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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
Price: £7.31

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Silk Road(s) in context., 20 May 2016
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Very thought provoking, a glimpse of the silk road in context of global trade rather than just focussing on the usual geography. Of necessity this is a skate over the surface and I'm sure it simplifies many of the underlying issues but it ends up as a manageable narrative not an unwieldy tome.
A great read for any of us who enjoy visiting central Asia to understand how it fits/fitted into the world picture.


The Help
The Help
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner., 5 Oct. 2015
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Just a great read. I was constantly thinking that it was real not fiction ... but maybe this fiction is not far from the truth


Bones on Ice: A Temperance Brennan Short Story
Bones on Ice: A Temperance Brennan Short Story
Price: £1.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable. As with many of Kathy Reich's stories ..., 19 Aug. 2015
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Very enjoyable. As with many of Kathy Reich's stories the technical details were fascinating, the story as such a little less so. And you have to admire an imagination which can envisage such an improbable but plausible scenario.


Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidons Children Book 1)
Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidons Children Book 1)
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of interest and invention here, clearly an imagined ..., 3 Aug. 2015
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Lots of interest and invention here, clearly an imagined world capable of further exploitation. An enjoyable if somewhat lengthy read.


Flora's Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room)
Flora's Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room)
by Ysabeau S Wilce
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.47

3.0 out of 5 stars Very inventive but ..., 7 July 2015
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Interesting. It's very inventive, with lots of new words, new creatures, new magic and new alphabet. But for me the scale of the invention got in the way of the story telling. I found it difficult to hang on to the plot while trying to decode what all the creatures could do, where we were in real or translated time and who was related to what.


Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe
Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight intro not giving orders, 5 April 2015
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Good fun introduction for those confused and bemused by the proliferation of European languages. Some technicalities as a clue for those who wish to venture further in this subject.


The McCandless Mecca: A Pilgrimage to the Magic Bus of the Stampede Trail
The McCandless Mecca: A Pilgrimage to the Magic Bus of the Stampede Trail
Price: £2.35

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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit thin, 4 Jan. 2014
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Well written but a rather thin story with not too much substance. I was expecting more based on other work by the same aauthor.


The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF (Mammoth Books)
The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF (Mammoth Books)
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Curate's egg, 4 Jan. 2014
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Like most of these compilations the stories are of variable quality but none is less that an interesting read. There are many goodies here so a recommended buy


Death by Hollywood
Death by Hollywood
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 21 Oct. 2013
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Just the quality you'd expect from this guy and a whole new view of life in LA ... just glad I'm not trying to make it big in Hollywood.


The Baghdad Railway Club (Jim Stringer Book 8)
The Baghdad Railway Club (Jim Stringer Book 8)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing, 30 Sept. 2013
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Although the railway aspects were probably very accurate the story telling left a bit to be desired. I never really got engaged by any of the people and many of their actions seemed implausible


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