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A New System of Geology, with archæological proofs of the destruction of the world by water and fire ... With charts and illustrations
A New System of Geology, with archæological proofs of the destruction of the world by water and fire ... With charts and illustrations
by Mary Salter
Edition: Unknown Binding

2.0 out of 5 stars An extremely bizarre new system of geology!, 27 May 2010
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Published in 1907, this extremely rare work by Miss Salter has to be one of the strangest books I have ever read. It purports to be a "new system of geology" yet after reading the book I doubt anyone, not even experts on geological sciences, will be able to say exactly what the" system" consisted of bringing together or explaining. It is written in a professional manner, as one would expect of an Edwardian book, and yet at the same time is completely incoherent and utterly confounding; the author appears to believe that her readers already understand her theories and need not have them explained. There are some intriguing sections, such as when she is discussing evidences regarding her proposition of a universal, yet almost completely eroded, system of rock that existed once; sadly, the book is mostly otherwise illogical and bizarre, to say the least. She writes, for example, of her theories (never fully explained) of how many systems of rock may have been formed from gases above the Earth itself at one time, and been deposited rapidly from space onto the surface of the world. She quotes various myths and folklore to support her views, although unlike other authors who have attemped to find evidences for cosmic catastrophes in mythology (such as Immanuel Velikovsky), her selection of fables seem to have no pertinence whatsoever, not even at a stretch, to her theories. She seems to imply that the majority of the Earth's geological systems were deposited within relatively recent times, and apparently ended when Jesus said "It is done" - which seems to place her as an early Young Earth Creationist of sorts, yet making even less sense. She does not make it at all clear when each system of rock was deposited according to her "new system". She regularly quotes from some ancient inscriptions, of which two illustrations are included in the text - they do however have no actual bearing upon what she says, and her interpretation of it is absolutely wild and fantastical.

In conclusion I would say that this is worth reading for its strangeness, but not as a geological work, for it offers nothing convincing or useful to solving the true history of the world. Modern sciences may be infiltrated with their own prejudices and superstitions, yet I believe they are still at least somewhat closer to the truth than whatever theory was being propounded exactly in this book.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING - Alphascript books are scams!, 11 May 2010
Although apparently perfectly legal, this company has been producing various books with bizarre titles, almost all of which are, I am led to believe, merely public domain text (mostly from Wikipedia!) published in a book format. I have managed to not be fooled into buying one myself, but alas! many people have reported this elsewhere online and any interested person can thus investigate this further. As it stands, I thought it best to inform any potential buyers of this absolutely outrageous scam.

The Cause of an Ice Age
The Cause of an Ice Age
by Robert S. Ball
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.54

2.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting facts, but nothing original, 24 Feb. 2010
Originally published in 1891, this small volume is an unabashed defense of James Croll's theory respecting the astronomical origin of Ice Ages. To be honest, however, one would be better referred to the latter's works than this book, as it reveals little new evidence in support of the theory. Sir Robert Ball does offer some intriguing information as to the amount of overall sunlight receievd normally throughout the year, being 63% in the warmer period, and 37% in the colder (so he states anyway). Although Dr. Croll's theory is nowadays regarded as an early approximation to the truth, his datings and details were very different to how they are accepted today. I do not think this book of Sir Robert's does him justice, however, as it is rather basic, repetitive and tendentious. Still, it might be worth getting very cheap for a general overview of the theory. Otherwise, do not bother and instead get Croll's works for a better historical perspective.

Atlantis - The Lost Tales
Atlantis - The Lost Tales

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Hey, you! Companion!", 1 Nov. 2009
Released in 1997 for the PC and 1998 for the Playstation version, this is a game which could've been better had it been tested properly for bugs and flaws before release. A Myst-style first person adventure, where movement is constrained to a basic format where you click in the direction you want to go and, after a brief pause - which is still too long to not quickly become tiresome after a while of play - you appear some distance in the direction you chose. Although basic this worked fairly well in Myst; in this game, however, the loading times are somewhat slower and the format soon becomes a nuisance. Loading times are slightly improved by selecting the PS2's faster disc speed option to be on. One major flaw with this three disc game is that once you have made it onto the second or third discs, the only way to load up a saved game is to first load up disc one and THEN swap the disc for the appropriate one - a very poor design. Also, the PS2 I played the game on sometimes had a lot of trouble loading up disc two and three, but I am unsure whether this is due to the game or compatibility issues with the PS2. Graphically the game is quite good, but the animations are few and very poorly done. The PS2's texture smoothing makes the graphics look blurred, sadly, so this option is best left off.

