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A Rhyming History of Britain
A Rhyming History of Britain
by James Muirden
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Splendid, 3 Dec. 2003
A rhyming history of Britain is one of those books you never knew you wanted until you read it. Throughout the book the rhyming couplets never grow tired and you don't set bored due to the natural pace of it.
This said it doesn't cover much detail in some places and does stop too early (in 1966). Still it is a book well worth having and would make a great gift.


Pan Book of Card Games
Pan Book of Card Games
by Hubert Phillips
Edition: Paperback

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Game players dream, 28 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Pan Book of Card Games (Paperback)
The Pan book of card games is without doubt one of the finest books on the subject in existence. It is perfect for solving those arguments about which hands are the highest scoring and so forth while also being a source of inspiration for new games and variants. This said, at times it can be vague about a rule and requires re-reading, but on the whole it’s good for anyone from an occasional solitaire player to large scale poker matches.


The Years of Rice and Salt
The Years of Rice and Salt
by Kim Stanley Robinson
Edition: Paperback

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much Salt, 27 Oct. 2003
Years of Rice and Salt first got my attention due to its interesting core plot, i.e. the non-existence of Europeans. While this is indeed a good base for the story, the novel as a whole does strike me as needing more work, especially at the start since the descriptive style is somewhat simplistic but this does improve quite quickly. Likewise there is little expansion of any of the characters aside from those who keep being re-incarnated. This said there are many fine points to this book; the core plot does keep you wondering what's going to happen next and the emotions of the central characters are explored to a detail you don't normally see. In general if you are interested in this genre then it's probably a good buy otherwise you may feel slightly disappointed.


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