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Tigerman: A novel
Tigerman: A novel
by Nick Harkaway
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Existentialist Pulp Fiction Classic From Nick Harkaway, July 1, 2014
This review is from: Tigerman: A novel (Hardcover)
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Dubbed the creator of a new literary genre, "existentialist pulp", by io9 editor and book reviewer Charlie Jane Anders, Nick Harkaway's "Tigerman" may prove to be his most accessible, most personal, novel to date, since it is focused on the strong, unlikely, friendship that emerges between British Army Sergeant Lester Ferris and a brilliant young native, the street kid who calls himself Robin, and is addicted to both the internet and to comic books. A veteran of the ongoing Afghanistan conflict, Lester finds himself on the remote island of Mancreu as the possessor of the ceremonial post of British Consul; an island that sits atop an artificial volcano, surrounded by a "Black Fleet" comprised of boats crewed by professional criminals, especially by vile and dangerous drug smugglers. Lester hopes young Robin may see him as the substitute father, and ponders a future with him as an adopted son, even as a rather routine, dull existence on Mancreu soon becomes atypically violent and bloody, with Lester and Robin relying on their wits, and a mutual love of comics in confronting their deadly foes. "Tigerman" may lack the frantic pacing and energy present in Harkaway's earlier novels, "The Gone-Away World" and "Angelmaker", but he still introduces us to a host of memorable characters of whom the most fascinating may be the young Japanese scientist with whom Lester finds himself falling in love with. "Tigerman" is as clever and impulsively readable, a mashup of genres as riveting as his earlier novels, skillfully blending an espionage thriller with superhero pulp fiction, that, despite its superficial similarities, remains a novel quite different in style and tone from Michael Chabon's "The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay". Instead, Harkaway demonstrates that he excels in credible world-building of both characters and setting that deserves favorable comparisons with China Mieville's latest work, most notably, "The City and The City", "Kraken" and "Railsea", even if his literary style differs greatly from Mieville's. Along with Mieville, Harkaway should be viewed as one of the most original, most distinctive, voices writing fiction now, and like him, both an exceptional prose stylist and storyteller worthy of note in contemporary British fiction, irrespective of his strong ties to genre, not least because he is the son of a well-known British writer renowned for his espionage thrillers of exceptional literary quality. Without question, "Tigerman" should be viewed as one of the finest novels published this year, and as a yet another worthy addition to Harkaway's all too brief list of his exceptional genre-bending novels.


The Lost
The Lost
by Sarah Beth Durst
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.30
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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid New Adult Fantasy/Romance Novel, June 25, 2014
This review is from: The Lost (Paperback)
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Recognized as one of our foremost American writers of teen fantasy fiction, Sarah Beth Durst's "The Lost" is the debut novel in a series that introduces New Adult readers to a metaphysical alternate reality as compellingly realistic as Lev Grossman's "Magician" novels, with the surreal fantastical elements of "Lost" (the American television series) and maybe, more than a nod or two to Akira Kurosawa's great film "Rashomon" added as well. This is a compellingly readable fantasy mixed with thriller and romance, which should appeal to older as well as younger readers, especially for dealing with themes related to personal loss and dealing effectively - mentally and emotionally - with them. Having made an unexpected wrong left turn on a desert highway, Lauren stumbles upon an almost deserted, rather mysterious, town, Lost, at the edge of the desert, whose inhabitants have, like herself, lost their way, finding themselves stranded and alone, cut off from those they knew in the outside world. An unexpected encounter with one of the town's most mysterious inhabitants, becomes much more, as Lauren finds herself increasingly attracted to Peter, who becomes both a compelling reason why she should stay and her potential means of escape as she plots her return to the outside world. Durst is an exceptional storyteller and fine prose stylist who has crafted a memorable page-turner of a novel; I look forward to reading the rest of her New Adult series, starting with "Missing" which is due to be published towards the end of this year.


