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    guns of glory []  2020-5-21 22:34
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    Just played Guns of Glory on a phone application via mistplay reviews. Played this one with amazing interest as on the mobile you got the impression of controlling your characters on the ground level, helping catch pick pockets etc etc. Like all mobile ads this was misleading. Don't obtain me wrong the android game itself was addictive and you can spend hours playing (If you play via mistplay you can earn a fair few Amazon vouchers), but yeah false advertising? Really? Unfortunately this is a huge pitfall a lot of android games like these fall into. For example you can expect a nice create your kitchen safe android game but instead you obtain something quite various (garden scapes see add for application and play game)

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    clash of clans []  2020-5-11 22:47

    recommend amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing

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    Wars of the Roses [App]  2019-11-29 13:50

    It uses the familiar HexWar mechanics for late medieval combat. A change for the Battles of the Roses is that factions can switch sides during a battle, as happened historically. The old-style font can sometimes be difficult to read, and the installation is very huge at 500 MB.

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    King Tactics - The Wars of the Roses [App]  2020-4-6 13:40

    I love Rose King! Thrilled to search this app, based upon the game. Application unfortunately forces you to go through two various guide levels before unlocking play. Has a "campaign mode" which can add various obstacles like trees or rocks, may force you to use Knights (the "hero cards") to gain certain areas, and may have various amounts of Knights or movement scrolls (cards) available for that level. Unfortunately, these cool fresh options are not available during multiplayer android game creation

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    King Tactics - The Wars of the Roses [App]  2020-4-6 13:40

    I like the android game a lot. It would be nice if the AI could be first player though. As it is now, I can only play as red and never be white.

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    King Tactics - The Wars of the Roses [App]  2020-4-6 13:40

    A nice tactical game, however there is no story (it's based on a board game, so...) and the campaign is much too short. Two comments, 1) why no reset option? It can become blatantly obvious you have been outplayed by ai sometimes, a reset would be very useful. 2) add map design features please, would create multiplayer very fun!

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    King Tactics - The Wars of the Roses [App]  2020-4-6 13:40

    Unplayable on phones with larger screens and higher aspect ratios. Parts of the android game obtain chop off so I cannot use controls or see messages. This is a related result to pinch and zoom on YouTube videos, it cuts off some of the video. I was not able to play at all. Avoid if you have a phone related to the OnePlus 7 Pro

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    King Tactics - The Wars of the Roses [App]  2020-4-6 13:40

    Beautiful solid implementation of the board game. Looks pretty, plays well. Taking over opponent areas takes a small long, but that's not a huge dealbreaker. Works well on mobile. Unfortunately while I like playing this in person I don't love playing it digitally.

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    King Tactics - The Wars of the Roses [App]  2020-4-6 13:40

    Very amazing android game and its price.

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    King Tactics - The Wars of the Roses [App]  2020-4-6 13:40

    I absolutely love this game! It is definitely one of my fresh favorites!

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    King Tactics – Wars of the Roses [App]  2019-11-30 21:50

    I absolutely love this game! It is definitely one of my fresh favorites!

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    The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors []  2020-1-16 7:7

    Dan Jones, who gave is a first class acc of the Plantagenet line of English kings, now turns his attention to the sprawling, difficult history of two main lines of English royalty, the house of Lancaster and the house of York. This takes up half of the fifteenth century, from 1420 to 1471. It is a terribly involved story, with a lot of Edwards and Henrys, with brutal wars on remote moors, with beheadings – even some of which were marred by cleavers that missed their target, imprisonments, chicanery, and deceit. Almost nowhere do we read of a powerful king who was able to draw the country together, to move on from its constant obsession with the concept of conquering pieces of what is now France, to lift the country on to a higher economic and cultural plane. Those efforts came later, beginning soon with the ascent of the Tudors, most importantly with Henry VIII and his daughter, Elizabeth spite the high level of action and even suspense, this story is not at the level of Jones’ previous book on the Plantagenets. It suffers, annoyingly in this reader’s opinion, from a total disinterest in making the story simple to follow. There are detailed geneology charts but the blood lines are difficult to follow and, in some cases, use various names for the same individual. In no case are there any dates on any of the charts. This is a period of English history that is riotous and confusing and it is not created any more transparent by these charts.But allow us place this aside. Tag it as a mild objection but not anything crippling. The main story is terrific and when Jones gets his history rolling it is nothing short of gripping. We are led through Henry V’s stirring war at Agincourt (“we satisfied few, we band of brothers”), Henry VI presiding over Parliament at the age of two, Jean d’Arc’s rescue of the French troops before her destruction at Orleans, the loss of France, Richard III fighting unsuccessfully at Bosworth Field and thus ending the weakening keep on the crown held by the Plantagenets since 1154. Think of this: the Plantagenets and their two main branches of descendants, the Lancasters and the Yorks, for all their weaknesses, had guided Britain for more than 300 years, taking it from the Middle Ages to the brink of Britain’s surge to greatness starting with Henry VIII.I liked this book because it says so much about the drama of English history. On the other hand, reading this book is frustrating for anyone not intimately familiar with the convoluted family tree of English royalty in the 15th century. There are very few tips as to the full dates that are being discussed, very small support in identifying the procession of English monarchs in one simple to read chart, with dates and very small to say about the country itself – its culture, climate, geography, economy, or laws. Overall, it is a worthwhile read but it can be a frustrating read.

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    The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors []  2020-1-16 7:7

    I would give this TEN stars. This book was amazing. Dan Jones' writing style is absolutely engaging. It reads more like a novel than a historical book, which sucked me in. There was SO MUCH going on that it took me a while to remember all of the characters, but all of the information was completely digestible. It wasn't pretentious or snarky (as if we are all scholars of the Plantagenets) and it was accessible and just...FUN to read. I would, however, suggest reading Dan Jones' book The Plantagenets *before* this one, just to support you obtain into it and understand why everyone is fighting. (I read this one first, and I want I'd gone in - though still totally worth all of the reads.) This book makes me want I'd studied this more in college. GREAT read. Highly recommended.

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    The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors []  2020-1-16 7:7

    Dan Jones's Battles of the Roses is a sensational sequel to his Plantagenets history. I have seen some reviews grumble about confusion over an extensive amount of personages mentioned within, however I personally had no such problems and I suspect those that did are very unfamiliar with the nature of medieval/late medieval English politics and the intricate patchwork of numerous lords spread over medieval/late medieval England. I would be happy to read a further continuation by Jones, giving a detailed acc and history of the Tudor dynasty, should he happen to write and publish one. I highly recommend this book.

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    The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors []  2020-1-16 7:7

    This is a fair and balanced look at one of the bloodiest times in England's history. I really have fun Dan Jones' style of writing. His books do not fall into the category of "popular" history but they do read like them. He truly brings to life the bygone era of which he writes. This book is rich in info of the men and women who took part in the Battles of the Roses. I especially liked Jones' treatment of Richard III. Jones simply presented the facts of the man, both amazing and bad, without bias. Richard III is such a controversial figure and there are dozens of books, both fiction and non, that either praise him as a misaligned saint or the malicious sinner of Shakespeare. I like that Jones stuck to historical fact without judgment, using both contemporary and near contemporary sources. Overall this is an perfect book and definitely worth reading if you have even a passing interest in the time period. The book is clear and concise, which makes it simple to follow the tangled web of the politics and wars of the time.

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    The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors []  2020-1-16 7:7

    I read this after reading "Thomas Wyatt: The Heart's Forest" and so famous history came as quite a shock. Dan Jones leads the reader on a merry caper from 1420 - 1470 dealing with the twists and turns of the English monarchy. His basic theme is that an inability to keep onto the throne once won eventually allowed the downfall of the Plantagenets and the rise of the Tudors. This is a complex story; there was a lot going on. Dan Jones keeps the reader on track reasonably spite accusations to the contrary I'm no medievalist (more of an Elizabethan) but I found the book to be well paced but a small light on content. The huge flaw is Jones' reliance on secondary and not basic sources. His history is fine in terms of chronology and he takes no true risks with interpretation. The chosen style keeps the work flowing but I did search myself wishing for deeper dives into the detail and potential causation a small more.I suspect that it's wrong to chide Dan Jones for writing a famous history of the fall of the Plantagenets. In the end he did what he set out to do. I just want the pace had been a small slower and the detail a small richer.

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    The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors []  2020-1-16 7:7

    If you like British history, you’ll like this. I know a lot about the Tudor dynasty , but small about prior monarchs. The centuries just previous to Tudor England are complex, and require careful study. This book is excellent for understanding the complexities of the time of Henry II up through Henry VII. Much has been written about Henry VIII and the short reigns of the Tudors, which ended with Elizabeth I. Mary Queen Of Scots son James VI, was a Stuart, and thus a fresh dynasty was begun.I highly recommend a companion book, Royal Panoply, by Carolly Erickson to support sort out the British Monarchs from William the. Conquerer up through Queen Elizabeth II.

