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  1.  An excellent read


    Castles of Steel is the complete story of World War One at sea between Britain and Germany. It covers every battle from the battle of Heligoland Bight, Coronel, The Falkland Islands, The Dogger Bank and Jutland. It also includes the campaign in the dardanelles at Galliopli and the U Boat war. Robert K Massie's book is an essential read for anyone wanting to know the complete history of the great war at sea. I would highly recommend it.

  2.  Essentail reading for people interested in imperialism


    Thomas Packenham's the Scramble for Africa covers the scramble for the dark continent from 1876-1912 and covers Britian, France, Belgium, Germany and Italy on how they acquired their colonies in Africa. Its a shame that the book doesn't cover the scramble from an earlier date but it does cover things such as how France acquired Algeria, how Germany founded their colonies in South West Africa, East Africa and the Cameroons, King Leopolds regime in the Congo and of course Britain, mentioning the Sudan campaign, the Boer War briefly and its colonies in West Africa. This is book is an essential read for anyone interested in Imperialism and African Colonialism.

  3.  A good sequel


    Abarat Absolute Midnight is the third book of the Abarat quartet and is a good read. The story is much darker than the previous 2 books in which Mater Motley tries to take over the Abarat with absolute midnight and Candy trying to stop it. One of the main characters gets killed in the story and a lot of permanent damage is done to some of the best known islands of the Abarat. This is highly recommended if you you are a Clive Barker fan and a fan of the series.

  4.  A great series from the 1990s


    This boxset is excellent. You get 12 discs of all 5 seasons of the x-men cartoon from the 1990s. The first and last seasons are only 13 episodes long. However, the third and fourth seasons are the longest and have the best stories such as the phoenix saga and the dark phoenix saga, as well as apocalypse who appears from the first series onwards. If you watched this as a child or are new to discovering this series it is a must buy!

  5.  A Triumph


    Michael Capuzzo's book covers the true story of the 1916 great white shark attacks off the coast of New Jersey, that inspired the novel and later film Jaws. You have to wait until you are nearly a third of the way into the book before you read about the first attack, but the rest of the book reads like a novel, from the gruesome details of the shark attacks, to the response and the hunting down of the shark are all covered. The only downside to the book is that there are no pictures or photographs such as photographs of the places the attacks happened, the victims, and a clearer map as there is only one map at the beginning of the book, the book would have been better. Appart from that this a great read.

  6.  A brilliant Read


    Thomas Packenham's history of the Boer War is the best book on this colonial war I have read. The first 100 pages were boring and dealt with the causes and politics before and when the war began. The rest of the book is devoted in intricate detail the war and it covers everything from the battles, to the sieges of Ladysmith Makeking and Kimberley. It reads just like a novel. There are clear maps and plans of the battles ans there is also a timeline at the end of the book that covers the whole war date by date. If you are interested in the boer war then buy this book.

  7.  A Triumph


    Ian Hernon's Britain's Forgotten Wars is a triumph. It is divided into 3 books. They each begin with a lengthy introduction, followed by the colonial campaigns that each start from the beginning to the end of the 19th century. There are a lot of wars I had never heard of in this book that the author believes should be remembered such as the First Burma War, The Riel Rebellion in Western Canada in 1885 and 2 of the Opium Wars, as well as some of the debacles such as the capture and loss of Buenos Aires 1806-07. There are however a few wars that were not real wars that the author includes in the book such as the unrest in the Falklands in 1833 or the Andaman Islands Expedition, that should not really be in the book as they were not military campaigns. The same can be said of a chapter on the Modoc Indian War of 1872-3, a war that had nothing to do with Britain, it was a war fought entirely by the USA. There is also a lack of maps and only a few illustrations that lack sufficient detail that should show clearly where the campaigns were fought. Apart from that this is a great read for anyone interested in the small wars of the 19th century.

  8.  A Brilliant Read!


    Julian Paget's book is the most comprehensive and the best book I have read on the Peninsular Campaign that lasted between 1808-1814. There is an easy to understand timeline of events at the beginning of the book, followed by a brief narrative of the campaign year by year. The second half of the book focuses in chronological order each battle of the peninsular war, each battle is described in an easy to understand narrative that keeps the reader hooked! Lastly, there is an appendix at the end of the book that looks at the Allied and French Commanders of the campaign, as well as appendices on the British and French armies and Wellington himself. A brilliant read for fans of Sharpe and anyone interested in the Peninsular War of the Napoleonic Wars.

  9.  Lucio Fulci's sickest film yet!


    The masterpiece from Lucio Fulci is part erotic thriller, part slasher and part detective drama, that is similar to Dario Argento's Tenebrae. There is lots of sexual violence and gore in the film, especially towards women, which might upset some viewers. Overall a great sick flick.

  10.  Excellent account of a forgotten campaign


    Don't be fooled by the misleading title. It should say: The untold tragedy of the Great War in East Africa, as the book is about the East Africa campaign of World War 1. The book reads reads more like a novel than a non fiction history book, and tells the incredible true story of German Commander-in Chief Paul Von Lettow-Vorbeck, whom waged a guerilla war against the allies in German East Africa (Tanzania) that lasted through the whole war, Vorbeck remaining undefeated in the field, only surrendering 2 weeks after the armistice is signed. So many stories come to life from the involvment of the Belgians from the Congo, Jan Smuts South Africans and the pitiful attempt by the Portugese in Mozambique to hold back the Germans. This is an excellent account of a largely forgotten campaign that deserves to be remembered, that is up there with Ron Wilcox's Battles on the Tigris (the Mesopotamia Campaign of World War 1).