Simple Soldering – A beginner’s guide to making jewellery – Kate Ferrent Richbourg (7.5/10)

I've been looking into the craft skills needed to produce and work with different metals specific to modelling. Among the books I've found during my search this one was the easiest to understand for the newbie and was laid out in a logical, growth of skills oriented manner. Each skill task building on the one … Continue reading Simple Soldering – A beginner’s guide to making jewellery – Kate Ferrent Richbourg (7.5/10)

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Panzer III – Owners’ Workshop Manual (7/10)

For the modeller and historian this book will provide great appeal. However, there are some issues with the photos and captions in the book that left me often perplexed and sometimes stumped. That aside though, there is a wealth of detail for the modeller especially with highly detailed photos of this particular WW2 panzer. The … Continue reading Panzer III – Owners’ Workshop Manual (7/10)

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline (10/10)

Ernest Cline's 2011 (début) novel is set in the not to distant , if somewhat lackluster future, of 2044 and concerns that trials and tribulations of Wade Watt's a High School senior whose life revolves around the finding of a literal pot of gold bequeathed by a game designer to the users of the 'Oasis'. … Continue reading Ready Player One – Ernest Cline (10/10)

Spies in the Family – Eva Dillon (9.0/10)

I am a fan of cold-war fiction, having read it extensively in my youth having grown up in the 1970s and 80s. Le Carre, Ian Fleming and others were one of my staples when not reading my other love - science fiction. This book peaked my interest being non-fiction, with a focus on the first … Continue reading Spies in the Family – Eva Dillon (9.0/10)

Sci-fi chronicles: a visual history of the galaxy’s greatest science fiction – Guy Haley (10/10)

Advertised as the definitive encyclopedia for the science fiction fanatic - I must agree - to a point. The book follows 200 of the greatest galactic creations blending text, infographic timelines, and photographs, chronologically arranged covering all the media (film, tv show, books, etc). Not exhaustive, but for the most popular of the genre, a great … Continue reading Sci-fi chronicles: a visual history of the galaxy’s greatest science fiction – Guy Haley (10/10)

Dies the Fire – S. M. Stirling (8.7/10)

How would humanity get over losing the last 250 years of technology in a single stroke. THis is an interesting premise from one of my favourite Sci-Fi authors. And a very good tale to start the series. I really enjoyed reading through this novel, and the premise held up through meticulous authorship and novel (pardon … Continue reading Dies the Fire – S. M. Stirling (8.7/10)

Devil’s Blood – Prentice and Weil (8/10)

The second book by this pair in the The Books of Pandemonium series, finds Jack travelling in time thanks to the Devils of London. Very readable, although there were sections where I lost the thread of the story due to over complex situations, or unclear development of the plot - and I'm not sure which of … Continue reading Devil’s Blood – Prentice and Weil (8/10)