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True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole
True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole
by Bruce Henderson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.56

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peary, Cook, Henson and Bartlett, 15 Feb 2007
This is the most rounded and objective description of the race to the North Pole that I have ever read. Other books lead you to the conclusion that Peary reached the pole first and that Cook definitely did not. Other books tell you Peary was driven, single-minded and determined not to share the glory with another white man. Henderson's version leads you to the conclusion that Peary, although he did get close to the pole on his final attempt in 1909, did not reach the pole. Peary then used his connections to spoil the claim by Dr. Cook. Cook was a very capable polar explorer and may have actually reached the pole but there can never be any proof. Henderson does not explore the treatment of Henson and Bartlett as well as other books but in the setting he creates it is not likely he was fair to either. Excellent book.


Negro Explorer at the North Pole: The Autobiography of Matthew Henson
Negro Explorer at the North Pole: The Autobiography of Matthew Henson
by Matthew A. Henson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Peary's Companion on Reaching The Pole, 4 Jan 2007
This book had the potential to be really good and started with a promising introduction (and an insightful piece at the end) but the bulk of the book is just a diary by Henson himself i.e. got up, made breakfast, walked a bit, stopped and fed the dogs etc.. What I wanted to know about is his real relationship with Peary (and Captain Bob Bartlett). Henson just refers to Peary as a nice chap and makes only a few references to Peary's darker side. Worth reading but a lost opportunity.


The Voyage of the Narwhal
The Voyage of the Narwhal
by Andrea Barrett
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.10

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An historical tale set in the Arctic / E Coast US in 19th Century, 28 Dec 2006
Having read many true accounts of arctic adventures I thought I read some arctic fiction. The historical references seem to be correct. However the story is not one of heroism and neither is it uplifting in any way. It is the account in the life of an analytical academic who's seen the world but lives purely within his own small world. He let's life happen to him and suffers the consequent misery. It has a touch of the Jane Austen about it with unrequited love and full skirts etc. but also has the odd clumsily written sordid paragraph which would have been best left out.


The Man in the Ice: The Preserved Body of a Neolithic Man Reveals the Secrets of the Stone Age
The Man in the Ice: The Preserved Body of a Neolithic Man Reveals the Secrets of the Stone Age
by Konrad Spindler
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Man in the Ice, 31 Oct 2006
Many of us know something of the 1991 find in a high Alpine glacier and have watched the documentaries and would like to know more. This book tells you more but, at least in the beginning of the book, goes into such irrelevant detail as to become tedious. However the reading becomes easier and is very informative, boarding on the academic. The end is spoiled by some swipes other less acemedically qualified authors


Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 6 [DVD] [1998]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 6 [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Sarah Michelle Gellar
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 59.82

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Season Six For Six Stars!, 2 April 2003
Season six was definately the darkest season to date. It lacked the energy and brilliant drive that was fundimentally at the heart of the previous five seasons. Buffy's raised from the dead, but where she was raised from remains a constant pest and torment to her soul throughout the season. This causes her to let herself go and "experience" things with Spike. Of course, when her friends find out about this, one or two don't take it lightly. Xander and Anya's wedding comes closer and closer, until in the episode "Hell's Bells", it comes to a head...but how does it work out? Not with happiness I can tell ya. Willow becomes more increasingly involved with the dark magick, which causes Tara to leave her, and for her to bring back Amy. She goes cold turkey, only to finally get back with Tara. You may think all things are happy, but within 1 episodes, things fall apart, leaving Willow to go dark magick and take out the trash. This season ends in a nice and up way, a first for Buffy. They save the world, but the fate of the characters is still undecided. Can't wait for Season 7.


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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lord of the Films, 21 Dec 2002
I must admit, personally I had never really bothered with Lord of the Rings before The Fellowship of the Ring came out. To see what I was missing, I went along and I was taken aback. I was literally godsmacked when I came out of the cinema three hours later. I could not imagine a film being any more astounding or epic. That was until today, when I finally got to see the second installment in the Trilogy: "The Two Towers". Without the lag of the pleasentries of the first film, this film just went from stunning. To the firey and aerial opening sequence right to the very end of the climac Battle of Helm's deep, this film will astound you. With all the main characters laid out, and new ones very quickly introduced, then the film seems to focus more on the deeper themes at work within it: love, loss, loyalty and power. The power of the ring begins to manifest itself in much more poinient ways than in "The Fellowship of the Ring". Frodo and Sam's bonding becomes more and more apparant. The brilliant introduction of Gollum (who we finally see fully for the first time) really brings another theme into the film, the one of trust. Things definately get darker in this film, with more of the emotional turmoil going on around the characters. It seems to just go from battle sequence to battle sequence. But none even compares to the brilliant final battle. With the comedy of the three left of the fellowship to lighten it, it is still one of the grandest and most ambition battles ever made in the history of film making. This film really does start to set up the final resistence of the Elves, Men and all other free folk. We can tell there is more to come, especially when it seems like it couldn't get any better, but next is the grand finale. And if this film is anything to go by, the finale is gonna go down in flames (no Gandalf/Balrog pun intended).


