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Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch: Skull-Crushing True Stories of the Most Hardcore Duels, Showdowns, Fistfights, Last Stands, Suicide Charges, and Military Engagements of All Time
Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch: Skull-Crushing True Stories of the Most Hardcore Duels, Showdowns, Fistfights, Last Stands, Suicide Charges, and Military Engagements of All Time
by Ben Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Guaranteed fun, 23 Oct 2014
Thompson delivers again with another collection of fun reads. A great way to get someone interested in history, as far as I'm concerned. Certainly got my nephew interested in history after reading about all these often hard-to-believe tales of epic badassery.


The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work and Writings of Dr. Spencer Black
The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work and Writings of Dr. Spencer Black
by E. B. Hudspeth
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and brilliant, 23 Oct 2014
Easily one of the most haunting books I've read lately. It takes a simple premise and gives you a brilliant story of scientific genius and its subsequent fall into madness and despair, while creating a sense of unease by telling you only just enough and allowing your imagination to run rampant. The collection of 'zoological' illustrations is astounding and in addition to being a fantastic read, the book makes for an amazing idea source for artists and writers wanting to work with mythical creatures.


Breverton's Phantasmagoria: A Compendium of Monsters, Myths and Legends
Breverton's Phantasmagoria: A Compendium of Monsters, Myths and Legends
by Terry Breverton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book, 23 Oct 2014
Really a very good bestiary for people interested in mytho-zoology and folklore and an excellent reference for writers. The text is very nice and neatly puts together all the strange and curious stories told about mythological beasts of all kinds.Would recommend to anyone needing ideas for art or writing pertaining to fantastical beasts.


The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Ectoplasmic Man
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Ectoplasmic Man
by Daniel Stashower
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Gets It Right, 23 Oct 2014
This is one of the few Sherlock Holmes pastiches I can confidently say gets things right. It's far from perfect, but it hits enough good notes to get a positive vote in my books. It uses both Sherlock and Houdini's characters quite neatly and bar some slightly more far-fetched notions, the story runs along quite smoothly and is neatly rounded off. The writing itself is satisfactory without trying too hard and Sherlock and Watson appear well within character, with a few notable hiccups.

Overall I would recommend this.


The Last Unicorn
The Last Unicorn
by IDW Publishing The Last Unicorn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.56

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 8 Jan 2014
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Transferring this wonderful book to the comic medium has done nothing to detract from the fact that this is a beautiful, timeless story. The art is absolutely captivating. There's always something to fascinate you with the visuals and especially the depiction of the characters. Highly recommended to fans of the book and animated movie, as well as any fan of the comic medium.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
by J. K. Rowling
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great company to the original books, 8 Jan 2014
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Any Potterhead should check this out. It's got more of the gorgeous world-building that made the original series so charming to read. And the addition of 'comments' scribbled in by Harry, Ron and Hermione make it more endearing and really feeling like a school textbook.


Manga Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing
Manga Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing
by Emma Vieceli
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare and manga, 8 Jan 2014
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Emma Vieceli's art is happily one of the more varied and altering manga styles, which makes for an enjoyable read of this classic in a new perspective. Adapting the play for a serial art medium has worked great. Everything that needs to be said is said and it just wets your appetite for more. From where I'm standing it's a fun read for any fancier of Shakespeare, whether it's a professional scholar or an amateur student of the Bard. It's also a great jumping-board to bring younger audiences to the delight of Shakespeare through a less frightening medium than a seemingly sterile textbook.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, 8 Jan 2014
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The quality is great and the design is lovely. The endurance of the material is still up to be seen but it looks like fairly sturdy stuff that'll work for daily wear and tear of the common variety.


The Outstanding Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
The Outstanding Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
by Gerard Kelly
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.66

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3.0 out of 5 stars A good clutch of stories, 13 Jan 2013
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Overall this is a good collection. There's very little preposterous writing and the style is quite accurate of Doyle's. Most of the stories are well put together but a few of them 'sag' a little bit. There's a bit too much of cliche'd exclamations like 'the game is afoot' or 'old chap' but I guess it's not TOO much of a handicap.

"A Slaying in Suburbia" - I'd say it's an overall good story even if the ending is a bit sudden, even for Holmes. The pacing is alright but the characters are a bit stifled.

"The Mystery at the Golden Cockerel" - Another good story, functioning somewhat as an intricate puzzle with a very interesting explanation on the method of murder, if a bit 'esoteric' or far fetched.

"The Mysterious Death of the Kennington Verger" - A story that succeeds both in being an interesting question of motive vs. opportunity as well as a nice exposition of Watson's character. The ending is a little anti-climactic, but satisfying in a manner of being tied together well.

"The Riddle of the Carstairs Legacy" - This one might be a little bit weaker than the others. The riddles presented aren't particularly intriguing but the sense of urgency that permeates this story is quite satisfying.

"The Mystery of the Locked Study" - Exactly what is says on the tin, but I confess that the ending is a little bit predictable, although not the methodology... that is a bit confusing.

"The Adventure of the Black Arrow" - It begins with tension, but the ending is actually rather amusing. A rather average story.

"The Paddington Pyromaniac" - I think this story would've benefited from a less far fetched solution, but the steps towards it are interesting. Holmes would indeed find a true pyromaniac an interesting opponent.

"The Mysterious Disappearance of the Good Ship Alicia" - Probably the weakest of all the stories and the hardest to read through. It's given in the form of a report by Holmes and it's actually quite jarring to read.

"Catacausis Ebriosus" - One of the more interesting stories, not only because of the subject matter but also thanks to the energy displayed by Holmes throughout the investigation.

"The Prodigal Quest" - A pleasant story with a lot of deductive work for Holmes and a slightly unexpected ending.

"The Mayfair Strangler" - It's a story that varies, between the deciphering of the sometimes confusing clues to the callousness of the murderer to the swashbuckling, illegal duel fought in the end. Also, the very interesting finale where Holmes admits to meeting a mind he can respect.

"The Chamber of Sorrow Mystery" - It's an interesting story although it's a little bit too paranormal for my tastes. It is touching though, not only because of Holmes and Watson's care for Mrs. Hudson's well-being, but also Watson's kindness and gallantry.

"The Peddler of Death" - Holmes versus yet another serial killer with a very intriguing method of murder. A little bit over the top perhaps, but a good yarn nevertheless.
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Manga Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice
Manga Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice
by Faye Yong
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.32

5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic interpretation of Shakespeare, 13 Jan 2013
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I think this series as a whole is fantastic, but I would have to say that so far this is probably one of my favorites. It's a very fun way to read Shakespeare. The text is largely intact and fits very well with the medium of a manga. It's a refreshing and whimsical art style that lends itself to Shakespeare's vision of the Merchant of Venice.

I also think it would be a wonderful way to introduce teenagers and young adults to Shakespeare -- a more pleasant way than just cramming the text down their throat. The format of a manga doesn't take away anything from the educational value of studying the plays and would function nicely within the context of a classroom.


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