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The Hydrogen Sonata: A Culture Novel (Culture series Book 10)
The Hydrogen Sonata: A Culture Novel (Culture series Book 10)
Price: £5.99

7 of 110 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A kindle rip off, 9 Oct. 2012
While I fully support authors being paid for their work, the price of the electronic format should not be more expensive than the paper or hard back versions. This is just a complete kindle rip off, so much for all the rubbish about bringing the cost of books down while giving more back to the writer.
Sad as the book itself is rather good - borrowed a copy of my friends' out of protest.
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The Mammoth Book of SF Wars (Mammoth Books)
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars (Mammoth Books)
Price: £4.99

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of stories, 3 Oct. 2012
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This is a good collection of short stories. Most are well written and not over powering (which can sometimes happen in these short books).
A few thought provoking ideas with the usual twists at the end.
On the whole, well written and worth a look.


Solaris Rising: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction
Solaris Rising: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction
Price: £4.31

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very patchy and half hearted, 3 Oct. 2012
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I bought this on the strength of a few reviews but wish I hadn't. It is patchy, half hearted, unimaginative and seems as if the authors (supposively of some reknown) really couldn't be bothered. I wonder if any of them actually got out of bed to write these.
There are about 2 stories that neally make muster in this drab collection and I certainly won't be buying any more in the series nor will I look at the contributing 'authors' individual works again if this is all they can come up with.
It is such a shame that the art of short story writing (which I love with a passion) has obviously completely bypassed this collective.
Save your money.


Secrets Of The Stone Of Destiny: Legend, History and Prophecy
Secrets Of The Stone Of Destiny: Legend, History and Prophecy
by Adrian Gilbert
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and well researched, 5 Jun. 2012
This is a well researched book and a fascinating read for anyone interested in the history and legend of the Stone of Destiny (Stone of Scone) as well as interesting insights into other similar and powerful artefacts.
Full of political intrigue both modern day and past; which if believed, may in part explain the shadow cast on the Nations current affairs today.
Adrian Gilbert at his best. Recommend a read.


Science Fiction Stories - Volume 4 (Sci-Fi Stories)
Science Fiction Stories - Volume 4 (Sci-Fi Stories)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the others, 14 Dec. 2011
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I was a bit disappointed with this volume. The stories were OK, but then the collector went on writing reviews of others work and proceeded to publish the 1st 2 chapters of books they had written.

I am sorry, but if I buy a book of short stories; that is what I expect not 30% of it taken over by reviews - could of had another short story instead. If you want a book with reviews then write one and market it accordingly.


Biltong - 250g - Chilli Bites
Biltong - 250g - Chilli Bites
Offered by The Biltong Company
Price: £11.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Biltong, 1 Dec. 2011
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I must say that the biltong from this comapny is top stuff especially the one with a hint chilli. I prefer mine a little hotter, but this is fine as not all my friends do!


To the Dark Star: The Collected Stories Volume 2
To the Dark Star: The Collected Stories Volume 2
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Some good gems amongst this collection, 1 Dec. 2011
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As with all collections there are the odd duffs but I am happy to say that there are very few in this selection. Some I hadn't read before and the odd one or two was a pleasant trip down memory lane.
Mr Silverberg has a wonderful imagination and many of his short stories really make you stop and think.
Great stuff.


Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Sets Original Polyweb Coating 12 String - Light (0.010 - 0.047)
Elixir 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Sets Original Polyweb Coating 12 String - Light (0.010 - 0.047)
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great long lasting strings, 25 Nov. 2011
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Been usuing Elxir strings for over 5 years now, used to love 'roto sound'. I believe you can't get better for long lasting tone and brightness.
I would normally change my strings at least once every 3 months (on 3 acoustics including a 12 string - used to get expensive!), but I have actually left a set of these elixir strings on for a whole year and they still sound pretty fresh. No rust or dirt. They are great.
They are not unbreakable, but last longer tone and brightness wise - never looked back - highly recommend.


Elixir 92/8 Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Sets Ultra-Thin Nanoweb Coating - Extra Light (0.010 - 0.047)
Elixir 92/8 Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Sets Ultra-Thin Nanoweb Coating - Extra Light (0.010 - 0.047)
Price: £15.25

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great long lasting strings, 25 Nov. 2011
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Been usuing Elxir strings for over 5 years now, used to love 'roto sound'. I believe you can't get better for long lasting tone and brightness.
I would normally change my strings at least once every 3 months (on 3 acoustics including a 12 string - used to get expensive!), but I have actually left a set of these elixir strings on for a whole year and they still sound ok, though obviously not as new! No rust or dirt. They are great.
They are not unbreakable, but last longer tone and brightness wise - never looked back - highly recommend.


Sci-Fi Pulp Before PC - The Real Stuff Illustrated
Sci-Fi Pulp Before PC - The Real Stuff Illustrated
Price: £1.37

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old classics, 14 Nov. 2011
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Some good old classics here. Some well written short stories, as they were in those days. Puts a lot of the 'modern' stuff to shame.


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