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Andy Gibson "Beaky G" (Fleet, UK)

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All Quiet on the Orient Express
All Quiet on the Orient Express
by Magnus Mills
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The worlds longest joke?...., 12 Sept. 2011
Could this be essentially the worlds longest joke? Without giving a spoiler away:

I first read this book years ago, but it's still an old favourite of mine. It has all the delicious darkness of other Mills novels, but the thing that I found the most delightful about this PARTICULAR one, is that the closing line is probably one of the funniest EVER closing lines in a modern novel.

You'd be forgiven for thinking, then, that the whole book -- short as it is -- is one long build-up to the punchline of a joke, but where Magnus Mills is concerned, there's always SOOOoooo much more to it than that.

And there is!

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Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities
Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities
by Ian Stewart
Edition: Hardcover

29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for the lover of Puzzles and Logic, 22 Sept. 2009
I picked this up to leaf through it the day it arrived, whilst already halfway through another book, AND I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!
Packed full of puzzles, and funny quirks of number patterns, this book is for readers of all abilities who have an interest in numerical gymnastics.
The other main component of the book is the history of mathematical research and development, in which Stewart gives an insight into the discovery of numerous maths theories and laws. And whilst this is -- at times -- heavy going, it's delivered in bite-size sections, interspersed throughout the book, which itself is given in tiny portions, allowing the reader to pick up and read at any time.
Brilliantly collected puzzles and stories with easy-to-understand solutions and explanations, Stewart's jovial delivery makes this book an unalloyed pleasure. 10/10!
Andy Gibson, 35, Fleet, Hampshire.

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