Review: Prisoners of Geography, Tim Marshall

I recently read Tim Marshall’s ‘Prisoners of Geography’, and this short post here is meant to be a brief look at some points within there that I disagreed with.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Overall, the book is written in a very poetic style — too much so for what it should be like for the topics considered. What is more important, however, is the cluttering of bad phrases and inadequate comparisons which do no justice to the book. Continue reading “Review: Prisoners of Geography, Tim Marshall”

Review: Allegiance (Star Wars), Timothy Zahn

Rating: 4 out of 5

Mr Zahn’s entries into the now-Legends universe were always welcome; perhaps the main reason for this was that his characters were more varied, or, of course, it could have simply been that the action was enjoyable enough. What this book concerns itself, however, is naivete and morality. I would say this dialogue takes place on both sides, those of the Rebellion and the Empire, but that is not really so. Unlike some other authors who have written in this universe and time, Mr Zahn’s Rebellion is pretty clean (this time round).  Continue reading “Review: Allegiance (Star Wars), Timothy Zahn”

Review: Spitfire, Leo McKinstry

Rating: 4 out of 5

The Spitfire is a plane most everyone can imagine when it gets mentioned. But, really, it is far more than a plane. The Spitfire is a dream that someone dared to dream — and this dream became a reality just in time for the British to make it into their collective saviour in the 1940’s. However, as these things so often begin in another time, the history of the Spitfire reaches back beyond that into the early 20’s, and it is this whole story that Mr McKinstry provides. Continue reading “Review: Spitfire, Leo McKinstry”

Review: The Private Lives of the Saints, Janina Ramirez

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

It is my innate liking of Anglo-Saxon Britain which makes me rate this at 3.5/5 rather than any particular strength of the book. Indeed, I think that while it is an illuminating look into many people who otherwise do not get a deserved mention in more secular histories, the look into every individual here is quite shallow and generally based on a well-known story or feature. Rarely do we encounter even a conjecture of what their “private” life was like, and even where the author’s mention of “interesting results” is common, these results are communicated down to the reader in a very poor manner. Continue reading “Review: The Private Lives of the Saints, Janina Ramirez”

Review: The Storm Before the Storm, Mike Duncan

Rating: 4 out of 5

I enjoyed this narrative throughout though I was a bit surprised about the beginning — it felt more disjointed and forced in order to belong to the Republic’s story, and though it no doubt bears a very important part in how the later first century developed, it would have (perhaps) made more sense to have a separate book describing that period. There is definitely enough source material to warrant that. Continue reading “Review: The Storm Before the Storm, Mike Duncan”

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