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Pirate Attack! (DK Readers: Level 1)
Pirate Attack! (DK Readers: Level 1)
by Deborah Lock
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.49

4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and colourful introduction to storybook pirates, 23 Oct 2014
This is an interesting and colourful introduction to storybook pirates – see below for an introduction to ‘real’ pirates. It is a colourful and entertaining children’s book, however, with all the things that children expect to see in a pirate adventure. In the book’s 48 pages we load up our ship, meet various crew members and set off on a voyage to find a treasure island, complete with treasure map, attack on a passing merchant vessel, a storm at sea, sea-shanties and introduction to various items of the pirate’s equipment. There are plenty clean and clear illustrations of the ship, the characters and various incidents. There is a glossary of terms used in the text, a page of ‘pirate lingo’, and a quiz to make sure the reader was paying attention. This particular edition is aimed at children ‘beginning to read’.

The only complaint I have with it is that the photographic illustration of a cutlass is actually a dagger of some sort – despite Captain Blackbeard waving a ‘real’ cutlass on the cover of the book.

FURTHER READING
For the real story of pirates, see some of Angus Konstam's books:
Pirates: 1660-1730 (Elite)
Pirate Ship 1660-1730: 70 (New Vanguard)
Pirate 16901730 (Warrior)
Pirates: Predators of the Seas: An Illustrated History
The World Atlas of Pirates: Treasures and Treachery on the Seven Seas, in Maps, Tall Tales, and Pictures


{ Machines on the Farm (Heinemann Read and Learn: Machines at Work) Paperback } Smith, Sian ( Author ) Jul-01-2013 Paperback
{ Machines on the Farm (Heinemann Read and Learn: Machines at Work) Paperback } Smith, Sian ( Author ) Jul-01-2013 Paperback
by Sian Smith
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and colourful introduction to farm machinery for very young readers, 23 Oct 2014
This 24-page book is an interesting and colourful introduction to the world of farm machinery – from tractors to milking machines – and is intended for very young readers. Each two-page chapter is illustrated with two large colourful photographs, with the captions printed in a large easy-to-read font, and certain words highlighted in a bold font to show that they will be found in the Picture Glossary. The chapter titles allow for an adult to read them as a question for the young reader to answer by looking at the pictures or reading the captions.

The Contents are –
P04: Why do we have machines on a farm?
P06: Which farm machines are the most useful?
P08: Which farm machines plant seeds?
P10: How do machines help us grow plants?
P12: Which machines help to harvest plants?
P14: Do all harvesting machines look the same?
P18: Which farm machine milks cows?
P20: What other machines are used on a farm?
P22: What does this machine do?
P23: Picture glossary
P24: Find out more
P24: Index


Iron Man Volume 5: Rings of the Mandarins (Marvel Now)
Iron Man Volume 5: Rings of the Mandarins (Marvel Now)
by Kieron Gillen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.90

5.0 out of 5 stars “Hi. I’m Iron Man. Want to cut to the surrender?”, 23 Oct 2014
The story running through issues #23-28 of the latest series of Iron Man (volume 6) is collected as Iron Man Volume 5: Rings of the Mandarins (Marvel Now). This collection brings the Rings storyline to an end, with a four-part story dealing with Malekith the Dark Elf (who seem to have taken over Loki’s job as the go-to evil magic guy), and a two-part story dealing with the rest of the ring-bearers, and the rings themselves, and bringing in and tying up several plot threads from the previous volumes by this writer.

Now, the reason I have given this volume five stars is simply because the bad guys are such unpleasant bad guys, Malekith in particular, that I got a great deal of vicarious pleasure at them getting a good kicking for a change (Malekith in particular).

Anyway, this is an excellently written and illustrated finale to the current Iron Man series. We see Tony Stark, assisted by the old character Dark Angel, invade Svartalfheim to reclaim Malekith’s stolen Mandarin rings, followed by the Stark brothers launching a massive attack on the remaining band of Mandarins, who have set up home in the Mole Man’s subterranean city. This is a spectacular big battle volume, but with quite a bit of character development and several surprise revelations mixed in, with a lot of old plot threads wrapped up, and a couple of new ones set loose.

