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Batman: Futures End #1 (DC 52, Rare 3D Variant cover, Detective Comics) 1st Print
Batman: Futures End #1 (DC 52, Rare 3D Variant cover, Detective Comics) 1st Print

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Anniversary", 12 Feb. 2016
The stories from issues #35-40 of DC Comics’ Batman – Detective Comics are collected, along with Detective Comics: Endgame #1 and Detective Comics: Futures End #1, as Batman Detective Comics HC Vol 7 Anarky.

The Futures End story is very good - unlike many in that series - with continuity elements going back to the Zero Year story. It sees Batman (still being henpecked by Alfred) having to break into the latest Arkham where some inmates are holding staff hostages. This Arkham was designed by the Riddler to be escape-proof, and so Batman has to team up with him to get in.


Batman Detective Comics HC Vol 7 Anarky
Batman Detective Comics HC Vol 7 Anarky
by Francis Manapul
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 15.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag, 12 Feb. 2016
The stories from issues #35-40 of DC Comics’ Batman – Detective Comics are collected, along with Detective Comics: Endgame #1 and Detective Comics: Futures End #1, as Batman Detective Comics HC Vol 7 Anarky. You get eight issues and four stories - a 2-part, a 4-part and two stand alone, in that order. The main stories are taking place before “Endgame”, and the crossover/tie-in is printed after them in the sequence, though the continuity from “Batman Eternal” seems to have gone, as the first story - which could really be set anywhen - still has Bruce owning an executive jet, and in the second, and main, story, Bruce, Alfred and Titus are back in the mansion.

These are a mixed bag of stories: the opening two parter is what I would call an ‘old fashioned’ story, with a limited cast of regulars - Bruce/Batman and Alfred -taking place entirely in and around a crash-landed passenger jet at Gotham airport, with a Mr Grayson helping out over in Europe. The art is spectacular, and the scripting very good, by a new writer/artist team who appear to be giving the regular team some breathing space.

The four-part “Anarky” is definitely a continuation of the regular team’s regular continuity, with a wide cast of characters and lots of the supporting characters bringing their own back-stories with them from various recent events without getting in the way of the front-of-stage storyline. That, however, was a bit confusing in places, and I had to check a couple of times to see if I’d turned over two pages by mistake. This is still definitely the New 52 continuity as far as the Mad Hatter’s own back-story is concerned.

The “Endgame” tie-in takes place during the Joker’s attack on Gotham, with some ‘minor’ characters as the main protagonists - including one from the Anarky storyline, along with as a couple of Batman-Family members helping out. There is even a direct connection to the Anarky storyline just to show that someone is watching out for continuity! However, this is what I would call a backup feature rather than a main front-of comic story.

The Futures End story is very good - unlike many in that series - with continuity elements going back to the Zero Year story. It sees Batman (still being henpecked by Alfred) having to break into the latest Arkham where some inmates are holding staff hostages. This Arkham was designed by the Riddler to be escape-proof, and so Batman has to team up with him to get in.

So, all in all, this was an excellent collection, with the non-continuity stories making up for any (minor) flaws in the main story, and even the ‘backup’ feature worked very well because of the way it slotted in to the main continuity - just as a good backup story should.


Les Canaries
Les Canaries
by Lucy Corne
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.53

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A readable and interesting guide, 12 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Les Canaries (Paperback)
This 288-page book - the 6th (print) edition of January 2016 - is an interesting and readable guide to this overseas province of Spain, situated off the North-west African coast. This is a well-designed and presented guide, with useful maps. This is not a glossy guide with lots of colour pictures, but it is a well-designed and laid out guide, with colour used sparingly. It is intended to be a helpful guide to things to see and do, and not just a list of things to see and do.

It is broken down into four major sections:

Page 4 - Plan Your Trip:
This section is an introduction to the Islands, telling you what to look out for (Canary Islands‘ Top 17), what you need to know in advance, and other important touristy stuff.

Page 41 - On the Road (“The Guide”):
P042: Gran Canaria
P075: Fuerteventura
P097: Lanzarote
P120: Tenerife
P164: La Gomera
P180: La Palma
P202: El Hierro
P216: Accommodation

Page 236 - Understand:
This section has articles on local culture - history, cuisine, arts & culture, etc.

