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THE CORBETT COLLECTION: MY INDIA, JUNGLE LORE, MAN-EATERS OF KUMAON, TEMPLE TIGER & TREE TOPS, LEOPARD OF RUDRAPRAYAG. By Jim Corbett.
THE CORBETT COLLECTION: MY INDIA, JUNGLE LORE, MAN-EATERS OF KUMAON, TEMPLE TIGER & TREE TOPS, LEOPARD OF RUDRAPRAYAG. By Jim Corbett.

5.0 out of 5 stars a good set, 11 Sept. 2012
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Deserves 5 stars for Corbett's writing alone. A well presented set of his complete works. All six books into five (Tree Tops being only a 30 page book - here together with Temple Tiger). A sturdy slip case, and clean, strong books. Raymond Sheppard's original illustrations are re-printed for Maneaters of Kumaon, Maneating Leopard of Rudraprayag and Tree Tops. He originally also did illustrations for Temple Tiger as well, but disappointingly this edition is not illustrated. There are also 10 black and white photograph plates in the book Jungle Lore, comprising selected photographs from all the original books. My India has a map sketch.


SanDisk SDMX18-008G-E46K Sansa Clip+ MP3 Player - 8 GB, Black
SanDisk SDMX18-008G-E46K Sansa Clip+ MP3 Player - 8 GB, Black
Offered by Or Tal
Price: £80.90

5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best MP3 players i've had, 25 Aug. 2012
It's a great compact size, very easy use to use MP3 player. The SD slot took a 32micro sd card fine and has added plenty more memory. It has easy and well setup navigation on the menu/button controls to find and organize your music - looking tracks up either via folder that you've created, by artist, album, podcast, audio book and more - which is helpful when you just want to play all your music on shuffle and not have any podcasts/audio books involved. Battery life lasts a good 10-15 hours and is pretty quick to charge. Took a while to work out the screen lock (you hold down the 'Home' button until it locks).

The volume was irritatingly low, but found the solution online: reset the factory settings on the player, select English as your language and then select 'Rest of World' for region instead of UK/EU (as that region has volume restrictions) - you can then increase it further by upping all the EQ bars under Settings > Music EQ > Custom. Before I found this I found the volume uselessly low when I was outside by traffic or anything, but that process has solved that problem. The only downside is having to use a separate cable to charge the player, instead of an internal USB that slides out like other players, but it's fair enough. Highly recommended.


My Kumaon: Uncollected Writings
My Kumaon: Uncollected Writings
by Jim Corbett
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a New Corbett Book, 28 July 2012
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Today I finished my copy of the new Jim Corbett book, 'My Kumaon - Uncollected Writings' published by Oxford University Press 2012. It's 142 pages long and only took the day to read. As the book title suggests it is a collection of previously un-published writings, so not as concise as Corbett's previous books it is more of a scrapbook of work and makes a great companion piece to his first 5 books. The book contains 15 photographs of Corbett (excluding a few images of book covers and memorial sites), only 6 of these photos have been previously published. There are some pencil sketch illustrations at the start of each chapter, these break up the page nicely but are a long way from the quality of the original Raymond Sheppard artwork. In regards to the writing content there are 2 main sections. One part is dedicated to the influence of Corbett's work - including fan letters and critical reviews. The main body of the book is dedicated to un-published writings by Corbett himself. A lot of these are in the form of letters Corbett wrote to relatives and Oxford Press, covering subjects such as the hunt for the Rudraprayag Leopard, the development of his book My India and others. But the main highlight for me was three actual stories written by Corbett previously un-published. One of which he explains his writing method by recounting a story about a Night Jars nest, the other two recount the period during World War II in which he taught soldiers Jungle skills. A must for any Corbett fans


Man-Eaters of Tsavo
Man-Eaters of Tsavo
by J.H. Patterson
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Of it's time, 19 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Man-Eaters of Tsavo (Hardcover)
This is a fine example of a book of it's time. The writing style is relativley flat with Patterson's matter-of-fact tone failing to create a great deal of tension in the drama. With only the first third of the book about the maneaters the rest chronicles his shooting expeditions, which also demonstrate how times have changed. Patterson seems to take sheer delight in listing the many many many animals he keeps 'bowling over with one shot'. It becomes almost tiedious and depressing hearing him shooting yet another animal for no particular purpose, and writing about it with such great pride. But, times have changed and this is a fine historical document of the nature of life in Africa for an English hunter in late 1800s/early 1900s. There are many photos throughout the book which also add to this. But compared to writers such as Jim Corbett or Kenneth Anderson who came some 30 years later writing about maneaters of India - Patterson lacks humanity and a writing style to really make you turn the pages. As a record of the time though, it has all the details that you'd want.


