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3.0 out of 5 stars 1933 overview of pre-Hold Em card games., 9 Mar 2011
An honest guide book on the main card games from the 1930s from Rummy to Poker, from Vingt et Un to Contract Bridge. Reminded me of some of the 'old' card games I used to play as kid - like Newmarket and Cribbage. Has some quaint images of card hands in colour (well, red at least) that brighten up the B&W text no end.

The chapter on poker is quite amusing to read as it laments the lack of a Code of Rules for Poker (although we all know that "A Smith & Wesson beat Four Aces" back in the day). And I came across a word I had never seen before - Brain-Fag (apparently an afflcition that can be contracted by playing too much Contract Bridge).

I also came across a lovely quotation that I wish I has seen before compiling my own book of poker quotes: "Don't be given to excessive seeing - it's an impoverishing form of inquisitiveness." You can just see Phil Hellmuth laying that one on Daniel 'The All-Inquistive" Negreanu during a Late Night Poker game on TV.

For more great poker quotes check out ... The Quotable Poker Player
The Quotable Poker Player: 1500 Humorous Poker Quotations from Five-card Stud to Texas Hold 'em.


Doctor Who Storybook 2010 (Annual)
Doctor Who Storybook 2010 (Annual)
by Various
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eight Stories about the Tenth Doctor, 25 Nov 2010
This is the first Doctor Who Storybook I have bought and read ... and was mildly surprised at both the quality of the writing and artwork. I especially liked the graphic novelesque feel of Space Vikings that had a hint of Simon Bisley's Slaine saga about it. Having worked and written for comics moons ago, I can heartily reccommend this book and probably others like it if they contain the same level of quality. And even if you have to pay full price 8 - that equates to a 1 a story - so excellent VFM all round.

My least favourite quote from the whole book was "The Doctor looked at her blankly" (from The End of the Rainbow). I am sure that the Doctor has never looked blankly in his entire lives and definitely not with the Tenth Doctor's stary eyes.

The Quotable Doctor Who: A Cosmic Collection of Quotes About the World's Favourite Time Lord, Vol. 1


Time, Unincorporated, Vol. 1: The Doctor Who Fanzine Archives
Time, Unincorporated, Vol. 1: The Doctor Who Fanzine Archives
by Lance Parkin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.86

5.0 out of 5 stars True Enlightenment from a true fan., 18 Nov 2010
"For me, growing up in the seventies and eighties, Star Trek was always just methadone when Doctor Who wasn't on the air."
Lance Parkin

For many, many years Parkin went to bat for Doctor Who against the might of US sci-fi series and his voice is still as fresh today as it was back in the early fanzine days (Matrix, Enlightenment). This collection of his Doctor Who writings, musings, articles, call them what you will but with almost 50 individual offerings from pre-1963 Who & Quatermass, through the various incarnations of Doctors and his companions (check out the piece on Adric !!) on through cancellation and the 96 movie, and ending up with Torchwood and the future, Parkin provides a glimpse of Who history (in the most part) as it happened.

If you are old school Who like me this book is worth its weight in cyber-gold. And if you have only watched the New Series, this book is a great place to start to discover the pre-genesis of the RTD/Moffat era series.

For those who are really into Who, Parkin also includes a 'running blog' on his Who novel Eyeless.

The Quotable Doctor Who: A Cosmic Collection of Quotes About the World's Favourite Time Lord, Vol. 1


Chicks Dig Time Lords
Chicks Dig Time Lords
by Lynne M. Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.80

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Lords dig Chicks, as well., 17 Nov 2010
This review is from: Chicks Dig Time Lords (Paperback)
Marvellous concept for a fan book on a subject that has historically been seen as a male preserve. A veritable Who's Who of "Who" Whoevers, well female fans who REALLY love the Who. And boy, do these women dig the Lords of Time. This collection of essays is excellent - there are some that are stronger, more interesting, than others but to pick them out and name them would be like picking out episodes of Real Who for individual criticism. The whole collection makes for a wonderfully entertaining read from a woefully under-represented sector of the Whoniverse. And it is not before time that we men get an insight into how females view the females that have populated the shows over the years. What is always a bonus for a Classic series buff like me, is that this book does more than pay lip-service to the old series and I thank those writers who jogged a few of the old (sometimes in Black and White) memory cells. Sniff sniff!

The collaborative collection of women writers is best summed in the words of one of their own quotations. Carole Barrowman wrote, "Donna Noble - a mature companion with sass and sarcasm who reminded me of my own female friends." Overall, this book is both friendly and mature, with a welcome degree of sass and hint of sarcasm. And like many of the Doctor's companions this book is feisty! Five stars!

