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The Garden of Rama (Rama Series Book 3)
The Garden of Rama (Rama Series Book 3)
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware! This is a Gentry Lee book, not Arthur C Clarke!!, 15 Dec. 2013
Arthur C Clarke's name may be first on the book cover but this really must be considered more of a Gentry Lee novel...and it shows! Loads of very boring, mundane, non-science fiction writing about a load of uninteresting characters. Zero suspense and very unimaginative. And what's very surprising, is how bad the predictions of the future Earth are. For instance, despite this being 200 years in the future and the book written in the early 1990s, the Soviet Union still exists, lots of people are still smoking, Japan is still a major world power, and African Americans are called American Negroes!" All very "un-Arthur C Clarke". After this I'm not sure if I have the energy to wade through Rama Revealed. Probably just read a synopsis to find out what the Ramans are up to and leave it at that.


Greatest Ever Prog Rock: The Definitive Collection
Greatest Ever Prog Rock: The Definitive Collection
Price: £8.49

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Ever???, 10 Dec. 2012
How can a collection that doesn't include anything by King Crimson, ELP, Wishbone Ash, Peter Gabriel Era Genesis and Mike Oldfield call itself The Greatest Ever Prog Rock - The Definitive Collection??? I mean, it isn't a bad collection but please leave the over used superlatives to the music industry suits and PA clones in LaLa Land.
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Never A Dull Moment
Never A Dull Moment
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rod's last great album, 10 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Never A Dull Moment (Audio CD)
Rod still at his best here. The album that followed it, Smiler, wasn't bad, but after that it was Atlantic Crossing, A Night on the Town, Brit Ekland, Lamborghinis and vilification by the Punks, which all came together to help steer the rest of his career into mid-Atlantic blandness. So this was definitely Rod's last great album. Hilarious cover as well.


Epidemics and History: Disease, Power and Imperialism
Epidemics and History: Disease, Power and Imperialism
by Sheldon Watts
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.25

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Long winded, pedantic, anti-Western diatribe, 22 Feb. 2012
Anyone hoping to learn something new about the history of infectious disease wont learn much from this boring, over-long treatise. Professor Watts maybe a much respected social and cultural historian but he's still got a lot to learn about the biology of infectious disease, epidemiology and the role of public health in the improvement of global health since the 19th century. Whereas the early chapters on plague and leprosy are quite interesting and insightful, the later ones on malaria and cholera are full of mistakes and subjective assertions. Indeed the author's serious lack of knowledge on the subject of epidemics and history can be summed up in one short sentence in the chapter on cholera where he disdainfully brushes aside John Snow's vital contribution to the birth of modern epidemiology as "Alice-in-Wonderland curiosity".


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