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The Iliad
The Iliad
by Homer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.56

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5.0 out of 5 stars The ground is dark with blood, 26 July 2015
This review is from: The Iliad (Hardcover)
With many books, translations are negligible, with two obvious exceptions, one is the Bible, and surprisingly the other is The Iliad. Each translation can give a different insight and feel to the story. Everyone will have a favorite. I have several.

For example:

"Rage--Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus¡¯ son Achilles,
Murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses,
hurling down to the House of Death so many souls,
great fighters¡¯ souls. But made their bodies carrion,
feasts for dogs and birds,
and the will of Zeus was moving towards its end.
Begin, Muse, when the two first broke and clashed,
Agamemnon lord of men and brilliant Achilles."
-Translated by Robert Fagles, 1990

¡°Sing, O Goddess, the anger of Achilles, son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans. Many a brave soul did it send hurrying down to Hades, and many a heroes did it yield a prey to dogs and vultures for so were the counsels of Zeus fulfilled from the day on which the son of Atreus, king of men, and great Achilles first fell out with one another.¡±
-Translated by Samuel Butler, 1888

Sing, Goddess, Achilles¡¯ rage,
Black and murderous, that cost the Greeks
Incalculable pain pitched countless souls
Of heroes into Hades¡¯ dark,
And let their bodies rot as feasts
For dogs and birds, as Zeus¡¯ will was done.
Begin with the clash between Agamemnon¡ª
The Greek Warlord¡ªand godlike Achilles.¡±
-Translated by Stanley Lombardo, 1997

¡°Anger be now your song, immortal one,
Akhilleus¡¯ anger, doomed and ruinous,
that caused the Akhaians loss on bitter loss
and crowded brave souls into the undergloom,
leaving so many dead men¡ªcarrion
for dogs and birds; and the will of Zeus was done.
Begin it when the two men first contending
broke with one another¡ª
the Lord Marshal Agam¨¦mnon, Atreus¡¯ son, and Prince Akhilleus.¡±
-Translated by Translated by Robert Fitzgerald, 1963

¡°Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus¡¯ son of Achilleus and its devastation, which puts pains thousandfold upon the Achains,
hurled in the multitudes to the house of Hades strong souls of heroes, but gave their bodies to be the delicate feasting of dogs, of all birds, and the will of Zeus was accomplished since that time when first there stood the division of conflict Atrecus¡¯ son the lord of men and brilliant Achilleus.¡±
¨CTranslated by Richmond Lattimore, 1951

¡°Sing, goddess, of Peleus¡¯ son Achilles¡¯ anger, ruinous, that caused the Greeks untold ordeals, consigned to Hades countless valiant souls, heroes, and left their bodies prey for dogs or feast for vultures. Zeus¡¯s will was done from when those two first quarreled and split apart, the king, Agamemnon, and matchless Achilles.¡±
-Translated by Herbert Jordan, 2008

¡°An angry man-there is my story: the bitter rancor of Achill¨ºs, prince of the house of Peleus, which brought a thousand troubles upon the Achaian host. Many a strong soul it sent down to Had¨ºs, and left the heroes themselves a prey to the dogs and carrion birds, while the will of God moved on to fulfillment.¡±
-Translated and transliterated by W.H.D. Rouse, 1950

¡°Achilles¡¯ wrath, to Greece the direful spring
Of woes unnumber¡¯d, heavenly goddess, sing!
That wrath which hurl¡¯d to Pluto¡¯s gloomy reign
The souls of mighty chiefs untimely slain;
Whose limbs unburied on the naked shore,
Devouring dogs and hungry vultures tore.
Since great Achilles and Atrides strove,
Such was the sovereign doom,
and such the will of Jove!¡±
-Translated by Alexander Pope, 1720

¡°Achilles sing, O Goddess! Peleus¡¯ son;
His wrath pernicious, who ten thousand woes
Caused to Achaia¡¯s host, sent many a soul
Illustrious into Ades premature,
And Heroes gave (so stood the will of Jove)
To dogs and to all ravening fowls a prey,
When fierce dispute had separated once
The noble Chief Achilles from the son
Of Atreus, Agamemnon, King of men.¡±
-Translated by William Cowper, London 1791

¡°Achilles¡¯ baneful wrath ¨C resound, O goddess ¨C that impos¡¯d
Infinite sorrow on the Greeks, and the brave souls loos¡¯d
From beasts heroic; sent them far, to that invisible cave*
That no light comforts; and their limbs to dogs and vultures gave:
To all which Jove¡¯s will give effect; from whom the first strife begun
Betwixt Atrides, king of men, and Thetis¡¯ godlike son*¡±
-Translated by George Chapman, 1616