As for the game itself, it has an interesting plot centred around "Seth", a young "Queen's Companion" in the ancient city of Atlantis, set in a time when the rest of the world had only recently emerged into civilised existence. The game is rather frustrating at times, as it is extremely easy on a few parts to miss a vital item or forget a line of dialogue that was needed. Mini games intersperse the standard gameplay, but are mostly annoying rather than fun. The puzzles range from easy to challenging, the harder ones being difficult simply because it was unclear what goal had to be acheived. Some sections required me to resort to online walkthroughs, and a couple of the puzzles appear to be nigh on unsolvable without assistance, due to the vital clue being easily missed. Despite all of these problems, however, I still enjoyed this game and the plot kept me intrigued until the very end. It is certainly better than the fairly woeful "Atlantis III" which is available on the PS2 and PC. The soundtrack is fairly atmospheric and good enough, though nothing spectacular. Overall, a fairly good game but with many flaws that could've been corrected so easily. Just don't expect to get through the game without ever hearing a guard shout "Hey, you! Companion!" several times... you'll see what I mean!

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor [DVD] [2008]
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Brendan Fraser
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £3.25

13 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed family adventure!, 19 Sept. 2008
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Don't listen to some negative critics - this is an excellent fun film for everyone to watch, unlike many other recent action films that have been released. If you enjoyed the fourth Indiana Jones film, or the original three, then you'll love this too. It's not meant to be realistic or credible, just entertaining and positive. I'm not going to dissect and analyse the film like many do to cause their reviews to seemingly posesss more authority than they really do. I say this instead - watch the film and judge for yourself; don't take my word on it as fact, nor anybody else's!
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Fantastic Four / Game
Fantastic Four / Game

5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious action-packed beat 'em up!, 6 Mar. 2008
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Although this game received generally poor reviews in the mainstream Playstation 1 magazines of the time (in 1997), this is in fact a most underrated side-scrolling "beat 'em up" game. Possibly two reasons for its poor ratings are that the Fantastic Four themselves were not so well known when the game was released, and also its inclusion of relatively pointless and repetitive extras, such as a very basic 2D racing game to play during loading times, and the unnecessary one-on-one battles which were randomly placed between some stages. In addition there is no save or password feature, and some bosses and mid-level guardians could only be beaten by throwing items at them, which became rather tiresome and awkward at times. Despite these rather unimportant shortcomings, the actual game itself is generally a really fun and hilarious fighting game, with non-stop action and sillliness. If you only like fighting games if they're realistic and violent, then don't buy this game! Each of the characters you can play as (including She-Hulk, as she was once in the FF) are all fairly varied and have several special moves each. Where the game comes into its own though is its simultaneous up to four players option, including, if you have no one else to play with, the option of having "drones" switched on; which means that you can have up to three computer-controlled characters assisting you throughout the whole game, which I personally found to be a much better and more fun way to play the game in one-player. Also, there is a minor "training" option to select to practice moves in; but if drones are also switched on, you can have yourself fighting the other FF in continuous practice battles. However, that is a very minor and unimpressive feature of the game. The main game as a whole, which is played throughout five good-sized levels, is fairly easy I found, and would probably be enjoyable for children to play, as well (though they tend to be better than most adults at playing games!).

Ultimately though, this is a fairly basic but very enjoyable game, and (especially with drones switched on) extremely funny at times. I definitely recommend buying this, despite the poor reviews it received upon its initial release.

Myths Of Crete And Pre-Hellenic Europe
Myths Of Crete And Pre-Hellenic Europe
by Donald Alexander Mackenzie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good work, but a deceptive title, 27 Feb. 2008
Despite being a good, fairly detailed, scholarly read, the title to this work is a complete misnomer. This is not a book of Cretan and Pre-Hellenic mythology. The first portion of this book is a general discussion of the palaeolithic and its cultures which, though interesting, is completely out-of-place here, and mentions too many well-known myths which have little or no relevance to the peoples this book is supposed to be about (for example, it mentions Norse and Indian beliefs). In fact, there are only a handful of relevant myths mentioned throughout the entire work; this is instead mostly a general overview of the archaeology, history, and anthropology of ancient Crete, Pre-Hellenic Greece, Troy, and their cultural interrelationship with one another, as well as their economic relations with Egypt. If this is what you want to study then this is indeed a useful and most interesting book, despite being rather old now, having been first published in 1917. If you're only really interesting in researching the mythology and folklore involving ancient Crete etc., then you should definitely look elsewhere.

Gaudi (Musical, 1995)
Gaudi (Musical, 1995)

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very beautiful musical, 16 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Gaudi (Musical, 1995) (Audio CD)
Written by Eric Woolfson, formerly of The Alan Parsons Project, this is a much enlarged and to me much improved version of the Project's album, "Gaudi". The latter album was, in my opinion, one of the Project's weaker offerings, though still quite good. This musical version, however, contains very different sounding versions of the songs on the album, and contains seven new songs too. There are three main singers performing the songs, with a very brief appearance of Mr Woolfson singing the first verse to La Sagrada Familia. The way in which the songs are performed is at times identical to an opera, particularly in "Closer to Heaven", "Parca Guell" and "Lonely Song". Others, such as "Puppet Master" and "Money Talks" are done in a much more conventionally popular style. Even if you do not particularly like opera, you will probably still like most of these songs, as they are all exceptionally good, with beautiful music and lyrics (which are easy to understand, not sung incoherently). Sometimes the voices singing together do not harmonise, such as in "Standing On Higher Ground" and "Too Late"; at other times, the singing is a little too loud and over-the-top, such as in the second half of "Lonely Song"; the opening song, "What Are You Going To Do Now?" is simply the low point of the album, sadly; and the performance of the final song, "La Sagrada Familia", does not really do justice to one of Mr Woolfson's greatest masterpieces. Despite all of this, the overall musical is very good, but do not expect it to be rock-orientated or anything like the Project, for it is in fact very different, with emphasis here on music designed to reflect love, artistic freedom, and similar emotions.

