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The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi: A Burton & Swinburne Adventure
The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi: A Burton & Swinburne Adventure
by Mark Hodder
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.72
33 used & new from CDN$ 2.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk Adventure. Another Great Mystery and Battles with Burton and Swinburne., Nov. 7 2013
This is the fourth book in this "A Burton and Swinburne Adventure" series created by Mark Hodder. If you love this book you will also want to check out "The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man" and "Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon" and "The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack". All HIGHLY recommended

The two main characters couldn't be further apart and yet they link closely as a team seeing what is happening from different perspectives that compliments the other.

Burton is a large man and an explorer and agent of the Queen, while Swinburne is a diminutive poet.

In this adventure Burton and Swinburne are dealing with the afterlife. Burton is brought in an advised that the technology that has been implemented in the past 20 years has come from a spirit in the after life called Abhu El Yezdi.

Being a practical man Burton is highly suspicious of the so called afterlife however puts in best effort to resolve the problem. The problem being that Abdu El Yezdi has gone silent just when England needs him the most.

Resentment between England and Germany is escalating and it appears this is being driven by a group that believes in eugenics. Eugenics believes in the supremacy of the strongest but goes further by arguing that rather than wait for nature to do this that man can accelerate the process through technological intervention.

Further to Burton's qualms about the afterlife is the fact that he is due to get married. And the bride's family are not happy with their daughter's choice in a potential husband.

Lost of action, lots of twists and turns with a huge plot twist before the final battle between good and evil.

Highly Recommended.

POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT

It should be noted that Abdu El Yezdi is an anagram that tells you the end of the story. Although still cryptic, why not read the book and then you will agree that the following clearly relates to a major plot line:

Abdu El Yezdi = Bye Dualized

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye: The World's Greatest Detective Tackles the Bible's Ultimate Mysteries
Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye: The World's Greatest Detective Tackles the Bible's Ultimate Mysteries
Price: CDN$ 9.99

1.0 out of 5 stars NOT a real Sherlock Holmes story. This is a bible study. NOT recommended for Sherlock fans, Nov. 2 2013
As noted below I didn't read the entire books as I felt it was a waste of my time.

Now that I have your attention lets get to the book in question.

The focus of this book is NOT Sherlock Holmes, but rather the authors interpretation of various stories within the Bible.

As a Sherlock Holmes story is fails miserably because you are constantly being bombarded with religious ideology and interpretation. I didn't buy the book for this I bought it to enjoy another Sherlock Holmes adventure.

I had read the reviews but needed to see for myself.

I read the first three chapters, and the end, and stopped at that point.

As a Bible study it may be great; but I am not qualified to assess that.

As a Sherlock Holmes story it is an utter failure to me.

NOT recommended

D.A.
D.A.
by Connie Willis
Edition: Hardcover
17 used & new from CDN$ 2.29

3.0 out of 5 stars YA short story about angry young girl and her trip to space as a cadet. She didn't even apply ??, Nov. 1 2013
This review is from: D.A. (Hardcover)
In this short story Theodora Baumgarten is your typical youth just fooling around in school, although serious about getting an education at the same time.

It comes as a total surprise when it is announced that she has been chosen as an IASA space cadet. A surprise and a shock as she never applied for the position.

Within 2 ' hours of the announcement she is whisked away, while protesting the entire time, and she is off on an adventure.

When she reaches training she starts again to try and find out what the heck is going on.

It ends up she is a D.A. (title of the book)

You'll have to read the book to find out what a DA is.

Recommended for a YA audience, which if I was one would result in one more star for the rating

SCIENCE FICTION OF THE 30'S
SCIENCE FICTION OF THE 30'S
by KNIGHT
Edition: Hardcover
8 used & new from CDN$ 23.55

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting peek at the science fiction in the 30's through the best stories, Oct. 30 2013
As the editor of this anthology notes most of the science fiction created in the 30's was dribble.

But it kept money coming into the authors and publishers and offered exotic entertainment to the great unwashed that was US.

Through the insight of the ensuing 80 years we find that science fiction that came later was better. Why? Maybe because just like Darwin, the weak were culled from the herd and the strongest continued to produce better and better stories.

These 18 stories show that even in the 30's there were authors who held them selves to standards that not only required entertainment for the reader but some truly spectacular speculation.

Speculation included: zero population growth, abdication of a King, atomic energy, computers and others modern conveniences. You could say that if you throw darts at a target enough times you will eventually get lucky and hit it with one. However when you detail something that does not exist then, and maybe not for another 50 years, you definitely have a fine tuned imagination.

However having imagination and transferring what you imagine to others that takes a special skill which is illustrated in the stories included in this anthology.

A sneak peak at the future by looking into the past. Just take a look at "The Wall" by Howard W. Graham, PH. D. Who writes of an invisible wall that comes down on a city and no one can pass through the wall. Sound familiar ? (The Dome by Stephen King)

Very entertaining book on the genre

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Through 1968: Miscellaneous
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Through 1968: Miscellaneous
by Donald Henry Tuck
Edition: Hardcover
4 used & new from CDN$ 70.57

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible resource for fans of Science Fiction & Fantasy. YOU NEED THIS BOOK, Oct. 30 2013
Comments on all 3 volumes as follows:
This is a great resource for anyone interested in Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors up to 1968.

There are comprehensive biographies and book lists both for North American publications as well as around the World.

This is Volume 1 in a 3 volume set released over an 8 year period.

You need all 3 volumes in your library as a research tool

Highly recommended
This is the second volume of a 3 volume reference set on fantasy and science fiction authors and their books plus a bunch of other usefull information.