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    The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors []  2020-1-16 7:7

    I have fun non-fiction histories but some can drag in spots or become tedious recounting events, this is NOT one of those volumes. Mr. Jones keeps this very well chronicled ver moving along with interesting sidebars, vibrant descriptive passages recounting climatic or dramatic happenings of this period of tumultuous English history. If you have an interest in the English aristocracy of this time, even the European continent's monarchies but have shied away from the 3 and 4 volume works this one by Dan Jones suits perfectly. Thoughtfully included are maps of the times showing lands held, areas in addition to nice genealogy tree's you can refer back easily. All in all very readable, beautifully written while transporting back into time of bloody intrigues, glorious yet savage battles, victories, defeats, wonderful pageantry and at times a palpable sense of the times, the people and life in the 1400's.

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    The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors []  2020-1-16 7:7

    This is the first book I’ve rewiewed on Amazon, but I enjoyed it so much, I decided it was time. (I read constantly - both for work and pleasure.) This is an perfect book, especially if you’re into British history. Dan Jones writing is very “readable” - I love history but some history books can be a bit dry. I can’t believe that I haven’t read anything by this author; now I can’t wait to read more of his histories! But, beware, if you don’t know much about this time period and the house of York and house of Lancaster and their struggles over the British throne, it can be confusing. I just happen to be reading the three volume fiction series by Connor Iggulden on the same topic - it’s interesting reading them at the same time. Dan Jones’ volume is a nice reference and amazing intro to this part of the Plantagenet saga.

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    The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors []  2020-1-16 7:7

    Jones’ The Battles of the Roses reads like a novel. I believe that is simply that this period in English history is wilder than any storyteller could the early part of the fifteenth century, it appeared that England was on the rise. It had a stable, capable government led by a king who is arguably the best monarch in the country’s history (Shakespeare thought so). It appeared that the Hundred Years’ Battle had been settled and England had regained much of the continental land that it had lost in the thirteenth century. Indeed, the French were going to recognize the son of Henry V as their king as well as nes quotes Ecclesiastes 10:16 and applies it directly to England. Alas for England, Henry V died young in 1422, leaving behind a 9-month-old son. What is remarkable, actually, is that Henry had place in put a leadership squad that would manage the country quite well while the young Henry VI was growing up. The issue is that Henry VI was no ruler, and by the time he was in his late twenties, the old leaders were largely gone and the next generation was vying for power with a king who did small about e Battles of the Roses started in earnest around 1450, and England was in a state of civil battle much of the time until 1485 when Henry Tudor defeated Richard III in war and became Henry VII. Yes, the main competing royal houses were those of Lancaster, supporters of Henry VI and his family and associates, and the Dukes of York who also claimed royal ancestry and were frustrated over Henry e crown actually did change hands several times, but what is perhaps most remarkable is that nearly everyone involved in an attempt to rule or, often, simply to bring to their own region, was killed. Some were killed in battle, but most were killed judicially. A few were assassinated.I once read the Chinese classic The Three Kingdoms. That work covers a period of about a century during a time of amazing civil unrest in China. It was appalling how a lot of men were beheaded by their opponents and allies alike. I realize after reading The Battles of the Roses that fifteenth century England was not much different. I understand that Lewis Carroll’s Alice stories in part parody English history. Now I can understand where the Red Queen’s “off with his head!” came of the main figures in all the intrigue is the Earl of Warwick. He had become quite strong and something of a literal kingmaker. Still, things would catch up with him eventually. Jones believes it is no surprise that one of Warwick’s knights, Sir Thomas Malory, would write a collection of King Arthur stories to give people a sense of what a real and amazing king should be like, but also with an awareness of plotting and civil strife going on just below the nes describes the fascinating rise of the Tudors. It is probably even more remarkable than the rise of the Stewarts in Scotland. Owen Tudor was a Welsh nobleman. He claimed some ancestry from Welsh kings. Jones is dubious of the claims, but, of course, Welsh kings would contain Arthur. He became the lover and then the wife of King Henry V’s widow. When the Yorkists were in power after 1460, the Tudors were in France and Brittany for safety. Owen’s son Edward had one son, normal circumstances, being third cousin from one sitting king and third cousin twice removed from his rival would mean that Henry Tudor would have virtually no possibility of becoming king. However, a lot of of the people who might have been in his method had been killed or imprisoned. He did take a huge risk fighting Richard III in 1485, but he had procured enough allies and Richard was killed in battle, and so he started a fresh nes does not end his history with 1485. There was something of a legacy of that bloody century. He notes a few pretenders who claimed be one of the young princes who were killed in the Turret of London. These proved to be phonies, but Henry VII was relatively merciful to them. Henry also looked with suspicion on anyone with a royal connection. As he grew older, he became more paranoid apparently, and a few somewhat harmless souls ended up being accused of treason and losing their heads.I have not read any Song of Fire and Ice books, nor do I obtain the Android game of Thrones tv present on my set, but I have certainly read enough about the program. George R. R. Martin, the author of the books, has said that he was inspired by the Battles of the Roses. Lannister even sounds like Lancaster. I suspect that fans of the tv present or Martin’s book series would have fun this book, even if it is nonfiction.

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    The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors []  2020-1-16 7:7

    In few histories can one see the truth that `to the victors, belongs the history' in such clarity as Jones reveals. Jones has winnowed the knowable facts from triumphalist biased history. The "War of the Roses" sounds like a romantic happening except it was invented by a 19th century revisionist. You'll quickly see that there's nothing romantic e book begins with the obscure story of Plantagenet extinction. It's an irony that a Tudor Henry VIII would deliver a grizzly 10 whack beheading to a demographic `ancient' and latest of the Plantagenet blood royal in 1541 ... 100 years after York win at Bosworth Field. The Plantagenet dynasty so exits corporeal history in the person of Henry VIII's is is the story of a mighty family tree gone to battle as notional `roses'. Plantagenet House Lancaster and House York simply annihilated themselves. Circumstances and peculiarity left an outsider standing. A 'Tudur' from Wales of low noble origin emerges as king. It's the time of the Tudors and the end of nes telling is rooted in the personalities of the kings, queens, and princes amped up by a supporting cast of doubly rough counts, dukes and bishops. The telling is necessarily complex. The story is as bizarre, pivotal and bloody as any fiction. As the publisher advance material correctly claims, `The Android game of Thrones' fiction is no match.Ultimately, this is a story for a modern reader to consider `kingship' from a time not so distant. A monarchs lapse of common sense tears through a king's strong subjects, variously assembled in cabals of self-interest who are willing and able to field formidable forces to challenge the person of the king and exterminate bloodlines. Modern warfare among cartel kingpins is no match in wrath and scale. Consider the mutilated remains of the latest Plantagenet king, Richard III, buried shallow, nameless and long forgotten beneath public parking ... only discovered in 2013 and 550 years after his death in a royal history absorbed society. Perhaps there's still the possibility of finding Jimmy Hoffa.Discussions with mates who have read both `The Plantagenet's' and `War of the Roses' reveals a split opinion. It's a matter of history reader preference. Do you like high fidelity history (a lot of names, personalities, interactions, dates and places) or narrative entertainment? This is hi-fi history on a grand scale. Jones repeatedly sends the history buff to wiki to discover for more.

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    Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors (The Wars of the Roses Book 4) []  2020-1-20 19:20

