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Vikings at War is a sumptuous depiction of how the Vikings waged war: their weapons technology, offensive and defensive warfare, military traditions and tactics, their fortifications, ships and command structure. It also portrays the Viking raids and conquest campaigns that brought the Vikings to virtually every corner of Europe and even to America. Between the 9th and 11the century, Viking ships landed on almost every shore in the Western world. Viking ravages united the Spanish kingdoms and stopped Charlemagne and the Franks' advance in Europe. Wherever Viking ships roamed, enormous suffering followed in their wake, but the encounter between cultures changed both European and Nordic societies. Employing unorthodox and unpredictable strategies, which were hard for more organized forces to respond to, the most crucial element of the Vikings' success was their basic strategy of evading the enemy by arriving by sea, then attacking quickly and with great force before withdrawing quickly. The warrior class dominated in a militarized society. Honor was everything, and breaking promises and ruining one's posthumous reputation was considered worse than death itself. If a man offended another man's honor, the only way out was blood revenge. Vikings at War provides a vivid account of the Viking art of war, weapons and the history of their conquests with over 380 colour illustrations including beautiful reconstruction drawings, maps, cross-section drawings of ships, line-drawings of fortifications, battle plan reconstructions and photos of surviving artefacts including weapons and jewellery.
A super-sized challenge for crossword lovers, selected by the Times2 Crossword Editor John Grimshaw. This Crossword appears weekly in the Saturday edition of The Times. The puzzles offer the same challenge as The Times2 daily crossword but the larger grid packs an extra punch! The clues are also a little more testing than the daily times2 crossword, to stretch the crossword enthusiast just a bit further, and provide hours of entertainment.
A bumper collection of 300 quick crossword puzzles to test your word knowledge and have you reaching for the Thesaurus. Keep your mind sharp and improve your word power at the same time. Ideal for whiling away those long commutes, travelling on holiday or relaxing at home.
This superb book contains a wide range of fascinating information on a huge variety of subjects perfect for quiz aficionados. There are hundreds of quizzes, divided by difficulty level and subject matter. Many are themed, along the classic lines of music, sport, geography, politics, entertainment etc. This book contains all the questions you need to set up your own quizzes, or for brushing up on your general knowledge before you try your next competition.
A campy calendar for those with an insatiable thirst for thrills. It'll reel you in, one juicy, twisted story after the next. Featuring the news headlines that catch your eye, and then keep you up at night, A Year of True Crime offers day after day of gruesome intrigue to pique your morbid curiosities. There are gritty tales about the 1990's Clown Killer (on the loose until 2017), and the Rotenburg Cannibal, who lured victims online in the early aughts. Plus, trivia, like the inspiration behind the Silence of the Lambs' Buffalo Bill (he was a fictional amalgam of numerous serial killers) and games: Match the criminals to the film inspired by their crimes. Here are all the gory details--serial killers, cannibal fetishists, occult followers, and innocent hitchhikers who didn't stand a chance--with a tabloid-style page design, and photographs throughout. For fans of Law & Order: SVU, Serial, and pulpy tabloids, this gift will hit all the right spine-chilling notes.
A book of 100 fascinating science puzzles perfect for astounding friends, impressing party guests, and annoying relatives A book for the curious, this engaging read takes a slightly different look at puzzle questions--every one is based exclusively on real world science. Using scientific principles, it teaches why a golf ball has dimples, why feet feel cold on a wooden floor, and how to get an egg into a bottle, among other fun and challenging activities. It also includes a glossary of science related terms for the non-rocket scientists interested in purchasing the book, and the answer to each problem explains the scientific principle behind the solution in clear and concise terms.
This beautiful colouring book - designed especially for grown-ups - is the perfect way to kill time or distract you from tiresome chores. Inspired by mystical mandala patterns, this stylish activity book is the perfect gift for anyone looking to explore their creativity.