Page 258 - Survival Guide:
This contains the A-Z Directory, information on transport, language guide, etc.
P277: Index


Lonely Planet San Francisco (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet San Francisco (Travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A readable and interesting guide, 12 Feb. 2016
This 328-page book - the 10th (print) edition of February 2016 - is an interesting and readable guide to the cultural capital of California. This is a well-designed and presented guide, with useful maps, and with a detachable fold-out city map inside the back cover. This is not a glossy guide with lots of colour pictures, but it is a well-designed and laid out guide, with colour used sparingly. It is intended to be a helpful guide to things to see and do, and not just a list of things to see and do.

It is broken down into four major sections:

Page 4 - Plan Your Trip:
Introduction to San Francisco, what to look out for (San Francisco’s Top 10 attractions), what you need to know in advance, touristy stuff, etc.

Page 42 - Explore San Francisco (“The Guide”):
P046: The Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf & the Piers
P071: Downtown, Civic Centre & SoMa
P110: North Beach & Chinatown
P129: Nob Hill, Russian Hill & Fillmore
P146: The Mission & Potrero Hill
P170: The Castro & Noe Valley
P181: The Haight, NoPa & Hayes Valley
P197: Golden Gate Park & the Avenues
P212: Day Trips
P232: Sleeping

Page 243 - Understand San Francisco:
This contains articles on local culture, history, food & drink, arts, architecture, etc.

Page 271 - Survival Guide:
This contains an A-Z Directory and details about transport, and
P287: Index

P296: San Francisco Maps section


Lonely Planet Crete (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Crete (Travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A readable and interesting guide, 12 Feb. 2016
This 288-page book - the 6th (print) edition of February 2016 - is an interesting and readable guide to the Greek island of Crete. This is a well-designed and presented guide, with useful maps. This is not a glossy guide with lots of colour pictures, but it is a well-designed and laid out guide, with colour used only sparingly, such as for maps. It is intended to be a helpful guide to things to see and do, and not just a list of things to see and do.

It is broken down into four major sections:

Page 4 - Plan Your Trip:
Introduction to Crete, what to look out for (Crete’s Top 15 attractions), what you need to know in advance, touristy stuff, etc.

Page 53 - On the Road (“The Guide”):
P054: Hania (and around - 5 sub-sections)
P104: Rethymno (6)
P143: Iraklio (6)
P188: Lasithi (5)
P134: Accommodation

Page 222 - Understand
This section contains articles on local culture, history ancient & modern, arts ancient & modern, nature & wildlife, etc.

Page 254- Survival Guide:
This section contains articles on transport, language, an A-Z Directory, and -
P278: Index


Lonely Planet Malta & Gozo (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Malta & Gozo (Travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A readable and interesting guide, 12 Feb. 2016
This 192-page book - the 6th (print) edition of February 2016 - is an interesting and readable guide to the Central Mediterranean islands of Malta & Gozo. This is a well-designed and presented guide, with useful maps. This is not a glossy guide with lots of colour pictures, but it is a well-designed and laid out guide, with colour used only sparingly, such as for maps. It is intended to be a helpful guide to things to see and do, and not just a list of things to see and do.

It is broken down into four major sections:

Page 4 - Plan Your Trip:
Introduction to Malta & Gozo, what to look out for (Malta & Gozo’s Top 10 attractions), what you need to know in advance, touristy stuff, etc.

Page 41 - On The Road (“The Guide”):
P042: Valletta (and around)
P065: Sliema, St Julian’s & Paceville
P075: Northwest Malta
P090: Central Malta
P104: Southeast Malta
P113: Gozo & Comino
P134: Accommodation

Page 141 - Understand
This section contains articles on local culture, history, architecture, etc.