    This book follows the author's trilogy on England's Battle of the Roses which I finished reading over 2 years ago. At the time I finished that series I was somewhat critical of how the author ended his trilogy. The latest book ended shortly after the War of Towton in 1460. In my understanding of English history the Battle of the Roses didn't definitively end until the War of Bosworth Field in 1485. In my opinion the Battle was not over and there was some significant history yet to be played out and a 4th book was needed. Well some 2 years later this is that missing book and it completes the story started in the trilogy and it is every bit as amazing as the three books that preceded it."Ravenspur" begins in 1470 and ends in 1485. It covers the dual reigns of Henry VI and Edward IV and climaxes in the death of Richard III on Bosworth Field in August of 1485. Since this history is relatively well known I do not think there is any danger of my mentioning anything that might be considered a spoiler but I do not wish to go into too much detail and diminish the reading experience. The value of this book is in the telling of the story. It is historical fiction and by that I mean that it is an accurate portrayal of the history in question by supplying dialogue to the true participants in that history. This is my idea of amazing historical fiction. Stories that are simply dropped into a historical period without regard or interaction with any significant historical happening or personality are, to me, merely period pieces and not real historical fiction. Conn Iggulden has clearly mastered my preferred form of this genre and joins my other favorite such author, Jeff Shaara, in my esteem and gratitude.While the dialogue the author provides makes it technically a fiction the fact that the history is completely accurate and the dialogue supplied is real to the hero and motivations of the person it is attributed to makes this history with impact. Reading a history can be informative and thought provoking but reading history in the manner demonstrated by books like this one makes an impression on a reader that a easy history could never achieve. In this book you feel for the characters and identify with them. You understand their fears and motivations. You feel their sorrows and disappointments and their angers and hatreds and if there is anything that reading English history can provide it's a complete range of human emotions and motivations. The brutality of the battles, the murders, executions, betrayals, treachery, manipulations, immorality, etc. depicted during the course of these 4 books is just too much to even start to describe. Can you imagine going into partnership with the person that had your father and brother killed? Could you further understand offering your daughter in marriage to the son of that same person? How about killing your wife's father knowing that your wife will absolutely know what you did? That is just a small sample of the behavior of English nobility in the 15th century. This, to say the least, is a very entertaining and informative history of the end of the Battle of Roses and more than worth reading. However, if you haven't read the trilogy that precedes this book I suggest you read that first. It probably isn't important but I want I hadn't discovered the trilogy when I did as the 2 year time lag created remembering the characters a bit difficult at first. It would have been a better experience if i could have read all 4 books one after the other or, at least, in a much shorter time frame. Nevertheless, reading the trilogy first will give you a complete understanding of the history of this period and it will be easier to trace the evolution in motivations that occur. Apparently, loyalty wasn't a powerful virtue among 15th century nobility. Have fun the read.

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    Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors (The Wars of the Roses Book 4) []  2020-1-20 19:20

    I'm a huge fan of Conn Igguden and this book didn't disappoint me. I was kinda surprised this came out so soon after Bloodline, but pleasantly so. It's got everything you expect from Iggulden, decisive battles, intrigue, hot and cold blooded murder , and lots and lots of treachery. I was especially intrigued by the main characters on both sides. They seemed to have some amazing traits, but were so blinded by ambition they did despicable things. I have fun reading about England and this time period, but nothing I've ever read has ever explained why people were so obsessed with ruling it. The Romans had already looted most of the resources. With apologies to Anglophiles, all it had was revolting peasants, backstabbing nobles, and lousy weather. Unless you lusted after wool and mutton, why would you wish the place?

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    Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors (The Wars of the Roses Book 4) []  2020-1-20 19:20

    This is the latest book in the 100 years battle series written by Conn Iggulden. I would recommend reading series in of publish date; Revenspur like it predecessors is an engaging tale based on historical events. The imagery of the wars fought is intense and the author does an perfect job in describing the happenings surrounding the major characters and providing narrative/dialogue which effectively connects them. For lovers of historical fiction Conn Iggulden is an author who does not disappoint.

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    Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors (The Wars of the Roses Book 4) []  2020-1-20 19:20

    Didn't have fun it as much as Bloodline but still excellent. I wished that he got into Richard III's head a small more, though he would have been competing with the Bard in that respect so maybe he was better of avoiding the internal monologues with him. I felt genuinely sorry for Warwick and I search him the most human and 3 dimensional hero of the series, even Edward IV was well developed and even likeable (from a machissmo standpoint). It felt a small bit rushed at times but he had a vast story to tell, so I wouldn't deduct any points there.

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    Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors (The Wars of the Roses Book 4) []  2020-1-20 19:20

    Igguden is one of my favorite historical novelists, and this (apparent) conclusion to the Battles of the Roses caps off a wonderfully entertaining series. He is adept at making sure we can put the multitudes of characters (and there!) in perspective (the inserts at the beginning of family trees is quite helpful). He explains in deatil in the appendix what is true and what is invented.But most of all, he captures the feel of what life must have been like in the time, from those among the highest levels of society to those at the bottom. The harshness and difficulty of life come through with amazing clarity.Any lover of historical fiction MUST read this series (and it wouldn't damage to read his other works as well.

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    Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors (The Wars of the Roses Book 4) []  2020-1-20 19:20

    Allow me begin by saying I am a really huge fan of Conn Iggulden. I have read all his historical series and have thoroughly enjoyed them. I love period books and sagas and I really enjoyed the whole series on the Lancastrians and Tudors. I also appreciated the comprehensive family trees and the appendix explaining the characters and any deviations from history and why these deviations were made.I love Conn Iggulden's books because they are so interesting, well written, extremely engaging and I also learn a lot from them.

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    Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors (The Wars of the Roses Book 4) []  2020-1-20 19:20

    The entertaining chronicle of the Battles of the Roses that began with Stormbird concludes in Ravenspur that takes the reader from the year 1470 to 1485 in a succession of battles, attainments and dramatic journeying of historic personalities that all command the pages until the departing historical notes from the author. As with the other novels in this intriguing series we are briefly introduced to the old wounds and painful grievances that refuse to heal over with time or seizing of the crown and thrown directly onto the path of vengeance and cruel struggles of survival or conscience that will be met by opponent and ally in various ways. Unlike Bloodline (#3 Battles of the Roses) or Stormbird (#1 Battles of the Roses), where only action rules the chapters with small dialogue to connect the reader to necessary scenes or historic names, we are given in Ravenspur (#4 Battles of the Roses) rich passages of believable discussions with the familiar lyrical descriptions of the surrounding landscapes and symbolic scenes of weather changes or wonderfully timed observations from characters that may remind a lot of of Trinity/Margaret of Anjou (#2 Battles of the Roses). I don't believe I can honestly call Ravenspur a stand-alone novel (I would recommend to anyone fresh to this series or portion of history to please pick up and start with Stormbird to obtain the full experience of happenings or explanation of certain motives, but that is your choice). It may disappoint some returning readers to know that this final novel is a slow burn story with quite a bit of repetition hitting the passages, however, on the other side of the coin, the heart-pounding wars scenes are as vivid as they come and Mr. Iggulden's bonus for weaving a compelling story ultimately creates a finale that raises the right banners over a real "season of revenge" and really shouldn't be missed.

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    Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors (The Wars of the Roses Book 4) []  2020-1-20 19:20

    Conn Iggulden is such a superb writer! I just finished this book after reading the three previous books in the series back to back and they were all outstanding. With each book, it was hard to search a amazing stopping point so I could go to sleep at night. This period in history was wrought with conflict, betrayal and wars, and at times I felt exhausted just reading about it. The war scenes were phenomenal. Iggulden's style of writing is so true and descriptive you feel like you are actually there. While I have read some reviews that complain his books are not factually accurate, I have loved every book I have ever read by him, so I will excuse some literary license for the sake of his perfect stories. He really knows how to make a riveting story of some very complicated historical times, creating characters who are memorable and complex. I hope there is more to come in this series.

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    Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors (The Wars of the Roses Book 4) []  2020-1-20 19:20

    This is the fourth book in Conn Iggulden's Battle of the Roses series. I've enjoyed Conn's writing throughout this series, but found this book to have a disappointing ending. Not so far as the happenings go - he tells the tale well, but if you have any knowledge of history you know how it must end - but the kingship of Richard III occupies less than a quarter of the final book. This period, while quite brief, was eventful and significant. I felt almost as if we were rushing to the finish and Conn was just eager to wrap up the series and move on. Months pass in a page or two. Buckingham's Rebellion is over before we know it. I was frustrated by this rushed pacing, especially in comparison to Stormbirds, where we spend the entire book building up to Jack Cade's Rebellion, an happening which a lot of would argue wasn't even part of the Battles of the Roses. The earlier books had a lot more time spent allowing happenings to unfold and giving insights into the minds of the e war scenes of Ravenspur, like the others in this series, are just superb. Conn has a better than just passing understanding of the nature of warfare in this period and for the sheer physical misery and exhaustion felt by fighting men. The latest desperate war of Richard III almost (almost) makes up for the poor pacing of the ending. Likewise, throughout this series Conn conveys the less-appreciated but critical aspects of battle in those times - the effects of weather on an troops that lives in the begin without barracks (or shoes), the difficulty of simply feeding an troops in winter without preserved food, or paying nn's epilogue and historical notes were interesting as well and he does explain his reasoning for the why's and hows of the story. I'd have really liked a bit more time spent regarding The Princes In The Turret and the murder of Henry VI. Previous plots and killings in this series got much more time and attention lavished on them, and had less psychological impact. He spent more time and words explaining how the ravaging of the Scots in 1461 turned the town of London versus Margaret, than he does on these two popular killings. We obtain a glimpse into Richard's ruthlessness and the expediency of murder when Derry Brewer (Godspeed, Master Brewer) finally falls into the hands of the Yorkists. His finish was poetic. More of that would have created for a better ending to the series.I gave this book three stars only because everyone so inflates the rating system. It's much better than merely "OK" and I will certainly re-read this series some day. I shall await the “true” final novel in this series, when Mr. Iggulden addresses Stafford and Lovell, Lambert Simnel, and Perkin Warbeck. You owe us one more book, sir!

