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Top 10 Tallinn (DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides)
Top 10 Tallinn (DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides)
by DK Publishing
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A useful introductory guide, 31 Mar. 2015
This 128-page book is a colourful and informative guide to the attractions of Tallinn, The Baltic Republic of Estonia’s capital city; for real visitors and armchair travellers alike. It has all the usual features, including excellent maps and articles. There are excellent colour photos breaking up the text columns, so you can see what you are looking for. It is a handy up-to-date guidebook, with all the usual topics a tourist guide provides, as well as chapters on the top ten sites (Town Hall Square and Around; Along Pikk Street; Niguliste Church; City Museum; The City Walls; Dome Church; Museum of Occupations (foreign occupiers, not jobs); Kadriorg Park; KUMMU Modern Art Museum; The Estonian Open-Air Museum).

The Contents include -
P005: Tallinn’s Top 10
P068: Around Town
P096: Greater Tallinn
P103: Streetsmart
P112: Places to Stay
P116: General Index
P128: Phrase Book


DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Pacific Northwest
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Pacific Northwest
by DK Publishing
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A useful introductory guide, 31 Mar. 2015
This 344-page book is a colourful and informative guide to the Pacific Northwest region of the United States of America and Canada; for real visitors and armchair travellers alike. It has all the usual features, including excellent maps and illustrations, with excellent colour photos breaking up the text columns, so you know what you are looking for. It is a handy up-to-date guidebook.

The Contents are -
P009: Introducing the Pacific Northwest
P047: Pacific Northwest Region by Region
P048: Pacific Northwest at a Glance
P050: Portland
P090: Oregon
P120: Seattle
P174: Washington
P198: Vancouver
P246: British Columbia
P281: Travellers Needs
P345: Survival Guide
P328: General Index


DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Mexico
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Mexico
by DK Publishing
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A useful introductory guide, 31 Mar. 2015
This 390-page book is a colourful and informative guide to the North American Republic of Mexico; for real visitors and armchair travellers alike. It has all the usual features, including excellent maps and illustrations, with excellent colour photos breaking up the text columns, so you know what you are looking for. It is a handy up-to-date guidebook.

The Contents are -
P009: Introducing Mexico
P062: Mexico City
P131: Mexico Region by Region
P132: Introducing Mexico
P134: Around Mexico City
P162: Northern Mexico
P184: The Colonial Heartland
P216: Southern Mexico
P242: The Gulf Coast
P260: The Yucatan Peninsula
P293: Travellers Needs
P345: Survival Guide
P366: General Index
P389: Phrase Book


Freestylers Funnies: Car Wars
Freestylers Funnies: Car Wars
by Tom Easton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A slight but entertaining kid’s comic, 31 Mar. 2015
“Car Wars” is a slight (26-page) comic-book story in a series intended for “struggling readers”. It is basically an extended joke, with a punchline, presented as a 1-panel per page comic. The style of art is reminiscent of a children’s comic from my childhood in the 1960s, with just-on-the-edge-of-cartoony artwork. It would probably entertain a five- to seven-year-old; or, as the publisher puts it a “struggling reader” with a “low reading age and high interest age”.


[ Uber, Volume 2 Gillen, Kieron ( Author ) ] { Paperback } 2014
[ Uber, Volume 2 Gillen, Kieron ( Author ) ] { Paperback } 2014
by Kieron Gillen
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The widening war, 31 Mar. 2015
The story running through issues #6-10 of Avatar Press’s series ‘Uber’ is collected as Uber Vol.2. This continues the story from Uber Volume 1 TP, as we now see the Americans on Okinawa coming under attack from Japanese supermen - courtesy of a batch of German Uber chemicals (possibly sent before the destruction of their laboratory in the previous volume). The Russians also begin to develop theirs, courtesy of the Western Allies’ supplies. There is a very telling scene where Stalin decides that checking for suitable candidates is a waste of time, and just has his scientists inject all 400,000 soldiers who survived the retreat from Berlin, and pick up the one in 50,000 expected to survive. There really isn’t much to choose between dictators (unless you are an opera fan). As with the previous volume, we see events primarily from the viewpoint of several characters, though we add one new American this time - and he happens to be related to the late Colossus, though his big role will come in a later volume. We also met a new British weapon, again being developed for later deployment. There are some really spectacular historical battle scenes, of the American naval forces in action prior to the Japanese supermen deployment, including the destruction of the Yamato. These guys could do a really spectacular war book even without supermen in the story. And the action scenes with the supermen are just as spectacular, if more visceral due to the closer quarters of the action.

