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Eye for an Eye: A Katie Maguire Short Story
Eye for an Eye: A Katie Maguire Short Story
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Maguire by Masterton, 24 Jun. 2016
The Katie Maguire series is rapidly expanding. There are seven stories and at least two novellas. Hopefully an anthology will be produced including novellas such as The Drowned and Eye for an Eye.
Masterton has proved himself a master (no pun intended) of anthologies with six to date of his 'Fearful' yarns which have included titles such as Figures of Fear and Fortnight of Fear. His Maguire novellas are every bit as gripping and occasionally as gory as his six anthologies of fear and fright.
The author seems to have morphed into a crime writer and his character of Katie Maguire has now taken over in a similar way to Odd Thomas dominating the output of Dean Koontz. His Odd stories comprised of eight full length tales as well as many novellas and even graphic novels. Odd has now achieved his destiny and Frieda Klein has reached the sixth of her presumably seven daily stories with Saturday Requiem by Nicci French so one wonders how much longer Katie Maguire will continue to entertain us with her stories of Irish police work and her tangled personal affairs.


New Rupert Index
New Rupert Index
by William Oliver Guillemont Lofts
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Rupert Reference Guide, 21 Jun. 2016
This review is from: New Rupert Index (Paperback)
This an indispensable guide for anyone who wants to know the names and dates of Rupert's appearances in the Daily (and Sunday) Express. It enables ursine enthusiasts to date those awkward Rupert annuals which are so difficult to date as unlike most children's annuals they do not have the year they are intended for on the front.


BFDC Collecting British First Day Covers 2016
BFDC Collecting British First Day Covers 2016
by Adrian Bradbury
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Are British Covers Deteriorating? Worst Day Covers?, 4 Jun. 2016
Unfortunately this catalogue demonstrates perfectly what is wrong in recent years (probably 1999 onwards) with first day covers, and by extension, their reference books.
They are all style and no substance and cost increasingly prohibitive amounts. This book is an attractive all colour reference book on glossy paper. However there are no articles on different aspects of FDC's which earlier cover catalogues included. Due to the huge number of handstamps there is no longer the inclusion of every one.
A dealer in one of the few stamp shops still remaining told me that he is only interested in purchasing pre 1970 FDC's which means that those collected as a potential investment in the last half century are likely to remain as a costly space filler even if they are unaddressed and have a relevant handstamp. Even worse even if they are an official or sponsored cover/handstamp combo they would have to be extremely desirable to attract an offer. Even scarcity does not necessarily mean that another collector would be interested.
Only a few days ago it was announced that soon 10 (ten!) stamps would be issued on Pink Floyd. Why? Thomas Hardy only had one stamp devoted to him in 1990.
There are too many sets of GB stamps issued {about 14 instead of 6 in around 1970), there are too many in an issue (up to 14 and frequently 10 instead of 4) and extremely high priced stamps in the set with very rarely a second class stamp except at Christmas.
This catalogue costs almost £30 when it seems only a few years ago it was around £4.95 or thereabouts. A collector told me that first he just collected GB, then he stopped regionals. then definitives, then prestige stamp books (sometimes 4 a year but none between 1972 and 1980), then stamp labels (which appear to have now ended), and finally commemoratives themselves due to the huge number and expense. Royal Mail are killing their golden goose and the cover producers are not helping with covers regularly selling for about £20 even though the value of stamps on the cover may be about £5! A few years ago an FDC was about £4.95!


