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Trigger Point
Trigger Point
by Matthew Glass
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.58

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Be careful!!, 17 April 2012
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This review is from: Trigger Point (Hardcover)
I thought this was a new book by MG but it's just 'End Game' under a different title.

It's a great book but why encourage this confusion?


The Planets
The Planets
by Dava Sobel
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.66

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world, 6 Feb 2008
This review is from: The Planets (Paperback)
Read on a train trip to Torquay, this was a delightful meander through the Solar System. Snippets of information, entertaining tangents, flights of fancy...all perfect for those wanting to read something escapist and interesting but probably a nightmare to the 'shoes in a strait line' scientific reader. This is not the book for you if you want to know the specific gravity of Io or if you need to calatlogue the rotation speeds of Neptune's moons.

It is the sort of book that you read in order for your mind to go somewhere else. There are plenty of fascinating passages, but there are also lots of gentle pushes from Sobel that launch you off into a completely seperate set of thoughts that will see you returning in a page or two's time having missed the book's action but, nevertheless, had a fine time. It will drive scientific minds mad. I'm OK with that.


The Purple Cloud (Bison Frontiers of Imagination)
The Purple Cloud (Bison Frontiers of Imagination)
by M.P. Shiel
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark, unforgiving, magestlc masterpiece, 20 Jan 2008
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There are books that entertain and those that amuse, some shock and some amaze. This book grabs your core and swings it around the room until all the things you'd previously thought have to be revisited. It's, quite simply, a masterpiece and will knock your socks off.

Written in 1901 it has a tremendous gravitas that only writing of that era seems to own, it manages to be knowing and innocent and never fails to hit home with every magnificent, engrossing turn of the plot. The only danger is that the reader spends more time pondering what he would do in the circumstances described rather than concentrating on the book. It is rare that you finish a book and your main motive is to find a quiet corner and re-read it, but that's what the Purple Cloud will do to you. A dark, unforgiving, magestic masterpiece that puts the flimsy, gimmicky modern writers to shame. Buy it, read it, recommend it.


The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science and What Comes Next
The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science and What Comes Next
by Lee Smolin
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stuff until the final third, 16 Jan 2008
Hard work at times, off on a crusade at others, but always worth the effort because there were real insights into a fascinating, if alien, world. The last section was a bit of a rant about the state of modern science, which I didn't really warm to, but the earlier discussion of string theory was top-notch.

Where the book was best was when it tried to nail exactly where modern physics currently is and where it should be going. The sadness (make that anger) Smolin feels at the time currently being wasted by the physics establishment was an eye-opener but not really what I wanted to read about for half a dozen chapters. I was after the nitty-gritty of what the boffins are up to and only got this for half of the book...that half was excellent, however.


The Quatermass Collection: The Quatermass Experiment / Quatermass 2 / Quatermass & the Pit [DVD]
The Quatermass Collection: The Quatermass Experiment / Quatermass 2 / Quatermass & the Pit [DVD]
Dvd ~ Reginald Tate
Price: 9.75

24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This isn't the Pits, 26 April 2005
As pure and as entertaining as sci-fi gets. Black and white, with rather primitive special effects, this BBC series from the sixties nevertheless hits so many nails on the head that it's close to being a masterpiece. The atmosphere and the undercurrents gave me the shivvers for days....this is a delightful example of when telly was exciting without being drowned by big budgets. It's the thinking man's Dr.Who.


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