The American experience takes up the first two issues, the Russian front takes up the third (and that female sniper is back, hint, hint); and the last three are set on the Western Front, as we see the tensions rise in the German high command and among the supermen, as the allied countermeasures begin to bite, leading Hitler to sacrifice one of his ‘battleships’ in an attack on London - delivered there by a V2. The V programme is still running, but with limited resources due to the superman programme, so the weapons are arriving late in this universe.

In my review of the first volume, I praised the writer’s research into the effects of the Allied bombing campaign on Germany’s ability to continue the war. This volume sees them now ignoring that effect (deliberately, possibly, to make for a good story), for even with supermen, the Allied bombing campaign should simply continue to turn Germany into rubble. There was no coming back for Germany in 1945. However, the story moves far too fast for you to notice that little discrepancy until long after you have finished it.


[ Uber, Volume 1 Gillen, Kieron ( Author ) ] { Paperback } 2014
[ Uber, Volume 1 Gillen, Kieron ( Author ) ] { Paperback } 2014
by Kieron Gillen
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just another Nazi superman story, 31 Mar. 2015
The story running through issues #0-5 of Avatar Press’s series ‘Uber’ is collected as Uber Volume 1 TP. This is not just a Nazi superman story, as the writer has read the small-print about the state of Nazi Germany at the end of the war. The top generals and Nazis (Speer and Guderian, for example) are well aware that beating off the Soviet attack on Berlin with a super-weapon has no real consequence, as Germany’s cities and factories are mounds of rubble and there is no way of reequipping or supplying the surviving German armies to strike back at the surrounding enemies. However, Hitler does not see it from their perspective: “Give me opera!”

This is a violent and blood-splattered story, with as much, if not more, swearing than a Garth Ennis or even a Mark Millar script, so be warned. It opens in the last week of April, 1945, as General Sankt unveils the secret weapon he has been working on for several years – what we would call a super-soldier programme, and he now has field-ready three “supermen”, or Battleships as they are called here, as well as a large number of less powerful super-soldier types. These are used to turn back the Soviet encirclement of Berlin, just in time to save Hitler (but not Eva). The above-mentioned generals have a plan to seize supplies and resources from the Allies, but Adolph prefers a mixture of mindless destruction and terror as well as getting the oilfields back.

There is a growing concern among the generals about Hitler’s capacity for getting Germany out of the hole he has dug for it, even with supermen, and I was expecting a coup before the end of the story. This concern in the story with material resources, even if it is just in the background makes a big difference to how I viewed the story, as the writer has put a lot of thought into the situation in Germany in 1945. This is not just a dramatised game of Risk (unlike, for example, the finale of The Man in the High Castle, which IS just a dramatised game of risk).

The writer has also studied the Allied intelligence operations of the time, and there is a British agent planted in the German research centre, who manages to make off with a sack of loot, which gives the British a chance to develop counter measures, and they have some underdeveloped super-soldiers of their own, plus one ‘real’ Captain America ready to deploy in the story’s finale, as one of the German supermen is sent on a terror/revenge raid against Paris, which culminates in a superbeing battle there.

There is quite a detailed back-story and plot, involving alien technology scavenged from somewhere, and this first volume only scratches the surface of the potential story. The Germans really don’t have much of a chance at winning the war, only prolonging it; and as one of their generals says in the story, if the Germans have come up with this weapon, what have the Allies been developing…? Historically, the Bombs (with a capital ‘B’) were not ready before Germany surrendered; but now the war goes on…

The artwork is fairly spectacular, though not quite top-of-the–range when compared to Marvel or DC’s flagship titles; but then neither is the artwork in many of Marvel and DC’s non-flagship titles, and I can’t really tell one German general form another except by context; I don’t know the uniforms to be able to tell them apart.

This is an above-average Nazi superweapon turns the tide of the War story, especially as we and they know the tide can’t be turned. So, what can be done?


