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Klaus Barbie by Tom Bower

I think that most people who have even a minimum of knowledge about the second world war know who Klaus Barbie is, at least at an intellectual level. One of the most notorious, or infamous Nazi figures, with a nickname like The Butcher of Lyons, he instantly evokes a certain image and emotion. As a student... Read More »

The Shadow Factory by James Bamford

The Shadow Factory by James Bamford is a history of the National Security Agency – one of the most secrecy-bound American intelligence agencies in history, at least until recent years. In addition to the technical and scientific history, it examines the politics and the pitfalls faced by the agency throughout the year. Written in 2008,... Read More »

Trials of Magic by Thomas K Carpenter

Trials of Magic is the story of two sisters who are essentially auditioning for entry into a school of magic, where their real talents can be put to use – if they pass the trials, that is. The book is set in a very modern time, apart from the existence of magic, but I thought... Read More »

The Pope of Physics by Gino Segre, Bettina Hoerlin

The Pope of Physics by Gino Segre, Bettina HoerlinThe Pope of Physics is a book about the life of one of the innovative masters of physics, Enrico Fermi, who immigrated from Italy to America, and took part in one of the biggest science experiments in modern history – the construction of the atomic bomb during the second world war. I was surprised to... Read More »

Dracula vs Hitler by Patrick Sheane Duncan

Dracula vs Hitler by Patrick Sheane DuncanDracula vs Hitler, what a wonderfully click-baity title, I will admit that it got my attention. In a world where historical mashups like Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Hunter, and Android Karenina, are profligate, I had certain expectations, or ideas about what the book might involve. I supposed that it was going to be either “so... Read More »

Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly

Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew ReillyI think most people know what they’re getting themselves in for when they pick up one of Matthew Reilly’s books, for good or ill, although he has dabbled outside his home turf of high-paced military thrillers in recent years with The Tournament (quasi-historical fiction) and The Great Zoo of China (his love letter to Jurassic... Read More »

C21st Gods by David Tallerman, Anthony Summey (Issue 1)

C21st Gods by David Tallerman, Anthony Summey (Issue 1)I have always found the Cthulhu mythos an interesting one, and I was attracted to this comic, which puts a modern, gritty detective spin on the tale. Arriving at a house to investigate a possible kidnapping, two detective uncover a sinister cultish plot to do dastardly things in the name of Cthulhu. I don’t read... Read More »

The Relic Guild by Edward Cox

The Relic Guild is a fantasy novel set in an interesting world, where humans are essentially trapped in a city which is both on the border of everywhere, and cut off from everywhere else at the same time. Labrys Town is a tightly controlled world, where magic is outlawed, and citizens live in fear of... Read More »

Shadowed Souls edited by Jim Butcher & Kerrie L. Hughes

Shadowed Souls edited by Jim Butcher & Kerrie L. HughesShadowed Souls is short story anthology, edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes, featuring stories from a number of well-known authors, centred around the theme of individuals who might be doing good things, but have a troubled, or dark side to them. As with any collection of stories, there are ones which were my... Read More »

Titan Sinking by James Dixon

Titan Sinking by James DixonTitle: Titan Sinking: the decline of the WWF in 1995. Author: James Dixon Publisher: Whatculture.com Pages: 281 pages Professional wrestling is something that is largely the stuff of mockery among those who have no interest in the subject. For those inside the business, or who are actually fans of the action and storytelling inside the squared circle, it... Read More »

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