The Leopard Hunter
The Leopard Hunter

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maneaters of Kumaon, 23 Nov. 2011
This is just Jim Corbett's Maneaters of Kumaon but under a different title.
It's a great book, but very poorly formatted here for the kindle. This is a scanned document, and is displayed wrongly. Not sure why the product description talks of mutiny and slavery either?? I hope at least they take the time to put all his books onto kindle and properly formatted - as they are all great reads.


Verso Rechargeable Arc Light for E-Readers - White - Frustration Free Packaging
Verso Rechargeable Arc Light for E-Readers - White - Frustration Free Packaging

50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great design.... but bulb too bright!, 25 Oct. 2011
The light has a good design for fitting onto any ebook. The extended light arm illuminates evenly and the light arm does not obstruct your reading line. The fact it is rechargable is a big bonus, most other book lights all need changeable batteries. However, there is no setting to adjust the light brightness. The bulb is far too bright. It's fine on your own, but when brought to read in the dark next to a partner in bed, it illuminates half the bedroom and still disturbs the partner!


Dashiell Hammett: Complete Novels (Library of America)
Dashiell Hammett: Complete Novels (Library of America)
by Dashiell Hammett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.70

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 5 Oct. 2011
Couldn't disagree more with the other reviewer. I am a huge fan of Chandler and Hammett - and to say that Chandler "exerts supreme control over his plots and is perfectly-honed" in comparison to Hammett is just wrong. The Big Sleep and Lady in the Lake have the most ridiculously over complicated, confusing storylines, but the point is with Chandler you don't care about the story, you read for the characters and the dialogue. With Hammett you get more atmosphere. Red Harvest and The Glass Key are brilliantly dark and raw, nasty novels. The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man are the quintessential, cool, stylish detective novels. It's only The Dain Curse which hits an awkward dud note, which feels like what it is; some cobbled together short stories to make one rather tenuous novel. These books are unmissable.


The Life of Graham Greene, Vol. 3, 1955-1991: 1955-1991 Vol 3
The Life of Graham Greene, Vol. 3, 1955-1991: 1955-1991 Vol 3
by Norman Sherry
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enormous, 27 Jun. 2011
A huge undertaking, impressive in ever way. Really enjoyed this final chapter in Greene's life and Sherry's 3 volumnes are an unsurpassable biography. Covers a huge period of Greene's life and more extensive than the previous volumnes. Covering his work as playwright, the death of his lover and new loves, his faith, his later works including The Comedians, Human Factor, Honorary Consul, Travels with my Aunt, Monsignor Quixote and his final battles with the french mafia and in Panama. The only downside (as i found with volumne one) is that considering the scope of the 3 volumne set it is a shame that it does not cover ALL of Greene's work. It mentions his final novel, The Captain and the Enemy only in passing, and mentions The Tenth Man and Doctor Fischer not at all. Considering this will be the most complete biography of Greene it is a shame not to even just have a few paragraphs on these less signifigant books and their origins and reception.


The Life of Graham Greene, Volume 2: 1939 - 1955
The Life of Graham Greene, Volume 2: 1939 - 1955
by Norman Sherry
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 19 Mar. 2011
Really enjoyed this volume. I found the first took a little while to pick up steam, but this one is enthralling from start to finish. Great period of Greene's life and some really interesting insights into his amazing life. From the London Blitz to West Africa, Vietnam and his complicated love triangle of affairs. Could not put the book down.


The Snowman: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 5)
The Snowman: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 5)
by Jo Nesbo
Edition: Paperback

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story - Cliched Characters and Dialouge, 27 Nov. 2010
I found Jo Nesbo very similar in writing style to Dan Brown, which may account for his success. Although Nesbo does not have the impressive background and historic details of a Brown novel it has a relatively interesting story and is a page turner to read. However, (along with Brown) I find Nesbo's writing style like he has learnt to write dialogue and characters from watching bad television cop shows. Maybe something has been lost in translation, but the dialogue is very stilted, predictable, cliched and based not in reality but where you would hear it everyday in an episode of CSI or Miami Vice. In the darkest of moments characters are making inappropriate quips to each other which is just infuriating. The main character Harry Hole is predictably a drunk, disheveled, relationship-car-wreck, nearing retirement, embarrassment to the force who sometimes produces great work.... this seems to be a character lifted from ANY other crime thriller or detective TV drama??! The plot is littered with obvious red herrings and paper thin supporting characters who have no consistency in tone. Like I say, it is enjoyable as it's a simple, easy, mindless detective novel which does what is on the tin, but delivers nothing more. If you want an original crime novel, with a great style of writing and authentic characters, try a John Le Carre. They may not be as effortless to read, but that's the point - they deliver or many more levels than this...


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