AFC Bournemouth Miscellany: Cherries Trivia, History, Facts and Stats
AFC Bournemouth Miscellany: Cherries Trivia, History, Facts and Stats
by Tony Matthews
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Thesaurus of Fantastic Facts, 28 Jan. 2016
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This is a thin tome packed with facts about AFC Bournemouth who were formerly the longest named football club in the Football League with the lengthy moniker of Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic. They are now called AFC Bournemouth a trend (ie the AFC at the beginning) followed by various other teams. They could not change their name to Bournemouth AFC as there was already a team of that name, a local amateur club nicknamed The Poppies.
Despite their 116 year history it would have seemed unlikely that Bournemouth would have had a book such as this devoted to their statistics, players,and assorted trivia but now they have reached the Premier League following their third promotion in five years this is just one of the many changes that followers of 'Boscombe' will begin to see.
No doubt many fair weather fans will begin to follow Bournemouth following their promotion to the elite Premier League which is certainly the best known and richest league in world football although probably lagging behind the Spanish League in terms of quality.Bournemouth are now playing teams such as Arsenal, Everton and Manchester United in league games for the first time ever after decades of playing teams such as Torquay, Southend, Bristol Rovers, Exeter and Newport County.Only a few years ago they were playing Aldershot in a league game and now they are four divisions above them and three divisions above Portsmouth who used to be about two divisions above them.
FA Cup runs, the emergence of Jermaine Defoe, the fastest ever league hat trick, the scoring exploits of Ted MacDougall and the brief period that George Best played for Bournemouth are all covered in this recommended book.


Friday on My Mind: A Frieda Klein Novel (Book 5)
Friday on My Mind: A Frieda Klein Novel (Book 5)
by Nicci French
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frieda's Final Friday?, 30 July 2015
"It began on a Friday and it ended on one". This statement by Frieda Klein appears near the end of this fifth and possibly final story in the 'daily' series. However, although many loose ends are tidied up , they are not trimmed so effectively and efficiently that there could not be a Saturday addition to the series or even a Sunday supplement.
Although some reviewers have commented on the lack of action and essential dullness and even banality of the story, I found it gripping and the attention to detail and description simply made the tale more realistic than one consisting of car chases; a filmic comparison would be between a James Bond escapist movie and a Thomas Hardy tale set in the wilds of Wessex. The moments such as trip to Primark, getting the tube to Warren Street, following buried and forgotten watercourses and even listening to them through manhole covers, cups of coffee in small nondescript cafes all add to the flavour and finesse of the book.
The usual array of characters from Frieda's world appear in a varying degree of involvement and if this is the final book for her, I have greatly enjoyed five stories which have often involved night time walks tracing rivers and streams that have been neglected and forgotten as Frieda wrestles mentally with problems that at least one person would prefer to be forgotten as well.


The Rupert Annual 2016 (Annuals 2016)
The Rupert Annual 2016 (Annuals 2016)
by Egmont Publishing UK
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rupert's Eightieth Annual is a Return to Former Glories, 30 July 2015
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Pompey's Praise:
(1) An attractive cover.
(2) A return to six stories after a run of four and even three on one occasion.
(3) A superb back endpaper illustrating all eighty Rupert Annual front covers.
(4) An excellent front endpaper - a Bestall classic.
(5) Half the six stories are illustrated by the superb John Harrold.
(6) Good to see Billy Goat on the (back) cover.
(7) A pleasing mix of seasonal tales.
(8) Stuart Trotter's new story of the Coral Crown is an enjoyable yarn.
(9) An interesting selection of puzzles - mainly from old annuals with one dating back to 1954.
(10) A substantial book commemorating a tradition of eighty years.
Scrogg's Scowls:
(1) The price increase of £2 makes it far more expensive than comparative children's annuals.
(2) The figures on the cover (including Rupert) all have pasty pink hands.
(3) Two classic tales (Fireworks and Christmas) by Harrold but a rather weak one (artistically & dramatically) about the Mulp Gulper.
(4) The Coral Crown yarn jumps about between Sandy Bay and Nutwood with one moment Mrs Bear on holiday but then home rather suddenly.
(5) An odd order of tales with the Carved Stick holiday tale after one on Bonfire Night.
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Last Post: The Final Word From Our First World War Soldiers
Last Post: The Final Word From Our First World War Soldiers
by Max Arthur
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegiac, Emotional,Effective and Elegant Testimonies of the Final WW1 Soldiers, 17 Mar. 2015
This is an incredibly moving and poignant book. When it was first published in 2005 of the last known 21 British survivors of the Great War who had all provided their personal accounts for the book, only four were still alive. Now they have all passed away and all we have are their memories which make this a remarkable book.
When they were interviewed the oldest was 110 and the youngest was 105. The experiences they endured in WW1 and the changes they have witnessed during their lifetimes are qiute incredible and it is truly a humbling and emotional experience to read about the last First World War soldiers, some of whom survived their comrades-in-arms and siblings by an amazing 90 years.


