Tag: Dangerous

Terry Deary – Rotten Rulers | Review

Title: Rotten Rulers

Author: Terry Deary

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count: 176

Rating: 4/5

I actually learned a surprising amount from this book. For example, in the AD 900s, the grand vizier of Persia travelled with a library of 117,000 books carried by camels that were trained to walk in alphabetical order. Although he also said that the earth is flat, which I’m hoping was a joke but which either way is a dangerous one to make, especially when educating kids.

So basically, the main vibe that I was left with here was that there were a lot of cool facts and information that would definitely keep a kid entertained, but at the same time I’m not too sure how much we can trust it. It’s a shame, because I’ve always found the information to be spot on in Horrible History books before.

Mostly, though, it’s just a timely reminder that power corrupts and that people are terrible. After all, there are quite a few rotten rulers still knocking around today. Sinister.

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Ian Fleming – The Man With the Golden Gun | Review

Title: The Man With the Golden Gun

Author: Ian Fleming

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 206

Rating: 8/10

 

Ian Fleming - The Man with the Golden Gun

Ian Fleming – The Man with the Golden Gun

 

This book was short and sweet, like many of the other James Bond novels, and while I’m not sure how closely it’s related to the movie, because I’ve never been a fan of the movies, I did think it was a fun little read and worth sticking with.

Here, Bond is sent to the Caribbean to track down a man called Scaramanga, who they call the Man with the Golden Gun. He’s a dangerous guy, who can draw his weapon faster than Bond can, and so it’s interesting to see the secret agent pitted against someone who could offer a match.

The actual story line is pretty short, and it feels almost more like a short story than a novel, but that’s okay because it’s still a lot of fun and a decent introduction into Bond’s world. I still think that Dr. No is my favourite one so far, but that’s because it feels like more of a main meal; this is an appetiser, and a good way to start if you’ve never read one of the novels before.

 

Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming

 

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