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Conversational Chinese 301: Pt. B
Conversational Chinese 301: Pt. B
by Yuhua Kang
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay but not great, 18 Sept. 2015
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This book is the textbook for an evening school course I'm doing. it's very similar to Part A with the same problems. The conversations are pretty good but then the grammar section is horrible. Really unclear explanations. I had to buy a separate grammar book to supplement it. Sometimes in the substitution section you get new words that haven't been covered yet or words that aren't covered at all. It would have benefited with an appendix of all the characters along with translations. All you get is an index to the chapter for a word which you then have to look up.

Related to Chinese 301 but not the book per say: The audio of the conversations are clear and easy to understand, but then the video version of the same thing is terrible. They play background music over the video that is louder than the dialog, which can make it hard to hear.

For self learning I would recommend the New Practical Chinese Reader series.


The Coldest War (Milkweed Triptych)
The Coldest War (Milkweed Triptych)
by Ian Tregillis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it, 21 Aug. 2015
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This is a fantastic book. I couldn't put it down. I actually started with this book instead of the first one but it doesn't matter, you can still follow the story. It's a brilliant '60's cold war intrigue, combined with supernatural horrors, and don't forget Nazi technology. Only slight complaint is the sometimes quirky dialog. It's very much an American's view of how British people speak. The posh bloke Will is one of the funniest examples. But you can get past this and tune that out. The author has done a lot research and the inner city London scenes really ring true. After I finished I immediately bought book three. It is that good.


The Annihilation Score: A Laundry Files novel
The Annihilation Score: A Laundry Files novel
by Charles Stross
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but lacks something, 7 Aug. 2015
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I really love the Laundry series but I guess the thing I like most is Bob the main character. He is funny in a geek humor kind of way and you want him to succeed. In this book Bob is mostly absent and his wife / ex Mo becomes the main character. Now I shouldn't have a problem with this. It's well written and the plot is great, but I don't really empathise with Mo at all. She is a very boring person albeit with a magic violin. She cares a lot about bureaucracy and losing her job, not so much about other people. We spend much of the book inside her head and although the things that happen to her are certainly exciting, she is really dull. She constantly moans about the middle aged woman's "invisibility cloak" but she doesn't do much about it. Her sentient violin Lecter is a much more interesting character which in some way redeems the book.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Not great but not terrible, 15 April 2015
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One of the wheels broke in one day which was annoying but the biggest problem with this chair is that you can't the backrest forward enough. You are in the unnatural reclining position which might be fine for gaming but for typing at a computer is terrible.


On the Steel Breeze (Poseidons Children Book 2)
On the Steel Breeze (Poseidons Children Book 2)
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down, 7 April 2015
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This is the second installment in the Poseidon's Children trilogy and I really enjoyed reading this. The adventure covers 3 separate plot lines involving clones of the same person (Chiku Akinya). Chiku Red went chasing Eunice, Chiku Green joined a mission to the star system Crucible, and Chiku Yellow stayed at home. The Chiku Red plot arc was a bit of a non event but the other two story-lines where great.

You have the classic space opera stuff that Reynolds is really good at writing. He created a really believable well thought out hard sci-fi universe. Initially you think there are clear cut good guys and bad guys but becomes more complex and interesting as the plot develops. Questions about humans living in a post AI world are cleverly thought out. Super ancient and all powerful aliens pop up of course but what's not to like about that?

My only slight gripe is with the plot device that is used to explain why the hollo-ships (hollowed out asteroids geddit?) can't slow down. It seems highly irrational that that people would decide to make that decision. But I guess Reynolds wanted to avoid copying the Sky Haussman (founder of Sky's Edge in Revelation Space) plot line again. Overall very good and I will definitely buy the next book when it comes out.

There is a weird use of language in the book whereby "his" and "her" are replaced by "vis" and "ver". Don't know if this is a typo in the kindle edition but it is a bit annoying.


War Dogs (War Dogs Trilogy Book 1)
War Dogs (War Dogs Trilogy Book 1)
Price: £5.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bear's best but okay, 30 Dec. 2014
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It's an easy fast paced read and telling the tale from the soldier's eye view is interesting, but the tech has a feel of 1970's science fiction. We are a few years away from mechanical exoskeletons now in the present but we are meant to believe that future space commandos aided by advanced alien tech have to get by with some steroids, and suits more like flimsy wet-suits than body armor. They are given an array of impressive sounding weapons like the "lawnmower" which does Halo like "big gun" damage but it just seems like laziness on the part of the author. As other reviewers have mentioned there is the strong use of made up spelling to show that characters talk with a certain accent. This is highly annoying in a Jar Jar Binks sort of way. That being said it is a fun read and the secrets revealed at the end are quite cool and so is the "big picture" of what's going on. If there is a sequel I will buy it.


The Long Mars: (Long Earth 3) (The Long Earth)
The Long Mars: (Long Earth 3) (The Long Earth)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read with some flaws, 2 Aug. 2014
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Despite this book reading like a Stephen Baxter greatest hits retrospective (I half expected the Xeelee to turn up) it was actually a very enjoyable read. Sally becomes much less obnoxious in this book, perhaps under the humanising influence of Mr Pratchett. There are still loathsome individuals however which makes the story more fun. The Next for example are Wrath of Khan style super human psychopaths. These proto Patrick Bateman's just see humans as something to play with or control. One thing that I would have really liked to see was a meeting between the Next and (world's smartest baseline human) Willis Linsay or (super AI computer) Lobsang. Never happens as I'm guessing with Baxter writing the Next and Pratchett writing Willis and Lobsang they wanted to keep them separate. The ending was more climactic than the Long War and and maybe they took some feedback on-board from the responses to the second book.


The Long Earth: (Long Earth 1)
The Long Earth: (Long Earth 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, 15 July 2014
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Really great book. I would not have thought that a pairing between Baxter and Pratchett would work but it did.


Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears (Singularity Series Book 1)
Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears (Singularity Series Book 1)
Price: £1.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad ... but not great, 15 July 2014
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Nice idea but not very well written. That being said I'd give it a 3 stars but the ending was a bit cliched.


The Long War: (Long Earth 2)
The Long War: (Long Earth 2)
by Stephen Baxter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A long boring read, 15 July 2014
I really loved the first book. The concept was brilliant and it had the right mix of humor. The pairing between Pratchett and Baxter worked really well. But this book is very different. The mix is all wrong. It's as if Baxter (who is a genius at high concept sci fi) wrote a lot more of the character parts. This isn't his strength and the Sally character has turned from a Pratchett-esque "feisty female" archetype to a typical Baxter "horrible personality" type that he tends to write. She is just vile. The Lobsang scenes are still the best but there precious few of them. There are some really good parts in this book (the gap, beagles world, rectangles world, etc) but they are few and far between. Mostly the characters spend their time travelling as passengers and there are lots of "looking out the window" scenes describing but not much action going on. It's as if the writers felt the need to pad out the book.


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