As it is not listed at current, here is the track list:

1. What Are You Going To Do Now? (5:42)
2. Money Talks (5:57)
3. Closer To Heaven (4:40)
4. Standing On Higher Ground (3:48)
5. Tango Guell (3:37)
6. Parca Guell (5:54)
7. Puppet Master (6:14)
8. Inside Looking Out (4:26)
9. Work Song (2:55)
10. Too Late (5:19)
11. Forbidden Fruit (6:52)
12. Lonely Song (Love Can Be Lonely Too) (6:19)
13. La Sagrada Familia (8:19)

I should point out as an added note that this album, though somewhat rare on CD at current, is not worth anything more than the price of a new CD, and so do not pay an extortionate price for it, even if the album itself is very good - you should be able to find the CD fairly cheap somewhere online (alternatively, it is also available to purchase as a digital download from the official Alan Parsons Project website). At any rate, this is a very good offering from Eric Woolfson, and is definitely the way music should be!

2008: God's Final Witness
2008: God's Final Witness
by Ronald Weinland
Edition: Paperback

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Typical "end is nigh" hysteria!, 12 May 2007
Unfortunately, there is nothing new whatsoever to be found in this book, for this is all just a slight re-shaping of earlier ideas of how Bible prophecies might relate to the modern world. The book begins with a discussion of the differences between various Bible-based religions, and appears to be promoting a Seventh-Day Adventist perspective. It then goes on to explain, very unconvincingly, - in fact, with no evidence to support it at all - why western civilisation is going to collapse in late 2008 or early 2009, and why all religions and almost all Christian sects are wrong. The author also claims - seriously - to be God's prophet of the end-times. Unsurprisingly for someone obviously inspired by the writings of Miss Ellen G. White, he deems the Pope and Catholicism as evil and part of a grand plot of Satan to deceive and rule the world. Really! Do we honestly need to be subjected to such embarrassing anti-Catholic nonsense over and over again?

While it is true that our world is a mess, this hardly justifies or proves any of this amateur eschatological genre of literature. People are continually publishing new prophecies and predictions, and all that have so far been published have also failed to come true. At any rate, it doesn't require much prudence to be able to confidently dismiss this particular example.

Talisman : Sacred Cities, Secret Faith
Talisman : Sacred Cities, Secret Faith
by Graham Hancock
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting at times, but fanciful!, 26 April 2007
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Contrary to what another reviewer has stated, I should make it clear that nowhere in this book is there any mention whatsoever of the infamous work of fiction, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion". This other reviewer clearly has not read "Talisman", and it would appear that they gained their erroneous opinion from a misunderstanding of another previous review. The authors of this book do mention at one point that certain Islamic extremists believe, for some reason, that the Freemasons are helping the Zionist (i.e., pro-Israel) cause in the Middle Eastern region. Other than this largely irrelevant point, there is nothing even remotely connected with the Protocols in this work.

As for the real content of the book, it gives a brief overview of history in which the authors attempt to illustrate the connections between certain esoteric sects. The Gnostics and Hermetics of the Roman period are portrayed as having received some of their inspiration and ideas from Ancient Egypt, and the later Cathars and Bogomils of medieval Europe are theorised to have both been the inheritors of this Gnostic and Hermetic knowledge. A moderate case is set forth to support this basic thesis, including a comparative look at early Hermetic writings and the Egyptian "Book of the Dead", but it seems the authors did not spend enough time on their ideas to give them real justice, I feel.

There are a few minor errors in this book that I noticed, which implies there may be more. On page 377 it is stated that on "27 December 1789 Pope Clement XII signed the order for Cagliostro's arrest." This can hardly be correct, considering Pope Clement XII died in 1740! It is also stated on page 473 that Julius Caesar founded the world's first republic; yet the Roman Republic had effectively ended before Caesar even came to power. He introduced the Julian calendar in 46 BC, too, not 48 BC as stated in the book.

This is a fairly interesting book at times, but you will probably not find everything in here convincing. Particularly feeble is the idea that certain famous cities have been aligned intentionally in certain manners of esoteric significance; for instance, so that the sun and Sirius both align with Pennsylvania Avenue on 12 August - obviously just a coincidence, in my opinion. Certain buildings or their layouts are said to have been secretly copied from ancient ones; maybe the authors have keener eyes than I, but I fail to see any correspondence whatsoever between the layout of the Louvre Palace and the Luxor temple at Thebes.

Ultimately, though, this is worth reading, but do not expect it to astonish you with its arguments and evidences set forth.

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