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Muscle Cars (Sfwp Literary Awards)
Muscle Cars (Sfwp Literary Awards)
by Stephen Eoannou
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.52

5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very good., 17 Oct. 2015
Mostly, when I read a book by an author I don't know, I am disappointed. Mostly, I think 'Here is a triumph of marketing over talent - again'. Not so with this collection. These stories are so well-written you don't realise you are reading. You are just there, with one or other of the injured and/or dysfunctional characters that the author portrays so convincingly. Eoannou gives us a succession of tableaux painted in hues of grief against a backdrop of modern America. Being from the UK, I enjoyed being transported somewhere different; and that's exactly what his stories do - like big, fast cars, but cars that maybe aren't quite safe any more, they transport you, and you don't know quite where you are going to end up, but you are always glad you got there.
These are great stories, well-written, with a stamp of originality that you rarely see. Buy. Now.


Tales of our Times
Tales of our Times
by Linda Thatcher
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Our Times: sometimes dark, sometimes daft, always funny, 12 Feb. 2015
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Tales of our Times is a wry, whimsical and amusing reconstruction of classic fairy tales, mainly gently witty, occasionally almost surreal, and sometimes with an underlying acerbic tang. In this book you find that: Cinderella marries the coachman rat; kingdoms are ravaged by the Teutonic plague; Jack is a drug dealer wearing Armani suits and acting as a role model for fatherless boys in the West End; the wolf is a kind, gentle vegetarian who is the pig’s mother’s secret lover; and much else besides. Modern mores are mercilessly teased, whether designer babies (Ginger bred boy: give up your child at your own risk) or the pretentiousness of certain types of art and artist (The Emperor’s New Clothes, with its toe-curling apotheosis). As with all good fairy stories, there are darker undercurrents: for example, in the story concerning the quiet, unobtrusive man who carefully relieves underage girls of their pre-term babies (Rumpelstiltskin), and the stories alluding to the despoiling of English countryside (Gruff Gangers, Three Ramblers Geoff). There are occasional discordant notes when the authors seem to be sniping at members of the UK establishment, some of whom are long gone; but these don’t detract from the stories too much. In conclusion, the book is a collaboration by a group of authors; their styles are complementary, and the stories are well written, being neatly crafted, economical and funny; well worth a read.


Canon PIXMA MG8150 All-In-One Wi-Fi Colour Photo Printer (Print, Copy and Scan)
Canon PIXMA MG8150 All-In-One Wi-Fi Colour Photo Printer (Print, Copy and Scan)

1.0 out of 5 stars it prints beautifully. But within a couple of years, 2 Aug. 2014
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When it works, it prints beautifully. But within a couple of years, it stopped working, having developed an error code 5030, for which little public information and no support exists. It seems I will have to pay an arm and a leg to get an approved contractor to repair it. But in fact I am going to buy another printer (not Canon) instead. Don't buy this piece of rubbish. And by the way, the ink cartridges cost about 25% of the total printer cost, and last hardly any time.


Trueshopping 26cc Petrol Multi Tool Long Reach Multi Function Garden Tool Including: Hedge Trimmer, Strimmer, Brushcutter, Chainsaw Pruner & Free Extension Pole 2-Stroke 0.9kw / 1.2hp
Trueshopping 26cc Petrol Multi Tool Long Reach Multi Function Garden Tool Including: Hedge Trimmer, Strimmer, Brushcutter, Chainsaw Pruner & Free Extension Pole 2-Stroke 0.9kw / 1.2hp
Offered by Big Home Shop
Price: £169.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality junk - don't buy, 28 July 2014
I am sorry to say that this item is a catastrophic waste of money, even at the reduced price. The problem seems to be the motor, which (a) took me about an hour to get started on each occasion (and yes, I did adjust the screw, as suggested) and (b) stopped working altogether after three occasions of light use. I was influenced by other reviews here which suggest that the tool works well, but my experience is that it is utterly useless, and I hope that by sharing this I can help others not to waste their money. Sorry, but it's a good idea let down by poor manufacturing and quality control.


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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't trust it...., 21 Feb. 2014
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This item arrived in good time, but the night light function did not work. Given that this is the only function directly accessible to human senses [because, obviously, we can't hear ultrasonic frequencies], and it didn't work, I had no confidence that the other functions [which one cannot see or hear] would work. So I returned it; and am still waiting for my refund.


Canon FS200 Camcorder - Silver (41x Advanced Zoom, 2.7 inch Widescreen Colour LCD)
Canon FS200 Camcorder - Silver (41x Advanced Zoom, 2.7 inch Widescreen Colour LCD)

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good camcorder BUT, 26 Feb. 2010
This is a neat little camcorder which makes good quality videos and is easy to use. HOWEVER, beware the claim that you can easily make DVDs to share with family and friends. You can burn your videos onto DVDs, it's true, although the software is not especially user friendly. BUT if you want to share the DVDs with people (grandparents in our case) who have a DVD player but no computer - well sorry, but you can't. The DVD player won't recognise the Canon Legria videoclips. There may be some way of getting around this, but I haven't found it yet. Very poor show from Canon for not making this clear and for not suggesting remedies. Another minor gripe - the video editing software that comes wityh the Legria is really very primitive, and again not user-friendly. All you can do is splice together bits of video and put a title page on - not terribly exciting.


Fractals, Googols and Other Mathematical Tales
Fractals, Googols and Other Mathematical Tales
by Theoni Pappas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars fractals, googols etc, 8 Jan. 2010
I bought this book for an able child. I was disappointed on a number of grounds. The book is clearly written by a mathematician who has forgotten how much maths children do NOT know. In other words, in many places the text presumed knowledge that a child will not have, and therefore is opaque / confusing. There are several errors in the book, both in language and - on first glance - in numbers. The explanations are often very poor - even as an adult with a numerate background, I sometimes struggled to interpret them. Interesting concepts are introduced, but left at that, with little or no expansion or extrapolation to the real world. Finally, the illustrations appear to have been done by a child, rather than for children. All in all, it could have been done so much better - what a shame.


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