Page 170- Survival Guide:
This section contains articles on transport, language, an A-Z Directory, and -
P186: Index


Lonely Planet Italy (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Italy (Travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A readable and interesting guide, 12 Feb. 2016
This 976-page book - the 12th (print) edition of February 2016 - is an interesting and readable guide to the southern European Republic of Italy. This is a well-designed and presented guide, with useful maps. This is not a glossy guide with lots of colour pictures, but it is a well-designed and laid out guide, with colour used only sparingly, such as for maps. It is intended to be a helpful guide to things to see and do, and not just a list of things to see and do.

It is broken down into four major sections:

Page 6 - Plan Your Trip:
Introduction to Italy, what to look out for (Italy’s Top 18), what you need to know in advance, touristy stuff, etc.

Page 61 - On The Road (“The Guide”):
P062: Rome & Lazio (with a detachable fold-out city map of Rome inside the back cover)
P161: Turin, Piedmont, & the Italian Riviera
P238: Milan & the Lakes
P303: Trento & the Dolomites
P335: Venice & the Veneto
P407: Friuli, Venezia, Giulia
P434: Emilia-Romagna & San Marino
P479: Florence & Tuscany
P576: Umbria & Le Marche
P633: Abruzzo & Molise
P650: Naples & Campania
P714: Puglia, Basilicata & Calabria
P774: Sicily
P840: Sardinia

Page 878 - Understand
This section contains articles on local culture - history, art & architecture, cuisine, etc.

Page 937- Survival Guide:
This section contains articles on transport, language, an A-Z Directory, and -
P965: Index


Vis--Vis Umbrien
Vis--Vis Umbrien
by Giovanni Francesio
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.52

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful introductory guide, 12 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Vis--Vis Umbrien (Hardcover)
This 192-page book - the June 2015 printed edition - is a colourful and informative guide to the landlocked northern Italian region of Umbria. It has all the usual features, including excellent maps and diagrams. There are excellent colour photographs breaking up the text columns, so you can see what you are looking for. It is a handy up-to-date guidebook.

The Contents are -
P009: Introducing Umbria
P051: Umbria Area by Area
P054: Northern Umbria
P100: Southern Umbria
P145: Traveller’s Needs (where to stay; where to eat & drink; shopping.)
P173: Survival Guide (practical information; travel information, etc.)
P180: General Index
P191: Phrase Book


Vis--Vis Tschechien & Slowakei
Vis--Vis Tschechien & Slowakei
Price: 16.54

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful introductory guide, 12 Feb. 2016
This 432-page book - the July 2015 print edition - is a colourful and informative guide to attractions of the Czech Republic and Slovakia (formerly united as Czechoslovakia). It has all the usual features, including excellent maps and diagrams. There are excellent colour photos breaking up the text columns, so you can see what you are looking for. It is a handy up-to-date guidebook, with day trips, walks, maps and phrase book.

The Contents are -
P009: Introducing the Czech Republic
P052: Prague Area by Area (3 sub-sections plus “Further Afield” and a Street Finder)
P118: Czech Republic Region by Region (7 sections)
P245: Introducing Slovakia
P273: Slovakia Region by Region (4 sections)
P345: Traveller’s Needs (where to stay; where to eat & drink; shopping; activities, etc.)
P395: Survival Guide (practical information; getting there, getting around)
P416: Index & Phrase Book


Vis--Vis St. Petersburg
Vis--Vis St. Petersburg
by Catherine Phillips
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: 16.54

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful introductory guide, 12 Feb. 2016
This 264-page book - the July 2015 print edition - is a colourful and informative guide to the Russian Baltic city (and former Imperial capital) of St. Petersburg. It has all the usual features, including excellent maps and diagrams. There are excellent colour photos breaking up the text columns, so you can see what you are looking for. It is a handy up-to-date guidebook, with day trips, walks, maps and phrase book.

The Contents are -
P009: Introducing St. Petersburg
P049: St. Petersburg Area by Area (Vasilevsky Island; Petrogradskaya; Palace Embankment; Gostinyy Dvor; Sennaya Ploshchad; 3 Guided Walks; Beyond St Petersburg)
P169: Traveller’s Needs (where to stay; where to eat & drink; shopping; entertainment, etc.)
P209: Survival Guide (practical information; getting there, getting around)
P232: Streetfinder
P248: General Index
P260: Phrase Book


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