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City of Fortune: How Venice Won and Lost a Naval Empire
City of Fortune: How Venice Won and Lost a Naval Empire
by Roger Crowley
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the full polo, 14 Nov. 2011
crowley is a venice specialist and this did not disappoint telling of early venice exploiting its connections to the byzantine trade links , exploiting the decline and fall of the byzantines at the expense of its commerical rivals genoa and pisa in trade and war then venice coming up against an all powerful ottoman empire and the new world trade routes


The Mammoth Book of Historical Crime Fiction (Mammoth Books)
The Mammoth Book of Historical Crime Fiction (Mammoth Books)
by Mike Ashley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ye olde cops, 14 Nov. 2011
ranging from the bronze age to the 1920s it promised much and delivered part more novellas ten short stories some overplayed for example the tales involving roman investigators or medieval sherlocks
the most orignal was a tale of butch and sundance on a new york crime spree waiting for their boat to south america but this just left the dock story wise
others even a sister fidelm story just potboiled to flagged conclusion
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Pirates of the Seven Seas (AA Illustrated Reference)
Pirates of the Seven Seas (AA Illustrated Reference)
by Angus Konstam
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great yo ho ho, 7 Nov. 2011
a lavishly illustrated AA guide to pirates from the ancient world to modern somalia
vivid accurate and a brilliantly illustrated guide with all the top names inside from blackbeard to henry morgan black bart roberts to ann bonny
good section on female pirates of china and even finds place for privateers


Wired For God?: The biology of spiritual experience
Wired For God?: The biology of spiritual experience
by Charles Foster
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars all in the experience, 7 Nov. 2011
origins of human spirtuality and experience from wearing a god helmet to second hand shamanism tantric sex , magic mushrooms NDE and OBEs
accurate and without bias


Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances (Mammoth Books)
Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances (Mammoth Books)
by Trisha Telep
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mixed fish, 7 Nov. 2011
13 steampunk romances some barely ticked along over absurdly overwound some good stories liked the one about a cannibal fiend mermaid
good story on clockwork war crabs versus nazis passable story about been kidnapped in the wild west by an airship


The Sword of Damascus (Death of Rome Saga Book Four) (Aelric)
The Sword of Damascus (Death of Rome Saga Book Four) (Aelric)
by Richard Blake
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good for old aelric, 7 Nov. 2011
there were times when this novel read like a clip show 25th anniverary novel bringing together the old cast and the may pages of old old aelric spending most of the time reminiscing to his mini me edward about his imperial service stories that promised better plotlines than this adventure
but i do believe the putting the 97 year old hero central stage in what to date was the best adventure was an original and excellent plot device of blakes
better charactors and villains were introduced and very good villains too but any novel without priscus is a boon despite the fact of the 97 year old hero with his wig, dentures and glasses and that he could still take out every asassin sent his way and foil the best plots much backstory was revealed and far from being a stop gap clip show this book revitalized aelric and made me want more
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Flint and Silver (John Silver 1)
Flint and Silver (John Silver 1)
by John Drake
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars pieces of flint, 25 Oct. 2011
i enjoyed this book as a stand alone with its tale of naval office flint going astray and an uninjured long john silver injury acting like butch and sundance
tended to be rather 1D and predicable would have liked longer pre story and less stilted dialogue fair effort and strong on action


Skull and Bones (John Silver 3)
Skull and Bones (John Silver 3)
by John Drake
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars still playing pirate, 25 Oct. 2011
skull and bones by john drake mercifully the final book in his long john silver his early days saga
going downward from book one which i enjoyed
here both captain silver and captain flint spend little time at sea and less time in piracy having tom and jerry mis adventures in georgian london from bordello to tyburn meeting real life historical personages along the way like dr johnson and george washington


Breverton's Phantasmagoria: A Compendium of Monsters, Myths and Legends
Breverton's Phantasmagoria: A Compendium of Monsters, Myths and Legends
by Terry Breverton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars great book to read, 17 Oct. 2011
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brevertons phasmogoria a pleasure to read a compendium of monsters myths and legends, drawing heavily on pliny the elder and medieval texts it is excellent in scope and detail to be dipped into and enjoyed as i expect it will be


The Unicorn Road
The Unicorn Road
by Martin Davies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoy the journey, 17 Oct. 2011
This review is from: The Unicorn Road (Paperback)
the uniciorn road by martin davies began well with this tale of a medieval expedition sent to search for fabulous and mythical beasts but they soon arrived at their destination and then got bogged down at the mongol border and you soon realised they would never find the beasts however it was a good tale told well with crafted plot movement and multi faceted story appeals to anyone interested in mythical beasts, cathar treasure hunts and rough tough knights fighting new enemies in far asia


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