THE SPOILER ZONE
THE SPOILER ZONE
THE SPOILER ZONE

Issue #23 opens with Malekith the Dark Elf (A.K.A Mandarin Four) doing a bit of gloating, followed by his acquisition of another ring (and the accompanying hand) from Mandarin Eight, in the middle of that Mandarin’s fight with Iron Man. Them we visit the Maria Stark Foundation Hospital where the “Bride of Darkness” is being held for observation, and where the former Dark Angel character is currently working. Just the sort of Occult Engineer Tony needs to help with his Malekith problem. She whips up a techno-magic gateway into Svartalfheim which Tony (in a stealth suit) uses to sneak in to Malekith’s realm. Unfortunately, he appears in Malekith’s dining room

Issue #24 opens with Tony Stark in a stealth-suit in the middle of Malekith the Dark Elf’s court. After getting a bit of a hammering, Stark manages to blow a hole in the roof and escape. Shevaun – former Dark Angel and now techno-magical support – gates in an anti-Elf weapon for him, using up two of his three ‘wishes’ (teleport zaps). Malekith meanwhile has given three of his four Mandarin rings to his underlings and sent them to hunt for Tony. In subspace somewhere, the Ring AI’s who are still ‘free’ are discussing their problems and plotting. In Svartalfheim, Tony captures one of the Elven rings, while Malekith does some more taunting and gloating. Shevaun uses the final teleport zap to gate in an Iron Man suit. Elves don’t like Iron…

Issue #25 opens with the Dark Elf Posse facing Tony Stark, wearing a serious Iron Man suit and carrying an Elf-Gun… “Boom.” One more ring for the collection; then it is Malekith’s turn. “Boom.” Two rings. Malekith escapes and takes back the final Elf-held ring, just in time to meet the other Mandarins, who have come looking for the ring-thief…

Issue #26 sees Malekith getting beaten up by the other Mandarins, so he runs to Iron Man for help… and offer s Tony his final ring if he’ll lead the Mandarins away. Shevaun runs up a binding magical contract, and Malekith sends Tony and the ring home. The Mandarins go about their business, but they like the team-up idea… Back home, Tony discovers that the “Bride of Darkness” has suffered an internal trauma some sort, while Arno is working on an Extremis upgrade…

Issue #27 opens with Tony and Arno recruiting former Mandarin Abigail Burns to help them with their plan to build a master ring to take control of the Mandarin rings’ AIs – one ring to rule them all… Then an all-out assault on the Mole Man’s city follows, where the Mandarins are currently holed up. The mystery masked Mandarin reveals himself on the last page…

Issue #28 opens with the Mandarins and the Mole Man’s city under assault from the Stark family, including Red Peril and Iron Metropolitan – the self-replicating module of the Stark future city, which has turned itself into a giant robot suit – the various Mandarin rings are quickly fall into the hands of the good guys…

Later, mopping up includes summoning the Rigellans to collect the body of Recorder 451, who somehow managed to leak a programme into the Rings’ collective AI that set them off on their latest escapade; and Arno slips Red Peril her old Mandarin ring; and in Svartalfheim, we discover what happened to cause the “Bride of Darkness” to have her funny turn…


IRON MAN #028 - Marvel Now! - BAGGED AND BOARDED
IRON MAN #028 - Marvel Now! - BAGGED AND BOARDED
by MARVEL
Edition: Comic

5.0 out of 5 stars Rings of the Mandarin 6/6, 23 Oct 2014
The story running through issues #23-28 of the latest series of Iron Man (volume 6) is collected as Iron Man Volume 5: Rings of the Mandarins (Marvel Now).

Issue #28 opens with the Mandarins and the Mole Man’s city under assault from the Stark family, including Red Peril and Iron Metropolitan – the self-replicating module of the Stark future city, which has turned itself into a giant robot suit – the various Mandarin rings are quickly fall into the hands of the good guys…

Later, mopping up includes summoning the Rigellans to collect the body of Recorder 451, who somehow managed to leak a programme into the Rings’ collective AI that set them off on their latest escapade; and Arno slips Red Peril her old Mandarin ring; and in Svartalfheim, we discover what happened to cause the “Bride of Darkness” to have her funny turn…


IRON MAN #027 - Marvel Now! - BAGGED AND BOARDED
IRON MAN #027 - Marvel Now! - BAGGED AND BOARDED
by MARVEL
Edition: Comic

5.0 out of 5 stars Rings of the Mandarin 5/6, 23 Oct 2014
The story running through issues #23-28 of the latest series of Iron Man (volume 6) is collected as Iron Man Volume 5: Rings of the Mandarins (Marvel Now).

Issue #27 opens with Tony and Arno recruiting former Mandarin Abigail Burns to help them with their plan to build a master ring to take control of the Mandarin rings’ AIs – one ring to rule them all… Then an all-out assault on the Mole Man’s city follows, where the Mandarins are currently holed up. The mystery masked Mandarin reveals himself on the last page…


IRON MAN #026 - Marvel Now! - BAGGED AND BOARDED
IRON MAN #026 - Marvel Now! - BAGGED AND BOARDED
by MARVEL
Edition: Comic

5.0 out of 5 stars Rings of the Mandarin 4/6, 23 Oct 2014
The story running through issues #23-28 of the latest series of Iron Man (volume 6) is collected as Iron Man Volume 5: Rings of the Mandarins (Marvel Now).

