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Commando Comics - 5th Jun 2017

Commando Comics Like old soldiers, old comics never die! so revisit your past:

The Dirty Dozen: The Best 12 Commando Comic Books Ever!
Edited by George Low, Commando Editor

Inland Navy, Riley's Rifle, Aces Wild, The Ship-Busters
Mustang Patrol, Death Patrol, Glider Ace, Trouble Spot
Battle Wagon, Three Two One Zero, March of the Monsters, Man of Iron

Here is Commando's ultimate collection of Second World War stories. These 12 were selected by George Low, who said it was no easy task to choose the "best" for this collection as there had been so many good stories and so much great artwork since 1961. He writes in his introduction that perhaps you'll find an old favourite you've all but forgotten or recognise a certain artist's style that you particularly admired.

Revive your comic-book battle lust: "Donner und Blitzen" "Gott im Himmel" "Achtung" "Englischer Schweinhund" "Aaaaaargghhh!"

Tennyson - 2nd Jun 2017

Tennyson's Works
This is a really beautiful volume of the poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson. The book was published in 1911 by Macmillan & Co and is a small octavo with lovely polished navy blue leather boards. There is gilt decorative rule to the board edges and to the spine. The title is in gilt lettering inside a red panel between the five raised bands to the spine. The page edges are marbled as are the eps and there is dentelle to the board fore-edges. Inside, there is a frontispiece portrait of Tennyson with tissue guard.

You couldn't ask for a nicer volume to hold while you read through The Lady of Shalott or peruse Enoch Arden or memorise Morte d'Arthur. 

Break, break, break,
On they cold gray stones, O Sea!
And I would that my tongue could utter
The thoughts that arise in me.

Break, break, break, 
At teh foot of they crags, O Sea!
But the tender grace of a day that is dead
will never come back to me.

(Apologies for missing two verses)


The Atheist's Bible - 1st Jun 2017

The Atheist's Bible "It is hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by bolts of lightning."
(Bill Watterson)

"All religions are the same: religion is basically guilt with different holidays."
(Cathy Ladman)

If those carry any appeal for you, you'll find them in The Atheist's Bible, edited by Joan Konner. This is "an illustrious collection of irreverent thoughts: quips, quotes, and questions from a distringuished assortment of geniuses and jokers."

"The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one."
(Can you guess who?)

Hours of entertainment; basis for an evening's quiz; missing-word round at a party; fodder for thought in the loo; there is definitely something here for everyone - well, nearly everyone!


Motor racing - 31st May 2017

The once irresistible world of motor racing may no longer be as exciting and nail-bitingly dangerous as it used to be - but you can still read about those marvellous days of old when drivers were real men, cars were unpredictable, accidents were guaranteed, death was just around the next corner, and winning required real skill (rather than just high tech cars).

We have a huge array of books both on line and in our shop covering all aspects of motorsport, including Formula One, Indy & stock cars, rally, touring, moto GP, motocross, and of course biographies of the great and famous (Fangio, Senna, Mansell, Prost, and Lauder to name but a few). We've probably even got something on lawnmower racing if that is what thrills you.

If you are one of the many who miss those edge-of-seat days, why not come into the shop and browse through our "car" section. We have a really great selection of both old & new and are always happy to bring books out from the back (our storeroom) for you to look at.

Plunge into Philosophy - 29th May 2017

Plunge into Philosophy The Bathroom Professor: Philosophy on the Go 
(Don't Just Sit There, Learn Something!)

By Joey Green

If you're looking for a quick. painless way to impress other people with a knowledge of philosophy that you don't possess, then take this little book with you every time you go to the loo and make good use of all those idle moments you spend just sitting there!

It isn't just a joke (although it's written to entertain) since you will learn something about the world's great philosophers and schools of thought. After reading this book, you will be able to fake your way through erudite dinner-table conversations but you will also develop a deeper understanding of why philosophy is such an endlessly fascinating field of study. 

You can't really beat the combination of simplicity, brevity and wit which educates and and enlightens at the same time.


GetaWay - 26th May 2017

GetaWay Gordon Thomson Woodroofe

The RAF listed 10,000 airmen prisoners of war in WW2, out of whom only 30 successfully escaped from German prison camps. Gordon Woodroofe is the only New Zealander named.

He was born in Te Aroha and left to train as a pilot in the RNZAF at Taieri and Wigram. On his sixth operational trip from England he ditched in the North Sea and was captured.

GeTaWay is Woodroofe's story of his escape from a Nazi prison camp and his tortuous journey back to England during World War Two. The odyssey involved adventures by train, bicycle, boat, wagon and on foot over the course of three years. 

Not many of the successful 'escapees' have written books which makes this definitely worth reading, a real New Zealand hero.


Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary - 25th May 2017

Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary
by Justin Green (new deluxe 2009 edition)

I know nothing at all about this book but its appearance is very impressive and it seems as if it could be interesting. I shall have to cheat by quoting extensively from the introduction written by Art Spiegelman. 

He bills it as a comic book turned into an intimate, secular confession booth! He says Justin Green has done for confessional autobiographical comics what the Bronte sisters did for Gothic romance and what Tolkien did for sword-and-sorcery. Spiegelman credits him with inventing a new genre.

I don't know how many confessional autobiographical comics you've read but if you're already a fan, you could read this one for comparison purposes; if you're like me and have never heard of the genre, you could give it a read for the purpose of widening your horizons.

Art Spiegelman does mention that the art work and the content may take some getting used to (but surely nothing worth its weight comes without effort).

Brothers Grimm - 24th May 2017

Brothers Grimm Vintage Grimm: The Complete Fairy Tales
Translated, introduced & annotated by Jack Zipes

Wolves, grandmothers, dwarfs, foxes, geese, kings, stepmothers, bears, murder, mayhem, evil, violence, cruelty, humour and pretty much anything else you can imagine.

This edition contains all 279 stories by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, stories which have fascinated both children and adults for generations. An informative introduction along with annotations make this more than just a volume of fairy tales and myths. All the famous favourites are here but there are dozens more that we've never heard of and that makes for a book with wide appeal which provides entertainment for the whole family.

Rapunzel, yes; Riffraff, no; Hansel & Gretel, yes; Iron Hans, no; The Raven, yes; The Turnip, no; there are a lot more tales that you probably don't know than those that you do.

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