Angel - Season 2 [DVD] [2000]
Angel - Season 2 [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ David Boreanaz

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Can I Say But Wow!, 16 April 2002
The first line pretty much sums it up. At first, I was kinda shakey on the whole, 'how good is Angel' after such a show as Buffy, but Season Two proves that this show is going to be here for a long time. After the events of the first season, all the characters have evolved. Cordy (Charisma Carpenter) becomes a lot more dedicated to helping the helpless, while still having the occasional bicker with Wes (Alexis Denisorf). Their often humourous conversations help keep the series light, while all around them it is dark. Gunn grows more into the group and becomes very attached to Wes during Angel's turning to the dark side. As for Angel, everything goes dark with him. The return of Darla forces him to make a lot of choices, some very very bad. And when she gets Vamped (by Drusilla no less) he begins to sever all his connections to the human world. Another introduction to the gang keeps the season lighter with his great performance: The Host (aka Lorne). His introduction was a stroke of genius and everyone has to like this character. He can read people's souls and helps Angel on occasion, but the catch is: only when they sing karaoke. By the end of the Season, we see Angel back with his friends and heading off to Lorne's home dimension to rescue Cordy, fight evil priests and return home with a young, bookish character called Fred. All the other episodes in between, be it freezing time, demons, telekinetics or just a plain old visit from Harmony (with a bit more bite to her), help keep this dark show from becoming too dark. On the DVD side of things I have got to say wow! I mean, the picture quality is just amazing, it is (for lack of a better word) beautiful. The sound is brilliant and you can hear every single detail! And even the box set itself is beautifully crafted and the colour scheme is perfect for the theme of the season. So buy this box set even if you've never seen the show before (but I recommend buying Season 1 first in that case). This box set will leave you gasping for Season 3 (and believe me, it's better!).


Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 4 [DVD] [1998]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 4 [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Sarah Michelle Gellar
Offered by The Bookstop
Price: 12.07

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little slip followed by a big rise!, 1 Feb 2002
This was a season where the whole theme was about college. Riley is a dope and so is Walsh. And you may think I just hate Riley because I also hated Angel (while he was on this show anyway), but the truth is he is a bit thick. But apart from that the whole season is fab! Spike now returns and becomes a regular cast member (finally!) and there's a little surprise in store for him this season! Also although, we have lost Cordy, we get a very frank Anya who will make you laugh no matter what, while she is still adjusting to becoming human. There is great humourous episodes starting with "A New Man" and continuing with the running joke from "Where the Wild Things Are" to "Restless" about Giles (I won't spoil it for you because it is a total surprise). Giles actually loosens up a bit and becomes a bit more funny and the whole thing is lighthearted (except for a giant murderous zombie type thing in the pre finale). We see the return of Faith in a two part episode that just leaves me begging to see more of her, and you do! (On Angel though). Also the episode "Hush" is one of the best acted episodes ever to be shown on Buffy (with the exception of "The Gift")! Half the time the whole cast is silent and there are some really funny moments. Unfortunately Oz leaves in the middle of the season and goes off in search of his inner beast. Willow goes through several changes this season, becoming an even more powerful wicca and even aquiring an important new character. On the whole a great season with lots of laughs which will leave you begging for Season Five (and trust me Season Five is brill to!)


The X Files: Season 3 [DVD] [1994]
The X Files: Season 3 [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ David Duchovny

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, what can you say?, 21 Jan 2002
Definately the best season of any TV show in existence. And you want to talk conspiracy theory. There are a load of two parters to bring the idea of extra-terrestrial life right home. "The Blessing Way" and "Paper Clip" are absolutely brilliant as they conclude the three parter that was started with Season 2's finale "Anasazi". Skinner gets more involved in this season and we see other conspiracy episodes such as "Nisei", "731", "Piper Maru", "Apocrypha" and "Talitha Cumi". But also it has several brilliant stand alone episodes such as "Jose Chung's From Outer Space", "Quagmire", "War of the Coprophages" and "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" (which has a brilliant performance by the actor who plays Clyde Bruckman). This season is one for people who have seen Seasons 1 and 2 but you really don't have to have as everything is pretty much explained to you (if you know at least about Scully's abduction in season 2). Buy this box set and you won't be able to wait for Season 4!


Angel - Season 2 [DVD] [2000]
Angel - Season 2 [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ David Boreanaz

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Dark Season, 30 Dec 2001
Things in Season Two definitely take a new turn with the introduction of the now-resurrected Darla. Angel decides to go on alone by the middle of the season but soon returns to the fold. As the rest of the gang's relationship with Angel is cut off they become more used to each and bond brilliantly. The intoduction of the demon known as "The Host" was a stroke of genius. Since you first set your eyes on him you get the feeling he's one character you want around for a while. And, since first season you saw him dance, this season see Angel sing! In conclusion this may be a dark season, but the old gang keep it light resulting in the brilliant lead up to the astounding finale.


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