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Operation Napoleon
Operation Napoleon
by Arnaldur Indridason
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A new translation by a professional translator might reveal a much better book, 21 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Operation Napoleon (Paperback)
This book is promising and is possibly much better than it now appears to be as it is marred by a truly awful translation. The person who has translated the book has perhaps used a Google Translation or something similar and then polished it up. Many Scandinavian phrases are translated literally and not to their real English equivalents. When real English phrases are used they are often out of place for the context where they are used. In general the language is stilted and amateurish.The translator is perhaps not a person with English as a mother tongue or a person who normally only writes high school essays or business letters.

I have read several reviews that comment that the book gets better towards the end. Strangely, the translation improves in the aprox. last 1/3 of the book. This is perhaps another translator (editor?) or the original translator took better care here or had help at this time?

A new translation by a professional translator might reveal a much better book.

In any event, it is the publisher that allowed such an awful translation to be published, and it is their responsibility that it happened.

Note: I have read the Kindle edition but I doubt that there is a difference between the Kindle edition and the print edition.


Tokyo Station
Tokyo Station
by Martin Cruz Smith
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Important!:Toyko Station is the UK version of December 6, 1 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Tokyo Station (Paperback)
Toyko Station is the UK version of December 6.
December 6 is the US version of Tokyo Station.
They are completely identical.


December 6
December 6
by Martin Cruz Smith
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important!:Toyko Station is the UK version of December 6, 1 Feb. 2012
This review is from: December 6 (Mass Market Paperback)
Toyko Station is the UK version of December 6.
December 6 is the US version of Tokyo Station.
They are completely identical.


Lacor-64407-ST.STEEL CRUMBS CLEANER
Lacor-64407-ST.STEEL CRUMBS CLEANER
Price: £8.59

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!!!, 14 Oct. 2011
This is exactly the product I was looking for! It is sturdy and easy to use and the price was quite reasonable. It is much, much more efficient than the plastic models with only one brush that are also shown here. I would highly recommend it.


Rocket Ship Galileo
Rocket Ship Galileo
by Heinlein A.
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The book had a musty odour, 14 Oct. 2011
The book had a musty odour and I have as yet not been able to read it due to this smell.

This is not just a problem from this seller, but it is becoming a serious problem with all out-of-print books I have purchased from various Amazon sellers recently.

My guess is that it has something to do with how the books were stored ie in damp, unheated surroundings.


Two Weeks in Another Town
Two Weeks in Another Town
by Irwin Shaw
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Musty odour., 14 Oct. 2011
The book had a musty odour and I have as yet not been able to read it due to this smell.

This is not just a problem from this seller, but it is becoming a serious problem with all out-of-print books I have purchased from various Amazon sellers recently.

My guess is that it has something to do with how the books were stored ie in damp, unheated surroundings.
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OCTOVO Stand for e-Readers (Fits all 6" screen e-Readers)
OCTOVO Stand for e-Readers (Fits all 6" screen e-Readers)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product, 14 Oct. 2011
Excellent product. Good quality materials. Sturdy. Very adjustable height/angle. Hassle-free packaging - very similar to the Kindle packaging. Note that the angle shown in the pictures (like a painter's easel) of the product is only the extreme upright angle available - it can be tilted as much as you need it to be.


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1.0 out of 5 stars The eyelets fall off - not real fur or nubuck, 6 Mar. 2011
When the boots arrived several of the eyelets (for the shoelaces) fell off when they were tried on. The majority of the other eyelets were already on the verge of falling off. It cost more than the price of the boots to have all the eyelets replaced.

Note that the shoes are man made fur and man made nubuck.


Leica C-Lux 2 Digital Camera - Black
Leica C-Lux 2 Digital Camera - Black

75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Camera! Leica vs. Panasonic, 20 July 2008
I have had the Leica C-Lux 2 for a while and I am VERY pleased. This is an excellent and very handy sized camera, which takes excellent photos and videos, even in very low light situations and is easy to use. I have had many other digital cameras in the past 5-6 years and this is the best I have had.

7.2 Megapixels is absolutely adequete unless you are making posters - it is the quality of the image produced which is the ultimate criteria and not just a lot of megapixels, and it is here that this camera excels.

There is a lot of talk about Panasonic and this Leica camera. Leica is reported to have admitted that it is a camera based on a Panasonic body. Opinions differ as to whether this body is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 or a Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX07. However, the case is not exactly the same nor is the lens or the camera's internal software.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07 is (wxhxd): 94 x 51 x 24 mm
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 is (wxhxd): 95 x 52 x 22 mm
The Leica C-Lux 2 is (wxhxd): 94.9 x 51.9 x 22 mm

While most Panasonic Lumic cameras have "Leica" lenses, Panasonic's website comments that "Panasonic decided to form a partnership with the legendary and most prestigious camera and lens maker on the planet: LEICA of Germany.....LEICA DC lenses unique construction effectively suppress the type of distortion that crops up so often in wide-shots. Straight lines are actually depicted as straight.

Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH. Leica DC lenses are manufactured using measurement instruments and quality assurance systems that have been certified by Leica Camera AG based on the company's quality standards. "

i.e. While Leica has designed the lens system and has delivered quality assurance systems to Panasonic, Leica does not actually make the lenses used in Panasonic cameras.

Comparing the Leica C-Lux 2 with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07 camera [...] comments:

"Almost identical in specifications to Panasonic's substantially cheaper DMC-FX07 model (which we reviewed last year), the new Leica C-Lux 2 has the same 7.2-megapixel imager and a similar Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 3.6x optical zoom lens, but its focal length range is marginally shorter (28-100mm vs 28-102mm). Focusing distances are the same for both cameras, as is body weight, although the C-Lux 2 is a tad longer, higher and slimmer.

Sensitivity settings are the same in both cameras but white balance settings differ slightly. The C-Lux 2 provides an auto mode plus pre-sets for daylight, overcast sky and halogen light, along with two manual settings. In contrast, the FX07 has an auto mode plus pre-sets for daylight, cloudy, shade, halogen and a single 'white set' manual mode.....

Performance
Pictures from the test camera were sharp, with natural-looking colours and a wider than average dynamic range. Unlike the Panasonic FX07 camera we reviewed last year, the C-Lux 2 did not produce colour shifts with high ISO settings in dim lighting or with flash."

The focal length range differnce may actually mean that the lens is a Leica manufactured lens and not a Panasonic manufactured lens?

This article found these results [...] and differences:

"Anyone who knows their cameras would point to the Panasonic DMC-FX07 and accuse it of being the same camera. That Leica and Panasonic are working together is no secret, and the specifications between the cameras are almost identical.

So why buy the Leica? There is very good reason, the most important being that which is important to you - the image quality. All Leica digital cameras have proprietary firmware settings within the camera that suit the more educated and advanced photographer, making this an automatic benefit for even your family photographs.

The colour and contrast performance is more biased toward a "European" standard, which has always been more subtle than Japanese colour and contrast standards. This is true certainly of the Panasonic and the Leica and side by side image comparisons bear this out. It is the same as using professional film for your family snaps. This firmware cannot be installed on the Panasonic versions.

Also, unlike the Panasonic, the Leica C-Lux-2 does not automatically choose 800 ISO under low light conditions. This means that the Leica maintains less noise in your available light photography, remembering that the camera has an excellent image stabiliser to compensate for those slow shutter speeds. Also, the Leica digital cameras keep your "Flash Off" settings even after the camera is switched off and on again. The Panasonic defaults to "Auto Flash" when under the same conditions and always has to be reset if you prefer to shoot without flash.

In keeping with Leica's commitment to quality, the C-Lux 2 has a full two year warranty, as against the Panasonic which is limited to twelve months."

There is a "flaw" with the camera and it's Leica made leather case that is very important to be aware of:

It is very easy to activate the camera simply by putting it back in its leather case, as the on/off button is located on the top of the camera in a way that makes it very easy to accidentally activate if the button comes even slightly into contact with the side of its carrying case. This can result in the lens servo-motor breaking down in it's attempt to open the lens with the camera is in the case. To solve this problem, always turn the camera in the playback possition before i put it back in its case - as in playback position the lens remains does not open. When the camera is turned on with the dial in reviewpossition the lens is NOT extracted. It will stay inside the camera. To avoid running down the battery, if the camera should turn on while in the case, set the camera to Powersafe 5 min, and it will shut down after five minutes if accidentally turned on while in the case.
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Philishave HQ7830 Quadra Mains/Rechargeable Shaver
Philishave HQ7830 Quadra Mains/Rechargeable Shaver

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable, Low Noise and Easy to use, 2 May 2004
The price of electric shavers has risen considerably and I wondered whether this new generation of shavers was really worth the extra cost.
I have been using Philips Shavers for most of the past 35 years (I did try Braun for a while) and the Philips HQ7830 is the best shaver I have ever had. It is gentle yet very effective. The noise and vibration from the motor, compared with previous models I have owned, is minimal.
It is very easy to clean with warm water under the tap and I like having a really clean shaver every day and not having to dismantle the heads and brush them about once a week with the little brush as I had to in the past.
A part of the ability to clean the shaver under the tap is that they have reduced the voltage of the unit. The transformer that previously was in the unit is now on the mains plug. I suspect that this has something to do with the low noise.
They say that the (Green) battery is able to supply three weeks of normal shaving, and it does.
I usually will take a while to adjust to a new model - even if it is another Philishave model - but that was minimal for me with this shaver.
The more expensive models in the 7000 series differ only that they have an LCD display that shows the percentage of charge left in the battery .I don't find that important enough to pay about 50% more, especially as the general price of shavers is now so much higher.
The 8000 series (at least another 25% price) differ only that they have a dial to make a general adjustment of the shaver. For me this is unnecessary, as the HQ7830 shaver suits me well as it is and it adjusts itself to my skin and its contours.
The only minus for me (and this is a very minor matter) is that the shaver is larger than previous models I have owned. The larger size of the unit and the transformer on the mains supply makes the whole thing bulkier and less handy to transport in its travel case than the previous models I have owned.
I am very pleased and strongly recommend this shaver.


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