Brainwavz M5 Headset In Ear Noise Isolating Earphones (Black)
Brainwavz M5 Headset In Ear Noise Isolating Earphones (Black)
Price: $39.50
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Low End Market Eaphones I Have Used, June 25, 2014
Having tried and tested the Brainwavz Delta Earphones at the same time I've been using these, I will say that the Brainwavz Delta may be the best value for those interested in getting fine, relatively low cost, earphones. However, the sound quality in the Brainwavz M5 is sufficiently better that audiophiles who want superb low end market earphones with very good audio quality should regard the Brainwavz M5 as their first choice. I've been privileged to test these earphones courtesy of the manufacturer, but it hasn't biased my favorable assessment of these as among the best in their class I have used. The sound quality is surprisingly neutral, with almost equal weight to treble and bass; those preferring a more rich bass sound might want to acquire one of Brainwavz's more expensive models, like, for example, the S1. Like its more expensive siblings, the Brainwavz M5 is exceptionally well made out of metal, with sturdy wiring, and a rugged travel case that comes with the earphones, along with foam tips and silicone ear and flange tips that users can switch the originals with for better comfort. (However, having noted these accessories that come along with the earphones themselves, I haven't found any need to use them since the earbuds that come with the earphones are among the most comfortable I have ever used.)


Brainwavz M5 In Ear Noise Isolating Earphones (Black)
Brainwavz M5 In Ear Noise Isolating Earphones (Black)
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Price: $34.50
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Low End Market Earphones I Have Used, June 25, 2014
Having tried and tested the Brainwavz Delta Earphones at the same time I've been using these, I will say that the Brainwavz Delta may be the best value for those interested in getting fine, relatively low cost, earphones. However, the sound quality in the Brainwavz M5 is sufficiently better that audiophiles who want superb low end market earphones with very good audio quality should regard the Brainwavz M5 as their first choice. I've been privileged to test these earphones courtesy of the manufacturer, but it hasn't biased my favorable assessment of these as among the best in their class I have used. The sound quality is surprisingly neutral, with almost equal weight to treble and bass; those preferring a more rich bass sound might want to acquire one of Brainwavz's more expensive models, like, for example, the S1. Like its more expensive siblings, the Brainwavz M5 is exceptionally well made out of metal, with sturdy wiring, and a rugged travel case that comes with the earphones, along with foam tips and silicone ear and flange tips that users can switch the originals with for better comfort. (However, having noted these accessories that come along with the earphones themselves, I haven't found any need to use them since the earbuds that come with the earphones are among the most comfortable I have ever used.)


Hills Bros Coffee Gourmet Medium Roast, Single Serve, 12 Single Serve Cups, 3.8 Ounce
Hills Bros Coffee Gourmet Medium Roast, Single Serve, 12 Single Serve Cups, 3.8 Ounce

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Coffee from a Coffee Maker, June 25, 2014
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I haven't tried much Hills Bros. Coffee over the years, so it was a most pleasant surprise. This Hills Bros. Coffee Gourmet Medium Roast blend is among the best I have tried making coffee with coffee maker machines. Was pleasantly surprised by the rich aroma and fine taste, which I have to attribute to using medium roasted coffee beans. I highly recommend it.


Brainwavz Delta IEM Earphones
Brainwavz Delta IEM Earphones
Price: $19.74
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Budget Earphones I Have Used, June 21, 2014
The Brainwavz Delta IEM Earphones are the finest budget-oriented earphones I have used, offering exceptional sound quality with great clarity ranging from bass to treble. For budget-oriented earphones, these are very well made, with metal and plastic construction superior to anything I have seen from the likes of low-end Sony and Panasonic earphones. Speaking of Sony, I used these on an old cheap, Sony Walkman portable radio, and the sound quality for it was by far the best I have ever heard from my old portable radio. Without question, Brainwavz has done a fine job in producing more economy-level earphones with the Brainwavz Delta, offering exceptional sound quality present in other, far more expensive, earphones. (Please note that I had obtained these from the manufacturer in exchange for this review, but it did not bias my testing of it on several laptops as well as the old Sony portable radio.)