¡°The Rage of Achilles¡ªsing it now, goddess, sing through me
the deadly rage that caused the Achaeans such grief
and hurled down to Hades the souls of so many fighters,
leaving their naked flesh to be eaten by dogs
and carrion birds, as the will of Zeus was accomplished.
Begin at the time when bitter words first divided
that king of men, Agamemnon, and godlike Achilles.¡±
-Translated by Stephen Mitchell

¡°Sing now, goddess, the wrath of Achilles the scion of Peleus,
ruinous rage which brought the Achaians uncounted afflictions;
many of the powerful souls it sent to the dwelling of Hades,
those of the heroes, and spoil for the dogs it made it their bodies,
plunder for the birds, and the purpose of Zeus was accomplished__¡±
-Translated by Rodney Merrill

¡°Sing, goddess, the anger of Achilles, Peleus¡¯ son,
the accused anger which brought the Achaeans countless
agonies and hurled many mighty shades of heroes into Hades,
causing them to become the prey of dogs
and all kinds of birds; and the plan of Zeus was fulfilled.¡±
-Translated by Anthony Verity
Antony does not attempt to be poetic. The line numbers are close to the original.

¡°Of Peleus¡¯ son, Achilles, sing, O Muse,
The vengeance, deep and deadly; whence to Greece
Unnumbered ills arose; which many a soul
Of mighty warriors to the viewless shades
Ultimately sent; they on the battle plain
Unburied lay, to rav¡¯ning dogs,
And carrion birds; but had Jove decreed,¡±
-Translated by Edward Smith-Stanly 1862

¡°Sing, Goddess of the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus-
that murderous anger witch condemned Achaeans
to countless agonies and threw many warrior souls
deep into Hades, leaving their dead bodies
carrion food for dogs and birds-
all in the fulfillment of the will of Zeus¡±
- Translated by Professor Ian Johnston, British Columbia 2006

¡°The rage, sing O goddess, of Achilles, son of Peleus,
The destructive anger that brought ten-thousand pains to the
Achaeans and sent many brave souls of fighting men to the house
of Hades and made their bodies a feast for dogs
and all kinds of birds. For such was the will of Zeus.¡±
- Translated by Barry B. Powell

¡°Wrath, goddess, sing of Achilles P¨¥leus¡¯s son¡¯s calamitous wrath, which hit the Achaians countless ills many the valiant souls it saw off down to H¨¡d¨¥s, souls of heroes, their selves left as carrion for dogs and all birds of prey, and the plan of Zeus was fulfilled from the first moment those two men parted in fury, Atreus¡¯s son, king of men, and the godlike Achilles.¡±
-Translated by Peter Green

¡°Sing, goddess, the wrath of Achilles Peleus' son, the ruinous wrath that brought on the Achaians woes innumerable, and hurled down into Hades many strong souls of heroes, and gave their bodies to be a prey to dogs and all winged fowls; and so the counsel of Zeus wrought out its accomplishment from the day when first strife parted Atreides king of men and noble Achilles.¡±
- Translated by Andrew Lang, M.A., Walter Leaf, Litt.D., And Ernest Myers, M.A.
Books I. - IX. . . . . W. Leaf.
" X. - XVI. . . . . A. Lang.
" XVII. - XXIV. . . . . E. Myers.

Another translation is by Ennis Samuel Rees, Jr. (March 17, 1925 ¨C March 24, 2009)

Greek Latin
¡ª¡ª- ¡ª¡ª-
Zeus. Jupiter.
Hera. Juno.
(Pallas) Athene. Minerva.
Aphrodite. Venus.
Poseidon. Neptune.
Ares. Mars.
Hephaestus. Vulcan.

You will find that some translations are easier to read but others are easier to listen to on recordings, lectures, Kindle, and the like. If you do not see information on specific translators, it is still worth the speculation and purchase. Right after the translation readability and understanding, do not overlook the introduction which gives an inset to what you are about to read.

The Stephen Mitchell translation goes though each of the major characters so well that you think you know them before you starts reading. Other introductions explain the struggle between different types of power. Rodney Merrill¡¯s 28 page introduction focuses on singing.

The Peter green translation is easy to read. It is almost a transliteration. However it is the all the scholarly supplemental information that give worth to his contribution.

The Oxford University Press Barry B. Powell has an extensive introduction with real ¡°MAPS¡±. Also there is information of the finder Schliemann. We even get annotation on the meaning being conveyed.

