Review: Warrior King, Evan Currie

Rating: 4 out of 5

I recently noticed that Books 6 and 7 of this series were out, so I wanted to refamiliarise myself with the previous volume and then jump to those two. Reading it again, I think I am drawing the same conclusions as I did the last time round: This is not the best book ever written, nor is it even a close second — what it is, however, is thoroughly enjoyable entertainment. Continue reading “Review: Warrior King, Evan Currie”

Review: The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben

Rating: 2 out of 5

This is a hard one to review. I enjoyed the subject, but not the author’s take on it. Taking a look at trees as actively living creatures is a mystifying concept to the vast majority, and it was my feeling that this book should change that — but the author’s attitude makes me expect that Winnie the Pooh will jump into the next scene. Continue reading “Review: The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben”

Review: Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record, Carl Sagan

Rating: 3 out of 5

This was a weird one: a book dedicated to explaining why we sent a certain selection of our combined arts into space instead of other options. While I wholeheartedly stand beside the reason for which the people described within went through these actions, I found that aside some anecdotal stories (such as that of the Georgian evaluating traditional music as well as the numerous accounts of Beethoven) the book itself did not compel me to learn more. Continue reading “Review: Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record, Carl Sagan”

Review: Sex at Dawn, Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jetha

Rating: 5 out of 5

Sex. What a loaded concept in this modern world… And, no matter where one looks, one is made to think it has ever been so divisive. Or, at least, that is what would be termed the “standard narrative”. I use this here not in the sense of the authors (who do like that terminology), but rather as the generic cultural framework in which we exist — and in which our existence, in many a way, has been made very difficult (though primarily for half of the population only). Continue reading “Review: Sex at Dawn, Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jetha”

Review: This Sceptred Isle: The Dynasties, Christopher Lee

Rating: 5 out of 5

It was very easy for me to pick up another volume of ‘This Sceptred Isle’ as I absolutely adored the general historical collections I went through earlier this year. The one doubt I had was to do with this one’s name: “Dynasties”. I thought that though the Plantagenets and Windsors have their charms, it might not be that interesting. Firstly, I was mistaken — this deals with the common(er) dynasties (and the people who have actually been influential), and secondly, it was very interesting indeed to go through the stories of so many families. Continue reading “Review: This Sceptred Isle: The Dynasties, Christopher Lee”

Burg Kyda (Kiiu)

The cute tower now known as Kiiu carries the dubious distinction of being the smallest surviving Medieval military building in the Baltics. This should lead the intrepid explorer to think from the start that there’s not a lot to go around here even though what there is has a wonderful atmosphere. If Kiiu ends up being on your route, do stop by and take a look!

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Review: The French Foreign Legion, Douglas Boyd

Rating: 2 out of 5.

This was a detailed history in many a way, and it is clear that the author is enthusiastic about the Foreign Legions and its engagements throughout the approximately two centuries it has been in existence. Mr Boyd goes starts by throwing the reader into the deep, expecting them to pick up on what was going on in Vietnam before taking a step back and describing the earliest Legion and its gradual development into an Algerian occupying army and from that the other conflicts it has participated in. Continue reading “Review: The French Foreign Legion, Douglas Boyd”

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