Tom Kirby


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Smashwords book reviews by Tom Kirby

  • Crime and Punishment in Victorian Edinburgh on Jan. 31, 2013

    If you are looking for graphic descriptions of barbaric executions and torture, you won't find them here. However, the book does a good job of showing the difference in "justice" for the haves and the have-nots. It also gives you a look at one cases were being heard day-to-day, and not just the famous ones. It's a good book for fans of law and order through history.
  • A Golf Marshal's Chronicles on May 02, 2013

    While not a golf player myself, several members of my extended family are. You don't need a deep understanding of the rules to have a good laugh at the stories in this book. My only complaint is that I wish the book was longer.
  • Riding the Shortwaves: Exploring the Magic of Amateur Radio on Aug. 05, 2013

    This isn't a book on how to become a "ham", it's a book about why you SHOULD become an amateur radio operator. It explains how and why hams do the things they do, and warns us that like any subset of the human population, some bad apples do exist. It has valuable tips for you, once you are licensed, and the short fictional stories included reinforce these tips. Ham radio isn't just old men (in our club's last testing sessions, a 9-year-old and a 12-year old passed their tests), and the author recognizes this, and points out that the hobby is not in decline, but is in fact expanding with new technology. If you have even the slightest interest in ham radio, read this book.