Paperback)
i found this book to be at times almost painful to read but at the same time that never detracted from the point that it was a most revealing and questioning book. it was enlightening as so many things ran so true that it almost hurt. heller wrote too well and while i agree that catch 22 is his best known work (and indeed is excellent) this is, almost sadly, better. read it, and then look at your own life and decide which parts of it you would like to change...if you can. live, love, be alive. carpe diem!


Flowers For Algernon (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Flowers For Algernon (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Daniel Keyes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very, very moving, 16 Feb. 2000
Although the story is sign posted from the beginning, the psychological imagery is obvious, the book at times feels stretched from what was a short story this is one of the most moving books that ive ever read. And not just from the perspective of Charley but also Algernon, a book to make you appreciate how cruel people can be and yet at the same time appreciate the immense beauty that we are surrounded by all the time and yet so rarely see. A book about humanity.


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