Issue #26 sees Malekith getting beaten up by the other Mandarins, so he runs to Iron Man for help… and offer s Tony his final ring if he’ll lead the Mandarins away. Shevaun runs up a binding magical contract, and Malekith sends Tony and the ring home. The Mandarins go about their business, but they like the team-up idea… Back home, Tony discovers that the “Bride of Darkness” has suffered an internal trauma some sort, while Arno is working on an Extremis upgrade…


IRON MAN #024 - Marvel Now! - BAGGED AND BOARDED
IRON MAN #024 - Marvel Now! - BAGGED AND BOARDED
by MARVEL
Edition: Comic

5.0 out of 5 stars Rings of the Mandarin 2/6, 23 Oct 2014
The story running through issues #23-28 of the latest series of Iron Man (volume 6) is collected as Iron Man Volume 5: Rings of the Mandarins (Marvel Now).

Issue #24 opens with Tony Stark in a stealth-suit in the middle of Malekith the Dark Elf’s court. After getting a bit of a hammering, Stark manages to blow a hole in the roof and escape. Shevaun – former Dark Angel and now techno-magical support – gates in an anti-Elf weapon for him, using up two of his three ‘wishes’ (teleport zaps). Malekith meanwhile has given three of his four Mandarin rings to his underlings and sent them to hunt for Tony. In subspace somewhere, the Ring AI’s who are still ‘free’ are discussing their problems and plotting. In Svartalfheim, Tony captures one of the Elven rings, while Malekith does some more taunting and gloating. Shevaun uses the final teleport zap to gate in an Iron Man suit. Elves don’t like Iron…


IRON MAN #023. - Marvel Now! - BAGGED AND BOARDED
IRON MAN #023. - Marvel Now! - BAGGED AND BOARDED
by MARVEL
Edition: Comic

5.0 out of 5 stars Rings of the Mandarin 1/6, 23 Oct 2014
The story running through issues #23-28 of the latest series of Iron Man (volume 6) is collected as Iron Man Volume 5: Rings of the Mandarins (Marvel Now).

Issue #23 opens with Malekith the Dark Elf (A.K.A Mandarin Four) doing a bit of gloating, followed by his acquisition of another ring (and the accompanying hand) from Mandarin Eight, in the middle of that Mandarin’s fight with Iron Man. Them we visit the Maria Stark Foundation Hospital where the “Bride of Darkness” is being held for observation, and where the former Dark Angel character is currently working. Just the sort of Occult Engineer Tony needs to help with his Malekith problem. She whips up a techno-magic gateway into Svartalfheim which Tony (in a stealth suit) uses to sneak in to Malekith’s realm. Unfortunately, he appears in Malekith’s dining room


IRON MAN #025 - Marvel Now! - BAGGED AND BOARDED
IRON MAN #025 - Marvel Now! - BAGGED AND BOARDED
by MARVEL
Edition: Comic

5.0 out of 5 stars Rings of the Mandarin 3/6, 23 Oct 2014
The story running through issues #23-28 of the latest series of Iron Man (volume 6) is collected as Iron Man Volume 5: Rings of the Mandarins (Marvel Now).

Issue #25 opens with the Dark Elf Posse facing Tony Stark, wearing a serious Iron Man suit and carrying an Elf-Gun… “Boom.” One more ring for the collection; then it is Malekith’s turn. “Boom.” Two rings. Malekith escapes and takes back the final Elf-held ring, just in time to meet the other Mandarins, who have come looking for the ring-thief…


Iron Man #024
Iron Man #024
by Kieron Gillen
Edition: Comic

5.0 out of 5 stars Rings of the Mandarin 2/6, 23 Oct 2014
This review is from: Iron Man #024 (Comic)
The story running through issues #23-28 of the latest series of Iron Man (volume 6) is collected as Iron Man Volume 5: Rings of the Mandarins (Marvel Now).

Issue #24 opens with Tony Stark in a stealth-suit in the middle of Malekith the Dark Elf's court. After getting a bit of a hammering, Stark manages to blow a hole in the roof and escape. Shevaun - former Dark Angel and now techno-magical support - gates in an anti-Elf weapon for him, using up two of his three `wishes' (teleport zaps). Malekith meanwhile has given three of his four Mandarin rings to his underlings and sent them to hunt for Tony. In subspace somewhere, the Ring AI's who are still `free' are discussing their problems and plotting. In Svartalfheim, Tony captures one of the Elven rings, while Malekith does some more taunting and gloating. Shevaun uses the final teleport zap to gate in an Iron Man suit. Elves don't like Iron...


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