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    Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors (The Wars of the Roses Book 4) []  2020-1-20 19:20

    To me Conn Iggulden is just a superb writer. He puts me at the scene, so I experience the lives of those involved, from the peasants struggling to live to the King and his Lords. All dealing with the (mostly) foul weather, scarcity of food, rusting armour, rain, mist and mud. And the brilliant war scenes, where men of all stations keep onto their courage in the light of the inevitable fear, lingering subliminally in all minds. I read the series with no breaks in-between, so it was simple to grasp who you were "dealing" with in any situation. And the Family Trees created for simple references when I stumbled. The characters are drawn "warts and all," so the reader gets a balanced view of the main protagonists. While I could admire the powerful aspects in each, I absolutely loved one above the rest in each book! Much as one does in true life I suppose, which makes Mr Iggulden an outstanding writer. I would highly recommend the whole series.

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    Nevills of Middleham: England's Most Powerful Family in the Wars of the Roses []  2020-2-4 3:55

    An accurate historical acc of the Neville’s

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    Nevills of Middleham: England's Most Powerful Family in the Wars of the Roses []  2020-2-4 3:55

    Provided info I was unaware of previously.

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    Nevills of Middleham: England's Most Powerful Family in the Wars of the Roses []  2020-2-4 3:55

    Amazing read.

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    Nevills of Middleham: England's Most Powerful Family in the Wars of the Roses []  2020-2-4 3:55

    Very detailed historically.

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    Nevills of Middleham: England's Most Powerful Family in the Wars of the Roses []  2020-2-4 3:55

    Richard Neville was incapable of loyalty to either of the opposing dynasties, because of his steadfast loyalty to his family. This loyalty drove him through his life to the height of power just short of the kingship down to depth where at his death the Neville family could never recover even a portion of the power he had wielded. In addition the author presents the father, the brothers and the sisters and daughters who shared his triumph and defeat.

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    Nevills of Middleham: England's Most Powerful Family in the Wars of the Roses []  2020-2-4 3:55

    Very well-written and readable, and packed with info on the Nevills between about 1400 until the latter 1400s. Her work provides fresh perspectives on the Battles of the Roses, focusing on the activities of the extended Nevill family. I search it difficult to locate any other work that provides as much info on the Nevills, since most works focus primarily upon the Yorks. My only criticism is that I would have liked more info on the early background and origins of the Nevills, as well as greater documentation.

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    Nevills of Middleham: England's Most Powerful Family in the Wars of the Roses []  2020-2-4 3:55

    Overall presentation and simple to follow text

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    Nevills of Middleham: England's Most Powerful Family in the Wars of the Roses []  2020-2-4 3:55

    I first found this book as Kindle (which I wanted) and the @#$%!6.##. The paperback was $11.##. I cannot remember the hard copy was, I could not search out to the Kindle copy from that site. When I was finally able to search the book again by searching, it was $16.## for the Kindle copy. Of course I didn't it and won't at that price. What's up with that?

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    The Wars of the Roses: A Captivating Guide to the English Civil Wars That Brought down the Plantagenet Dynasty and Put the Tudors on the Throne []  2019-12-18 20:38

    Overall, I am a huge fan of the Captivating History series and this book didn't disappoint. While I consider myself well read on the Battle of the Roses and Tudor era, all three of the similar releases from Captivating History includes info that I wasn't familiar with. Well done Mr. Clayton.

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    The Wars of the Roses: A Captivating Guide to the English Civil Wars That Brought down the Plantagenet Dynasty and Put the Tudors on the Throne []  2019-12-18 20:38

    Discover the Captivating History of the Battles of the Roses Free History BONUS Inside! There are several similar cooks to this in this series, however what got my attention was because had read The Daughter of Time (Inspector Alan Grant Book 5) by Josephine Tey years ago and it stuck with me though that was more a straight out mystery but seeing the 2 coverge with knowledge already had was e Battles of the Roses were a complex set of battles, skirmishes, and kidnappings during the 15th century in England. They had their roots in the nearby Civil Battle of France, which greatly influenced English politics for years to come. Though there is no one universally-accepted begin or end date for these wars, the major happenings throughout the battles occurred between 1455 and e central reason for the Battles of the Roses, otherwise referred to as the 15th century English Civil War, was a tug-of-war between two families for the throne of England. Though both families were in fact closely related, they had split half a century earlier. Instead of one unified Plantagenet family, the cousins became Lancasters and Yorks. While the Lancasters remained on the throne, the Yorks were overlooked in the succession of kings. 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    The Wars of the Roses: A Captivating Guide to the English Civil Wars That Brought down the Plantagenet Dynasty and Put the Tudors on the Throne []  2019-12-18 20:38

    This short overview is admittedly intended to be somewhat cursory but there were repeated factual errors, e.g. confusing Margaret Beautfort, mother of Henry VII, with the dowager queen Katherine of France (widow of Henry V) and/or Margaret of Anjou, widow of Henry VI. I'm very sorry to have purchased it and recommend that anyone looking for an accurate acc of this time period would seek a text by an acknowledged specialist in the area.

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    The Wars of the Roses: A Captivating Guide to the English Civil Wars That Brought down the Plantagenet Dynasty and Put the Tudors on the Throne []  2019-12-18 20:38

    A amazing segue into a study of the period.

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    The Wars of the Roses: A Captivating Guide to the English Civil Wars That Brought down the Plantagenet Dynasty and Put the Tudors on the Throne []  2019-12-18 20:38

    My interests in history vary widely, and I'm not exactly sure why I opted to this particular volume, but I'm glad I did. As a concise overview of a period in history, it was excellent, and provided some info I don't recall reading in previous -- and longer -- books I've enjoyed. It provided a greater context than most I've read lately, and at a length I thoroughly enjoyed. A nice change of pace from weightier tomes.

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    The Wars of the Roses: A Captivating Guide to the English Civil Wars That Brought down the Plantagenet Dynasty and Put the Tudors on the Throne []  2019-12-18 20:38

    Is a Plantagenet or Lancaster or a York or Tudor. This well written book takes the reader through the Battle of the Roses - covering history as well as modern scholarship. If this era is if interest, this is a amazing read.

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    The Wars of the Roses: A Captivating Guide to the English Civil Wars That Brought down the Plantagenet Dynasty and Put the Tudors on the Throne []  2019-12-18 20:38

    not good flow,not very complee or simple to read

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    The Wars of the Roses: A Captivating Guide to the English Civil Wars That Brought down the Plantagenet Dynasty and Put the Tudors on the Throne []  2019-12-18 20:38

    I enjoyed the reading of the English history leading up to the Tudor kings. I look forward to reading the history from this period forward.

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    The Wars of the Roses: A Captivating Guide to the English Civil Wars That Brought down the Plantagenet Dynasty and Put the Tudors on the Throne []  2019-12-18 20:38

    As one of the most celebrated periods of English History, I was somewhat disappointed in this Captivating Tutorial of the English Civil Wars. Maybe as an historian I was expecting too much but I was NOT captivated at all at the presentation of the story. Only two stars sorry.

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    The Wars of the Roses: A Captivating Guide to the English Civil Wars That Brought down the Plantagenet Dynasty and Put the Tudors on the Throne []  2019-12-18 20:38

    I have been doing research on this particular era. This book broke things down well so that I could understand and identify those involved

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    Tudor History: A Captivating Guide to the Tudors, the Wars of the Roses, the Six Wives of Henry VIII and the Life of Elizabeth I []  2019-12-18 20:38

    Fresh detail I’d never read before, comprehensive and thorough! Presented in a method that created it simple to follow the various Henry’s, Edwards and other common names that were so prevalent in that era.

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    Tudor History: A Captivating Guide to the Tudors, the Wars of the Roses, the Six Wives of Henry VIII and the Life of Elizabeth I []  2019-12-18 20:38

    i knew a lot of this already but still i learned some fresh things. easily worth the price.

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    Tudor History: A Captivating Guide to the Tudors, the Wars of the Roses, the Six Wives of Henry VIII and the Life of Elizabeth I []  2019-12-18 20:38

    Loved this book. I am fascinated with these time periods but I have a hard time reading looooooong books. This book felt so simple to read, kept me interested and I feel like I learned a few things.

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    Tudor History: A Captivating Guide to the Tudors, the Wars of the Roses, the Six Wives of Henry VIII and the Life of Elizabeth I []  2019-12-18 20:38

    Really interesting series of books. I do love history books. Very well written I thought. Really did have fun them.

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    Tudor History: A Captivating Guide to the Tudors, the Wars of the Roses, the Six Wives of Henry VIII and the Life of Elizabeth I []  2019-12-18 20:38

    Interesting, but not enough information. Amazing for a fast read.

