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1001: Paintings You Must See Before You Die
1001: Paintings You Must See Before You Die
by Stephen Farthing
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars just look at the pictures not the text, 6 Aug 2012
read 1001 paintings to see before you die well actually 996 paintings! since this library copy had been hacked about and was missing pages and paintings mainly from the fifteenth century section suffered from the layout of one or two paintings and artists to a page and colourfully went from 18th dynasty egypt to the turner prize more detailed post 1950 and in the 2000's and for a great painting book few great masters more of a world view from the start this book included art from china, india and japan but in the main still life portrait landscape mixed up feelings with paint text was a stumbling block often the same biographical text for two different paintings by same artist and less on the art in question seemed to lack detail on anything not in US museums or not from a European artist many of whom in the nineteenth century period seemed not the best to choose from although nice to see painters of big diorama historical battle scenes alongside van gogh and Renoir


David Attenborough's First Life: A Journey Back in Time with Matt Kaplan
David Attenborough's First Life: A Journey Back in Time with Matt Kaplan
by Matt Kaplan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 25.00

5.0 out of 5 stars monster mash makes great read, 6 Aug 2012
first life david attenborough based on the bbc series of same name and full of blue water photo-spreads, slabs of rock and computer graphic reconstructions of the early life from archaen bacteria to micro fossils, trilobites to dragonflies a tale of linear evolution but well detailed and wide ranging with accessible non scientific jargon the bbc film crew had gone world wide with visits to burgess shale, mistaken point and carboniferous sandstone
this was truly the book of the film


Star Wars: The Old Republic - Revan
Star Wars: The Old Republic - Revan
by Drew Karpyshyn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 7.20

3.0 out of 5 stars wizard fight, 6 Aug 2012
star wars old republic Revan by drew karypyshtn set 4000 years or so before luke skywalker this is another tale based n the video game concerning Revan Jedi knight turned Dark lord and back again as if after a bout of force flu to Jedi knight again despite being set thousands of years ago a mess of droids, jedi, imperial sith troopers and mercenary cantini scum
played up to the action and given that it is old republic slotted in medieval dungeons and dragons wizard sith, dark fortresses and chained slaves worth a read even if you are not a game player


Ghosts of War
Ghosts of War
by George Mann
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.76

3.0 out of 5 stars and with one bound our hero was free, 6 Aug 2012
This review is from: Ghosts of War (Paperback)
Ghosts of war by george mann a steampunk batman from the pulp era echoes of HP lovecraft but more dixon hill than lee falk
set in a alternative world of new york 1927 and the british empire of Queen Alberta it had our ex fighter pilot hero battling flying night creatures and ended in a climatic airship versus monster fight
better than some steampunk novels but after opening chapter of steam cars , airships and holograms lost most of its steampunk for a runof mill pulp adventure undecided if a parody or tribute to the golden age of pulps


A Line in the Sand: Britain, France and the struggle that shaped the Middle East
A Line in the Sand: Britain, France and the struggle that shaped the Middle East
Price: 5.98

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars empire farewell, 9 July 2012
A line in the sand - Britain France and the struggle that shaped the modern middle East by james barr based on Newly declassified government papers this is a stuffy archive of a book that re tells the period of the revolt in the desert form cabinet minutes and has less content on interwar Syria than I expected and then goes full speed into the often told transformation of Palestine into Israel a more interesting book on the changes and politics in interwar iraq and transjordan is reduced to a few paragraphs


Prophecy: Death of an Empire: Book Two (Prophecy Trilogy 2)
Prophecy: Death of an Empire: Book Two (Prophecy Trilogy 2)
Price: 5.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars long dark age journey, 9 July 2012
Death of empire by M K hulme one of his trilogy books this is prohecy book 2 seen it all before novel set in the time of attila the hun only new idea that merlin was a travelling healer with the roman army journeying with a crowd of other woadish stereotypes from Britannia to constantinople a little less conversation a little more action needed in this novel! most of the big events were peripheral and the main characters Aetius, Atilla just had walk on parts starting well it had by page 200 turned into a 1950s melodrama of a door stop sized Roman empire novel without a good story in contrast to anything by Ben kane or richard blake
with all MK Hulme the story is padded out for duration of the full series and that is the weak point of this well researched dark age series


Half of a Yellow Sun
Half of a Yellow Sun
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.20

5.0 out of 5 stars frankly a great book, 2 July 2012
This review is from: Half of a Yellow Sun (Paperback)
to me the biafran war was a footnote in history something that happened in black and white and had few histories this book changed all that a monumental and brilliant novel with wide ranging character stories and no happy ending
a book in two halves from the peaceful early sixties to the collapse of that world and the loss of a nation


Apollo's Angels: A History Of Ballet
Apollo's Angels: A History Of Ballet
by Jennifer Homans
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ideal read for my two left feet, 18 Jun 2012
apollo's angels a history of ballet by jennifer homans I admit i have seen a handful of operas on TV but never seen a ballet at all so knew nothing about ballet but aware of who margot fontyn had been interesting and concise ballet lovers guide from origins of ballet in 17th century french court dance through to the nineteenth century with its early swan lakes and giselle leaps and jumps and on to Russian ballet and a large section on modern dance a beginning for me recommend to fans


How to Read a Painting: Decoding, Understanding and Enjoying the Old Masters
How to Read a Painting: Decoding, Understanding and Enjoying the Old Masters
by Patrick de Rynck
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.57

4.0 out of 5 stars looking at the frame, 18 Jun 2012
how to read a painting by patrick de rynck
a beginners art history but a small format book with small selection some choice art all the way from duccio to goya but reads like a website with zoom in of detail and brief comment on paintings theme this was useful in the bosch and brueghel masses of little figures but limited in all the medieval Annunciations and crucifixions
useful guide to art history and what you see by looking at a painting


Daylight on Iron Mountain: Chung Kuo Book 2
Daylight on Iron Mountain: Chung Kuo Book 2
Price: 1.79

0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars save us from this future, 18 Jun 2012
chung kuo novel daylight on iron mountain by david wingove had read chung kuo future earth novel before but we are now presented with 20 volume rewrite of entire series and what dire stuff it is !
sort of a prequal it read like poor Pearl Buck with hash court historicals , long series of events cardboard cut out tyrants and a trite murder mystery while none of the really interesting background plot that would have made better story was used the destruction of half the world and the state by state conquest of the united states by chinese armies were just headlines and TV news


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