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The Hammer Vault
The Hammer Vault
by Marcus Hearn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £23.99

3.0 out of 5 stars NOT a 'vault' book, 26 Dec 2014
This review is from: The Hammer Vault (Hardcover)
WARNING! I recieved this book for xmas and its not like the other 'vault' books in that they have removable memorabilia, this one does NOT have those it just has pics of the letters and posters etc. Yet on the description it sounds like it does so be warned, but having said that it is an interesting book still packed with behind the scenes photos and pics of letters and scripts. Just don't buy it expecting it to be like other vault books or you will be extremely disappointed.


American Comic Book Chronicles: 1960-64
American Comic Book Chronicles: 1960-64
by John Wells
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £23.62

5.0 out of 5 stars THE definitive comics history, 21 Aug 2014
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I found this book to be un-putdownable! The amount of research and care that has gone into this work is staggering, John Wells and his team have done an amazing job chronicling the history of American comics from 1960-64. Each chapter is devoted to one year starting with a timeline detailing the major events in comics and world and pop culture, and a brief narrative about the state of the comics industry for the year. Then follows a very detailed write up of each comic companies major happenings and events for that year usually starting with that years best selling company down to the small players by the end of the chapter. Included in the narrative is comments from the comics creators(editors, writers, artists), details of major storylines or character appearances along with the authors well written views on these issues and events interspersed with original covers, artwork and story panels all on full colour glossy high quality paper. I thought I knew quite a lot about Marvel and the characters having been an avid reader in my younger days and read a couple of histories just devoted to them, but I still found out quite a lot I didn't know, plus it was interesting to find out more about other companies and their ups and downs like Dell who where the market leader at the start of the decade till their split. If you have any interest in comics and/or their creators you MUST buy this book.


The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
by Susan Wise Bauer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £21.24

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic narrative history, 31 Mar 2014
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First of all the title of this book is slightly misleading as it doesn't go up to the fall of Rome(thats in the next volume), but goes up to the time of Constantine. But that does in no way detract from what is an incredibly well written chronological narrative of the ancient world. Someone has written that it reads almost like a novel and it does, covering the stories of civilizations and cultures and their rulers, and how they interacted with each other in bite size chapters interspersed with maps of the regions and timelines. Some reviews of this book on other sites have said that it has overly religious overtones, but the people who have said that obviously did not read the preface intro by the author. The author is relying on written accounts(usually from the time) to tell the stories of the civilizations which obviously involves using accounts from religious sources and of course EVERYONE in those times was religious in some way. Those stories need to be told because they are what give an insight into the culture and people of the time which is what she was aiming for. Nowhere did I see that she said these stories were fact or fiction. It also does touch upon other key happenings and events and how they came about, such as the building of the pyramids, the Sphinx, Solomons Temple, The Oracle at Delphi etc and key battles between regions. The only maybe slight downside is that it doesn't go into much detail on how a civilization lived but then the book would need to have at least three times as many pages with how many cultures are mentioned and involved in the story, and its already a meaty work. And for me its actually a plus because its now spurred me on to look up other books that do go more in depth about the people and civilizations.

Basically if you want a flowing narrative history of ancient times thats very readable and how cultures interacted with each other then you should certainly read this, you won't regret it epic doesn't really do it justice!


The Grim Reaper (A Crowner John Mystery)
The Grim Reaper (A Crowner John Mystery)
by Bernard Knight
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not historically accurate, 20 Dec 2010
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I've read four of the first six crowner mystery's and this story is just as good as any of the others, but for a series that prides itself on historical accuracy there is a few errors ive noticed in this series. In one chapter the crowner's right hand man Gwyn gives someone the two fingers salute. Now i've read other historical books and know that to give someone the two fingers is said to have originated at the battle of agincourt which is over 100 years after when this novel is set. Also the crowners clerk rides horses side saddle but again this form of riding didn't become common till in the 14th century along with eating breakfast, which again the crowner does in quite a few of the novels. So if you just want a decent whodunnit story then really you can't go wrong with these books, but be warned that not everything in the stories is accurate of the period.
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Heroes of Might and Magic V: Gold Edition (PC DVD)
Heroes of Might and Magic V: Gold Edition (PC DVD)
Offered by 4GamersUK
Price: £5.45

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seen this game before somewhere....., 3 Aug 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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Strangely this game is just an updated version of Age Of Wonders II with better graphics, a few extra features and some different units and creatures. But it is essentially the same game which is bizarre as its a totally different series and as far as im aware was developed by a different company. Hence why ive knocked 1 star off as obviously i was expecting a totally different game and was taken aback when i installed it and started playing. But it is no worse for that as Age Of Wonders was a good game in its day anyway, and the extra stuff improve it no end, and this version is perfect including both of the expansion games and latest patches plus a bonus DVD with loads of fan and behind the scenes stuff. Also im running this game perfectly on my laptop with Vista and just an integrated Intel graphics card. If you like turn based strategy especially with a fantasy theme then this will be right up your street.
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The Sanctuary Seeker (Crowner John Mystery)
The Sanctuary Seeker (Crowner John Mystery)
by Bernard Knight
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.39

