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A Short Gentleman
A Short Gentleman
by Jon Canter
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.90

5.0 out of 5 stars A deep one, this., 1 July 2014
This review is from: A Short Gentleman (Paperback)
This made me laugh and it made me think, deeply...The main character's faults seem also to be his strengths, and I was completely drawn in to his world view, so utterly different to my own. That's great writing.


Look Who's Back
Look Who's Back
by Timur Vermes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.50

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, deep satire., 24 April 2014
This review is from: Look Who's Back (Hardcover)
This satire targets Hitler, Nazism, the modern cult of celebrity and many other subjects besides, and I found it thought-provoking and hilarious at the same time. The author has managed to pull off something most wouldn't dare attempt, in a way that makes you laugh and shiver too. Amazing.


The Martian
The Martian
by Andy Weir
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 6.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, poor novel, 24 April 2014
This review is from: The Martian (Hardcover)
This has none of the elements to lift it out of the very ordinary. No character development, no deep themes to explore, no back story revelations worth reading, nothing. Rather like a lot of YA fiction, it's a trawl through a sequence of challenges, and by a third of the way through I was very tired of pages full of figures and calculations. Shame.


The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
by Claire North
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly good., 24 April 2014
You can see the other reviewers here for an idea of plot and setting, but I recommend you just read the book with as little prior knowledge as possible. A very different take on the time travel and many lives themes, thrilling and thought provoking at the same time.


The Marrying of Chani Kaufman
The Marrying of Chani Kaufman
by Eve Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, 23 Sep 2013
A good read, but before you start, be aware that the characters in the book are from one particular sect, the Hasidim. Many equally devout Jews in the same area may be considered to have a more rounded, open view on life. Equally, you won't see a deeply spiritual and nuanced description of the joys of following the Jewish Torah, because that is outside the author's experience and remit here.
I'm Jewish and know Golders Green and Hendon fairly well, so this book had interest at the start. However, the main thing I liked about it was the way the pleasant and unpleasant aspects of this life are shown in a non-judgemental way. So you see how dilapidated and unappealing some homes are, but you're told why - people have their minds on more spiritual matters. People often wear what seem to be dowdy clothes; because they are beyond fads and don't emphasise appearances. You see the good and the bad aspects of having large families, and it's made very clear that it's a matter of emotional approach more than anything. Characters sometimes act badly, but I felt their motivations were clearly explained in a way that made it easy to empathise with them, and I really engaged with them.
I found this book hard to put down.


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Price: 7.45

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super, 11 July 2013
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The Unfolding Of Language
The Unfolding Of Language
by Guy Deutscher
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous, 6 April 2011
This is a truly enjoyable book, right down to the several appendices. Deutscher uses humour as part of an engaging writing style, but it's never frivolous or pointless. Almost every sentence has its own joys. Best of all, he beautifully explains such mysteries as the origin of the semitic consonantal root system in way that makes understanding not just a possibility, but a delight, for the non-specialist: never has the fictional root s-n-g been so well exploited in the cause of knowledge...I will cause to be snogged...you will snog thoroughly...etc. The variety in presentation keeps you hooked in: charts; dialogues; pictures; maps; photographs; a fictional linguistic conference and an informal chat in the cafeteria later. Deutscher does a good job of showing the conflicting viewpoints in the field, impressively enforced by a wonderfully wide range of languages from around the world and past eras. If you've ever wondered why French has the split negative 'ne...pas', why Latin nouns are so agonising, or where on earth the English 'th' is heading (oblivion?) then read this book.


Through the Language Glass: How Words Colour your World
Through the Language Glass: How Words Colour your World
by Guy Deutscher
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 20.00

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and accessable, 18 Aug 2010
Apart from the slightly dry introduction, this book was impossible to put down. The author's style is very appealing and it is packed with quite amazing, yet true, stories and pieces of information. The book is very well structured, taking the reader through the history of ideas regarding language development and inheritance in a logical and satisfying way. Its never overly technical but has enough to stretch your brain, and there are plenty of humorous observations to keep you emotionally involved. This is definitely worth the money, especially as the colour inserts are of such excellent quality and relevance to the subject. A great read.


World On A Wire: 2 Disc Restored Edition [DVD] [1973]
World On A Wire: 2 Disc Restored Edition [DVD] [1973]
Dvd ~ Rainer Werner Fassbinder
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Price: 7.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars weird but compelling, 28 Jun 2010
This is definitely worth watching for originality. The actors have been directed to use a very mannered style which is a bit peculiar, especially in the women who seem more or less drugged into a complete lack of expression. However, this is more than made up for by the philosophical points raised by the plot, the stunning interiors, the ground breaking camera work and the sheer feel of pure science fiction as opposed to space opera, action blockbuster or Hollywood remake. This one makes you think.


The Canterbury Tales in Modern Verse
The Canterbury Tales in Modern Verse
by Geoffrey Chaucer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.95

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and accessible, 26 May 2010
This is an excellent version with all the best tales included. It's very accessible and flows well. There's no toning down of the earthy nature of some of the tales, and just enough explanation in a small number of footnotes when needed. The rhyme and pace keep it rolling along and it's a pleasure to read, just as Chaucer intended. Some of the tales that don't work so well, or are only fragments, are retold in a brief summary paragraph. This gives you some interesting information without having you slog through verse that isn't worth it unless you're an academic. This selection is the best I've seen.


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