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I Want to Believe: The Official Guide To The X-Files
I Want to Believe: The Official Guide To The X-Files
by Andy Meisler
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Along the same lines as the previous guides, solid and reliable, 3 Sept. 2014
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This is a slightly new format for these Official Guides, but it works as well as the previous ones. The plot summary sections have been considerably bulked out, making them that much clearer. The 'backstory' notes are also a little longer. However, some of the 'around information' about the making of and cast/crew work not directly connected to one episode have been lost. All in all, it seems a fair trade-off. In essence, if you're looking for a guide to the episodes, and a bit of backstory, you couldn't do much better than this.


The Hunt for Rob Roy: The Man and the Myths
The Hunt for Rob Roy: The Man and the Myths
by David Stevenson
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read, 23 Aug. 2014
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The essential counter to W. H. Murray's biography of Rob, this book not only provides a history of the 'true' Rob Roy, but also details Highland life at the time, and provides narratives of the lives of Rob's sons. All in all, not only does this give the closest we can come to a historical picture of Rob, but it also gives us a wider look at his world.


John Dudley Duke of Northumberland
John Dudley Duke of Northumberland
by David Loades
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A short but complete narrative, 23 Aug. 2014
This is a good, solid pamphlet-esque book on John Dudley. It provides an inclusive life history of the man, and a fairly sympathetic view of his achievements and life. Well worth a read.


Steppenwolf (Essential Penguin)
Steppenwolf (Essential Penguin)
by Hermann Hesse
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Steppenwolf: an odd fish, 10 Aug. 2014
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Steppenwolf is, above all, an odd book. There's more than a thread of Nietzsche running through it, and it straddles the strange line between full blown philosophy writ large in a story, and a story which relies heavily on philosophical musings. In any case, it is well wroth a read. I found perhaps the first 50 pages or so a little bit of a slog, but I feel that was less because it was dull or boring, and more because I didn't really know what the book was tying to be. After this, it cleared up a bit, and a more 'narrative' story appeared, which made the reading easier and more straightforward. I would recommend that you pick this up, if only because there's not that much quite like it.


Cromwell, Our Chief Of Men
Cromwell, Our Chief Of Men
by Lady Antonia Fraser
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Lengthy, but well worth the effort, 30 July 2014
A worthwhile biography, probably THE worthwhile biography, of Oliver Cromwell. Fraser presents Cromwell as a human, and while overall sympathetic towards the man, she does not shy away from his negative actions too. One of the (probably at least partially unintentional) neat side-effects of Fraser's view is that she is also sympathetic towards Charles I and the monarchy, meaning she does not easily slip into a hugely one-sided view of either Cromwell (and the Roundheads) or Charles (and the Cavaliers).


Dracula, Prince of Many Faces: His Life and His Times
Dracula, Prince of Many Faces: His Life and His Times
by Radu Florescu
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.03

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4.0 out of 5 stars Dracula: a biography well worth buying, 30 July 2014
This is admittedly the only real dedicated biography of Dracula I have read, so I am not well placed to comment on it compared to other available biographies. However, as a standalone, it is a very worthwhile investment indeed. This covers Dracula and the world he lived in, which is very necessary to understand the world-view he held. This is essential to highlight both the differences and the similarites between Dracula and his contemporary east-European 'defenders of Christianity'. All in all, very worth it.


Catherine the Great: The story of the impoverished German princess who deposed her husband to become tzarina of the largest empire on earth
Catherine the Great: The story of the impoverished German princess who deposed her husband to become tzarina of the largest empire on earth
by Robert K. Massie
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it, a fantastic biography, 30 July 2014
A solid, readable and most of all interesting biography of a fascinating woman, Massie's Catherine the Great is the definitive account of the most powerful woman in Russia. Though Massie was writing a generation or so ago, his work remains relevant, and has not been substantially overshadowed by more recent biographies.


Mil-Tec Double Pistol Magazine Pouch Black
Mil-Tec Double Pistol Magazine Pouch Black
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Price: £8.70

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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it, 29 July 2014
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Solid set of pistol mag holders. If you put the mags in sideways and upside down, you should be able to basically get any mag in that you want. The back is on a MOLLE type system that just buckles into a belt. For the price, one of the best pistol magazine pouches you can get.


Switchblade Bottle Opener
Switchblade Bottle Opener
Offered by GBP International
Price: £4.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Amusingly little opener, 29 July 2014
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Very amusing little gift. The bottle opener flicks out. Only tried it once, and it does work, though you do have to try repeatedly sometimes, as it doesn't always get a good grip on the bottle top. All in all, worth it for a cool little flicking-up bottle opener.


The Wasp Factory
The Wasp Factory
by Iain Banks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars How exactly to describe it..., 19 July 2014
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Well...what to say. I found this compelling, if decidedly unsavoury. Well worth reading, but don't necessarily expect to 'enjoy' it per se. Interesting and a very different style to much I've read in the past. Definitely worth a look.


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