Discover the secret hints, tips and winning ways of the BANANAGRAMS (R) bunch! This little book contains the insider secrets to help you become Top Banana. Packed with curious words and fascinating facts, this is a real treasure trove and the perfect gift for word lovers and BANANAGRAMS (R) players of all ages the world over, and includes: Proper nouns that you CAN play - in any word game! Five ways to turn tiles that save VITAL seconds. Easy-to-make three-letter words: your secret weapon. How to IMPROVE your game with U.K. & U.S. spellings. The one thing you MUST do in your first move. 19 games you can play with BANANAGRAMS (R) tiles. Two ESSENTIAL ways to buy time when you call "PEEL!" Hundreds of weird words that win word games. Clever ways to lose those Q's. The insider techniques of 'Rapid Peeling'. And DOZENS of other top tips to boost your BANANAGRAMS (R) playing power! Foreword by Dame Judi Dench. Over 8 million copies of the game sold.
Antonio Esfandiari, a rising star of the World Poker Tour and one of professional poker's best players presents championship strategies for winning Texas Hold'em Cash Games. This follow-up to WPT: Shuffle Up and Deal from poker professional Antonio Esfandiari with contributions from other stars of the World Poker Tour provides the next level of poker strategies and insights for today's poker players. Cash Games are the most commonly played version of Texas Hold'em; in fact at this very moment thousands are playing this non-tournament style of Hold'em in casinos, home games and online. This will be a must have for all poker enthusiasts. Esfandiari is a regular at the biggest poker game in the world at Las Vegas' Bellagio The World Poker Tour is the most popular show in the history of the Travel Channel. The series has revolutionized televised poker by offering expert analysis, and varying camera angles and close-ups of the players' hole cards, creating a whole new brand of high-tech, high-stakes, high-anxiety entertainment. More than one in five Americans is a poker player, and over 70 million decks of cards are sold in the U.S. each year. Phil Hellmuth's Play Poker Like the Pros has netted more than 155,000 copies since it was published in April 2003, and has recently hit the NY Times Bestseller List four times.
These globe-trotting, bright and colourful puzzle books feature over 130 puzzles to keep your mind fit and active. Bound in bright, soft, fauxleather material with stylish silver foil details and in a handy, small size, these puzzle books are perfect for taking with you on-the-go.
Studies have shown that regularly completing word and number puzzles can slow mental decline as a person ages.
These unique covers really pop with the exciting shades, luxe material and silver foiling, so they will really stand out on the shelf!
In this new and completely revised edition, the first reigning World Series of Poker Champion gets down and dirty about how to win big. It's not just about cards. It's about the people who hold them, so you'll need to be a master of human nature.
Who better to teach you than American folk hero and gambling legend Amarillo Slim? Get his first-hand secrets on everything from counting cards to judging opponents, the laws of probability, betting, bluffing, when to drop, and when to pick up your chips and head home.
Stretch your powers of logical deduction with these 200 new Su Doku puzzles, in easy, medium and difficult categories. Keep your mind sharp and test your powers of deductive reasoning. Ideal for whiling away those long commutes, travelling on holiday or relaxing at home. There are puzzles here for all levels ranging from easy, through medium and difficult. Coffee Break Su Doku will satisfy on every level.
The behind-the-scenes story of the world's most notorious and controversial video games company - Rockstar Games. Jacked is the incredible story behind the phenomenon that changed video games for ever - Grand Theft Auto. Powerful politicians tried to stop it, parents and activists vigorously campaigned against it, but they couldn't stop GTA breaking records. GTA IV became the biggest entertainment product launch of all time, eclipsing all other books, films and music, and went on to become the most controversial video game in history. Now, after 10 years of research, David Kushner reveals how Sam Houser's company, Rockstar Games, made it all possible. He lifts the veil of secrecy around the team to show how a blend of creative genius, daring PR campaigns, big egos and an obsessive work ethic all came together to create a monster with a tendency to spiral out of control. Including the full story behind `Hot Coffee' - the hidden sex minigame that nearly killed the game and the company - Jacked gets right to the heart of what it takes to make a classic computer game...