Most data is up to 1968.

For a collector it is hard to find good reference books as these two genres are not with huge fan bases.

Recommended for your library
The concluding volume in this trilogy of reference work on science fiction and fantasy up to 1968.

This volume contains extensive listings of paperbacks and magazines.

It also contains a great list of author pseudonyms which seems to have been all the rage in the 30's 40's and 50's with some authors having up to 12 different names published - interesting.

This whole 3 volume set is a treasure for any collector or fan

Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy Through 1968: M-Z
Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy Through 1968: M-Z
by Donald Henry Tuck
Edition: Hardcover
12 used & new from CDN$ 69.52

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible resource for fans of Science Fiction & Fantasy. Lots of information and insight, Oct. 30 2013
Comments on all 3 volumes as follows:
This is a great resource for anyone interested in Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors up to 1968.

There are comprehensive biographies and book lists both for North American publications as well as around the World.

This is Volume 1 in a 3 volume set released over an 8 year period.

You need all 3 volumes in your library as a research tool

Highly recommended
This is the second volume of a 3 volume reference set on fantasy and science fiction authors and their books plus a bunch of other usefull information.

Most data is up to 1968.

For a collector it is hard to find good reference books as these two genres are not with huge fan bases.

Recommended for your library
The concluding volume in this trilogy of reference work on science fiction and fantasy up to 1968.

This volume contains extensive listings of paperbacks and magazines.

It also contains a great list of author pseudonyms which seems to have been all the rage in the 30's 40's and 50's with some authors having up to 12 different names published - interesting.

This whole 3 volume set is a treasure for any collector or fan

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy Through 1968: A Bibliographic Survey of the Fields of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Weird Fiction Thr
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy Through 1968: A Bibliographic Survey of the Fields of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Weird Fiction Thr
by Donald Henry Tuck
Edition: Hardcover
7 used & new from CDN$ 27.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible resource for fans of Science Fiction & Fantasy. Tons of information and insights, Oct. 30 2013
Comments on all 3 volumes as follows:
This is a great resource for anyone interested in Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors up to 1968.

There are comprehensive biographies and book lists both for North American publications as well as around the World.

This is Volume 1 in a 3 volume set released over an 8 year period.

You need all 3 volumes in your library as a research tool

Highly recommended
This is the second volume of a 3 volume reference set on fantasy and science fiction authors and their books plus a bunch of other usefull information.

Most data is up to 1968.

For a collector it is hard to find good reference books as these two genres are not with huge fan bases.

Recommended for your library
The concluding volume in this trilogy of reference work on science fiction and fantasy up to 1968.

This volume contains extensive listings of paperbacks and magazines.

It also contains a great list of author pseudonyms which seems to have been all the rage in the 30's 40's and 50's with some authors having up to 12 different names published - interesting.

This whole 3 volume set is a treasure for any collector or fan

Over My Shoulder: Reflections on a Science Fiction Era
Over My Shoulder: Reflections on a Science Fiction Era
by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach
Edition: Hardcover
9 used & new from CDN$ 15.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Insiders look at Science Fiction in the 40's and 50's. Great information resource on these times, Oct. 30 2013
If you are a fan of science fiction you will recognize the authors name as a contributor to this field not only through his books but also the fact that he owned Fantasy Press.

Fantasy Press published Science Fiction and some Fantasy books between 1947 and 1961.

This is the story of Lloyd Arthur Eshbach from his own mouth.

As well it is the story of the founding and floundering of a large group of small publishers in the 1940's to 1970's. How they got started;and Eshbach's opinion as to why they eventually closed their doors.

Eshbach got to rub shoulders with all sorts of Science Fiction masters including Heinlein, Doc Smith and many others. There are some funny stories included about some of these people

As a biography it is great, as a source of information on this period it is spectacular.

The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes
The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes
by George Mann
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.79
39 used & new from CDN$ 1.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anthology of short stories within the Steampunk world of Newbury & Hobbes, Oct. 28 2013
This is a collection of short stories within the Newbury and Hobbes world of England in the early 1900's.

There are stories of apparitions, stories of marvellous machinery, ancient treasure and a run in with someone who bested Newbury several times.

If you have read the novels in this series by George Mann, namely "The Affinity Bridge", "The Osiris Ritual", "The Immorality Engine", and "The Executioners Heart" you will be right at home.

Even if you haven't read any of the novels these short stories will allow you a peak into the world that George Mann has created for his characters.

Much like Sherlock Holmes Newbury likes to logic his way to a problems solution but sometimes he just goes charging in.

Entertaining

It should be noted that the story entitled "The case of the Nightcrawler" also appears in the book "Encounters of Sherlock Holmes" which was edited by George Mann. As I have also read this fine book I guess it's only fair that he have his story in this anthology.

Marionettes, Inc.
Marionettes, Inc.
by Ray Bradbury
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 43.02
13 used & new from CDN$ 25.56

4.0 out of 5 stars Can we use alternate mechanical people to fufill our desires - good and evil ?, Oct. 28 2013
This review is from: Marionettes, Inc. (Hardcover)
Ray Bradbury has a way with words. He approaches the issue from an oblique almost poteical fashion that is attractive to the reader.

In this anthology of 6 short stories we see the positives and the negatives associated with the hubris of creating copies of humans that are machines.

There is the grandmother that looks after three children with diferent needs and adapts to thsoe needs on the run.

We have man intent on killing his cheating wife by doing the act to her duplicate.

Each story asks the question are we as good or bad as we are because we are human or because we can use Marionettes , Inc product to realize our expectations.

Interesting read from a master at his craft

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