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Tea with The Black Dragon
Tea with The Black Dragon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Offbeat mystery tale with a fantasy twist, 25 Jun 2013
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A well written first novel. An engaging tale that guarantees you will never drink oolong tea in the same way in the future.


The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien
The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien
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5.0 out of 5 stars An indispensable and invaluable document, 6 Jan 2013
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Already over 30 years old, Humphrey Carpenter's edition of The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien still stands as a unique peep into the mind of one of the greatest authors of Western literature. One just wishes that the book be revised and updated, or a second volume be added with the help of new letters which have come to light since, but the death of the editor seems to preclude this for the time being.
Since initial publication, as happened with Carpenter's biography, one has also become aware that some censorship may have been applied to the text. This doesn't seem necessary, as we are all human and full of foibles and JRRT was no exception.
However a companion volume of sorts already exists. The Father Xmas Letters, which complements this book nicely. Unfortunately, these too have been censored to remove many autobiographical elements. One can only hope that a full, unexpurgated version of these will eventually be released in the future.


The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary
The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great work of scholarship, 6 Jan 2013
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In the late 1910s and early 1920s, J.R.R. Tolkien contributed to the writing of the Oxford English dictionary. The author, who is a current collaborator of the O.E.D., has gone over JRRT's entries and, with the use of OED archive, where his cards are stored, gives us a fascinating insider's view of the way his mind functioned and how he came to write his contributions.


Bowl of Heaven
Bowl of Heaven
by Gregory Benford
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mind-boggling but disappointing so far, 6 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Bowl of Heaven (Hardcover)
Greg Benford and Larry Niven collaborate to offer us another mind-boggling concept. Unfortunately the story fall short, so far, from fulfilling its promises. As it is only the first half of a two-parter, I will give it the benefit of the doubt and reserve final judgement until its companion volume, Shipstar, is released.


Myths for the Modern Age: Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newton Universe
Myths for the Modern Age: Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newton Universe
by Win Scott Eckert
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book!, 6 Jan 2013
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A good exploration of the Wold Newton Universe, where great literary figures from the 19th century onwards live in the same continuum, Sherlock Holmes meets Fu Manchu and Tarzan can encounter The Phantom, among many others.


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Through The Looking-Glass [Illustrated] (Penguin Classics)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Through The Looking-Glass [Illustrated] (Penguin Classics)
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1.0 out of 5 stars An Awful Miss, 26 Dec 2012
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I have just purchased the Kindle edition and promptly rejected it.
This is NOT the complete text, but a badly expurgated edition.
In addition, an illustration from the 1st story appears in the second.

I am waiting for a COMPLETE Kindle version, preferably The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition, edited by Martin Gardner, which will include the original text and illustrations, as well as the missing chapter of Through the Looking Glass, called the Wasp in a Wig, which take place shortly before Alice becomes queen. I have the hardback edition and it would make an excellent reference book to travel with.


David Hockney: A Bigger Picture (PAL with Subtitles)
David Hockney: A Bigger Picture (PAL with Subtitles)
Dvd ~ Bruno Wollheim
Offered by Coluga Pictures
Price: 19.95

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5.0 out of 5 stars Shadowing the Artist, 29 April 2012
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The film well contructed and very insightful. I really enjoyed the extras also. I plan to give a copy of it to a relative who is an artist for her birthday.

It is good to see how Hockney keeps pushing and stretching the boundaries of his art. I also like his ongoing dance between the camera and the brush and now, of course, with digital material, which he is quite experienced with by now.

I particularly loved to see him at work, whether outdoors in all weathers or inside, from his recollections. Living in Yorkshire myself, I know and recognise many of the places he paints, or others like it. He captured the sense of place marvellously.

I liked the director's approach, which let Hockney set the pace and choose what to say and how to say it. I had been disappointed with "A Bigger Splash" which seemed to be less about the artist and his art and more about the director and his perspective on him. I felt Wollheim avoided that pitfall very well. I have yet to see the film "Hockney in Perspective", but it is on its way. It will be interesting to ocntinue the comparison.


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