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Breaking The Bismarkís Barrier, 22 July 1942 - 1 May 1944: History of United States Naval Operations in World War II, Volume 6
Breaking The Bismarkís Barrier, 22 July 1942 - 1 May 1944: History of United States Naval Operations in World War II, Volume 6
by Samuel Eliot Morison
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.50

5.0 out of 5 stars The only book that adequately covers this period of the naval war in the Pacific, 7 April 2015
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Many will say that Morrison's history of US naval operations in Worl War 2 is dated, and it may be. But when looking for a book covering the naval operations immediately following Guadalcanal, this is still the most comprehensive work I have been able to find. If you are interested in this period of the war at sea, then this volume is probably the most indispensible of the entire series.


Interstellar [DVD] [2014]
Interstellar [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Matthew McConaughey
Price: £6.99

13 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad Science, 23 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Interstellar [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
Interstellar is a visually impressive movie, but as an astronomer I cannot get away from the fact that the 'science' in this movie is seriously flawed, and the whole concept is quite frankly ridiculous. Once again writer's of science fiction movies show that they have no idea of how the physics of black holes really works. When the crew pass through the worm hole and head for the first planet they know that they are going to be faced with the relativistic affects of that planet, yet head there despite the fact that an hour on the planet will be years on the spacecraft. There are so many problems with this.
1. What is a planet doing near a black hole? Black holes are formed as the remnant of a supernova explosion. That supernova explosion would vaporise any planet within the vicinity - especially one close enough for relativistic effects of the type described to take place, which would be very close indeed.
2. If we overlook this, there is then the question of how stupid the astronauts must be to not realise that the person they sent to that planet would only just have arrived (from his point of view) shortly before they did. This contradicts the whole reason they chose that planet as their first destination. This effect would also have been obvious in the messages received from the planet, which would have suffered from gravitational redshift.
3. This may not seem relevant to many, but the choice of this planet seriously affects the rest of the mission. So why go here? It is senseless.
4. Don't get me started on the space dimensions becoming time ones!

There will be those who say that my objections are trite, but when making a science fiction movie, and not a fantasy movie, I believe you should try and stay as close as possible to the laws of physics, and not just make them up as you go along.
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Raw Meat For the Balcony
Raw Meat For the Balcony

5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Connolly's finest album, sadly unavailable on CD, 6 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Raw Meat For the Balcony (Vinyl)
Billy Connolly's finest album, sadly unavailable on CD. Includes the Classics, 'Football Violence' and 'Have You Ever Thought About eing a Pervert?'. Connolly reached his peak as a comedian with this album. I hope some will release it as a CD some day.


ElectraGlide in Blue (OST)
ElectraGlide in Blue (OST)
Price: £17.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for fans of Terry Kath and early Chicago, 28 Nov. 2014
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I've been looking for this soundtrack without success for over 30 years, and at last I've got it! The attraction for me was basically that the last song on the CD, 'Tell Me', is sung by Terry Kath of Chicago, and is absolutely fantastic. The producer of this movie was James William Guercio, the producer of Chicago, and this movie contains cameos by all the members of Chicago.

If like me you're a huge fan of Chicago in their prime, this CD is worth every penny for 'Tell Me' alone, but it's also a very good soundtrack in general. But it's a limited edition of 1000, so I guess you'll have to be quick to pick one up.


The Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War (General Military)
The Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War (General Military)
by Mark Stille
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb overview of IJN, 27 Nov. 2014
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This book collects together 7 Osprey 'books' into one beautifully bound and produced volume. If you already have those volumes (as I do) then you may not want to buy this book. If you don't, then this is excellent value for money. I couldn't resist buying it, even though I have those volumes, and I'm glad I did. It is not just a packaging of those volumes but a reorganisation into a book that reads very coherently, with additional chapters to tie it all together. I believe there are some new pictures, but couldn't vouch for that.

If you are a modeller, you may still want the individual titles. Some of the colour illustrations are larger.

A fantastic book for aficionados of the Japanese navy.


Killing Us Softly: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine
Killing Us Softly: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine
by Paul A. Offit
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.78

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful book and I heartily recommend it, 12 July 2014
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This is a wonderful book and I heartily recommend it. But please be warned: it is the same book as Do You Believe in Magic?: Vitamins, Supplements, and All Things Natural: A Look Behind the Curtain, by the same author


Do You Believe in Magic?: Vitamins, Supplements, and All Things Natural: A Look Behind the Curtain
Do You Believe in Magic?: Vitamins, Supplements, and All Things Natural: A Look Behind the Curtain
by Paul A. Offit
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.24

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful book, but be aware that this is the ..., 12 July 2014
This is a wonderful book, but be aware that this is the same book as 'Killing Us Softly: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine' by the same Author. I almost bought this, but read a review of it in Skeptical Inquirer, and wondered why they gave the title as 'Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine.
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Target: Rabaul: The Allied Siege of Japan's Most Infamous Stronghold, March 1943 - August 1945 (Rabaul Trilogy)
Target: Rabaul: The Allied Siege of Japan's Most Infamous Stronghold, March 1943 - August 1945 (Rabaul Trilogy)
by Bruce Gamble
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aerial warfare as it should be told, 23 April 2014
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I am more interested in naval history than aviation history. Normally writers are bland and report pilots claims in a boring way, without questioning their outrageous claims. But Gamble can not only write about the aerial combat in a gripping style, but is quick to stress the exaggerated claims of the fighter pilots. It just amazes me that anyone can take the claims of aces seriously.


Going Back Home
Going Back Home
Price: £3.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant CD - shame it's so short, 23 April 2014
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This review is from: Going Back Home (Audio CD)
This CD is a gem from start to finish, but at only 35 minutes, it almost feels like a taster. Shame it wasn't a bit longer.

Surprisingly (to me anyway) almost all the tracks are covers of Dr. Feelgood tracks. I say surprisingly because I have a Dr. Feelgood CD with several of these tracks on it, and it made no real impression on me. Listening to those again, I can hear the impact a powerful vocalist as Roger Daltrey makes on these tracks. Together with improved production values, this CD knocks the older versions out of the water.
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Operation Ke: The Cactus Air Force and the Japanese Withdrawal from Guadalcanal
Operation Ke: The Cactus Air Force and the Japanese Withdrawal from Guadalcanal
by Roger Letourneau
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £34.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Japanese Dunkirk, 1 Jan. 2014
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Operation KE was the Japanese Dunkirk of the Pacific. Over 10,000 starving and ill soldiers were evacuated from Guadalcanal under the noses of the US Forces without them being aware what was going on.

I have given this book 4 stars because it is a well written and researched book, and should appeal to those interested in aerial warfare. Unfortunately I am more interested in the naval side of things and the actual Japanese withdrawal, and I feel that on that side of things the book is deficient. Yes there is some description of Naval warfare, but there isn't really that much, and we're nearly 200 pages into a 300 page book before the actual withdrawal begins. I must admit I was very disappointed in this.

As for information about troops on the ground - forget it. In terms of information about the actual withdrawal on the ground and at sea I think Richard Frank does a better job.

I must admit I find descriptions of aerial combat quite tedious. They all sound about the same, and are filled with exaggerated claims of planes shot down. The authors do try and point this out, but in the descriptions of the combat state the claims in a matter of fact way, only stating at the end of each action the real losses (which are verifiable from official records).

So in conclusion, if you like aerial warfare this book could be for you, but if you are more interested in the naval side of things it probably isn't.


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