Eric le rouge

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (113 of 147)
Location: London, UK

History, Politics, Astrophysics, Biology, Geoloy and Science fiction


Top Reviewer Ranking: 6,315 - Total Helpful Votes: 113 of 147
Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of a&hellip by Richard Miles
Wonderful book that I truly enjoyed reading. This is a fine book with very good reviews.
It’s fresh, light and relatively easy to read. However, be aware that the book does not really deal with the history of the city and its inhabitants, its architecture, etc. There are some elements but it is relatively light.
I particularly enjoyed the first 100 pages or so on the early history of the Carthaginian Empire. You also get a good understanding of how Carthage was ruled, managed and influenced.
The war with Rome is somehow tragic for Carthage. Carthage looses and I cannot resist feeling sympathy for Carthage.
The Barcid episode is well written as well as the mercenary… Read more
Algarve: Rother Walking Guide by Ulrich Enzel
2.0 out of 5 stars we got lost !, 28 April 2014
Bought a couple of the Rother guides, they are great. small, accurate, etc.
Never got lost with them.

BUT this one really frustrated us.
The author is very vague, inaccurate and waste a lot of space in pointless remarks. Also not sure if it was the original text being poor or the translation at fault.
We "tried" to do 4 of these walks and got lost for 3 of them.
For instance ,we tried the one in Monchique but could not find the path after 30mn of walk. We tried to catch up with it later by walking on the road but again, could not find the entrance to the forrest path.
Also found out that the maps were not accurate (e.g. houses on the other side of… Read more
Venus Revealed: A New Look Below the Clouds of Our&hellip by David H. Grinspoon
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A talented author, 31 Mar 2014
One review only for this wonderful book ! !

A true vulgarisation book written by a very talented author that I did not know.
Dr Grinspoon has a certain talent to make complex and perhaps boring subject lively. His sense of humour also really does add to the story.
The book starts from the beginning with the Maya, their veneration for Venus/Kukulkan, then later presents an overall approach to the planet.
Later on, the exploration history is presented. This was my favourite part. The golden age of exploration with the Russian Venera, Pioneer, Magellan, etc.
Finally, the author discusses quite at lengths the similarities between earth and Venus. The atmosphere,… Read more

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