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Re: Swordsmen of the Raj, by D A Kinsley

PostPosted: 09 Nov 2010 19:04
by Colin F.
You could always download it (the whole 4 entries) instead for about £4. :)

Re: Swordsmen of the Raj, by D A Kinsley

PostPosted: 10 Nov 2010 12:12
by admin
I like to have hard copies - I'll just order the last volume when I'm done with this. I'm sure by then there will be yet another* :).

* And that's not a complaint, I really appreciate the work that Kinsley has done and hope he/she continues.

Just giving Swordsmen of the Empire a cursory flick through I get the same general opinion as I had in my earlier reviews:

Positive:
Awesome collection of source material.
Lots of pictures as well as tons of text.
Good value.
Lulu gives amazingly fast service and good quality bindings.

Negative:
Poor citation (especially of images).
Poor resolution images (and it's hard to look up better resolution versions online without a citation).
Poor organisation/headings - without a content or index it makes it very hard to find specific stuff.

Re: Swordsmen of the Raj, by D A Kinsley

PostPosted: 11 Nov 2010 20:01
by Colin F.
Index would be useful as well.

Glossary of terms might have been useful for an uniformed reader.

Still, the vast amount of anecdotes that the author has put together is amazing. Some of them you would have difficulty believing in fiction let alone the memoires of an officer.

Re: Swordsmen of the Raj, by D A Kinsley

PostPosted: 14 Nov 2010 12:11
by Lyceum
Colin F. wrote:Index would be useful as well.

Glossary of terms might have been useful for an uniformed reader.

Still, the vast amount of anecdotes that the author has put together is amazing. Some of them you would have difficulty believing in fiction let alone the memoires of an officer.


Indeed, I can't help but think we should extend some of that reticence to old soldier's tales too here and there. :lol:

It's a shame we don't have sources like this from other periods, do we?

Re: Swordsmen of the Raj, by D A Kinsley

PostPosted: 30 Nov 2010 18:51
by Scott Brown
Thinking of picking up these last two, any feedback on how they compare to the first two? Comparable or not-so-much?

And, yes, who is D.A. Kingsley? Must chase him/her down. Might be a pseudonym???

Re: Swordsmen of the Raj, by D A Kinsley

PostPosted: 30 Nov 2010 20:10
by Colin F.
They're just small additions. I think they're worth having though, as there are some interesting anecdotes in it.

If you can cope with it as an e-book then the volume that contains all of them is worth getting.

Re: Swordsmen of the Raj, by D A Kinsley

PostPosted: 30 Nov 2010 21:23
by admin
Scott Brown wrote:And, yes, who is D.A. Kingsley? Must chase him/her down. Might be a pseudonym???


I suspect so, or at least I suspect that someone who posts on a few of the same forums as me is the same person as the author under a different name.
It's a shame, because I would have liked to work with this person.