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Batman and Robin Vol. 4: Requiem for Damian (The New 52)
Batman and Robin Vol. 4: Requiem for Damian (The New 52)
Price: 8.98

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars -tt-, 10 Jun 2014
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Damian Wayne was the best thing to happen to Batman comics in years. The concept of a borderline psychotic Robin was a brilliant way of altering the dynamic between the dynamic duo to create something truly fresh and new.

I wasn't massively happy with the way he was killed off in Batman Inc mainly because that whole storyline became a mess that's difficult to place in context with 'The new 52' relaunch.

Anyhow, this volume deals with Bruce Wayne trying to come to terms with the death of his son. Apart from the first story which is a bit special the rest are pretty generic tales of alienation revenge and acceptance. It's by no means terrible but it feels like a disappointing epitaph for one of DC' s best characters in years.


Justice League Vol. 4: The Grid (The New 52) (Jla (Justice League of America) (Graphic Novels))
Justice League Vol. 4: The Grid (The New 52) (Jla (Justice League of America) (Graphic Novels))
Price: 9.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, 20 April 2014
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it's not the most earth shattering story ever, it's readable, but it's not a plotline that anyone will still be discussing ten or even five years from now.

The numbering of this volume is quite confusing, as it actually makes more sense of the story arc to read this one (volume 4) before the official trinity war collection (volume 3).


The Great King (The Long War Book 4)
The Great King (The Long War Book 4)
Price: 4.49

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Saga Continues, 3 Jan 2014
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Another cracker in the Arimnestos series once again Mr Cameron is on top form, this time recounting the hero's adventures up to the battle of Artemesium.

One slight gripe, the kindle edition could have done with another proof read as there are a fair few annoying spelling grammar and punctuation mistakes, but even taking that into account this is a first class read and Mr Cameron continues to cement his reputation as one of top authors of historical fiction.


Tyrant: Destroyer of Cities
Tyrant: Destroyer of Cities
by Christian Cameron
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.29

4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a dip in form, but still better than most of the competition, 6 Mar 2013
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I was a bit suprised to see Mr Cameron returning to his 'Tyrant' series as it felt pretty much done and dusted in the last book.

Having said that, this book is still a good, action-filled classical adventure, set in a period with historic characters who have not already been done to death by other authors ( My mental image of Julius Caesar, for example, is a bi-poplar schizophrenic mess because I've read so many literary versions of his lfe. My own fault really).

Quite frankly though this book is not up to the same very high standards as Mr Cameron's previous work such as 'Marathon' & 'God of War' although ,as I say, still better than most of the other historical fiction out there at the moment.

I was slightly confused with the reviewer who mentioned Hilary Mantel & Mary Renault.

Renault wrote beautiful love stories, whilst Mantel writes highly acclaimed literature. Christian Cameron is attempting neither here and it is ridiculous to me to even suggest making a comparison.
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Tom Swan and the Head of St George Part Two: Venice
Tom Swan and the Head of St George Part Two: Venice
Price: 0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars give it a go, 16 Oct 2012
As someone who simply does not understand why Christian Cameron is not one of the most well known authors in the English speaking world it is not suprising that i would give the Tom Swan series my fullest and most enthusuastic endorsement.

Its as good as anything else you will read in the next few months and a lot better than most.


1356 (Special Edition)
1356 (Special Edition)
Price: 3.66

51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actual book review., 29 Sep 2012
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Bit of a suprise this. I had been expecting Mr Cornwell to release another in his excellent 'Saxon' series, rather than a return to his tales of the 100 years war.

No need to worry though, this book maintains Mr Cornwell's recent high quality and to be perfectly honest this new book is actually an order of magnitude better than the last book in the 'Harlequin' series, which personally I found to be one of the author's weakest efforts.

No spoilers here, fans of Bernard Cornwell will know exactly what to expect, skirmishes, duels & an epic battle with a little bit of romance thrown in. Mr Cornwell is nothing if not consistent in his choice of subject matters but fortunately for the reader he is consistently excellent at these rip-roaring boys own adventures.

Quick comment for all those whinging about the kindle price, a couple of years ago, before e-books made reading 'cool' again, all hardbacks were priced between 15 & 20. Even in supermarkets it was unheard of to see them below a tenner (unless it was guaranteed to be a mega seller, like Harry Potter).

Its only very recently that hardback books have dipped below the 10 mark, I suspect in response to the growing e-book market which is in direct competition with the original format.

If you think the e-book is too expensive buy the hard back, you have a choice, nobody has a gun to your head.

Leaving a book review based purely on your personal opinions about what you, as the consumer, feel you are entitled to in terms of value for money is not going to hurt amazon, its not going to hurt the author. It simply renders the review service completely meaningless for other kindle users.

If you are not happy about the service, e-mail amazon or the publishers, go ahead, vent your spleen, burst a blood vessel, but please stop leaving bad star ratings for books you haven't read simply because you feel entitled to receive something at a lower price than it is currently being offered for.
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The Crystal Skull
The Crystal Skull
Price: 3.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not sure how it got published, 24 Sep 2012
This review is from: The Crystal Skull (Kindle Edition)
ms scotts roman-era books are intelligent, well written and well researched, even if she does have some funny ideas about ancient druidism and how much of their ancient belief system can be understood or accurately reconstructed in the modern world (she believes most of it, i believe none).

crystal skull however is awful. its so bad that i was left wondering if was an early, previously rejected book, which her publisher has now printed to cash in on her subsequent successes.

this book is badly plotted,badly written, with characters that nobody could care about.

if like me you are a fan of ms scott's work i urge you to read her more recent stuff and ignore this fifth rate dross.


Poseidon's Spear (The Long War Book 3)
Poseidon's Spear (The Long War Book 3)
Price: 5.59

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding, 16 Sep 2012
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there is currently a glut of classical historical fiction on the market, much of it of pretty low quality.

so its worth pointing out that, in my personal opinion, christian cameron is the outstanding author of historical fiction of this generation and i fully expect to find his work topping the bestseller lists in the near future.

so if your'e sick of the usual historical dross and long for quality tales of the ancient world, free from the cliches, stereotypes and anachronisms that riddle so many other books in the genre, christian cameron is the author for you.


Dodger
Dodger
Price: 3.32

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars different but still excellent, 16 Sep 2012
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This review is from: Dodger (Kindle Edition)
this isn't discworld. its not even in the style of discworld.

having said that, this is still a first class read, and as enjoyable as the best of the author's other work, to the point where i personally wouldn't mind if mr pratchett decided to take a longer break from the discworld and knock out another couple of volumes concerning the adventures of young dodger.

this book really is that good.


From the Gracchi to Nero: A History of Rome 133 BC to AD 68 (Routledge Classics)
From the Gracchi to Nero: A History of Rome 133 BC to AD 68 (Routledge Classics)
Price: 13.97

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the most widely admired books on the late roman republic., 3 Aug 2012
i was suprised not to find any reviews of this widely admired classic.

put simply, if you want learn about the late roman republic, and its fascinating main players such as marius,sulla,caesar and octavian, then this book is where you should start.


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