Judge Dredd Mega Collection issue 1 - America
Judge Dredd Mega Collection issue 1 - America
by John; Colin, MacNeil Wagner
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Introduction to the World of Judge Dredd, 26 Feb. 2015
This is the first volume in a partwork series that will eventually comprise of eighty hardback volumes about the Dreddverse. Judge Dredd has been in existence in the comic 2000AD for 38 years and there have been many reprints and anthologies over that time. Not many have been hardback and this one is an excellent introduction for anyone who does not know much about Judge Dredd and the associated characters who inhabit the world of Mega-City One in the twenty second century.
Unlike the American superheroes such as Superman, Batman and Spiderman, Judge Dredd's adventures appear chronologically in "real time" and he actually ages as do his associates such as Psi-Judge Anderson and Dredd's niece Vienna.
The stories are often multi-layered and sometimes appear in multi-instalment sagas such as ones about the Judge Child and the Cursed Earth. This story about America Jara is not told from the viewpoint of Dredd and basically consists of three short stories which are neither one-off tales or sagas. The artwork is superb and the production of this hardback volume with matching endpapers and an introduction and editorial sets it way above the usual standard of graphic novels.


Saint Odd (Odd Thomas 7)
Saint Odd (Odd Thomas 7)
by Dean Koontz
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Disappointing Denouement to the Odd Odyssey, 11 Feb. 2015
This eighth and final book in the saga of Odd Thomas is extremely readable and written in Koontz's mellifluous and harmonious style. As with Star Trek films and actors who have played James Bond, the eight (not seven!) Odd Thomas books seem to alternate between gripping/excellent and rather disappointing/not so good.
Odd's entourage of Annamaria, Tim and Raphael hardly feature at all except in flashback dreams and memories of Odd and one wonders why they were included in the saga. Annamaria's presence is explained at the end as is the mystery of the amaranth flower. However there is too much shooting which usually involves Odd and too much reference to the cultists but their rationale and leadership remains hazy at best.
The book's blurb asks whether Odd has reached his final destination and Odd states that he came home to die and to live in death.I don't feel this is one of the better Odd tales but I read it in a day mainly as I was so keen after quite a few years to see how everything worked out but if it had not been for the seven predecessors of this book, I doubt if I would have read it so voraciously.
The saga ends as it began - in Pico Mundo. Quite a few years for the reader but only about two years for Odd. "You are destined to be together forever" - the words on the fortune-telling card resonate through the book and perhaps now that Dean Koontz has wound up the Odd Thomas saga, he will write the final book in the Moonlight Bay trilogy.
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Alice Through the Pillar Box and What She Found There: A Philatelic Phantasy
Alice Through the Pillar Box and What She Found There: A Philatelic Phantasy
by Gerald M. King
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alice for Philatelists and Philalicists, 9 Feb. 2015
This book describes itself as a "philatelic phantasy" (sic) and is a most inventive illustrative book that is produced with considerable precision and imagination. It is aimed at philatelists and "philalicists" but possibly is a bit too clever for its own good. Although it expands the "Aliceverse" with its witty and self-reverential comments which any self-respecting philatelist would understand it probably excludes many who would prefer it to be in a more layman-like style.
There is no doubting its clever and curious stamp collecting links with first day covers, airmail and ship letters and these illustrated envelopes are an absolute delight. The postmarks (such as Pool of Tears and Tulgey Road), the special issue stamps (such as Jabberwocky Centennial) the William Unready (instead of Mulready) Envelope and the "Scowling Boys" issue of Looking Glass Land (instead of the "Smiling Boy" health stamp of New Zealand) all comprise a most interesting and intellectual book. Little details such as the postage having a currency value of winks with 40 winks equalling one golden slumber is literally priceless. However, I feel that the key to this new land of Alice's may be difficult to turn for a non-philatelist.


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