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Mistress of the Sea
Mistress of the Sea
by Jenny Barden
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.51

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rollicking good read, 6 Jan 2013
This review is from: Mistress of the Sea (Hardcover)
I essentially devoured this book in two sessions. I'd broken my foot, was in a lot of discomfort and was in dire need of some pure escapism - and "Mistress of the Sea" did the trick.

It may be set in Tudor times, but this is not your typical Tudor novel. If you read historical fiction to learn something whilst being taken on a fun journey, then this should tick all the boxes for you. It's pure adventure on the high seas and romance rolled into one, but it's also an insight into a relatively unknown aspect of Sir Francis Drake's ventures in the New World.

And can I say that the opening scene of the book is one of the most gripping and unusual I've ever come across? As soon as you read that, you know you're in a safe pair of hands. I won't give anything away - you'll have to read it yourself, but I promise you your heart will soon be in your mouth...


Acase Vintage Acme brown leather case for kindle 3
Acase Vintage Acme brown leather case for kindle 3

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Individual style and robust, 30 Mar 2011
I don't really have another Kindle case/cover to compare this with. But if you're looking for something a bit different from what most Kindle users appear to have to give yours an individual look, then this could be the one. If you like the look of it from the picture, then I think you'll be satisfied with it in the flesh.
As others have pointed out, the strap might seem a little stiff/tight to begin with, but you soon get used to it and does loosen a little, though thankfully not too much (though I'd have to see over a longer period of us if it loosens too much).
The only issue for me is that the leather can scratch quite easily (I guess that's the case with all leather but, as this is a light colour, scratches are more visible), so just be careful when undoing the strap not to scratch the cover. That said, this may add to the lived-in look of the leather...
As for the light, I can't really figure out how it is supposed to be attached or work exactly, but I'm not sure I really want to use it in any case. It would be better if it came with just a brief instruction on how it works with the cover.


The Synagogue of Satan: The Secret History of Jewish World Domination
The Synagogue of Satan: The Secret History of Jewish World Domination
by Andrew Carrington Hitchcock
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.96

24 of 68 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh for goodness sake!, 18 Sep 2009
Is anybody with a brain likely to believe all this nonsense about Jews controlling the world?
Do you really think that, if they really had all the power that this and other crazy books claim they do, the only Jewish country in the world would be a tiny little one surrounded by hostile nations and continually fighting for its existence and increasingly demonised and under attack on all fronts around the world?
OK, so some professions have proven quite popular amongst some Jews in some parts of the world (US politicians, finance, entertainment). What of it? They have to work at something.
But, if Jews really controlled the world and its purse-strings, they would have the commonsense to make sure they did a lot better out of it, don't you think?

But, I guess that, if you were capable of thinking, you wouldn't need convincing.
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The Fall Of Troy
The Fall Of Troy
by Peter Ackroyd
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slight, trite and predictable, 24 Nov 2008
This review is from: The Fall Of Troy (Paperback)
This novel is not actually set during the Trojan War as its title might suggest. It's set in the late 19th century as German archaeologist Heinrich Obermann (closely modelled on real-life Heinrich Schliemann) is excavating the site in Hissarlik in Turkey that is thought to be Ancient Troy.

As we join the story, 50-something Herr Obermann has arranged himself a marriage with the much younger Sophia, the daughter of a distinguish but impoverished Athenian family, who he takes with him to Hissarlik. The story - what there is - is more the story of Sophia, or rather what subsequent events reveal to her about the character of the man she has married.

It soon becomes clear why Ackroyd has fictionalised Schliemann as Obermann as the characterisation is very far from flattering. When we first know him, he appears as an eccentric but charming and effervescent polymath. It doesn't take too long to discover that he has an ' idée fixe' -- an unshakeable belief that the Troy of Homer is historical truth -- and any theory or archaelogical discovery that even threatens to contradict this is viewed by him as out-and-out erroneous and he will stop at nothing to prevent any criticism of his approach or views.

Hmm, that's about it. Without giving too much away, this short novel meanders along in this manner for 150 pages, with the action reaching a somewhat implausible dénouement in the last 50 pages.

It's all a bit clichéd really once you see where it's going. Ackroyd is a talented writer, which just about saves it. But there's little subtlety in the characterisations or plotting. Granted, until the last few pages, it's not 100% clear quite which way it's going to end but it comes as no surprise when you get there.

It does feel like Ackroyd was trying to make a point about academics who will do their utmost to prove their theories, even if it means ignoring conflicting evidence or even resorting to more underhand methods.

If you are mainly interested in stories about the Trojan War, then ignore this one. And as historical fiction set in 19th century Turkey, it has little to offer.

I don't regret reading it, especially as it's only 200 pages, but I don't think I gained much from it. I would like to know what happened to Sophia afterwards though -- so he must have engaged me a little!

2.5/5


Legends
Legends
Offered by tunesonline
Price: 26.98

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive but feature-less, 1 Oct 2004
This review is from: Legends (Audio CD)
The good points: For 7.99, you can get, for the first time, a comprehensive compilation on CD of all of Five Star's singles and album tracks, at least from their first four albums that were released in the UK before they went to the US. I haven't exactly checked to see whether every single album track is included here but it looks pretty much like it, what with 41 tracks here in total. So any Five Star fan who hasn't already got those albums on CD (they have long been out of print) would be happy to get this 3-disc compilation for such a low price.
The bad points: Apart from a track list for each CD, giving the song title, composers and date, there is absolute nothing else here at all. Not even a brief bio. True, it is a low-price album, but how much could it have cost to put together a bio and maybe indicate which album each track originally came from? Ideally, chart positions for each single and album would have great too. But you get nothing. Oh well.


The Saxon Shore (The Camulod Chronicles)
The Saxon Shore (The Camulod Chronicles)
by Jack Whyte
Edition: Paperback

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just gets better and better, 7 Jan 2004
Jack Whyte's Camulod Chronicles series just gets better and better with each book, developing into one of the best series of historical novels of recent years. In a sense, I feel it somewhat of a shame that with this book we have now fully entered into the realm of Arthur and Merlin, as this is such a wonderful and grounded series of historical novels set in post-Roman Britain that it may suffer, in the eyes of some potential readers, from the stigma associated with Arthurian fiction.
But, like other recent Arthurian series by Bernard Cornwell and Helen Hollick (both excellent) for example, this one strips out all the fantastic elements of the Grail and so on, and we are left with convincing human characters in recognisable dilemmas, even if our main protagonists survive a few too many close scrapes for complete realism... Still, this is thrilling stuff and a great read.
What perhaps distinguishes these books from those most immediately comparable with them is the degree to which the narrative focuses on domestic political and social issues. There are battle scenes and so on, but much of the action is at home in Camulod, with the protagonists involved in questions of how best to govern the settlement and the philosophical, social and theological issues that these raise.
Looking forward to moving on to the next book after a decent break...


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