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Dimensions
by Jacques Vallee
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very intriguing..., 27 May 2014
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Jaques Vallee tries to draw some comparison between the ancient fairies, Gentry and Jinn on one hand and UFOs and the other. He successfully presents intriguing case studies that are worth thinking about. The historical narrative is solid and the argument is well established. Much of what you expect of an author of such intellectual capacity.

While Vallee's argument revolves around the rejection of the Extra-terrestrial hypothesis, which many Ufologists embrace, he continues to bring on the table more arguments to support the ''Extra-dimensional'' hypothesis. The evidence is interesting and well worth considering.

Too much to say about this book, least to say...it's an eye opener. Highly recommended.


UFO's in the Quran
UFO's in the Quran
by Abdul Aziz Khan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What is this book about exactly?, 27 May 2014
This review is from: UFO's in the Quran (Hardcover)
I read a large number of books on both the subjects UFOs and religion metaphysical dimensions. And out of interest I thought I'd pick this one and give a shot. I read it all in one night.

I have to say, it's less of a well researched book and more of a extended narrative of journalistic work. While it's titled 'UFOs and the Quran'', it tackles this particular subject in about 50 pages out of 189. The first 90 pages are just a narrative and historical chronicle of UFOs starting in 1947 into the early 1990s. The last pages are a take on the Islamic history, the Crusades, the Temple Templar and the Freemasons. The writer however fails in building a solid connection and smooth content flow..

Unfortunately there is a lot of hashing and superfluous details in the first section. It's a common trade that don't copy/paste the whole text of a serious document in the book without stripping it into prices for analysis - or at least use them as case studies.

In my opinion, while there are some interesting points, they are presented in this book in superficial manner that lacks serious and profound analysis. The author interestingly found a connection between Jinns and aliens. This could be the case, but quoting Quranic verses and Hadeeth without a proper historical and socio-political analysis, I believe, damaged the argument validity.

Let alone there seems to be some effort to apply the ''Ancient aliens and Aliens of the Bible'' to Quran. While the author states clearly that Quran is drastically different from the Bible and the Old Testament, it would've been more rewarding if there were elaboration on the subject. The argument, while lacks solidity, could open up the door to more profound research into the field of Islamic Ufology.

The book could've been better researched. About 20 references are hardly enough for a book this size. Around 20 pages that I found interesting and worth looking into - let alone building on - the rest are just a historical narrative.

Having said all that, if you're completely new to the subject of UFOs you could probably benefit from this book as it's clear and reasonably organized. For the serious researcher on the other hand it's a bit problematic despite the fact that some of the points in the book could be worth building upon.

If Abdul Aziz Khan takes on the subject of Islam and Ufology in more elaboration and deeper analysis, then we will have something revolutionary at hand. Until this has been done, I'm afraid I'll give this book only one star.


The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light
The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light
by Paul Bogard
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!, 11 May 2014
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This is the book that will open your eyes to a very significant subject that you probably never thought of .

For serious amateur astronomers and people interested in the change of our ecological system, or simply somebody who cares, this book is a serious work highlighting the significant effect our lighting policies over the years have done to the world.

Bogard studies the historical development of public lighting, loss of the night sky, environmental dangers caused by light pollution and suggests well thought of remedies.

Highly recommended read.


David Levy's Guide to Night Sky
David Levy's Guide to Night Sky
by David H. Levy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.., 11 May 2014
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It's one of those books that you pick up and lose yourself into...

I like David Levy's style and his undisputed passion for what he does.

I'm a keen deep sky observer and found the tips in this book very useful. The chapter on double stars and comets was in particular interesting - many well made points and tips from an advanced amateur astronomers.

Highly recommended.


Draper 18050 Safety Impact Goggles
Draper 18050 Safety Impact Goggles
Offered by Toolville Limited
Price: £6.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, 11 May 2014
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I used it no several occasions so far. It even protected my eye from a broken saw blade that snapped while cutting.

4 stars because it could be more comfortable to wear and stay in place.


Silverline MT68 Steel Rule, 600 mm
Silverline MT68 Steel Rule, 600 mm
Offered by Toolville Limited
Price: £4.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's just a ruler..., 11 May 2014
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It's just a ruler and there isn't much to say about, except it's well made and does the job as expected.


Marvel Now! Omnibus
Marvel Now! Omnibus
by Marvel Comics
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £75.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting..., 11 May 2014
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I've been a keen reader of the Avengers, but wasn't sure what to expect from, say, New X Men, Deadpool or Guardians of the Galaxy. Since this Omnibus contains the first issues of many of the recent characters above, I decided to to pick up this book and give it a go.

While it might not give you quenching stories, it presents enough introductions which most certainly help you make up your mind regarding your next Marvel's favorite character. My conclusion so far, I certainly want to see more of Deadpool and New X-Men, and not sure I'll follow up on Guardians of the Galaxy. It's a work of literature and subjectivity is an element. Your mileage might vary.

It's a very nice volume, with short stories on each character (including origins). The overall - variable- artwork and literature rangers from good to excellent.

If you're not sure what to take up next, I'll strongly suggest this omnibus before taking the plunge into a hefty omnibus that you won't like.


UFOs for the 21st Century Mind: A Fresh Guide to an Ancient Mystery
UFOs for the 21st Century Mind: A Fresh Guide to an Ancient Mystery
by Mr. Richard M. Dolan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.20

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well written and organized., 11 May 2014
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Being a fan of Richard Dolan's work and his academic take on the subject of Ufology, I picked up this book as soon as it came out.

It's an immersing read and packed with valuable information. However, If you've got an advanced knowledge of the history and exopolitics of UFOs, then you will not learn a great deal from this book.

What intrigues me the most is not the chronological presentation of UFOs (highly recommend Dolan's first 2 books), but rather Dolan's rational and profound analysis which takes a unique sociopolitical perspective. An approach that's yet to mature in the field.

Having said that, for anybody taking up this subject, this book is an excellent read and will put things in the right order for you. It touches upon the history, politics, sociology and science of Ufology with enough details, equipping you with sufficient knowledge that will open up countless doors into this highly complex realm.

Richard Dolan in says it's a book for both the advanced readers and those new to the subject. I agree. Nevertheless, it's more useful for beginner and intermediate Ufologists.

I would've given the book ''5'' stars, but since this book contains a lot of recap of Dolan's 3 last books I'm afraid I'll have to take out one star. 4 stars for the academic style and unique yet comprehensive analysis of the subject.

Would I recommend it? Most certainly.


Avengers Assemble Vol. 3
Avengers Assemble Vol. 3
by Kurt Busiek
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I can't feel it..., 2 April 2014
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I'm half way through the book, but so far I can't say I've been thoroughly enjoying it. The story line is OK, and the artwork is very good, but there are moments when I thought...God, this is boring. Then again there are very good moments, but I noticed there are a lot of little talks that don't add much to the actual plot, but rather superfluously elongate the story and delay the climax.

It might be your cup of tea and you will disagree with me, but this is just my subjective opinion.

All in all, it's OK, not bad...but it could've been better.


Infinity
Infinity
by Jonathan Hickman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £44.13

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True epic.., 26 Mar. 2014
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Whether or not you find this book worth five stars is a matter of personal opinion. It's a collection of stories weaving together several plots leading to one end. It's a comic book melodrama per se.

I have to say, though, you'll require a basic knowledge of Avengers and Marvel/DC crossovers. Otherwise, you'll find the book overwhelming - let alone confusing.

For me the book deserves 5 stars. It's a page turner - the storyline is quite intriguing and intelligently written as well as the artwork is first class. Was it worth the money? Absolutely...


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