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder in the 12th century, 7 Jan 2010
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I'm a fan of roman and medieval history, and where i usually go for the more faster paced and action/adventure themed novels of Simon Scarrow and Bernard Cornwell, i decided to give this series a try and i'm glad i did. The historical detail and realism is excellent, and you can really feel the squalor of medieval devon as the newly appointed crowner John de Wolfe investigates a double murder in the villages of dartmoor. The actual murder storyline could have had a bit more mystery, and there could have been a bit more investigation but still a well done whodunnit and there is some action for all the Scarrow/Cornwell fans to enjoy. The only real downside is that there are some odd errors in the book and reading reviews also in others in the series. For example one chapter was entitled "In Which The Crowner Disputes With The Sherriff" but in the chapter he did no such thing, he disputed with his wife ABOUT the sherriff, the sherriff did not even appear!! Overall though a good introduction to the series and i will certainly give Crowner John another try.


1982: The Inside Story of the Sensational Grand Prix Season
1982: The Inside Story of the Sensational Grand Prix Season
by Christopher Hilton
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent review of an amazing year, 29 Oct 2009
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This is an excellent review of quite a remarkable year in F1. 11 different winners, 2 drivers losing their lives, a drivers strike, the battle for power between FISA and FOCA, the comeback of Nikki Lauda the list goes on. There are lots of stunning full colour photos and every race is reviewed in depth including newspaper headlines from the various countries. What makes this book really stand out is that it has comments and stories from the drivers themselves about what was happening at the time, which really draws you in and gives you a real feel for what was going on and the drivers true personalities. My only gripe and what stops me giving it 5 stars is that Chris Hilton for some reason seems to have a real bias and always gushing with praise towards Keke Rosberg. I know he was World Champion that year but Chris Hilton makes it sound like he was one of the best drivers of all time up there with Fangio, Senna, Prost and Schumacher which he wasn't. Also one of the comments from Rosbergs team mate of that year Derek Daly says that Keke was always out drinking and smoking(which Keke was renowned for), but for some reason Chris Hilton denies this. I'm sure Keke's own team mate would know more of his personality than Mr Hilton, and i'm sure its no coincidence that Keke wrote the forward for the book...

Otherwise a stunning book and highly recommended to any F1 fan of this period.
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City of Heroes/City of Villains Combined Edition
City of Heroes/City of Villains Combined Edition
Offered by Video Gaming 247
Price: £4.35

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars City of Zzzeroes, 16 May 2008
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This game IS fun to play especially in the first few weeks, but soon becomes very repetitive and tedious. The character creation process is amazing and must be the best ever in this sort of game letting you pick from loads of different powers, and millions of different costumes meaning you can even create your own version of famous marvel & DC characters.

The main problem with this game is that the missions are VERY similar and limited and there is no main storyline to play through. Also the contacts for your missions are very scattered and you can't pick flight for a power till level 14(why??), and it takes AGES to get to this level which means you spend an awful lot of time just running from one place to another(very tedious). The bad guys in the game are usually just normal thugs with no powers, and all the buildings or sewers that you enter for the missions all look the same which only adds to the repititive feel.

The graphics while extremely good for the characters and the power effects, are also very bland, as the whole game takes place in a city which means you spend the whole time just looking at gray offices and tower blocks. All this means that after a month or so play you will quickly become bored, as there is nothing to do but go around beating up thugs. If you want to play an involving online game with good varied graphics loads of quests and a good story go for Lord Of The Rings Online instead.


Lord Of The Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Gold Edition (PC)
Lord Of The Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Gold Edition (PC)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Explore Middle Earth!, 25 April 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
For Lord of the Rings fans this game is absolute heaven.

The graphics and sound are brilliant and you really feel that you are there in Middle Earth, and there are literally hundreds of quests to do solo or as part of a fellowship, although once you reach level 10 most quests are too difficult to do solo. The graphics are that good that you can quite happily just wander around taking in all the sights: Bree, Rivendell, Weathertop, they are all here.

One thing that puzzles me is that on the back of the box it says that the game will NOT work on system's with integrated graphics cards including laptops. And yet I am running this game on a Toshiba laptop with 2GB memory, a intel 1.6 ghz dual core processor and an INTEGRATED intel x3100 graphics card and the game is running perfectly on quite a high graphics setting!

My only complaint about this game and this is why I have given it a main rating of 4 stars instead of 5 is that it took an absolutely ludicrous 2 and a half hours to install with all the updates and patches that have come out since the Gold edition. Certainly worth the wait though!
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