C. Lloyd

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Tower of the Elephant and Other Stories: v. 1 (Chr&hellip by Barry Windsor-Smith
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I won't go into the comics themselves here - they are superb stuff, top-notch and A+. I would like to make a small complaint about some of the new colouring, which isn't all it could be in places. The colourists haven't, or have but ignored, seen the original colour comics. So we get some oddities - the snow lion is yellow for example, it is white in the comic because, well it's a snow lion isn't it?

For a good example of what has gone wrong see issue #6. The original comic has some imaginative, moody effects with dark reds and blues when Conan enters the shadowy temple. Here it is all rendered in bright colours, spoiling what was a very effective palette which added to the… Read more
Agricola and Germany (Oxford World's Classics) by Tacitus
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This review is not about the works themselves, which are an informative and entertaining read, but about this particular translation.

The first impression I got of this edition was excellent. There is a mass of extras including comprehensive indexes, glossary, timelines, explanatory notes, a lengthy introduction and more. All good stuff and helps put everything in context nicely.

Then I noticed a few oddities. The author explains that he doesn't use the word `tribe'. Why not? It is a perfectly good word and none of his alternatives are any better. `State' isn't really accurate when describing a loose confederation of iron-age peoples who share common language and… Read more
Unseen Academicals: A Discworld Novel by Terry Pratchett
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice one, 30 Oct 2009
What only three stars?

Yep. It's good, but there are about 20 better ones to read first. It is nicely written and has the usual gentle humour shot through it. What it doesn't have is much plot. At all. If Mr. Pratchett's editor is reading this, please get tougher! There are some lovely themes, characters and events. Just not much in the way of actual story. There is a game of football and Nutt is revealed. That's your lot. Some tired themes here too, Nutt is introduced as a Gobliln, a horrible monster that people hate, so that means that he is not horrible at all. How did we guess? It would be nice to have a proper monster now and again, its all a bit PC sometimes. Mr Nutts… Read more