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World War II Infantry Tactics : Squad and Platoon (Elite): Vol. 1
World War II Infantry Tactics : Squad and Platoon (Elite): Vol. 1
by Stephen Bull
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good content, poorly organised, 13 April 2005
Along with its companion book (World War II Infantry Tactics: Company and Battalion) overall an enyoyable and informative read for anyone interested in WWII infantry tactics.
This is an area poorly covered by literature, and though there is a reasonable volume of good material published on the internet it is fragmentory. These books go some way to compiling and interpreting many disperate sources. The books are well written, however they are let down by being poorly organised and laid out and could have been more rounded in the relative coverage of different issues.
I finished the books with the distinct impression that coverage depended more on the author's predilictions and the material readily available than on much of an attempt at balance and completeness.


Soviet Union Demystified: A Materialist Analysis
Soviet Union Demystified: A Materialist Analysis
by Frank Füredi
Edition: Paperback

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A book of extremes, 4 Jan. 2001
For anyone seeking to understand the background and development of the Soviet Union up to 1985 this is an invaluable, if not THE book, to consult.
It is, in my opinion, the only resource which explains: how the USSR got to where it was, why it did not (in spite of what is stated in so many other places) become a communist country, and why its command economy socialism failed.
One word of warning though, it is spectacularly badly and turgidly written. The facts and content are great, the style and presentation are awful.
Overall - worth the effort.


Canal Dreams
Canal Dreams
by Iain Banks
Edition: Paperback

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 4 Jan. 2001
This review is from: Canal Dreams (Paperback)
Let me start by saying that I am a great fan of Iain (M) Bank's work. Though this is a better book than many out there it is poor by his standards.
The "shock" element seems to be just that - for shock value (rather than the integral, visceral and compelling twists that we have come to know and love) with the plot driven more along the lines of a soap opera or bad TV movie.
The only thing I will say in its favour is that is does successfully maintain an undertone of disquiet through the first two thirds of the book, unfortunately it does then blow it.


The Caution Horses
The Caution Horses
Price: £7.29

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am not a country music fan, 20 Dec. 2000
This review is from: The Caution Horses (Audio CD)
Though this album is not easily categorised it falls partway into the Country genre, which is not somewhere I usually venture. That said this is a fantastic CD - every track is moving and summons up haunting images in my mind. Recommended to anyone regardless of what music you normally consider you like.


Glory Road
Glory Road
by Robert A. Heinlein
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as his hard SF, 8 Dec. 2000
This review is from: Glory Road (Mass Market Paperback)
By all means give this one a try, Heinlein's style of writing is as good as ever.
To me, though, Heinlein was a master of hard Sci Fi and doesn't have the right touch to make a really convincing go of this type of novel. The plot and mythos nearly adds up, but doesn't quite work .
By the standards of the genre this is much better than most and, to be honest, if it had had a different name attached to it I would probably have rated it better. I was just a bit disappointed because I know how good he can be.


Relics [VINYL]
Relics [VINYL]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 7 Dec. 2000
This review is from: Relics [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Unusually for a Floyd output this is not a concept album but more a collection of singles, though as far as I am aware the excellent Arnold Layne was the only success on that score.
A very early album (and the first of theirs I ever bought) it has stood the test of time. It is a lyrical, fun, disturbing, mellow and haunting collection that I still - after many years - regularly listen too.
If you only like easy listening pop you won't find this very accessible, otherwise it would make a great addition to your collection.


The Day The Earth Stood Still [VHS]
The Day The Earth Stood Still [VHS]
VHS

2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly a classic, 7 Dec. 2000
Though it may appear a little slow to those used to more modern fare; this film contains many ideas that have been recycled (with varying results) in many subsequent films.
Not quite a classic - it suffers a little in the sometimes trite two dimensional relationship between the messenger and the family he boards with.
For those truly interested in the history and development of the genre a must-see.


Starship Troopers
Starship Troopers
by Robert A. Heinlein
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still one of his best, 7 Dec. 2000
This review is from: Starship Troopers (Paperback)
In spite of the cover illustration not to be confused with the film, which has only a nodding acquantance with it.
If you are prepared to suspend disbelief in some of the, um, dodgier aspects of the political system, this is a fine book on several levels.
It has action & adventure - great boys own stuff; some interesting philosophical questions; an exploration of cameraderie and esprit de corp as well as reasonable (not great) characterisation. As with all Heinlein the technological ideas and concepts are top notch.
One of those books that you can consume in a single sitting; I have read it several times and thoroughly it enjoyed every time. I am always left wishing it was longer - a sure fire sign of a good book.


The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (New English Library Science Fiction)
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (New English Library Science Fiction)
by Robert A. Heinlein
Edition: Paperback

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best, 7 Dec. 2000
Ranks among Heinlein's top 3 books, it bears multiple re-readings. Hard Sci Fi at its best.


A Confederacy of Dunces (Penguin Modern Classics)
A Confederacy of Dunces (Penguin Modern Classics)
by John Kennedy Toole
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind, 6 Dec. 2000
Fantastic tragicomedy, Toole was a genius - Ignatius is one of the classic literary grotesques. The greatest tregedy of all is that there will never be another.


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