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    Tudor History: A Captivating Guide to the Tudors, the Wars of the Roses, the Six Wives of Henry VIII and the Life of Elizabeth I []  2019-12-18 20:38

    I'm not a grammar nazi or huge fact checker or anything, but there were a few inconsistencies that I noticed with dates. I don't remember the specifics, but they were usually on the same page or within a page or two. One would say in 1547 this happened and then while discussing those happenings it would say in 1537 a few paragraphs later. Most of the "scene" would have been set around 1537 so that would likely be the correct one with the '47 being the typo. I noticed that throughout the series probably 3 or 4 times. I usually don't message that kind of thing, so I think there may be more and these are just the ones that jarred me enough to re-read so, it says in the second book that Margaret Beaufort was a "dowager queen" and that while conspiring with Elizabeth Woodville to obtain Henry VII on the throne that they were a couple of "dowager queens". I'm not an expert, but Beaufort was certainly not a dowager queen. She had several husbands, but I believe the highest ranking one was a duke so she would have been a dowager duchess. Perhaps after her son was king she could have that title somewhere, but not when she was scheming with Elizabeth. Please correct me if I'm wrong and I'll be glad to edit the review. I googled after reading it and couldn't search anything saying that she was one, l that said, I absolutely LOVE these books. They are very informative, though after the few inconsistencies I may question it a little amount. As I'm reading for fun I don't see it as a large deal. They are very interesting and hold you reading. I've been talking to everyone about it so most of my mates and family are a small annoyed with me, but I'm really enjoying them!

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    Tudor History: A Captivating Guide to the Tudors, the Wars of the Roses, the Six Wives of Henry VIII and the Life of Elizabeth I []  2019-12-18 20:38

    This books gives a brief but fufilling summary of the tudor line and henry viii queens ...it pulls you in and it has me obessed with all things medieval england and tudor

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    Tudor History: A Captivating Guide to the Tudors, the Wars of the Roses, the Six Wives of Henry VIII and the Life of Elizabeth I []  2019-12-18 20:38

    Kindle Unlimited but one of my owned ones will have to check, know read it just for some reason didn't do review {sometimes goodreads lags behind amazon on getting books listed too so possible forgot to go back}. Still hoping for RichardIII, but the probable true story about how Henry actually did what history books now claim Richard did, though older books of the time say otherwise.If you wish to explore the captivating history of the Tudors, then hold reading... Free History BONUS Inside!Four captivating manuscripts in one book:The Tudors: A Captivating Tutorial to the History of England from Henry VII to Elizabeth IThe Battles of the Roses: A Captivating Tutorial to the English Civil Battles That Brought down the Plantagenet Dynasty and Place the Tudors on the ThroneThe Six Wives of Henry VIII: A Captivating Tutorial to Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Katherine ParrElizabeth I: A Captivating Tutorial to the Queen of England Who Was the Latest of the Five Monarchs of the House of Tudor Five Tudor monarchs sat on the throne of England and Ireland from 1485 to 1603. The family earned their royal rights through strategic planning and battlefield prowess, and kept them because of intellect, strength and sheer determination. The Tudors, one of England’s most strong and popular royal dynasties, knitted together a fragmented and little island nation that became one of the world’s financial, colonial and technological ere is so much more to the story of these kings and queens than beheadings, political marriages and the reformation of the church – but those happenings remain some of the family’s most enthralling me of the subjects covered in part 1 of this book include:The Tudors of Wales The Battles of the Roses Catherine of Valois, Mother of the Tudor Dynasty Margaret Beaufort, Second Tudor Matriarch King Henry VII Arthur Tudor King Henry VIII Margaret Tudor, Sister of Henry VIII Mary Tudor, Queen of France The Birth of the Church of England King Henry VIII: Wives Two and Three King Henry VIII: The Latest Three Wives King Edward VI The Nine Days’ Queen, Jane Grey Elizabeth Tudor Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots And much more!Some of the subjects covered in part 2 of this book include:A Short History of the House of Plantagenet Civil Battle in France England’s Loss and a King’s Illness Treason by the Duke of York The War of Northampton Margaret’s Troops Mortimer’s Cross and the War of Towton York Takes the Throne The King in the Turret The Kingmaker Repents The Wars of Barnet and Tewkesbury The Death of a King The Final Plantagenet Kings Richard III and the Princes in the Turret The War of Bosworth The Foundation of the Tudor Dynasty Attempts on the Tudor Throne The Sainthood and Cult of King Henry VI The Legacy of the Battles of the Roses And much, much more!Some of the subjects covered in part 3 of this book include:Henry Tudor Catherine of Aragon Mistress Elizabeth Blount Mistress Mary Boleyn Anne Boleyn Anne of Cleves Mistress Mary SheltonSome of the subjects covered in part 4 of this book include: The Birth of a Future Queen, From Princess to Lady, Elizabeth and the Royal Stepmothers, The Teenaged Princess, Flurry of Successions, Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Drake and the Elizabethan Settlements, Mary, Queen of Scots and Battle with Spain, Arts and Culture in Elizabethan England, The End of the Tudor Dynasty, And much, much more!The Battles of the Roses: A Captivating Tutorial to the English Civil Battles That Brought down the Plantagenet Dynasty and Place the Tudors on the ThroneThe Tudors: A Captivating Tutorial to the History of England from Henry VII to Elizabeth I & The Six Wives of Henry VIII: A Captivating Tutorial to Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Katherine ParrElizabeth I: A Captivating Tutorial to the Queen of England Who Was the Latest of the Five Monarchs of the House of TudorTudor History: A Captivating Tutorial to the Tudors, the Battles of the Roses, the Six Wives of Henry VIII and the Life of Elizabeth I

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    Tudor History: A Captivating Guide to the Tudors, the Wars of the Roses, the Six Wives of Henry VIII and the Life of Elizabeth I []  2019-12-18 20:38

    A amazing four-book series all place into one, which is historically valuable, and gives lots of insight of the Tudor times.

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    Tudor History: A Captivating Guide to the Tudors, the Wars of the Roses, the Six Wives of Henry VIII and the Life of Elizabeth I []  2019-12-18 20:38

    Amazing informative read.

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    The Very Best Of The Stone Roses []  2020-1-23 2:45

    So happy with this CD !!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    The Very Best Of The Stone Roses []  2020-1-23 2:45

    Very amazing cd!

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    The Very Best Of The Stone Roses []  2020-1-23 2:45

    For a band that has only released two albums up to this point, it may seem odd and kind of a cash-grab idea to release a greatest hits album. Regardless, this album has all the highlights from those records and its remastered sound quality create it worthwhile to purchase. The Stone Roses had a large influence on later Britpop artists that took over the 90s like The Verve, Oasis, Suede, and Blur. The band didn't have too much success here in the US but its understandable due to the Grunge movement that took over. This record is a amazing starting point for someone who only wants to own one album by this me songs that really stand out that I recommend are "I Wanna Be Adored" and "Fools Gold"

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    The Very Best Of The Stone Roses []  2020-1-23 2:45

    Love them

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    The Very Best Of The Stone Roses []  2020-1-23 2:45

    If you love melody you will love this hits you at a level at both mind and heart that is impossible to explain yet simple to stening to tracks one through fifteen their is no weak link just songs that are amazing enough that like myself you will wonder why you never heard them before,and thank goodness that you now have this album in your possession.

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    The Very Best Of The Stone Roses []  2020-1-23 2:45

    Geat value from a amazing band but a lot of of the versions of these singles must be the original releases because they are not like the ones on the Complete Stone Roses (which I know and prefer) but for the SR purest this is amazing and I know i will soon appreciate it more...

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    The Very Best Of The Stone Roses []  2020-1-23 2:45

    Ian Brown is the prototype for the super Manc rock-n-roll rebel! Reni was offered a gig by Pete Townsend @his 1st Roses show! John Squire dripped a ultra kool art/guitar hero. Mani is just the ultimate bass god ala Simo.Hooky,Adamson,Rourke&that is just the Mancs! My favorite bassist in two of the greatest bands that ever roamed & pillage the Earth! ESSENTIAL THIS IS-Yoda Jedi knight&Roses fan of a lot of a lot of years!

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    The Very Best Of The Stone Roses []  2020-1-23 2:45

    cool album!

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    The Very Best Of The Stone Roses []  2020-1-23 2:45

    Wow. My favorite record of 2010! Yeah, I know, I'm an Old Guy. I must have been busy. If you're catching up on your decades this is a Top Pick. Jaded drop-tuning fanatics probably won't appreciate anything this tame or clean. And for me, after a ton and a half of Buckethead it's really amazing to hear songs. I recommend every song here. In my shallow globe these songs have cousins in the Searchers eighties work and even the Records, but further along. Begging You rips it up, Breaking into Heaven, Love Spreads, Fools Gold, One Love, Elephant Stone--very nice guitar songs--great pacing. I am not a Roses expert yet, but this collection really should hit more ears. And feet. I agree.