Top 10 Tokyo (DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides): Written by Stephen Mansfield, 2014 Edition, (Fol Pap/Ma) Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) [Paperback]
Top 10 Tokyo (DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides): Written by Stephen Mansfield, 2014 Edition, (Fol Pap/Ma) Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) [Paperback]
by Stephen Mansfield
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful introductory guide, 31 Mar. 2015
This 144-page book is a colourful and informative guide to the attractions of Japan’s capital city; for real visitors and armchair travellers alike. It has all the usual features, including excellent maps and articles. There are excellent colour photos breaking up the text columns, so you can see what you are looking for. It is a handy up-to-date guidebook, with all the usual topics a tourist guide provides, as well as chapters on the top ten sites (Imperial Palace Grounds; Senso-ji Temple; Sumida River; Edo-Tokyo Museum; Ueno Park; Tokyo National Museum; Koishikawa Korakuen Garden; Meiji Shrine; Yanaka Cemetery; Odaiba Island).

The Contents include -
P007: Tokyo’s Top 10
P065: Around Town
P108: Further Afield
P115: Streetsmart
P126: Places to Stay
P134: General Index
P142: Phrase Book


Teen Titans (Vol 4) # 22 (Ref149846998)
Teen Titans (Vol 4) # 22 (Ref149846998)
by DC Comics
Edition: Comic

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Issue #22 – “Dark Titans”, 31 Mar. 2015
The stories from Teen Titans issues #18-23 are collected as Teen Titans Volume 4: Light and Dark TP (The New 52). For a review of the full storylines running through the individual issues, follow that link.

Issue #22 – “Dark Titans” – opens with Trigon seizing control of the Titan’s minds, with the exception of Red Robin, Beast Boy and Raven; Big fight; Red Robin outwits Trigon.

A new secret organisation (yes, in black suits) turns up to sort out the battle-zone and make the witnesses forget seeing Trigon or the Titans there…

The Titans go back to their boat and begin to relax, before Trigon pops in to talk to his agent there, and a time-warp opens and some guys from the future grab Kid Flash, who is apparently a wanted fugitive…


Teen Titans (Vol 4) # 23 (Ref-417685477)
Teen Titans (Vol 4) # 23 (Ref-417685477)
by DC Comics
Edition: Comic

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Issue #23 – “Hello, I must be Going”, 31 Mar. 2015
The stories from Teen Titans issues #18-23 are collected as Teen Titans Volume 4: Light and Dark TP (The New 52). For a review of the full storylines running through the individual issues, follow that link.

Issue #23 – “Hello, I must be Going” – opens with the Titans struggling to keep Bart out of the time-warp that is trying to draw him off to the future. We then see into the 30th century, where we overhear the kidnapers talking… This is followed by lots of inter-personal relationship stuff, and one of the team getting some good news that leads to him leaving…


[ Teen Titans Vol. 1: It's Our Right to Fight (the New 52) Lobdell, Scott ( Author ) ] { Paperback } 2012
[ Teen Titans Vol. 1: It's Our Right to Fight (the New 52) Lobdell, Scott ( Author ) ] { Paperback } 2012
by Scott Lobdell
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New 52 – The New Continuity – The New Teen Titans – and a new Danny the Street!, 31 Mar. 2015
This is yet another reboot of the DC Universe so out goes the babies with the bathwater. This time around, Red Robin is on the trail of a secret organisation that is kidnapping young metahumans for nefarious purposes, and over the course of issues #1-7 of the New 52’s The New Teen Titans - collected as Teen Titans TP Vol 01 Its Our Right To Fight - he slowly builds up a group of rescued kids, including Cassie Sandsmark (“Don’t call me Wonder Girl”), a speedster named Bart, a character called Solstice who looks a bit Raven-like, a real spider-girl and a kid with psychic Leggo powers – there’s a merchandising chance here – and a young street-kid who is a really a street! I was going to give the book 4 stars, but anyone who is willing to bring back Danny the Street deserves 5. There’s also a police SWAT commander who reads Interlac – I have followed the Legion for forty years and I know what Interlac looks like. The bad guys have built a new Superboy who gives the team (“we’re not a team”) a good kicking before he starts to wonder just what he’s supposed to be doing, and we get a cliff-hanger ending, with a visit from the Legion Lost promised for the next story-line, which is a big crossover running through Teen Titans #8 & #9, Legion Lost #8 & #9, Superboy #8 & #9, and Teen Titans Annual #1, all collected as The Culling: Rise of the Ravagers TP.

This is a fast-paced story which is entertainingly written and supported with very good artwork.


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