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Marvels and Mysteries of the Unexplained
Marvels and Mysteries of the Unexplained
by Karen Farrington
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.72

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredibly eclectic collection, 21 Feb 2013
Karen Farrington has pulled together an incredibly eclectic collection of mysteries. Where else can you read about, for example, black holes and the ghost of Marilyn Monroe within the covers of the same book? Despite the broad spread of subject matter, she manages to make every story spellbinding and provide a reassuring reminder that we are a long way from understanding everything in this world.


The History of Art: Painting from Giotto to the Present Day
The History of Art: Painting from Giotto to the Present Day
by A N Hodge
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.21

5.0 out of 5 stars get a broad brushtroke (pardon the pun) understanding..., 21 Feb 2013
This is a pretty good guide for anyone who wants to get a broad brushtroke (pardon the pun) understanding of how and when the different styles evolved and who their chief protagonists were, starting with the Italian Renaissance. As the author admits in the intro, "it's no straightforward task to present painting as a chronological history of styles and movements," but AN Hodge makes a good fist of placing the great paintings and artists of the western world in context, especially with the timelines at the start of each chapter that tell you what other famous characters and events were making headlines at the time.


Deadly Duos: Partners in Crime and Their Addiction to Murder
Deadly Duos: Partners in Crime and Their Addiction to Murder
by Paul Roland
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Don't read the stories all in one go..., 21 Feb 2013
Oh boy, this is tough reading and I wouldn't recommend reading too many of these stories in one go, but it has to be said that Paul Roland has done a hell of a good job in getting across the full horror of what these people did. Most of them make Bonnie and Clyde look like Jack and Jill and I guess the lesson is that when too sick psychos come together there really is no limit to the depths they'll sink to.


Classic Tales of the Supernatural
Classic Tales of the Supernatural
Price: 0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Classic Horror Stories, 21 Feb 2013
If you like horror stories, there are some crackers here, written by the best of the best: Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Sir Walter Scott, Wilkie Collins... My favourite is The Upper Berth by Francis Marion Crawford, who's best known for Khaled: A Tale of Arabia. I didn't think I could be frightened by ghost stories after I turned 16, but it turns out I can.


World's Most Evil Psychopaths
World's Most Evil Psychopaths
by John Marlowe
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars serial killing is nothing new..., 21 Feb 2013
What I particularly like about this book is the way it delves into history, showing that serial killing is nothing new. Marlowe provides interesting accounts of people I'd never heard of, like Gilles de Rais of France and Elizabeth Báthory of Hungary, who were at it in the 15th and 16th centuries respectively. In fact, it would be good to see him do a book purely on historically psychopaths.


What are the Odds?
What are the Odds?
by Tim Glynne-Jones
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 7.19

4.0 out of 5 stars an excuse to tell some extraordinary stories, 21 Feb 2013
This review is from: What are the Odds? (Hardcover)
I read The Book of Numbers by this author and I like the way he turns potentially mundane subjects into entertainment. This isn't an in-depth study of probability theory (though there are some pithy mathematical explanations, such as how bookies lay odds and why two people in a football squad sharing a birthday is not as unlikely as it sounds), it's more of an excuse to tell some extraordinary stories about unusual things that have happened to people - and could happen to you! Thanks to this book, I now know that I have a 1 in 65,000,000 chance of perishing at the hands (hooves?) of a cow. And that's 100 times more unlikely than being killed by a falling coconut. Forewarned is forearmed.


The Dark History of the Occult
The Dark History of the Occult
by Paul Roland
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.77

5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing the dark side into the light..., 21 Feb 2013
I like Paul Roland's irreverent style of writing. It seems appropriate for this subject - much better than all that histrionic stuff that tries to make us go "whoo-ooo". It's an interesting enough subject without all that nonsense. But wait! Maybe Roland is the devil trying to make us think he doesn't exist. Hmm. Either way, he's made a good job of this book, bringing the dark side into the light, so to speak.


Secrets Of The Vatican
Secrets Of The Vatican
by Cyrus Shahrad
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great snapshot of Vatican history!, 21 Feb 2013
This review is from: Secrets Of The Vatican (Hardcover)
After The Da Vinci Code and Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, it's nice to get an undramatic take on all those Roman Catholic mysteries like the bloodline of Christ, Opus Dei and the Priory of Sion. Start with the Vatican Timeline at the back. This gives a great snapshot of Vatican history and you can then go in and read in detail about the many bizarre events that have taken place within the Holy City. All very sinister... or is it?


Myths and Legends from Around the World
Myths and Legends from Around the World
Price: 0.87

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales in simple, modern English, 21 Feb 2013
I was drawn to this book because I've always wanted to know what Beowulf is all about but was put off by all the olde English. Robin Brockman tells all these tales in simple, modern English, and along with Beowulf, I now know what Gilgamesh is all about, as well as a load of stories from far flung parts of the world, some of which, it has to be said, are pretty racey!


Leonardo da Vinci in His Own Words: Science, Mechanics, Art, Life
Leonardo da Vinci in His Own Words: Science, Mechanics, Art, Life
by William Wray
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars become a better judge..., 21 Feb 2013
This is a collection of thoughts and instructions taken from Leonardo's notebooks and it shows what a brilliant observer of life he was. There are sections on art, science and thinking, but his views in one section are often applicable to life in general. Take his advice on "Judging your own pictures": "We know well that errors are better recognised in the works of others than in our own; and often by reproving little faults in others, we may ignore great ones in ourselves." Astute stuff. Here's another good one for today: "It is well that you should often leave off work and take a little relaxation, because when you come back to it you are a better judge."


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