Brainwavz R3 Dual Dynamic Driver Earphones
Brainwavz R3 Dual Dynamic Driver Earphones
Offered by MP4NATION
Price: $129.50
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Earphones Available in the Market, June 9, 2014
Courtesy of the manufacturer, I was supplied recently with a sample Brainwavz R3 Dual Dynamic Drive Earphones, and have tested it on laptops, a BOSE CD player and a tiny Sony AM/FM Walkman radio. Without exception, I have heard the best sound I could ever expect from a set of earphones, rivaling the quality I have heard in high quality headphones from the likes of Bose and Sony. Bass and Treble are clearly distinct, without any sign of muffled sound, as one might expect in substantially cheaper earphones. Brainwavz is committed to making superb, high quality earphones for dedicated audiophiles and this is quite evident in the aluminum construction of the earphones, the sophisticated dual dynamic drive design, and even in the small, yet rugged, case that comes with the product. It is definitely the best earphones available and for those willing to pay the extra price, a product that will be cherished and used often by dedicated audophiles and casual users alike.


Dark Eden
Dark Eden
by Chris Beckett
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.51
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Debut Novel Which Cleverly Reimagines the 'Lost Colony' Trope, June 9, 2014
This review is from: Dark Eden (Paperback)
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One of the major reoccurring tropes in science fiction has been depicting lost colonies - or lost generation starships - which have been cut off from the rest of humanity. Much to his credit, Chris Beckett's "Dark Eden: A Novel" is a spectacular new addition, and one deservingly worthy of being the recipient of the 2013 Arthur C. Clarke Award for the Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year. On a remote sunless world, the descendants of survivors of an unexpected landing, treat as myth, Family lore about having crossed the "Starry Swirl" in a vast "boat" - the starship Defiant - from a remote, distant world, Earth, dreaming that one day another "boat" will arrive, taking them "home" to the birth world of their ancestors. One of the most bold, most courageous, members of the Family, John Redlantern, will break taboos and longstanding Family customs, seeking the truth behind their unexpected arrival. What he discovers in his quest will change forever, the Family's history, and its future prospects for survival on a world whose only lights are those from the lantern trees and the bizarre animals which inhabit Eden. Beckett is an exceptional storyteller and fine prose stylist, writing an engrossing tale that could be seen as a space opera twist on William Golding's "Lord of the Flies", with characters and prose easily comparable with Ursula Le Guin's finest "Hainish" tales. "Dark Eden: A Novel" is an important literary debut from someone with great promise as an important new voice in Anglo-American speculative fiction.


Shadow World
Shadow World
by Chris Impey
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.46
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Notable Debut Novel from an Astronomer and Science Writer, May 25, 2014
This review is from: Shadow World (Paperback)
Astronomer and science writer Chris Impey’s “Shadow World” should be viewed more as a collection of seven short stories, rather than a novel, that tie together the life-long journeys made by McEvoy, a compellingly curious Scot, who literally wanders all over the globe. Journeys which he can barely remember, but are recorded in ample detail in the diary he keeps over a span of twenty years. He’s a compelling protagonist in each of the seven chapters, often trying to win – and then to lose – the affection of a woman. We meet a fugitive Navajo shaman in the almost pristine wilderness of the Arizona desert, listen to classical music at New York City’s Lincoln Center, search for a long-lost civilization in some remote corner of Mongolia, and go dinosaur fossil hunting in Patagonia. Impey does a great job in transporting readers to each locale, teaching us aspects of science and philosophy that many may have not known before. As science fiction, “Shadow World” barely qualifies, except in its depiction of McEvoy, who seems all too forgetful of his prior Walter Mitty-esque adventures. As a self-published work of fiction, “Shadow World” comes close to adhering to professional publishing standards, though there are a few errors and other typos lurking within the text. Regardless, “Shadow World” remains an impressive debut novel for Impey, and hopefully, we, the readers, won’t see the last of him with respect to writing fiction.


Coca-Cola Zero Mini-Can (8 Count, 7.5 Fl Oz Each)
Coca-Cola Zero Mini-Can (8 Count, 7.5 Fl Oz Each)
Price: $3.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Diet Cola I Have Ever Tasted, May 25, 2014
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When Coca-Cola introduced Coca-Cola Zero, I thought I was in a cola version of nirvana, since its latest diet version retained virtually all of the flavor and taste of the original Coca-Cola. In its relatively new mini-can packing, this version of Coca-Cola Zero should please many who want only to drink 7.5 fluid ounces of it at once. I still highly recommend Coca-Cola Zero, which is for me, "the taste that refreshes".


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