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The Wars of Spanish American Independence 180929 (Essential Histories)
The Wars of Spanish American Independence 180929 (Essential Histories)
by John Fletcher
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.79

5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction, 12 April 2014
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This entry in the Osprey Essential History series does exactly what it aims to do and provides a concise introduction to a fascinating period. The writing is clear and informative, and is backed up by an interesting selection of illustrations and maps. If, like me, you know little of the story of how the South American states became independent then this is a great place to start. Recommended.


Lancelot
Lancelot
by Peter Vansittart
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Example of Historical Fiction, 24 Dec 2013
This review is from: Lancelot (Hardcover)
This novel tells the story of Lancelot as he might really have been - a grim figure in a grim age. If Arthur or Lancelot really existed as some kind of Dark Age warlords then their story is lost beyond recovery to historians, only novelists can speculate about how it might have been. This book tries to recreate the mind of one of these men and does so with great skill and imagination. It is not a Bernard Cornwell style swashbuckler but a literary work of great mystery and beauty. One of the best historical novels I have ever read.


Dux Bellorum Arthurian Wargame Rules AD 367-793 (Osprey Wargames)
Dux Bellorum Arthurian Wargame Rules AD 367-793 (Osprey Wargames)
by Daniel Mersey
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Set of Rules, 21 Dec 2013
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This is another of Osprey's reasonably priced wargaming books. The production values are good with some atmospheric illustrations from other Osprey titles and the layout is clear. There is not a lot of background on the period but the author clearly knows his stuff. The rules themselves are excellent. The only thing I felt was lacking was a bibliography, but the author has provided a lot of support for the rules on his blog. Highly recommended!


Which Way Is Up? [DVD] [1977]
Which Way Is Up? [DVD] [1977]
Dvd ~ Lonette McKee
Offered by Classic Television and More
Price: 7.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Pryor at his best, 7 Sep 2013
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If you only know Richard Pryor from his mainstream work like Brewster's Millions or Silverstreak this film may come as a bit of a shock! However it is one of his best and one of the least seen. It has political overtones as well as great comedy moments but it never sentimentalizes the characters - even the downtrodden workers have their failings. If you only ever buy one Richard Pryor film buy this one! Recommended.


Space Infantry
Space Infantry
by David Drake
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Military SF, 28 Jun 2013
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David Drake, who edited this collection, is the author of the Hammer's Slammers series which is an intelligent and thoughtful sequence of Novels following a company of mercenaries in the far future. Here he has selected some of the best SF sories with a military theme. But be assured there is nothing gung ho here. Instead you are given insights into war and combat, and also human nature. These are stories of the highest quality and well worth reading. Highly recommended!


The Keep HC
The Keep HC
by Matthew Dow Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.12

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Graphic novel Version of the Cult Film, 18 Feb 2013
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This review is from: The Keep HC (Hardcover)
I came to this through the Michael Mann film of the same name. Set in Romania during WW2 it features a group of German soldiers who are sent to guard the mysterious Keep of the title. They soon find themselves at the mercy of supernatural powers beyond their understanding. The film is often described as a flawed masterpiece and the author of the original novel famously disowned it. Here he contributes an introduction where he describes this version as being the film he wishes had been made! The black and white artwork is very good and the text certainly explains many of the unanswered questions of the film. If you liked the film (despite its faults) then you will enjoy this.


Loos 1915: The Northern Battle and Hohenzollern Redoubt (Battleground Europe)
Loos 1915: The Northern Battle and Hohenzollern Redoubt (Battleground Europe)
by Andrew Rawson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.10

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Title from Battleground Europe, 18 Feb 2013
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Regular readers of the Battleground Europe titles will find this up to their usual excellent standard. Lots of maps and photographs accompany the knowledgable text so it serves as both a history and a guidebook. The Battle of Loos is an interesting subject covering as it does the early part of the war. It was the first major action of the new volunteer army raised by Lord Kitchener and the mistakes made started the legend of British incompetence in the Great War that still continues today. Highly recommended.


Warrior of Rome I: Fire in the East
Warrior of Rome I: Fire in the East
by Harry Sidebottom
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Example of an Historical Novel, 29 Jan 2013
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Harry Sidebottom is a well respected academic and here he shows he is also a skillfull novelist. Too many historical novels fall into the trap of assigning modern motivations to their characters but here there is a real feeling for the past. The choice of period, the roman crisis of the third century, is also refreshing and makes a change from the usual first or second century narratives. I look forward to more from this author!


Plumes (Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War) (Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Series)
Plumes (Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War) (Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Series)
by Steven Trout
Edition: Paperback
Price: 18.23

5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Classic, 14 Oct 2012
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Laurence Stallings served in the USMC in WW1 and was badly wounded at Belleau Wood. The novel is based on his experiences, starting before the war and covering his long recuperation. The Plumes of the title are a family who have always answered the call to arms; they are always the first to volunteer but gain little but suffering for their patriotism. The latest Plume goes to France in 1917 and like his forebears is severly wounded. The bulk of the novel covers his life after returning to the US, undergoing numerous operations and trying to rebuild his life. The neglect suffered by the returning soldiers is topical today and the novel is a seering indictment of the governments who send young men off to fight. As an anti-war novel 'Plumes' ranks alongside 'All Quiet On The Western Front' and 'Memoirs of a Fox Hunting Man'. This edition includes a scholarly introduction and is recommended for anyone with an interest in the literature of the First World War.


Wargaming Nineteenth Century Europe 1815-1878
Wargaming Nineteenth Century Europe 1815-1878
by Neil Thomas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.59

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 19th Century Gets Neil Thomas Treatment!, 31 Mar 2012
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Neil Thomas has made a name for himself in the wargaming world for simple but entertaining and practical rule systems. In his previous books he has tackled ancient, medieval and Napoleonic warfare all using the same basic mechanisms. In this volume he give the conflicts of 19th century Europe the same treatment. As well as providing an elegant set of rules he discusses the historical background in some detail and in a new departure he provides historical scenarios. Some of these are what you might expect ie Crimean or Franco-Prussian, but there are several comparitively unknown ones.
Many wargamers dismiss Mr Thomas' approach as over simplistic and deride his rules as 'unrealistic'. He has dealt with these criticisms in his previous volumes and I find his arguments convincing. The aspect of his work that appeals to me most is its resemblance to the 'old school' wargaming books I read as a boy. This is not something produced by a team, with a carefully researched target audience. He is not trying to sell a range of figures or a set of rules, or even the book itself. He merely describes his own likes and dislikes and the rational behind them. Those who do not appreciate this approach will not like this book. Those who liked the earlier books or who like simple 'old school' rules will. I am happy to count myself as one of the latter.


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