Our story takes place in the ninth year of the ongoing war. We get some introduction to the first nine years but they are just a background to this tale of pride, sorrow and revenge. The story will also end abruptly before the end of the war.

We have the wide conflict between the Trojans and Achaeans over a matter of pride; the gods get to take sides and many times direct spears and shields.

Although the more focused conflict is the power struggle between two different types of power. That of Achilles, son of Peleus and the greatest individual warrior and that of Agamemnon, lord of men, whose power comes form position.

We are treated to a blow by blow inside story as to what each is thinking and an unvarnished description of the perils of war and the search for Ar¨ºte (to be more like Aries, God of War.)
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Quatermass [1979] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import] [1955]
Quatermass [1979] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import] [1955]

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loses something in hindsight, 23 July 2015
Years after the original mass stories, an older Professor Bernard Quatemass is searching for his estranged granddaughter.
It is easy to see why the ratings for this TV Quatemass. It looks like there was no effort at cleaning up the view. This leaves the original resolution that may add to the experience. The dialog seems stilted. Come on it is a TV teleplay; do you want Shakespeare? Ridicules environment; you got me there.
I was surprised to find Simon MacCorkindale who played Simon Doyle one year earlier in "Death on the Nile" plays Dr. Joe Kapp in four of the episodes. It took some time to recognize the actor with extra hair and a mustache.
In a ratty future (past) environment full of nasty people and corrupt governments a group of people seek a way out. They move to a circle of stones where they see the light. What does this mean? Purchas this series and find out.

Rothco G.I. Type Heavyweight Mini Alice Pack Earth Brown
Rothco G.I. Type Heavyweight Mini Alice Pack Earth Brown

4.0 out of 5 stars Go ask Alice, 28 Jun. 2015
I use this animal for occasional daytrips through backcountry. It holds enough food and water for two people, and any anticipated emergency.

Being compartmentalized makes it very efficient.

Just remember that people will find different packs and features to be their favorite. However if you are just starting out or have room for several designs this is a good place to start. I definitely prefer canvases to nylon. I am also quite used to the strapping mechanism.


0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie - real actors, 28 Jun. 2015
This review is from: SEVENTH SON 2D (Blu-ray)
This is the first is a Joseph Delany trilogy "Wardstone Chronicles."
Based on a book "The Spooks Apprentice" by Joseph Delaney.

The last of the protectors keeping us from the evil that whites do has a habit of having his apprentices dispatched by the opposition. So now he must reach down in the bottom of the barrel and find a seventh son tree places last apprentice. No time for training it's off to get the bad queen which. We go along on the adventure and encounter all things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, and all things wise and wonderful.

In a movie where people and creatures have a tendency to be dispatched or ride off into the sunset, you have to wander who will be in the sequels?

Part of the fun is recognizing the actors
There is Kevin Flynn from TRON (1982)
See how man you can find.

The Blu-Ray has:
Alternate Ending
Deleted/Alternate Scenes
The Making of "Seventh Son"
The legend and lore of the Seventh son
Visual Effects Gallery

Black Sea [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Black Sea [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Price: £12.36

3.0 out of 5 stars Twelve talented desperate men., 28 Jun. 2015
This is the standard story of a tontine of sub humans in search of N.S.D.A.P. gold in a sunk sub. We get all the standard characters, claustrophobia, and a plot twist or two.

Jude Law as Robinson the boss caries the movie.

Of course you will want the Blu-Ray with the film commentary by Kevin Macdonald.

Perry Mason: Four Season Pack [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Perry Mason: Four Season Pack [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

5.0 out of 5 stars The case of the defense lawyer that skirts the law, 28 Jun. 2015
This is a series of programs based a character in the writings of Erle Stanley Gardner. The CBS TV series stretched from 1957 through 1966.

Perry Mason (Raymond Burr) is a defense lawyer who is always thought of after it is too late for him to save the defendant from being accused of murder. Supporting Perry is his trusty more than friendly but professional secretary Della Street (Barbara Hale). And their trusty and sneaky private investigator Paul Drake (William DeWolf Hopper, Son of the actress-turned-gossip-columnist Hedda Hopper). On the other side of the courtroom is the district attorney Hamilton Burger (William Talman) assisted by the not so neutral Homicide Lt. Arthur Tragg (Ray Collins).

You wonder how they get away with manufacturing evidence and the defendant usually has foot in mouth. Then there are the signature courtroom demonstrations.

Be sure to re-watch these programs as you can then see at even in TV programs they can sprinkle in subtle clues.

The was a mad magazine mock that had a boy scout immediately confess from the back of the courtroom upon seeing Perry mason.

