Books


Silken Servitude - Christina Shelly

Aaaah, good old smutty erotic literature, an acquired taste and a variation of the regular reading.These Nexus published pocket novels are quick reads to be honest, at about 250 pages, but when I had finished Zoo, it was the only thing nearby to take along on the bus.And it was errrrrm, a special experience, though the looks on the bus and from collegues where worth it BIG TIME.  Though it ain't going to win awards anytime soon...As a weapon of control, there is nothing stronger in our arsenal other than the overwhelming and uncontrollable nature of male desire itself.  You are being led by your desperate, unyielding need to total servitude, Shelly; and your entire sex will surely follow, if we manage this opportunity properly.Pretty she-male Shelly has had her secret dreams of domination and feminisation fulfilled by Aunt Jane.  Yet her willing slavery has taken a new and even more kinky turn with her induction into the Bigger Picture, a secret society of female dominants dedicated to the worl

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Zoo - James Patterson

After watching, and especcially likeng the first season, the television series, I just wanted to read the book and see how they compare.Well, not one bit...In the book, Jackson Oz isn't an african safari guide, but a Columbia University drop-out who runs a blog and has the HAC as a theory.  As animals start attacking people, he gets conviced he is on the right track, and travels to his friend in africa, Abe, to investigate lions.  He gets his proof there... but Abe already dies after a few pages instead of becoming a lead character in the series.  He does meet Chloe there though, and then the story jumps 5 years forward and they researched a lot of animals already, now funded by the government.  And he and his wife Chloe must do everything to give their 3 year old son a future...Now, Shephards, his father, or even his team... they are not around in the book at all, or partially and in different (smaller) roles.  The book also finds a totally different reason for the mutations in the a

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Grinning Skull New Release: Adventurer’s Post Volume #1.

Well, it’s been a while since I last posted on here, and while it’s true that of recent times I have just used the site as a way of promoting Grinning Skull Products (Which I can say, keep me very busy creating I may add) I’m here again to tell you about more of the same. […]

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Seaforth World Naval Review: 2020

Now moving into its second decade, The Seaforth World Naval Review 2020 provides an affordable yet authoritative summary of global naval developments over the past twelve months.Regional surveys of fleet evolution and procurement by editor Conrad Waters are supplemented by in-depth articles from a range of subject experts focusing on significant new warships, technological advances and specific navies.Features in this edition include in-depth coverage of the US Navy's Virginia class submarines, the Royal Navy's Tide class tankers and the Indian P28 Komorto class corvettes. Technological subjects include assessments of recent developments in submarine technology by Norman Friedman, whilst David Hobbs' usual review of naval aviation focusses on the F35 Lightning II.The in-depth fleet reviews look at Finland and Germany and analyse how they are responding to the increased Russian threat. Now firmly established as providing the only annual naval overview of its type, The Seaforth World Naval Review is essential r

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Airmen of Arnhem

Martin Bowman presents us here with an unparalleled account of events as they unfolded in the skies above Holland during Operation Market-Garden' in September 1944. Market-Garden' was a heroic failure conducted at great cost; combined losses - both airborne and ground forces - in killed, wounded and missing amounted to more than 17,000. Market', the airborne part of the operation, spanned ten Allied lifts in a calamitous nine days of operations, often in foul weather.Over the course of Operation Market', 4,050 aircraft saw employment; most of them towed the 1,205 Hamilcar and Horsa gliders and were confronted by an unknown number of Luftwaffe aircraft. Stories of individual heroism punctuate this narrative, such as that of David Lord, a RAF Dakota pilot who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.Tales such as these humanise a period of wartime history that is often reduced to mere facts. There is no doubting the gallant and valorous contribution of the airmen of Arnhem - the RAF Dakota, Stirling, Halifax

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Mount of Aces

I'm reading this now as I'm on holiday for a week, so have some time to sit down and do some extended reading rather than a chapter here or there. It's a bit technical but very interesting and gives a fascinating insight on the inner workings of aircraft design, development and testing during the First World.The S.E.5a is one of my favorite aircraft and was my first choice of model to build when I started wargaming at the local club way back in 2004. Incidentally, I have just added a new Smer Albatros DVa to the build list for Knights of the Sky, having failed dismally to locate the box of three kits that I know are somewhere in the loft. I really should get up there and have a proper sort out sometime!

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Club, books and stuff

Easy night at the club, X-Wing and as I had lists prepared a la Blue Peter I only had to pack up and get out the door, I did notice this week how dark it was as I got on the road, Winter is certainly on its way. Once at the club without much ado I just chose a list and set up the spaceships, it was only as we commenced the game I found I had brought a knife to a gunfight, I got these lists from the so called experts on an X-Wing Forum, OK I am not the best star pilot but how anyone can win with this nonsense escapes me, mea culpa.Simon usually has either good luck or bad and last night his shooting and saving was the former, I did OK but nothing spectacular, my flying bricks, two B-Wings, with sieve armour were a liability as Simon's gunnery took them apart. The game was leisurely and as time approached I ran up the white flag, I had two ships left one of which was going south as soon as the enemy looked at it and I did not fancy my lone X-Wing's chances against Simon's two. I will have to learn to take the t

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My latest article in ‘Wargames Illustrated’

Check out the sixth item down on this list of contents for the forthcoming November issue of ‘Wargames Illustrated’. Despite the cover illustration, my article has nothing to do with Judge Dredd. But it still fits within this issues’s theme of ‘fictional heroes’ … you’ll just have to wait and see! I haven’t received my copy of the mag yet, so can’t wait to see what my article looks like finished!  

