James Mitchell

Helpful votes received on reviews: 68% (15 of 22)
Location: London


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Shogun 2: Total War (PC DVD) by Sega
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
First the good news - this game is considerably less buggy than its immediate predecessors (I'm talking about YOU, Empire). There's an improvement in the graphics, too - if your rig is high-end enough to handle it, that is. So - HOORAH! - it actually works, BUT... for me, it's deathly dull, and the main reason is that all the factions are basically the same. Where's the fun you had pitting war elephants against horse archers in France, or arriving in the central American jungle to freak the Aztecs with Moorish camel troops? There's also the familiar sense of a plodding procession towards victory (but then, maybe I'm just too goooood...). What I'm waiting for is for someone to retro-mod this… Read more
Naples '44: An Intelligence Officer in the Italian&hellip by Norman Lewis
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This memoir of Lewis's time in Italy during the Allied invasion takes the form of a diary, though, as with much of his work, there is clearly some fairly free reworking of the actuality of events, with characters and locations elided and rearranged at will (see the excellent biography 'Semi-Invisible Man' for examples of Lewis's selective memory). However, this does nothing to undermine the qualities of this book - the evocation of a reality lived through which is the author's particular talent, and seldom has a sense of time and place been better realised. We are shown the confusion, pity and madness of war in all its comic and tragic detail, in Lewis's deadpan, understatedly witty, but… Read more
Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire by Simon Baker
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As the companion to a rather forgotten TV series (still available on dvd, it featured dramatised versions of the historical events featuring a pretty good cast as I remember) this book might appear a bit irrelevant on its own merit, but I think it holds its own. It would be easy to criticize it(as some have) for being a little sketchy and lacking depth - OK, Gibbon it ain't - but as an introduction to, or even reminder of, some of the key episodes in the history of an empire spanning over a thousand years, it's pretty good - readable, clear, concise and with the facts straight. Of course, given such a span of history, all Roman life can't be here - but each episode is properly introduced… Read more

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