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    The Very Best Of The Stone Roses []  2020-1-23 2:45

    VERY BEST OF THE STONE ROSES is a compilation of their debut & the long-awaited (at the time) "Second Coming".I, like a typical American, had only been familiar with "Love Spreads" (off "Second Coming") and love it! Over the past year (approximately) I've grown a bit more familiar with more of their songs (although I still can't name them off the top of my head) and continue to become more familiar with each listen. I have already added more private standouts & extra favorites to "Love Spreads", such as "She Bangs The Drums", "Waterfall" (elegant & beautiful), "I Wanna Be Adored" (1st track), "Made of Stone" and "Breaking Into Heaven".I search that THE STONE ROSES' melody calms me (without putting me out!). It's simple to listen to. As far as trying to categorize THE STONE ROSES, that would be like trying to categorize an individual star in the cosmos or an individual snowflake; Impossible! That's how special THE STONE ROSES are: They set out to sound unlike any other band before them & they certainly succeeded!! (And, sound like no other band, since!!) It's as though THE STONE ROSES landed in Manchester, England in a zone ship & proclaimed...THIS is melody now!"Love Spreads" will appeal most to hard rock listeners, because it will sound more familiar and is more rock "infused" than any of the other tracks. Begin (but don't stop!) there! When you first listen to THE STONE ROSES, it doesn't seem as though their melody composition would gel & be as enjoyable as it is...keep listening; it's well worth your time!!I am reminded of the sub-category of Britpop called "shoe-gaze" (it can be found in Wickipedia, under Britpop, or under shoe-gaze melody for those interested in a more detailed explanation than what I'm leaving). Succinctly put, a lot of of the "shoe-gaze" bands their influences as Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" & Brian Wilson's (of The Beach Boys) very influential album, "Pet Sounds". The vocals are soft; they don't stand out, but, rather, are seen & heard as another instrument. Which works very well with Ian Brown's vocals. "My Bloody Valentine" was credited as starting the "shoe-gaze" style, but I believe THE STONE ROSES were the predecessor.I think Americans are usually looking for more of a beat, or dance-beat (those of a certain age, reared on American Bandstand, for instance). In my opinion, it was the 60's & 80's decades, for the most part, that gave us the most danaceable music, in any & every genre (I'm speaking rock & discounting disco - for obvious reasons - & except for opera!!) I can't really see this as "danceable" music, nor as vehicle driving. THE STONE ROSES melody (similar to "shoe-gaze" bands) doesn't really seem to follow the E VERY BEST OF THE STONE ROSES will begin up a whole fresh sound pleasure, if you decide to it. It's uplifting melody that infuses your heart & spirit with beauty. Not being a longtime, avid British STONE ROSES fan, I, at this point, really can't discern what the huge commotion & controversy; spawning 2 various "camps" of listeners for THE STONE ROSES debut & SECOND COMING was all about, since I have fun all of THE VERY BEST OF THE STONE ROSES! (Update: I think I've got it now: though I'm a bit hesitant to use the words "pretty melodies", as I still search their melody composition to be a bit "fragmented" in comparison to what I think of as a "melody", I think the debut lp's songs are prettier "sounds", while "Second Coming" songs are "edgier").It may take a few "listens", but if you do begin your mind as to how diverse all categories of melody can be, THE STONE ROSES were extremely underrated at the time (especially in U.S., as it's such a foreign sound for us) and THE VERY BEST OF THE STONE ROSES is just that...THE VERY BEST of a very amazing group!!Spoiler Alert: We may be getting a fresh STONE ROSES disc/lp, as they've reunited and are touring again!

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    The Season of Rebels and Roses []  2020-1-11 19:27

    It took a devastating category 4 hurricane in 2017, Hurricane Maria, for a lot of Americans to realize that Puerto Ricans are United States Citizens - that since 1898 the island has been a colony of the United States – one of the ‘spoils’ of the Spanish American war. The battle began with the blowing up of the American battleship Maine in Cuban waters by Spain. The conflict had much to do with Cuba and little, with Puerto Rico and yet it was Puerto Ricans who became the colonized. Through the fictionalized stories of two historical Puerto Rican women, Inocencia Martinez and Lola Rodriguez de Tió, we come to understand the deep fervor and passion that underscored efforts for self determination on the part of Puerto Ricans and Cubans leading up to the war. Through masterful research and storytelling, the author draws us into the quotidian lives of Inocencia and Lola; women who were wives, mothers, (and friends) but who were also revolutionaries, passionate about their homeland, pushing their roles far beyond the social boundaries that existed during the latter part of the 19th century. The Season of Rebels and Roses is a must-read not only for young adults but for all adults who want to gain a better understanding of the roots of the Puerto Rican/American relationship as it exists today. It took a devastating category 4 hurricane in 2017, Hurricane Maria, for a lot of Americans to realize that Puerto Ricans are United States Citizens - that since 1898 the island has been a colony of the United States – one of the ‘spoils’ of the Spanish American war. The battle began with the blowing up of the American battleship Maine in Cuban waters by Spain. The conflict had much to do with Cuba and little, with Puerto Rico and yet it was Puerto Ricans who became the colonized. Through the fictionalized stories of two historical Puerto Rican women, Inocencia Martinez and Lola Rodriguez de Tió, we come to understand the deep fervor and passion that underscored efforts for self determination on the part of Puerto Ricans and Cubans leading up to the war. Through masterful research and storytelling, the author draws us into the quotidian lives of Inocencia and Lola; women who were wives, mothers, (and friends) but who were also revolutionaries, passionate about their homeland, pushing their roles far beyond the social boundaries that existed during the latter part of the 19th century. The Season of Rebels and Roses is a must-read not only for young adults but for all adults who want to gain a better understanding of the roots of the Puerto Rican/American relationship that exists today.

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    The Season of Rebels and Roses []  2020-1-11 19:27

    A magical storyteller. Her sense of wonder is contagious.

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    The Season of Rebels and Roses []  2020-1-11 19:27

    A small known story of the Puerto Rican struggle for liberation from Spain from the perspective of the exile community in Fresh York, especially the women.

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    The Roses of May (The Collector Series Book 2) [Book]  2018-5-23 18:0

    This book picks up where The Butterfly Garden left off, sort of. The three musketeers, I mean, FBI agents, from book 1 are still there, and some of the Butterflies do create an appearance, though they’re not central to the plot. Instead we meet Priya, a seventeen-year-old whose sister was killed by a serial assassin five years ago. The musketeers have been on the case since then, but can’t search the creep who keeps killing teenage girls in churches and laying various flowers around each one. Now it looks like he’s coming back for Priya, who is anything but fine even five years on. The writing is solid once again, but I have to knock it down a star for two reasons: the identity of the serial assassin was SO obvious that it was almost insulting (a least create me question who it might be even once!) and that person’s age changed at least three times in the book. Late thirtysomething, then late fortysomething, but if I do the math he should be early thirties. Pet peeve sure but someone should have picked that up!

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    The Roses of May (The Collector Series Book 2) [Book]  2018-5-23 18:0

    If you are wanting to read this book because of the first book The Butterfly Garden, DON'T! This book is slow and really doesn't tie into the first book at all. (Which was excellent!) I created myself finish the book because I had purchased it otherwise I would have never finished it.

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    The Roses of May (The Collector Series Book 2) [Book]  2018-5-23 18:0

    It took longer for me to obtain into this one, but by around page 80 or so it started to obtain interesting. This one has a completely various feel than the first one in the series (The Butterfly Garden) so if you go in expecting that (like I did) you'll be a bit disappointed. Overall, I enjoyed the book, and getting to see how the Butterflies are coping with life post explosion. I enjoyed the fresh characters, as well, though I admit I did guess how it was going to end up so that's always a bit disappointing. At the same time, the whole book was this huge build-up to a stage that we really didn't even obtain to witness for ourselves. We only got to see it in flashbacks, so again...a bit disappointing. If you can obtain over those few small disappointments/confusions then you will search the book enjoyable.

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    The Roses of May (The Collector Series Book 2) [Book]  2018-5-23 18:0

    Not a and simple read. Buckle your seat belt as you are confronted with some pretty, (very) young girls who are murdered by a man who wants to "keep them innocent." I was not prepared for my emotional reaction to the rawness of the deaths and abuse. I received this as a bonus so was determined to read on. Took me more than a few days because I could only read a few episodes - and suffered nightmares afterward. By the middle, I was so totally hooked that I could not place it down. The ending was still a surprise. Yes I would recommend it but be warned that it is beautiful shocking.

