Ending the “Long Series” (Utopia, Cosmos) – Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter (6.5/10)

You've waited for something, wanted it, dreamed about it, lusted for it, until finally the day arrives and you open it. And then you wonder why all the hoopla over this. Why was I so smitten, interested? And that is how I felt after completing the last two books in this series. I understand that Terry … Continue reading Ending the “Long Series” (Utopia, Cosmos) – Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter (6.5/10)

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The Long Series (Earth, War, Mars) – Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter (See post text)

The Long Earth - (7.7/10) The earth's resources are running low, space is getting tighter, there are more people than ever, and there is no relief in sight. Until an open source device, the Stepper box - powered by a potato no less, is released and suddenly kids are disappearing left right and centre. Enter … Continue reading The Long Series (Earth, War, Mars) – Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter (See post text)

The God Gene – F Paul Wilson (7/10)

This book, the second in the series begun in Panacea, continues on directly after the events in the first book. However, I found this story just a little too formulaic. It was a good read, as the characters were strong (as the authors characters always are) but there was too much similarity to the first … Continue reading The God Gene – F Paul Wilson (7/10)

Restoring, Tuning and Using Classic Woodworking Tools – Michael Dunbar (9.5/10)

Michael Dunbar's classic work, revised and updated is the resource you need to  understand woodworking hand tools. This book is designed for those interested in restoring tools to a functioning state and along the way tuning them to get the best from them. His easy style and highly readable text and valuable images and drawings … Continue reading Restoring, Tuning and Using Classic Woodworking Tools – Michael Dunbar (9.5/10)

Jewellery Maker’s Field Guide, Tools and Essential Techniques – Helen I Driggs (8.5/10)

Another book found during my research into metalworking for modellers. This book is the standard by which all other books on tools and techniques should be measured. The simple and straightforward manner of presentation, the description of the tools and techniques made for an enjoyable read. Tools were described and you were provided with how-to's … Continue reading Jewellery Maker’s Field Guide, Tools and Essential Techniques – Helen I Driggs (8.5/10)