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I've got the original edition of this book with the two separate volumes, and while I love it to bits, I can see why they've combined everything into one book. That said, it's the content that you want to know about, and I'm happy to report that it's the usual top-notch, informative, entertaining content that is typical of any Bitmap book, and the reason why I've spent so much money on their books over the last few years! I was around when Gremlin were born and thought I knew a fair bit about them, but this is yet another exhaustive book full of facts, figures and fun. I've yet to buy a Bitmap book that I wouldn't hesitate to give the full five stars too, and can't recommend this enough!
Can't wait to read this book with the PDF file although the physical book is still on the way. For me, the attractions from this books are the high quality pictures that bring a nice visual impact to me.
Instant shipping and beautifully packaged. The book itself wonderfully published, lots of interesting content.
Absolutely lovely, a wonderful **** history of a giant in UK software publishing
Didn't know what to expect with this book, having only ordered the super slick and glossy Visual Compendia before; despite the differences in format and style, I was very happy with what I received however. Firstly, can I take a second to praise the shipping and handling? Lovely bespoke 8-bit themed cardboard packaging, the book within shrink-wrapped and securely padded with foam bumpers. I wish all my book purchases came this way. Bitmap Books know you're going to be not only holding onto this for a while, but also know you're going to be proudly displaying it on a coffee table or somewhere in a well-curated gaming collection, so they take great pains for you to get your hands on it in as pristine a condition as possible, and it is so appreciated. The book itself differs wildly from the Visual Compendium series - reminiscent of your dad's old Reader's Digest DIY books of yesteryear, this is a hefty doorstop of a book and much broader than it is tall. Also the book initially lacks the visual pop of the Compendia, being more simple in its appearance - the cover doesn't have a bright glossy jacket, rather a plain green hardcover with a Gremlin logo and the paper stock feels of a more regular weight compared to those books, so the pictures within are a little more muted or at least matt in their appearance. That's not to say the book is bereft of visual charm however; it is chock-full of photos, box art, game screenshots, and the larger page size is definitely welcome here as it makes the art so much easier to enjoy. The book is essentially a chronological **** history of Gremlin, presented in interview format with all the main players - Ian Stewart, Peter Harrap, Shaun Southern, Rod Cousens - and dozens more besides. I was only a lad when I was playing these games on my Spectrum and Amiga, and it was fantastic to find out what was happening behind the scenes at the time. I admittedly have a bias towards Gremlin - back in the day I wrote to them asking for any spare posters and the lovely person in the mailroom loaded me up with a jiffybag full of them - I couldn't stop beaming from ear to ear as I read it, but I think anyone old enough to have enjoyed these games the first time around will love this book especially if you're the sort of person who bought From Bedrooms to Billions or listens to the Retro Hour podcast and enjoys getting into the granular history of the UK software scene back then. Highly recommended.
Extremely interesting and insightful read
So much details about 8 bit scene of 80s. Fast delivery, nice print