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Exit Emperor Kim Jong-il: Notes from His Former Mentor
Exit Emperor Kim Jong-il: Notes from His Former Mentor
Price: £3.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 1 April 2012
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Ive read more than 30 books on North Korea and this offers fresh insight from the North Korean perspective that I had not found in any other book. Some events which had been barely touched in other books are clearly and convincingly explained here. A worthy addition to a set of books which are certainly of variable quality as a range. Recommended!


Sub-Mariner: The Depths Premiere HC
Sub-Mariner: The Depths Premiere HC
by Esad Ribic
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark psychological drama, 12 July 2009
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This is a very different superhero tale from British writer Peter Milligan and painter supreme, Esad Ribic. Namor hardly features in it and the glimpses we have of him are just that, glimpses.

However, the book triumphs in the creation of a dark deep water world where things are seldom as they seem and madness and death awaits the unsuspecting explorer. The story is set in the 1950s. The main protagonist, being a man of science, is hired to prove or disprove the existence of Atlantis. He starts the story as a cynic but events force him to rethink his theories.

The story is gripping and the art truly sublime with a watery quality all its own. I tend to only review the books that made me lose track of things going on around me and this is certainly one of those books.

You won't find superpowered battles in this book, but you will find a truly compelling story nontheless.


44 Years With The Same Bird: A Liverpudlian Love Affair
44 Years With The Same Bird: A Liverpudlian Love Affair
by Brian Reade
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate fans' book, 24 Jun. 2009
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I agree with the other reviewer, Brian Reade writes a compelling book with the rollercoaster of emotions that following Liverpool over decades bring with it. He doesn't shy away from unpleasant truths (blame over Heysel) and neither is he willing to lay down and accept anything less than the real truth over Hillsborough.
This book will make you laugh and it will make you cry. More than anything it will make you proud to be a Scouser. Our inability to be prodded, poked or pigeon-holed and our ability to always see the bright side and the black humour in some awful situations.
Congratulations to Reade on writing a football book which is nothing like some of the saccharine sweet sycophantic scribblings of some of his journalistic contemporaries.
Highly recommended to any football fan or student of late 20th Century social history.


X-Men: Magneto Testament TPB: Origin (Graphic Novel Pb)
X-Men: Magneto Testament TPB: Origin (Graphic Novel Pb)
by Carmine Di Giandomenico
Edition: Paperback

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding example of the genre, 12 Jun. 2009
This is a comic book truly worthy to be called literature. It is beautifully written and drawn.

I think the other reviewer misses the point of the book. It is subtle and classy. How stupid would it have looked if Magneto had suddenly started destroying the Nazis and the concentration camps? That would also distract from the real point of this book which is to educate primarily and then to entertain. It would also have been disrespectful to the millions of victims of Nazi racial policy and genocide, which would be a far greater issue than not any getting superheroes in the book.

There certainly are hints as to what Magneto would become but they are subtle and they need intelligence and patience in order to spot and understand them. Indeed, there are occasions when his power would have made all the difference, particularly when he is fired upon.

So it's 10/10 for me from Marvel for printing a book worthy of the very serious subject matter and for making an essential part of history easily accessible to people who may never have read about it.

I give this book the highest recommendation :)


X-Men: Magneto Testament Premiere HC
X-Men: Magneto Testament Premiere HC
by Carmine Di Giandomenico
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly worthy comic book with gravitas., 12 Jun. 2009
This is a comic book truly worthy to be called literature. It is beautifully written and drawn.

I think the other reviewer misses the point of the book. It is subtle and classy. How stupid would it have looked if Magneto had suddenly started destroying the Nazis and the concentration camps? That would also distract from the real point of this book which is to educate primarily and then to entertain. It would also have been disrespectful to the millions of victims of Nazi racial policy and genocide, which would be a far greater issue than not any getting superheroes in the book.

There certainly are hints as to what Magneto would become but they are subtle and they need intelligence and patience in order to spot and understand them. Indeed, there are occasions when his power would have made all the difference, particularly when he is fired upon.

So it's 10/10 for me from Marvel for printing a book worthy of the very serious subject matter and for making an essential part of history easily accessible to people who may never have read about it.

i give this book the highest recommendation :)
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Loki
Loki
by Esad Ribic
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!, 25 Nov. 2006
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This review is from: Loki (Hardcover)
Fantastically inventive writing and incredible painted art make this one of my most treasured Marvel Hardcovers.

The story revolves around Loki having finally taken over Asgard and imprisoning his enemies. he schedules Thor for execution. Will he change his mind before Thor frees himself and seeks vengeance?

Comics and Thor don't get any better than this!


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