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The Unorthodox Engineers
The Unorthodox Engineers
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic conundrums, 28 Mar. 2016
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will check out more from the author. The problems posed to the engineers were intriguing and made me keen to figure out the solutions before they were revealed. Great fun.


ORB: An aeronautical love story from an altered world
ORB: An aeronautical love story from an altered world
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fluent, engaging and entertaining., 9 Mar. 2016
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Fluent writing, well-drawn characters in a cogent alternative present. The story is engaging with a smattering of vibrant descriptions that show this writer has a lot of potential. The aeronautical ingredients more than compensate for the romance. I'll definitely look out for Rebollo's next.


Dyson Soft Dusting Brush - Fits all Dyson Vacuums
Dyson Soft Dusting Brush - Fits all Dyson Vacuums
Price: £15.39

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Handheld requires a flexible hose attachment, 6 May 2015
Requires the flexible hose attachment for use with a handheld like the D61. The angle of the brush means that if you're trying to clean anything flat more than about a foot from the edge (like a large TV screen or venetian blinds), then you can't reach it with a flat brush. It would only have taken a small change in the angle of the brush to have got this right. I expected better of Dyson. It works fine on smaller objects though, so I've ordered the flexible hose but I'd have preferred to have been able to use this with one hand (and pay £20 less).
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Star Vistas: A Collection of Fine Art Astrophotography
Star Vistas: A Collection of Fine Art Astrophotography
by Greg Parker
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awe inspiring, 24 Sept. 2012
We have become used to seeing stunning images of deep space delivered by telescopes in orbit using technology costing hundred of millions of dollars that are managed by teams of experts, so why should be want a book of starscapes made using technology available to the rest of us? Precisely because it's available to the rest of us. Because while the stars, galaxies, globular clusters and nebula depicted in fine, inspiring detail in these pages are remote - more remote than our imaginations can conceive - the ability to observe them is no longer remote, it's available to anyone with enough persistence, time and, of course, skill.

This book has an image of a pulsar that is 13 billion light years away. It's a tiny red dot. It looks completely insignificant. But what it means is that we, using technology that doesn't cost billions and take teams of experts and governments to procure, can observe almost to the limits of the universe. If that's not astounding, I don't know what is.

We have always looked up at the stars and dreamed and we always will. This book makes those dreams more real.


The Algebraist
The Algebraist
by Iain M. Banks
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unparalleled imagination, 1 Dec. 2004
This review is from: The Algebraist (Hardcover)
The talents of this writer transcend the genre to such an extent that Banks dwarfs every single science fiction author of the last fifty years.
Once, he invented an entire universe with a unique, fascinating history, inspired, frightening inhabitants and breathtaking scientific achievements. Its inhabitants were the Culture, they had power beyond our dreams and sentient ships the size of continents. It was so attractive that most of his readers feared he may never write another Culture novel and leave us here alone to constantly re-read our favourites â€" Excession is a masterpiece.
Most science fiction writers would be more than happy with that. Not Banks. He’s done it again â€" he’s invented a complete new universe with an entirely different set of rules, inhabitants and history â€" billions of years of history. Characters drawn so skilfully that we can’t remember a universe without them. His imagination makes you double-take as you read, wondering how anyone can think of such things and explore them so brilliantly. Astounding work, simply astounding.
The only bad thing about the Algebraist is that when you’ve read the last word on the final page you close the book knowing you’ll have to wait another two years until you can feast again.


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