Tabletop and board games aren't just for rainy days or awkward family events anymore. As the game industry grows, people of all ages are jumping to play "the original social network." In our ever-increasing technological world, playing old-school games is a welcome retreat from the overexposure to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and the rest of social media. Over the past few years, board games have become the hot new hobby. Instead of friends sitting around the same table and staring at their phones, they are now either working with or against each other. Millions upon millions of new fans have begun to join their friends in real life for a fun game of Pandemic, 7 Wonders, or Ticket to Ride. The Everything Tabletop Games Book shows how to play some of the best tabletop games in the world, from classic strategy games like Settlers of Catan to great new games like Gloomhaven. Throughout the book, you'll learn the different genres of tabletop and board games; how to play each game; rules and strategies to help you win; and even where to play online-including new expansions to keep your favorite games fresh and exciting. So gather up some friends, pick a game from this book, and start playing! You'll be having a blast in no time.
This unique card game lets you test how type savvy you are! For everyone who wants to get to know fonts a little better, what better way than to go on a date? Struggling to decide between Arial and Times New Roman for your CV? Can't tell the difference between Brush Script and Bodoni? Understand type in a totally new way with this fun new game. The attractive gift box includes a booklet explaining type psychology and provides suggestions for four games to play. Fifty cards feature different fonts to choose from: make your selection, then turn over to find out what the type you're attracted to says about the type of character you are!
From the creator of the 1000 Dot-to-Dot series comes Querkles Animals, putting an exciting new twist on the classic colour-by-number images that we loved as children. At first, you see nothing but a baffling tangle of circles, but hidden within each puzzle is a furry face waiting to be revealed! Featuring a menagerie of adorable creatures from chomping chimps to louche giraffes, Querkles Animals provides hours of creative colouring fun for artistic minds of all ages. Choose a dramatic colour scheme to make your Querkle truly unique, discover what's hidden in each puzzle, and create a striking animal portrait that you can easily remove and display.
Poker is much more than just a popular game. It is a world unto itself, populated with a multitude of colorful characters: professionals and amateurs, hustlers and dreamers. This royal flush of a collection brings together short stories, essays, poems, and excerpts from novels by a host of renowned writers -- from the Wild West to present day -- who have mined their personal experience of the game. Entertaining and enlightening, you'll want to ante up for Read 'Em and Weep.
With pieces by ...
Nelson Algren Andy Bellin Anthony Holden Katy Lederer James Thurber Barbara Tuchman Billy Collins Pete Dexter Martin Amis David Mamet Herbert O. Yardley A. Alvarez
The Mensa All-New Puzzle Book has something to offer all types of puzzle solver. It will appeal to casual fans who would like to try something a little more challenging, as well as experienced solvers, who will be sure to discover something new. All the puzzles have been created by the intelligence experts at Mensa.
Part of an exciting series of sturdy, square-box 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles from Flame Tree, featuring powerful and popular works of art. This new jigsaw will satisfy your need for a challenge, with a popular masterpiece of post impressionism, Wheat Field with a Lark by Van Gogh. This 1000 piece jigsaw is intended for adults and children over 13 years. Not suitable for children under 3 years due to small parts.
Any true fan knows that the porcelain umpire's chair is an ideal place to put your sporting knowledge to the test. This compendium of fun activities and quiz questions will have you spotting the difference at Wembley, finding a lost helmet at Lord's, and going for gold in Olympic omniscience.
The ultimate trial of knowledge and cunning, Enigma features 200 cryptic puzzles and ciphers. The solutions link throughout the book – so you need to solve them all to get to the final round.
With a focus on ciphers and codebreaking, Enigma contains twenty sections, each built around a specific subject from music to literature, physics to politics. To take on Enigma you need good general knowledge and the ability to think laterally. But if you need help, there are plenty of hints to point you in the right direction.
Whether you attempt to crack it alone or work in a team, Enigma will challenge you to the extreme.
Can you take on Enigma and win? There’s only one way to find out …
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