Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Ta Hsueh and Chung Yung

Ta Hseuh and Chung Yung: The highest order of cultivation and on the practice of the mean, being two books in the canon of Chinese Philosophy, the other being Mencius and The Analects, is worthy of any one with an interest in Chinese history, Philosophy or literature.
This canon is to be studied from the age of fifteen and prepares you for Government office, leadership and mastery.
With copious notes on translation, interpretation, pronunciation and histories, this Penguin edition is well worth a read.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The sign of four

When I read  a Holmes novel, I always picture a Basil Rathbone alongside a bumbling Dr Watson, which, of course, is not strictly true to the literature, which is why I keep returning to the original books.
In The sign of four, the 2nd and shortest novel in the collection, we have high adventure, poison darts, child sized footprints, a wooden leg, Dr Watson finds a love interest, the detective bags his criminal and Holmes, he has the pleasure derived from the work and of course, the cocaine, there is always cocaine...

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Diamonds are forever - Ian Fleming

Forget SMERSCH, Bond is in America against organised crime, not just pasta and pizza eating minor criminals as Bond soon learns, but everything SMERSCH can offer and then some...
Well worth a read on the beach this Summer.

Friday, 18 July 2014

The last man - C.L.Werner

The Empire of Sigmar is in crisis. The Black Plague sweeps across the lands, killing indiscriminately and as the city-states close their walls and try to survive the horror, small towns like Wartenhof are left to fend for themselves. But worse things than disease lurk in the darkness, as the skaven, originators of the plague, rise to claim the Empire as their own. The last human alive in Wartenhof bears witness to their evil… But will he survive for long enough to report it to the authorities?
ISBN 9781782516491

The great maw - L.J.Goulding

Legends tell of the origins of the ogre race and their mysterious god. Many of these tales centre around the mythical figure of Groth Onefinger. Here is one such saga, recounting the story of the great cataclysm that overtook the ogres and drove them from their lands, of the birth of a great and hungry deity that drives all of that savage race to fits of incredible greed, and of Groth, the saviour of the ogre race and first prophet of the Great Maw.
ISBN 9781782516019

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Bernheimers gun - Josh Reynolds

When the Imperial engineer Mikal Bernheimer flees to the free city of Marienburg, it falls to Erkhart Dubnitz and the Knights of Manann to protect the exile while the great and good wage diplomatic war over the matter. Not too onerous a task, so it seems, but with enemies on all sides and intrigue around every corner, Dubnitz and his men are guaranteed a good fight as well…
ISBN 9781782516002

A question of faith - C.L.Werner

The Empire of Sigmar is in crisis. The Black Plague sweeps across the lands, killing indiscriminately and some unscrupulous folk try to turn the tragedy that follows the disease into a way to earn a profit… When a self-proclaimed ‘plague doktor’ arrives in Helmstedt offering to protect the people (for a price), the Sigmarite priest Father Anton makes some startling – and life-threatening – discoveries about the nature of the plague...
ISBN 9781782512783