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    The Roses of May (The Collector Book 2) []  2020-6-25 18:23

    I read some of the reviews before starting Roses of May, so I was very much aware that this was not going to be a follow up to The Butterfly Garden (The Collector #1), only that there might be the same hero ...or two. I knew it was going to be a fresh story-, plot- and characters - So I expected a standalone, even though it is listed as The Collector #andalone it is not, and neither is it very c and Eddison are secondary characters, but the book is written in such a method the you hold feeling you missed something. Who are they...? Where did they come from...? And what happened to them...? The FBI is personally involved with Priya and her mother. Text and emails are exchanged, home visits are made, birthday cards are sent. You are not sure if something transpired of such importance to nullify the golden rule of "do not obtain personally involved with the victim/victim's family" or if there is just no regard for these rules? I cannot relate to iya and her mother are basic characters, but their personalities and the relationship as mother and daughter is so unrealistic, you feel like you are still reading about a stranger half-way into the book, and by this stage, the basic hero should feel like your hero/friend/maybe you (?).When it comes to the antagonist/villain, it's like reading an episode of Criminal Minds. You don't know anything about him, who he is, what he looks like, what he is feeling, thinking, planning... nothing, niks, nada! You need to wait for the very-personally-involved FBI to solve this e only relatable part of the book was the spattering of butterflies show and how they are struggling to fit into normal life, family and jobs. Inara/Maya seeks out Priya and they exchange letters on how to cope with daily life.

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    The Roses of May (The Collector Book 2) []  2020-6-25 18:23

    I really do not understand the ratings for this book. The first book and this book have literally nothing to do with one another. Where the Butterfly Garden was face paced, interesting and creepy, this book moved at a snail’s pace and would not even create it to the screen as a Lifetime movie. I hate to write this, but it was just plain...bad.

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    The Roses of May (The Collector Series Book 2) [Book]  2018-5-23 18:0

    This is the second book of the Collector Trilogy that began with The Butterfly Garden. The first book was perfect and hard to place down so my expectations were based on that book. Although this book is a amazing and I would recommend it to others I don't know that it had the same gravitas as The Butterfly is story is about the assassin of Priya's sister some years ago and the fact that the assassin is fixated on Priya because she is a "good girl". Dot Hutchison is a amazing writer and the words seem to flow for her what is off in the book for me is the believability of the response of Priya and her mother after the death of their close family. I also didn't feel that the story really developed to explain the closeness of the FBI agents to Priya.I'm still looking forward to the latest book in the trilogy and expect Dot Hutchison to be a writer of the future.

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    The Roses of May (The Collector Series Book 2) [Book]  2018-5-23 18:0

    Wow! This book was incredible! The method it was told through 3 various first person pov's was an awesome tool. It really pulled you in to the story. It seemed almost true with all of the snark and sass mixed in with true emotions. It really created me think about how we as a society almost glorify crimes like this, how invested we obtain and how we can unintentionally step on the toes of the victims and their families. It doesn't seem true to us but it's true to them. I believe the truest part was the repeated occurrence of "It's okay to not be okay". Anyway, it's a must read! Must must read!

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    The Roses of May (The Collector Book 2) []  2020-6-25 18:23

    This book picks up where The Butterfly Garden left off, sort of. The three musketeers, I mean, FBI agents, from book 1 are still there, and some of the Butterflies do create an appearance, though they’re not central to the plot. Instead we meet Priya, a seventeen-year-old whose sister was killed by a serial assassin five years ago. The musketeers have been on the case since then, but can’t search the creep who keeps killing teenage girls in churches and laying various flowers around each one. Now it looks like he’s coming back for Priya, who is anything but fine even five years on. The writing is solid once again, but I have to knock it down a star for two reasons: the identity of the serial assassin was SO obvious that it was almost insulting (a least create me question who it might be even once!) and that person’s age changed at least three times in the book. Late thirtysomething, then late fortysomething, but if I do the math he should be early thirties. Pet peeve sure but someone should have picked that up!

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    The Roses of May (The Collector Book 2) []  2020-6-25 18:23

    After having read The Butterfly Garden, I’m saddened to say that I did not like this second installment of the Collector Series, as much as I loved the very first book. In fact, this book read like another author entirely wrote it and wasn’t quite sure as to what went on in the first book? So disappointing to say the ses of May gave the reader a glimpse into what happened to the victims of the Gardener. Actually, when a book is that good, we often wonder what happened to victims, especially if the book is written in a series, and I felt that Hutchison did a amazing job in developing the characters more openly in this one. Suffice it to say, a lot of of the Gardener’s victims didn’t fair too well after what they endured at his sick and twisted hand. However, there’s a fresh sicko in this novel going around murdering young women that do not fall under what he describes as being a “good girl.” This is where you’ll search Priya Sravasti enter our story. Her sister fell victim to this fresh killer. Priya was haunted by her sister’s death. Unfortunately, this was about as much excitement as I could obtain from this story.I can’t quite place my finger on the issue. The only word that comes to mind is boooring!!! I was bored out of my mind with this story. It didn’t have any excitement that created me wish to invest in any of the victim’s stories. I felt Priya’s sister’s story didn’t support matters any. It felt as though it was an afterthought really. I was highly disappointed in this story, especially since the first book was a five-star read. I have no idea what happened with this story, but it was not nearly as amazing as the first. And knowing there’s a third book in the installment, makes me a small on the fence about reading. I don’t wish to feel the method this story created me feel. There really wasn’t any appeal to it at all. The story just dragged on delving into the same problems throughout with the victims and Priya’s sister. There were some similarities, but none that really created me feel we required to hold reading e bottom line is the story fell true flat and it seemed as though Hutchinson just threw this together to obtain to her third and final story in the Collectors series, or perhaps I’m completely off base? Not sure, but what I do know for sure, I did not like this story at all. It was boring and didn’t focus enough on the fresh killer. It’s a true shame because the first book was so amazing that I wished Hollywood would create a film out of it. This installment we could have done away with. I pray the third book is a lot better than this one?

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    The Roses of May (The Collector Series Book 2) [Book]  2018-5-23 18:0

    So, today the sequel to The Butterfly Garden, The Rose Of May was released. I finished it a few hours ago and have to say it was beautiful good. It is written in the same vein TBG with the young victim being the main voice of the story. You also obtain to see things from the POV of FBI agent Eddison. In TBG its mostly Maya and Agent Vic so it was cool to obtain to know Eddison better. While I wasnt shocked by who the assassin was (it was beautiful obvious) the book is amazing because of the depth of the characters. They are very well constructed and while there are some things that I wouldn't imagine to be realistic the over all feel is that they are true people. They struggle with everyday things. Priya has an obsession with Oreos that is heartbreaking and very raw. Her mother is awesome and has a backbone of steel. I can see things from her side easily and a lot of the her actions I can justify since I would be the same. All that being said, I would recommend this book IF, you have read The Butterfly Garden. I am looking forward to the next.

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    The Roses of May (The Collector Book 2) []  2020-6-25 18:23

    If you are wanting to read this book because of the first book The Butterfly Garden, DON'T! This book is slow and really doesn't tie into the first book at all. (Which was excellent!) I created myself finish the book because I had purchased it otherwise I would have never finished it.

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    The Roses of May (The Collector Book 2) []  2020-6-25 18:23

    This author truly knows how to write. She brings you into her stories and you actually feel what the characters are feeling. Her storyline is never boring and is always interesting with real twists and ter her book Butterfly Garden I️ was hoping for a second book so we could follow the progress of the survivors. She managed to do that while bringing in a second serial murder mystery. I️ loved how both stories where told we need to know what type of justice the Surviving Butterflies obtain and I’m hoping Inara shames everyone who has tried to pick on or terrify the girls. Hold your victims [email protected]#$% please.

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    The Roses of May (The Collector Series Book 2) [Book]  2018-5-23 18:0

    This is such a not good second to The Butterfly Garden, which I gave 5 stars. If the author is trying to create a connection to that book it's a not good one. I found this book to be ponderous and almost quit after 30 or so pages. Nothing further on was redeeming. Most of the characters thought process and dialogue was wonderful as to be uttered by true people; instead, it read cutesy and cliche. The young girls, on the other hand, spoke as if they were 70 year old sages, which was unconvincing and implausible. The relationships between the characters tended toward sickeningly sweet or uber cool, neither of which worked and came off as contrived.

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    The Roses of May (The Collector Book 2) []  2020-6-25 18:23

    This sequel was so hard to obtain through. I splurged and bought it because the first was so good, probably one of the best I have read. I had to go back and read it again in fact, to remember the characters. I ended up reading 3 other books and then returning to create myself finish this because I bought it. The book started to obtain a small bit interesting 1/2 method thru then I was forcing myself to stay awake and just read words, not actually absorbing the story. The latest 20 pages were probably the best and even then, it was mediocre. I'm so sad and disappointed this was not a very amazing sequel. Really didn't have much to do with the first book.

