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The Histories (Oxford World's Classics)
The Histories (Oxford World's Classics)
by Polybius
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.27

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent new translation, 19 Oct. 2016
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This comes across as a very nice new translation, which tackles what can be a difficult text to work with, given that Polybius wrote in the "koine" or the common dialect of Greek in the 2nd Century BC. Most Greek texts were written in, or in imitation of, 5th Century BC Attic.
In addition, Polybius is also a technical writer for his time and speaks with precision. This where translators need a detailed contextual background and it is here that Robin Waterfield, like so many, comes a little unstuck. An example is the term "longchophoroi", which Loeb translates as "pikemen" and Waterfield renders as "spearmen". Neither is correct but the error is understandable as the word "longche" does mean "spear" but cannot mean "pike" as there is a specific word in the period for "pike" - "sarissa". Likewise, "phalangitai" is the word for "pikemen" and the original word is used in the context of skirmishing infantry - try skirmishing with a 21ft spear!
The word "longche" is used in the context of a spear which is thrown, so is here being used to tell is that these "spearmen" are in fact skirmishers, so would be better rendered as "light foot", which would work well alongside "euzonoi" (the lightest foot) and distinguish them by their relative willingness to drive off their opposite numbers. Likewise the word "kathoplisma" (if I have spelt that correctly) has a whole story behind it but I'll leave that for another day.

This is an excellent and readable translation. It is understandable that the fragmented books were left out as some are mere paragraphs and this absence is more than compensated for by Robin Waterfield's superb notes and textual explainations.


The Phantom in Focus: A Navigator's Eye on Britain's Cold War Warrior
The Phantom in Focus: A Navigator's Eye on Britain's Cold War Warrior
by David Gledhill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.74

4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and entertaining, 19 Oct. 2016
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A fascinating book by the author with many stories from his time flying the FGR2. For those interested in the technical details, he provides the aircrew's perspective, such as the high level limitations of the FGR2, needing to be nursed up to high altitudes and the manoeuvres required to push the Phantom up to Mach 1.6.
He writes in an entertaining style, which is quite rereadable. Tempted in the future to get his book on the Tornado F.3.


HyperX Fury 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3 1333 MHz CL9 DIMM Memory Module Kit - Black
HyperX Fury 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3 1333 MHz CL9 DIMM Memory Module Kit - Black
Price: £62.26

5.0 out of 5 stars I replaced two different chip sets of 2x4GB DDR3 1333MHz ..., 14 April 2016
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I replaced two different chip sets of 2x4GB DDR3 1333MHz with these two. The performance of my PC has moved up slightly in terms of speed but in terms of overall smoothness, I really have noticed a difference.


Corsair Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition Ultra-Silent Mid Tower Computer Chassis with Integrated Fan Controller
Corsair Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition Ultra-Silent Mid Tower Computer Chassis with Integrated Fan Controller
Price: £84.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money, 5 Mar. 2016
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It is beautifully quiet, easy to open and maintain. The drive-trays are really cool.
This is a beautifully designed bit of kit!


Star Wars: Aftermath: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: Aftermath: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
by Chuck Wendig
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst SW books ever written, 21 Feb. 2016
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Others have said this but I think it worth repeating. This is one of the worst books that I've ever read.
The style is irritating, while I cannot get into the characters. There are obvious nods to modern ideas (gay couples, inter-species romance) which are just completely out of place.
The author is hopelessly out of his depth and can't seem to decide if he's writing an adult or a 'young adult' story.

I am seriously considering returning the book or giving it to a charity shop. It will not disgrace my shelves.


Linebacker: The Untold Story of the Air Raids over North Vietnam
Linebacker: The Untold Story of the Air Raids over North Vietnam
by Karl J. Eschmann
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and well told, 3 Jun. 2014
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This little book tells a great deal about the operations over North Vietnam and how much was learnt by the USAF in the period between 1965 and 1973.


The Snowden Operation: Inside the West's Greatest Intelligence Disaster (Kindle Single)
The Snowden Operation: Inside the West's Greatest Intelligence Disaster (Kindle Single)
Price: £1.15

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hang Snowden, 3 Jun. 2014
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Do. The man is a traitor, not a patriot. He is as bad as Kim Philby et al in the Cold War.


The Crippled God: The Malazan Book of the Fallen 10
The Crippled God: The Malazan Book of the Fallen 10
by Steven Erikson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent ending to the series, 3 Jun. 2014
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The book fell off a little towards the end as the characters moved more into archetypes but then I believe this is the nature of myth-making.


Dust of Dreams (Book 9 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen)
Dust of Dreams (Book 9 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen)
by Steven Erikson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 3 Jun. 2014
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I really enjoyed the series and this is a great penultimate novel. The plot is dark and intricate and the characterisations perfectly realised.


Thomas Wyatt: The Heart's Forest
Thomas Wyatt: The Heart's Forest
by Susan Brigden
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.24

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original, illuminating research, 9 Dec. 2013
A marriage of English and history as disciplines, the author succeeds in unwrapping a man and his period and thus makes explicable the events of Wyatt's time.


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