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Lost Voyages of Trek and the Next Generation
Lost Voyages of Trek and the Next Generation
by Edward Gross
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Jan. 2015
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Absolutely great. Any trekkie will love this.


3D Storytelling: How Stereoscopic 3D Works and How to Use It
3D Storytelling: How Stereoscopic 3D Works and How to Use It
by Bruce Block
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent primer for 3D, 3 Nov. 2014
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Phil is THE acknowledged master of 3D. He pioneered it's usage at Dreamworks, creating a revolution in thinking there, and what he doesn't know isn't worth knowing!

This is a well illustrated book that shows you all the basics, and intermediate stuff, in a way that's easy to follow and understand.

Highly recommended.


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't trust these reviews at all!, 28 May 2014
Notice the similarity in the wording...?

Mr. N J Wright's glowing review - just below this one - is the only one he's ever posted.


World War I Love Stories: Real-life Romances from the War that Shook the World
World War I Love Stories: Real-life Romances from the War that Shook the World
by Gill Paul
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable, impeccably researched, and very moving, 28 April 2014
An intimate view of the Great War, containing fourteen stories of couples' lives, based on letters they wrote to each other and journals they kept, and copiously illustrated with photos from the time.

It's a good mix of the stories of famous names, such as Ernest Hemingway and the nurse he was besotted with in Italy, and relative unknowns with a memorable tale to tell. You get an inside view of everyday life in wartime and the way the men used humour and their own form of slang to cope with the horrendous conditions. Reading their words a hundred years on, from letters they never expected to be seen by anyone except their loved ones, has an eery feel but it's a great way to get a sense of their characters.

Apparently President Roosevelt's son was one of the pilots flying over enemy lines in an early bi-plane that was little more than a rattly tin can with a temperamental engine. I didn't know about the prejudice faced back home by Irishmen who fought for the British army at a time when Southern Ireland was still part of the UK (but not for long). And I hadn't realised the huge advances that were being made in the treatment of gangrene, a killer in the early years of the war, or the increasingly brutal types of poison gas used. Of course I could have read all this in a more scholarly tome, but it hits home when told in the words of those who were actually there.

Some somehow survived that awful war, but some didn't, and a few of their stories are here. Keep a box of tissues to hand!


The 3D Art Book
The 3D Art Book
by Tristan Eaton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book!, 6 Jan. 2014
This review is from: The 3D Art Book (Paperback)
I got this as a gift, and I love it! This is beautifully produced, and huge fun. I could pick fault with a few of the images - some have too much or too little 3D, others are lacking rounded-ness, but overall this book is visual treat.


The Affair
The Affair
by Gill Paul
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.00

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal summer read, 30 May 2013
This review is from: The Affair (Paperback)
I love the 60s: what an amazing time! Everything was new, everything seemed possible, and looking back there's a nostalgia for an era so full of hope and optimism (oh, what do I sound like? I'm not even that old.). To me, "The Affair" seems to catch the mood of that far away era perfectly, of those raised in the 50s (when men could pinch girls' bottoms and husbands expected wives not to work) being abruptly shoved into this bright new era. So we see our heroine Diana shocked, but strangely excited, when she sees see two men kissing on the Cleopatra set - her first encounter with homosexuality. And that's just the beginning...

Diana is employed as researcher during the filming of Cleopatra in Rome in 1961-62. She's clever, but hopelessly naive. Everyone is more streetwise, even the younger, very vulnerable makeup artist she befriends. Scott, the protagonist of a parallel story thread, is an American journalist, whose tale becomes intertwined with hers. He is another wet-behind-the-ears, straight out of Harvard and keen to bed as many girls as he can manage. In the background is the Taylor/Burton true-life soap opera, and when Diana meets them it creates some of the best moments of the novel. Always with a glass of something boozy at their elbows, they are smart-talking, magnetic and impossibly glamorous.

The 60s atmosphere is created very effectively through dialogue, detail, and attitudes without impinging on a fast-paced, compelling story of these people living the high life in a foreign land. It's a novel that also questions our attitudes to celebrity, yet it is a lot of fun to read. But most of all, it makes you wish you'd been there, living La Dolce Vita, supping Prosecco in a glitzy Roman cafe, riding on the back of a Vespa, and watching Elizabeth Taylor's feather boa catch fire as she danced a rumba.

Where's the sequel? I want more!


TVonics WiFi USB Dongle/Adapter for BBC iPlayer
TVonics WiFi USB Dongle/Adapter for BBC iPlayer

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has anyone tried this in a non TVonics device?, 11 April 2013
Has anyone tried this in a non TVonics device?

Will this work with another set-top box with a USB port?

Unlikely of course, but worth asking... ;-)


Women and Children First: Bravery, love and fate: the untold story of the doomed Titanic
Women and Children First: Bravery, love and fate: the untold story of the doomed Titanic
Price: £1.49

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific read! Deep and moving., 12 April 2012
This is a gripping read from the very first page. Trust me - you won't be able to put it down. Once you get started kids will go unfed and emails unanswered.

I'm a bit of a Titanorac myself and can vouch that the research is spot on. Descriptions are well researched, but without intruding on the story. If you're not a Titanic expert, it's a good way to learn more about it.

I like the fact that the central character, Reg, is a crew member because this is a story that is not often told, and it's interesting to get his 'behind the scenes' look at the workings of the ship. What eventually happens to him is shocking and you really do share his journey.

You also view events through the eyes of two other characters as well - a lady in first class, and an Irish woman travelling with four children in third, so it shows how the different strata lived on the ship, and also how that affected how they reacted to and were treated during the disaster. It then follows them to show how they coped with what they've been through, with what nowadays might be labelled as post-traumatic stress, but which in those days you just kept to yourself, but which would nevertheless come out in other ways. This is what the book goes on to explore and is its great strength.

It's a top-notch story, compellingly told, and I'd recommend it to anyone. You in fact.
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Titanic Love Stories: The True Stories of 13 Honeymoon Couples Who Sailed on the Titanic
Titanic Love Stories: The True Stories of 13 Honeymoon Couples Who Sailed on the Titanic
by Gill Paul
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate!, 12 Nov. 2011
A well researched, gorgeously illustrated book.

And not just one for the girlies. The level of detail is impressive, with incidental information like what the final transmissions from the ship were during their final hours as they desperately sought help, to how much passengers paid to be on this sumptuous ship built on a scale hard to imagine - one officer later said it would have taken weeks to become familiar with the layout and all the forms of escape. And even how many dogs there were!

But what makes this stand out is how moving these tales are. This is human tragedy and folly writ bold. I defy anyone to keep a dry eye reading it.

A great read, and an excellent Christmas present!


LG BD550 Blu-Ray Player
LG BD550 Blu-Ray Player

7 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This player is NOT region free!, 23 Jun. 2011
And there is no way to change this player to region free without sending it away for a hardware mod.

:(
Comment Comments (4) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jan 3, 2012 2:52 PM GMT


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