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    The Roses of May (The Collector Book 2) []  2020-6-25 18:23

    I did something with this book that I rarely do - it without reading an excerpt (because I'd read it's predecessor, The Butterfly Garden, and loved it). For my sins I was rewarded with the most disappointing sophomore effort I think I've ever read. The Butterfly Garden was a snappy page-turner; this book felt like I was wading through waist-high mud while being forced to listen to a narration of a golf game. This book bears small connection to the first one, and for some reason it features a precocious pre-teen as its protagonist. None of the characters were remotely believable or interesting. And quite honestly, the premise of a pair of adult detectives "keeping in touch" with a kid sibling of a closed case homicide victim across time and distance is really a bridge too far. I couldn't even obtain through the end of the book, even though I'd amazing for it; I just didn't care what happened. At this point, I'd only read another book in the series if I got it from the library.

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    The Roses of May (The Collector Series Book 2) [Book]  2018-5-23 18:0

    This author truly knows how to write. She brings you into her stories and you actually feel what the characters are feeling. Her storyline is never boring and is always interesting with real twists and ter her book Butterfly Garden I️ was hoping for a second book so we could follow the progress of the survivors. She managed to do that while bringing in a second serial murder mystery. I️ loved how both stories where told we need to know what type of justice the Surviving Butterflies obtain and I’m hoping Inara shames everyone who has tried to pick on or terrify the girls. Hold your victims [email protected]#$% please.

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    The Roses of May (The Collector Series Book 2) [Book]  2018-5-23 18:0

    I loved this book. Loved Priya and listening to her thoughts. Created me think about how the public feels they are entitled to know what is event to the families of victims. And how the press defines the families. Priya’s mom is a very successful businesswoman. But when she is interviewed for a business magazine the first questions are about her murdered child. The butterflies do continue in this book to a lesser degree and you can see how some of them are adjusting to freedom. But this is more about Priya, who’s sister was killed by a serial assassin who is now sending her flowers. You know she is on his radar, you just don’t know what his plan is or who he is. Less graphic than Butterfly Garden but still in the mind of a young girl. Some reviewers were disappointed that it was not a continuation of the Butterfly Garden but I’m glad it’s not. The glimpses of the Butterflies adjusting was enough. This is a story about a powerful young person and I found her story as engrossing as the Butterflies.

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    The Roses of May (The Collector Book 2) []  2020-6-25 18:23

    This is such a not good second to The Butterfly Garden, which I gave 5 stars. If the author is trying to create a connection to that book it's a not good one. I found this book to be ponderous and almost quit after 30 or so pages. Nothing further on was redeeming. Most of the characters thought process and dialogue was wonderful as to be uttered by true people; instead, it read cutesy and cliche. The young girls, on the other hand, spoke as if they were 70 year old sages, which was unconvincing and implausible. The relationships between the characters tended toward sickeningly sweet or uber cool, neither of which worked and came off as contrived.

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    The Roses of May (The Collector Book 2) []  2020-6-25 18:23

    This is the second book of the Collector Trilogy that began with The Butterfly Garden. The first book was perfect and hard to place down so my expectations were based on that book. Although this book is a amazing and I would recommend it to others I don't know that it had the same gravitas as The Butterfly is story is about the assassin of Priya's sister some years ago and the fact that the assassin is fixated on Priya because she is a "good girl". Dot Hutchison is a amazing writer and the words seem to flow for her what is off in the book for me is the believability of the response of Priya and her mother after the death of their close family. I also didn't feel that the story really developed to explain the closeness of the FBI agents to Priya.I'm still looking forward to the latest book in the trilogy and expect Dot Hutchison to be a writer of the future.

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    The Dharma of Star Wars []  2020-1-26 22:13

    Never have I read such an insightful and inspirational book based on a piece of fiction. I will reread this a lot of times. You definitely dont have to be a star battles fan to appreciate the content and notice within this book sends

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    Battletech Wars of the Republic []  2020-2-2 13:32

    Not a huge fan of the Republic Era or the method they are taking the Battletech story line, but for what it is and with that dislike the book is still a amazing product.

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    The Dharma of Star Wars []  2020-1-26 22:13

    I probably had my expectations set a small too high when I purchased this book. The author provides a reasonable overview of Buddhist concepts and uses reference to Star Battles lore as a method of providing relatable examples. If you are fresh to Buddhism, this book provides a easy introduction to the concepts. To expect anything more will lead to disappointment. I had hoped for a detailed journey into the similarities between Buddhism and the Force, but did not learn anything fresh and there was a lack of academic exploration of the topic. You will search more interesting topic matter by playing through Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2.

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    The Dharma of Star Wars []  2020-1-26 22:13

    Highly recommended e examples are spot on and makes a lot of sense, explain sometimes complicated and deep buddhist concepts through the amazing Star Battles eat teaching aid for anyone trying to understand buddhist concepts a bit more, and, IMHO, it inadvertently talks about mindfulness as e force is around all of us and in us! May the force be with you!

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    Battletech Wars of the Republic []  2020-2-2 13:32

    Covering the time between the end of the Jihad and the beginning of the "Dark Ages" this book covers the rise of the Republic and the battles it fought to hold itself together. Highly recommend it if you are interested in that time period or to fill in gaps.

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    The Dharma of Star Wars []  2020-1-26 22:13

    Wow! I purchased this book as a Star Battles fan. The author, who is very knowledgeable of Star Wars, discusses the life lessons one can learn form the series. The authors is a Buddhist and discusses the happenings in the saga from a practical and non dogmatic Buddhist perspective (reducing suffering), but the book is not preachy. Actually, not preachy at all. After reading this book, I began to see things/world in various ways. Personally, this book changed my life. If you like Star Wars, are interested in Jedi philosophy or eastern philosophy, you will not be disappointed.

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    The Dharma of Star Wars []  2020-1-26 22:13

    I tried off and on through my life to obtain started with the concepts of Buddhism, and none of the books I tried clicked with me. Then I read this one, on the tip of a amazing friend. I am so glad that I did. The wit, humor, and well worded approach drew me in and through. I usually pass books on to others after I read them, but this one stays with me to obtain read again and again.

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    The Dharma of Star Wars []  2020-1-26 22:13

    A dedicated Buddhist practitioner won't be offput by the news that author Matthew Bortolin owns a set of Jedi robes. It's hardly unusual for a Buddhist to own ritual attire anyway. Bortolin is a Jedihead. He's also a member of Thich Nhat Hanh's Buddhist first it seems like THE DHARMA OF STAR WARS is short on Dharma and long on STAR WARS. There are 150 or so direct references to STAR WARS in the first thirty pages (count them!). Some of them are gratuitous ("Your mind, like an out-of-control podracer..."). By the end of the first chapter---Okay! We obtain it! This book uses the STAR WARS universe as a paradigm!It's clear that Mr. Bortolin must have written Chapter One last. A college student swigging caffeine drinks trying to stay awake all night to write a term paper will be as tweaked as Bortolin is seemingly tweaked on STAR WARS. It's understandable. Matthew Bortolin must have watched each STAR WARS film scores of times and spent countless hours in study, in rewriting, and in meditation to make this book, which is clearly a labor of love. Fortunately, Mr. Bortolin must have been drinking decaf throughout most of the writing process. His ability to tie sometimes unfamiliar Buddhist ideas to sometimes obscure incidents in the STAR WARS scripts is quite an tting past the first chapter, we explore that THE DHARMA OF STAR WARS is a thoughtful, intelligent, well-written generalist explanation of primary Buddhist concepts. Bortolin uses well-chosen incidents from the STAR WARS movies (and books) to colorfully illustrate and explain such Buddhist core concepts as Karma, Nirvana, meditation, Dharma, and the Five Aggregates (also known as the Five Conditions or Five Skandhas).Mr. Bortolin avoids using much "foreign" Buddhist terminology and doesn't reference the Heart Sutra or any of the other thousands of Buddhist writings. Far more importantly, he refuses to obtain lost in windy theoretical discussions. Sitting meditation (zazen) is referred to throughout as "sitting meditation." "Monkey Mind" becomes "Jar Jar Mind" (very appropriately!). Allow us thank the Maker that Bortolin isn't interested in being a Buddhist recruiter. Rather, he wants the reader unfamiliar with Buddhism to use its concepts and precepts in a practical fashion to live mindfully. If references to Luke, Leia, Darth, and The Force do it, that's just fine by e end of THE DHARMA OF STAR WARS has a section called "The Padawan's Handbook." A collection of aphorisms, thoughts, affirmations, and Buddhist (and other) commentaries rewritten in the STAR WARS idiom, "The Padawan's Handbook" is an smart guidebook to problems confronting us all as human beings. Each line in "The Padawan's Handbook" is a meditation in and of rhaps Mr. Bortolin should consider expanding this section into an independent volume. And why hasn't George Lucas endorsed this project?Gassho, Mr. Bortolin, and I look forward to hearing from you UR AND A HALF STARS

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