Many of the subsequent programs allowed many TV actors of the time to become different characters and even replace the Burger and Tragg characters. You find yourself not only trying to outguess Mason but also saying "Hey I saw that actor in..."

Even though the characters are from Erle Stanley Gardner the actual programs are written by many different TV writers of the day.

I have on occasion read some of the Erle Stanly Gardner Mason's and they are closely related. The TV version has a few less characters and has to write in some of our favorites.

The DVD's themselves usually have four episodes with a glaring lack of the extras that are so popular nowadays. The plus is that there are no advertisements.

Pet Buddies PB5578 FurBeGone Cat Grooming Brush-TPR, Green by Kollercraft Pet Products [Pet Supplies]
Pet Buddies PB5578 FurBeGone Cat Grooming Brush-TPR, Green by Kollercraft Pet Products [Pet Supplies]
Offered by MIYABI shop Japan
Price: £22.52

5.0 out of 5 stars The little ones line-up for their turn, 28 Jun. 2015
This brush is popular with all our critters. Looks like we will need another. No I am not going to use two hands. I am going to make my wife do some of the grooming. The cats love this brush and each takes turns in different locations. One keeps bringing it to me. Some like to bite it. I have one cat that I sprinkle water on before brushing. I swear that the cats are at least a pound lighter after being serviced. Some rub on the brush on their own. Now if I can just get them all to go and do it in the other room.

Do not get the impression that just any brush will do. They know the difference and prefer this one. It is supposed to be electrostatic to attract the hair. Well it works even better it attracts the fur bearer.

Offered by PINEWOOD
Price: £2.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Replaces a ten dollar a week paper plate habit, 27 Jun. 2015
Outside we have a recycled cat colony. The city picks up stray cats, the cats get their accoutrements disencutrated, rabies shots, chipped, and ear clipped. Then they are let lose to live out their lives as wild things. If any neighbors complain they get relocated and we get other relocates.

These critters take up food and lots of it. We used paper plates. And on windy days small ceramic plates. The paper cost ten dollars a week and the ceramic plats cost a bad back. We needed something with a lip as cats have a tendency to spread their food around.

These critters hold up under the noon day sum and the dishwasher is constantly going to clean the hundred plates or so. The pantry has a spare hundred or so waiting for the originals to ware out get lost or stepped on.

Oh, some of these wile things are snots and prefer their favorite color plate.

She - The Original Classic Edition
She - The Original Classic Edition
by Rider H. Haggard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.94

5.0 out of 5 stars The nature of woman revealed, 26 Jun. 2015
When it comes to women H. Rider Haggard has the inside track as revealed in this "Show and tell" novel. We see the workings and wonders of the nineteenth century mind. You may also find some interesting attitudes towards the other people in Holly's crew.

I have read some different versions of the book and found the Barns & Noble books New York (ISBN 0760752400) to have the best introduction (by Clifton Ganyard) that falls just short of Cliff's Notes in explaining Haggard's background and writings. The illustrations are the same as in the Modern Library version but are clearer and larger. You get to see the writing on a potshard that I have not taken the time to see if it is a real language. Of all the versions I prefer most the recording with narrator Fred Williams; at first he seems to be monotone and out of breath. Then as he approaches the adventure he picks up a bit. By the time he comes to the cliff hanger he is huffing and puffing. He actually has the sound and feel of some old person recalling a long past adventure.

His dying friend in the middle of the night visits Holly. He is sworn to secrecy and given a mysterious chest to hold onto and asked to take charge of the friend's son (Leo). When the time came to open the chest and find the contents, the adventure began. I will not relate the story as it is the unfolding that is a good part of the mystery. However if you are expecting an adventure story It is there but there is much more with philosophical discussions of science and society.
The story is over way too soon so be sure to get the next book "
Ayesha: The return of She."

Roswell - Season 1 [DVD] [2000]
Roswell - Season 1 [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Shiri Appleby
Price: £14.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Based on "Roswell High" young adult book series, 26 Jun. 2015
What if an interstellar ship crashes releasing alien-human hybrid orphans adopted as human? What problems will they face while growing up? What will become of those people that discover the secret? What would you do in the situations?

There are a few episodes that experiment with same actors playing different characters, and many of the other experiments we see with series today.

This was a lot of fun to watch as a 2684 minute marathon form start to stop. After the last episode, that wrapped the story up better than most series, you keep waiting for the movies franchise to take over. Waiting, waiting waiting ...

I am going about this backwards and now plan to read the series.

Loose Ends (Roswell (Pocket Books))
No Good Deed (Roswell)
Little Green Men (Roswell (Pocket Books))

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