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Warren Ellis Crecy
Warren Ellis Crecy
by Raulo Caceres
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.99

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Archers, 18 Jan 2008
This review is from: Warren Ellis Crecy (Paperback)
To say how history really was, had been proposed by the historian von Ranke as a measure of the historian's craft. In this case Mr. Ellis definitely succeeds. His main character, an English bowman, who acts as a guide to the battle comes across as both crude and opinionated yet fiercely if parochially patriotic. He is presented in a way that acts as an insight to whys and ways of the period and focuses on the effectiveness of the typical English archer. The artwork itself is crisp and detailed and captures the action and squalor of a medieval campaign. Recommended.


Declare
Declare
by Tim Powers
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite 3 wishes, 4 Jan 2008
This review is from: Declare (Mass Market Paperback)
Segments. Long after I finished reading this novel, I keep thinking and mulling over various segments of this books. The book created such a rich tapestry which mixes real history from Cold War era Berlin with the secret history fantasy of the Djinns of the Arabian desert which Mr. Powers has so carefully crafted. The hero of the novel, Andrew Hale a somewhat reluctant SIS agent, has a mission in life but he can only slowly and partially unveil what is expected of him, at always at a personal cost. Declare also makes demands of the reader, with the story line chronology interspaced at seeming random internals but eventually coming together for a stunning conclusion.


Why Not Catch-21?: The Stories Behind the Titles
Why Not Catch-21?: The Stories Behind the Titles
by Gary Dexter
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Catchy title, 4 Jan 2008
An engaging and interesting book on the history behind various literary works. The authors chooses 50 titles, from ancient Greece to modern day USA and shows how the works came to be called the way they are. As the original articles come from a regular newspaper column, one can delightfully pick and choose excerpts at random. My own favourite is the article on why it is Catch-22 by Joseph Heller and not say Catch-14.


The Ghost Brigades
The Ghost Brigades
by John Scalzi
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but grim at times., 4 Jan 2008
This is a worthy semi-sequel to Old Man's war. It is set in the same universe a few years on from the events of its predecessor, with some of its characters, such as Jane Sagan, reappearing. However the story is centred on the "Ghost Brigades", the human elite special forces. There are action sequences to please the die-hard fans, but there are also thoughtful and well woven into the story segments on what drives solders at the bleeding edge of combat. It also provides a better overview of the nature of its universe and hints at interesting developments in the third book. Overall the mood is a tad more sombre than the first work, but is still enjoyable.


Learn Ancient Greek
Learn Ancient Greek
by Peter Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.66

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite gift horse, 4 Jan 2008
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This review is from: Learn Ancient Greek (Paperback)
This is a fun and light-hearted taster of the ancient Greek language. Written in a humorous manner it mixes the basics of the language with Greek myth and Biblical passages. Mr. Jones style is cool and self-assured with the chapters arranged into digestible study portions. Whilst it does lack the completeness of the excellent JACT series it will give a good grounding of the basics.


Hacking World of Warcraft (ExtremeTech)
Hacking World of Warcraft (ExtremeTech)
by Daniel Gilbert
Edition: Paperback
Price: 17.61

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the Horde and Alliance, 4 Jan 2008
Hacking in this sense is to add to the user experience of Warcraft, and this is what this book does. It gives an initial overview of various macros/add-ons which are useful and then delves into creating one's own. No mistake that some programming experience will be needed to get full use of the instructions, but this book provides a baseline to begin with.


Empire of Ivory (The Temeraire Series, Book 4): Bk. 4 (Temeraire 4)
Empire of Ivory (The Temeraire Series, Book 4): Bk. 4 (Temeraire 4)
by Naomi Novik
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.53

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Into the heart of matters, 4 Jan 2008
Firstly this novel is a positive continuation of the Temeraire series. The action continues nearly immediately from the end of the book 3 and after this initial adrenalin rush, it moves into a more sedate pace to Regency politics before the main journey to the Cape colony begins. The author develops some new characters, Lord Nelson and Mrs. Erasmus whilst of course the dragons are as engaging as always. Also the alternative history has really started to deviate from ours with very interesting twists.

However, Mrs. Novik seems unable to resist the urge to write cliff-hanger endings. As well, she seems to be trying to mould the character of Capt. Laurence from an 18th century sea/dragon-farer to a more post-modern ethical character, which I might question. But in summary, I am counting down to the release of the next book of dragon adventures.


i before e (except after c): Old-School Ways to Remember Stuff
i before e (except after c): Old-School Ways to Remember Stuff
by Judy Parkinson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 6.99

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable, 4 Jan 2008
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I enjoyed reading this book as it was fun to browse through, with catchy memory titbits that stick with you after the book was completed. Also the simple yet fun cartoons add to the over quality of the book.
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The Sky People
The Sky People
by S. M. Stirling
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 4.07

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Alternative., 3 Jan 2008
Reminiscent of the care free action novels of pulp 1930's sci-fi. The premise is a solar system where the inner planets have humanoid life discovered on them. Unlike Harry Turtledove's "A World of Difference", the life turns out to be Homo sapiens with other human culture turning out to be as alien as anything among the stars. The Earth's Anglo-American alliance and the Communist by the 1980s have set up rival bases on a Venus: which resembles a Jurassic era Earth, replete with large and hungry dinosaurs, sabertooths and Neanderthals. A crashed space shuttle and a rescue mission leads to hints of true alien involvement. Looking forward to its sequel for more escapism, "Halls of the Crimson King".


Hardball: How Politics is Played - Told by One Who Knows the Game
Hardball: How Politics is Played - Told by One Who Knows the Game
by Christopher Matthews
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars True life politics, 3 Jan 2008
I watched the author getting pilloried on the Daly show by Jon Stewart, so I thought he must be interesting. Picking this book of his at random, I was not disappointed. Mr. Matthews served as an aide to Tip O'Neill, the house speaker, and accumulated a large store of folksy anecdotes on lessons to be gleamed from US politics. He has a classic section on the art of spin, to give the best perspective on bad news, used masterfully by Nixon and Regan. His style is breezy and informal, as if he was sharing tips over a drink. Recommended


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