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Tempests and Doras

I have a new digital book to read over the weekend, the Osprey Duel Series Tempest V vs. Fw190D-9. I've always liked the look of these two fighter aircraft and already have sections of both types in my Bag the Hun 1/285th scale collection. The Tempests are Raiden Miniatures and are fine but the Doras are the lovely Museum Miniatures castings, which are a joy to paint and suitably sleek.They are really powerful and well armed in Bag the Hun and make for a good match if you want a fast and dirty dogfight, especially in the hands of Veteran or Ace pilots. I'm also interested in potential scenarios for the Come and Have a Go If You Think You're Lard Enough games day in which these two might feature, perhaps alongside some Me262's in a landing pattern. Tally Ho!

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Book Review: The Golden Age of Science Fiction by John Wade

As a wargamer, I have always been attracted to the idea of putting on a retro sci-fi game. Whenever I see retro sci-fi figures or rules I am compelled to pick them up. I assume that this is in a wide part down to nostalgia. Growing up in the 1970s in the UK we got our first expose to Star Trek and also I fondly remember watching classic sci-fi movies on BBC2 in the early evenings on Wednesdays. Films that were invariably made in the 1950s, mainly black and white (that might just have been because we still had a black and white TV at that point), and I suppose even by then, fairly dated. "Them", "The Incredible Shrinking Man", "This Island Earth", "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and two of my favourite films, "The Day The Earth Stood Still" and "Forbidden Planet".So when I saw the book The Golden Age of Science Fiction - A journey into Space with 1950s Radio, TV, Films, Comics and Books by John Wade I knew I had to read it.Although never promising to be a complete look at science fiction in the 1950s (this is

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Tiger I: German Army Heavy Tank: Eastern Front, Summer 1943

The Tiger I tank, probably the most famous German armoured vehicle of the Second World War, might have been a war-winning, break-through weapon if it had been produced in sufficient numbers and if it had been introduced earlier on the Eastern Front, before the balance of strength had tipped towards the Soviet Union.At the Battle of Kursk there were not enough Tigers to make a decisive difference and thereafter the Tiger was forced to play a mainly defensive role as the Wehrmacht struggled to withstand the advances of the Red Army.And it is this period in the Tiger tank's short history that Dennis Oliver concentrates on in this, his third book on the Tiger in the TankCraft series. He uses archive photos and extensively researched colour illustrations to examine the tanks and units of the German army's heavy panzer battalions. A large part of the book showcases available model kits and aftermarket products, complemented by a gallery of beautifully constructed and painted models in various scales.Technical detai

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Bren Gun Carrier: Britain's Universal War Machine

One of the most versatile fighting vehicles in the British army and many other forces for a quarter of a century, the Universal Carrier - more popularly known by its original title of Bren Gun Carrier - was developed as a fast and agile infantry-support vehicle.In this volume in Pen & Sword's LandCraft series, Robert Jackson traces its design and manufacturing history and describes its operational role throughout its long career. The Bren Carrier served in every theatre of the Second World War, from northwest Europe, North Africa and the Soviet Union to the Far East.Then, with the war over, it was operated by many belligerents in a string of other conflicts around the world, including Israel's struggle for independence and the war in Korea. A selection of archive photographs showing the Bren Carrier in action gives a graphic impression of how adaptable it was and records the variety of equipment it could carry.The book is an excellent source for the modeller, providing details of available kits together w

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Challenger 1: British Main Battle Tank of the Gulf War

During the 1980s and early 1990s the Challenger 1 main battle tank played a central role in Britain's armoured forces and it achieved remarkable success in combat, destroying around 300 Iraqi tanks in the Gulf War.With its advanced Chobham armour and hydropneumatic suspension system, it was one of the most sophisticated and effective armoured vehicles of the time and, in a modified form, it is still in service with the Jordanian army. It is also a popular subject with tank modellers and enthusiasts, which is why this volume in the TankCraft series is of such value.Archive photos of the Challenger 1 in service and extensively researched colour profile illustrations depict the tank throughout its operational life. A large part of the book showcases available model kits and aftermarket products, complemented by a gallery of beautifully constructed and painted models in various scales.Technical details as well as modifications introduced during production and in the field are also examined and provide everything

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Saga Reading

I'm reading this at the moment, as a bit of background for my Saga revival project, which is scheduled for the new year. I live in Winchester so the subject of this book is very close to home. It's written in a slightly unusual style but it is still readable and has some very interesting angles on the period which I hadn't been aware of before. 

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