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Sabre General: The Memoirs Of Colonel Philippe De Maunoury
Sabre General: The Memoirs Of Colonel Philippe De Maunoury
by David Johnson
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A Neglected Classic, 25 Oct. 2013
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This is one of the best novels written about the French army of the Napoleonic wars; and some sensible publisher should immediately reprint it!


Redshirts
Redshirts
by John Scalzi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Keep reading it., 8 July 2013
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I thought the first section of the book pretty naff and nearly gave up, then as I read on, I found it was meant to be, and the naffness set up the story. I would tell you how, but that would deprive you of an awful lot of pleasure finding out. This is a very cunning author when he puts his mind to it. Oh, and there IS a happy ending (or two if the count the simultaneous not quite involving the same people.


Fuzzy Nation
Fuzzy Nation
by John Scalzi
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £7.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Rewrites and remakes are ALWAYS worse!, 8 July 2013
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Scalzi is a good author when he finds his own plots, but he should not have tried to rewrite the classic first Fuzzy novel of Beam Piper. His changes are all for the worse. I especially regret his substitution of a Raptor for the beautifully named and described Zarathustran "Damnthing"


Interstellar Patrol II: The Federation of Humanity (Federation of Man)
Interstellar Patrol II: The Federation of Humanity (Federation of Man)
by Christopher Anvil
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars About time!, 8 July 2013
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Anvil was a favourite author of mine in the 60s and I was exceedingly glad to see that all his stories were back in print in these collections. They also include several I had apparently missed when they appeared in magazines. Those were the days when John Campbell's Astounding/Analog produced writer like Anvil and Beam Piper who were streets ahead of many writing today, though there are a few anachronisms, like computers of the far future having all their storage on tape, watches needing to be wound up, and everybody smoking...


The Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day: 4
The Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day: 4
by Ian Stewart
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £4.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars The easy way to get the latest science., 29 May 2013
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I try to keep up with the latest scientific discoveries, but each successive book in this series shows up my failings. This one is cutting edge stuff. In addition, you get to find out what Pastor Mighty Oats .has been up to and why a dropped banana skin in a Round World library is an accolade.


Frigates, Sloops & Brigs
Frigates, Sloops & Brigs
by James Henderson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars O'Brien's Source?, 29 May 2013
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This is a compilation of two previously printed books covering warfare under sail by detached smaller ships. It brilliantly describes outstanding actions and tactics, but has only basic stuff on warship design and construction.


Dead Reckoning
Dead Reckoning
by C. Northcote Parkinson
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Jack Aubrey, you will like Delancey, 29 May 2013
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This is the final book in the Delancey series, describing a long frigate commission in eastern waters, and tidying up the loose ends. I had all the others when they were published in the 70s, but this one had sneaked past me. Parkinson also wrote a biography of Horatio Hornblower. He was a Gurnseyman and sailor, so his inshore navigational and seamanship knowledge is impressive. My favourite of the series, however, is "Devil To Pay", in which Delancey temporarily commands a revenue cutter and has a battle of wits with Poole smugglers in which he gets slightly the upper hand.


Birth of the Kingdom: 3/3 (Crusades Trilogy 3)
Birth of the Kingdom: 3/3 (Crusades Trilogy 3)
by Jan Guillou
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

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2.0 out of 5 stars Ex-Templar returns to Sweden and reorganises society., 26 Mar. 2013
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This was the only book I had during a hospital stay, and was still a struggle. The author knows more about medieval Sweden than he did about crusading warfare, so there may be something to learn from it abourt that


The Templar Knight: 2/3 (Crusades Trilogy 2)
The Templar Knight: 2/3 (Crusades Trilogy 2)
by Jan Guillou
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1.0 out of 5 stars A historical novelist who isn't., 26 Mar. 2013
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This was the oThis book would have been greatly improved if the author writing about knights had a reasonable knowledge of medieval weapons or acquantance with horses. The blurb says that it is now a major film; if so this may be that rare case, a film that is better than the book it is based on..


Tyrant: Destroyer of Cities
Tyrant: Destroyer of Cities
by Christian Cameron
Edition: Hardcover

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3.0 out of 5 stars Demetrius' siege of Rhodes, 26 Mar. 2013
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Not quite as good as the earlier books in the series, mainly because Cameron is slightly obsessed with hoplite combat and relatively uninterested in siege craft. It needs to be read with Duggan's "Elephants and Castles" and L.Sprague de Camp's "The Bronze God of Rhodes", the latter now sadly out of print and fetching enormous prices second hand.


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