The Quotable Doctor Who: A Cosmic Collection of Quotes About the World's Favourite Time Lord, Vol. 1


Triumph of a Time Lord: Regenerating Doctor Who in the Twenty-first Century
Triumph of a Time Lord: Regenerating Doctor Who in the Twenty-first Century
by Matt Hills
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on Doctor Who, 17 Nov 2010
Quickly simply a superb scholarly yet easily readable book about Doctor Who. If this book was a Who episode it would be Human Nature. If it were a Doctor, it would be Peter Davison and if it was a companion it would be Dr Liz Shaw. "Triumph of a Time Lord" is above all else analytical. Matt Hills is not a straight fan or a staight-laced academic, he is described as a fan-academic. So, if the sentence ... "Hills succeeds brilliantly in his epic quest to show how 'genre discourses are embedded in production decisions and textual structures" puts you off, then maybe this book (or at least the tone of the writing) may not be for you. This is not your typical fan boy book full of glossy photos - it is a serious study of the Doctor Who phenomenon. I thoroughly enjoyed it ... five stars.

The Quotable Doctor Who: A Cosmic Collection of Quotes About the World's Favourite Time Lord, Vol. 1


Doctor Who: The Tardis Handbook
Doctor Who: The Tardis Handbook
by Steve Tribe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.09

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful mix of Classic and New Who, 17 Nov 2010
Many recent books on The Doctor have focused solely on the New Series with out much thought to the history or the timeline from the Classic Who (as it seems to have been dubbed by the BBC). The TARDIS Handbook achieves a marvellous mix between the two "series" with a number of excellent images of Hartnell, Troughton, Pertwee and their companions (or assistants as they were then known). There is a wealth of useful and ultimately useless information crammed into the small pocketbook size publication - but it all makes for a good browse rather than an in depth read. The evolution of the police box is a nice touch as is the similar evolution of the Doctor's time machine (but that is a given taking the book's title into consideration). My one gripe is the small section "Hold That One Down" that is printed double column in very small print on lilac grey paper rendering it almost unreadbale to these eyes (a fatal flaw in any book). Overall the book deserves four stars and is good value for money.

The Quotable Doctor Who: A Cosmic Collection of Quotes About the World's Favourite Time Lord, Vol. 1


Popular Card Games
Popular Card Games
by Lawrence H. Dawson
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars OLD SCHOOL POKER and more ..., 28 Sep 2010
This review is from: Popular Card Games (Hardcover)
An honest guide book on the main card games from the 1930s from Rummy to Poker, from Vingt et Un to Contract Bridge. Reminded me of some of the 'old' card games I used to play as kid - like Newmarket and Cribbage. Has some quaint images of card hands in colour (well, red at least) that brighten up the B&W text no end.

The chapter on poker is quite amusing to read as it laments the lack of a Code of Rules for Poker (although we all know that "A Smith & Wesson beat Four Aces" back in the day). And I came across a word I had never seen before - Brain-Fag (apparently an afflcition that can be contracted by playing too much Contract Bridge).

I also came across a lovely quotation that I wish I has seen before compiling my own book of poker quotes: "Don't be given to excessive seeing - it's an impoverishing form of inquisitiveness." You can just see Phil Hellmuth laying that one on Daniel 'The All-Inquistive" Negreanu during a Late Night Poker game on TV.

For more great poker quotes check out ... The Quotable Poker Player.
The Quotable Poker Player: 1500 Humorous Poker Quotations from Five-card Stud to Texas Hold 'em


The Man with the Golden Touch: How the Bond Films Conquered the World
The Man with the Golden Touch: How the Bond Films Conquered the World
by Sinclair McKay
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Man with the Golden Quote, 18 May 2010
Came across this Bond non-fiction title while I was researching my own series of Bond books. Of the many Bond-themed reference books I read during my research this was undoubtedly one of the better ones. I especially liked the easy to read writing style with a neat turn of phrase so beloved of Fleming / Bond fans. In fact, this book provides one of my top ten Bond quotes of all time ... "Everyone in Fleming is named after somebody he knew. Pussy Galore was probably his cleaning lady." Purrfect Pussy Galorification.

James Bond: License to Quote


Life in Dance
Life in Dance
by Darcey Bussell
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE CLASS AND ELEGANCE, 28 Feb 2010
This review is from: Life in Dance (Hardcover)
For those TV dance fans who didn't know who Darcey was before she appeared as a judge on 'Strictly Come Dancing' (or her cameo on 'Vicar of Dibley') reading this book is almost as good as watching Darcey dance on TV. Nothing is as good as watching Darcey dance live on stage.

At the peak of her powers, Darcey was dubbed 'Britain's Ballerina' ... this autobiography goes a long way to introducing her to a country that has barely heard of her. Which is a shame now she has retired from the stage. This book is the perfect tribute to her ... in her own words.


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