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Ms. Suzanna M. Kempner "TheSoozMonster" (South London, England)
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Blind Faith
Blind Faith
by Ben Elton
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's no Stark....., 19 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Blind Faith (Hardcover)
An enjoyable read and a vividly-drawn dystopia can be found in Elton's 'Blind Faith' but it pales in comparison to a lot of his other books.

The plot meanders....if anything the book is too short. There are a lot of black-comedy set-pieces as Trafford's world is displayed before us, but the plot is slim. It's already been said that this book borrows much from Orwell's '1984' but it's (perhaps consciously) a lot more shallow.

The book reads a bit like an early draft...you can see the potential but feel it needs a couple of rewrites. I kept thinking of Elton's other dystopian view of Earth with the (admittedly very different) 'Stark' which was stirring and brave in a way that 'Blind Faith' just isn't. I wasn't affected by Trafford's conclusion because I agreed with him, he WAS better off how he ended up. Even the inclusion of an epilogue with the cheesy title '50 years later...' would have created a more satisfying ending for me.


My Booky Wook
My Booky Wook
by Russell Brand
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written insight into Britain's greatest stand-up working today, 8 Dec. 2007
This review is from: My Booky Wook (Hardcover)
I could wax lyrical about the brilliant Russell Brand all day, but I'll concentrate on 'My Booky Wook'...this will, I predict, in a few decades be heralded as one of the greatest celebrity autobiographies in print. Russell takes through an odd childhood which shows a moving and devoted love towards his endlessly-adoring mother and a confused love towards his equally-confused father. We journey with Russell through his time at drama school, where drugs and an addictive and anarchic personality saw him unable to conform. Finally, we are treated to an incredibly personal view of his forced recovery from drug addiction which lapsed into sex addiction.....throughout Russell doesn't flinch from telling us exactly what made heroin so inviting and at the same time so horrendous. If you were a fan before this book you'll love him more now, and if you believed the critics before reading it, you certainly will have changed your view by the end.

Brilliant man, fantastic book.


Russell Brand: Doing Life - Live [2007] [DVD]
Russell Brand: Doing Life - Live [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Russell Brand
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £0.94

29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I WAS THERE! Brilliant future-classic stand-up DVD, 8 Dec. 2007
Better than the Shame DVD of last year....in fact, better than many stand-up shows available today! Russell effortlessly chats to an enraptured audience about topics as diverse as doing a sex scene in a Hollywood film to having your dad lose it while zipping up your bodywarmer. I was lucky enough to be at the Hackney Empire when this show was filmed and the transfer to DVD has lost none of the intimacy and spontaneity of that night. No comedian is quicker and sharper with comebacks...watching Russell gracefully expose his soul all over the stage instantly renders the (very talented) likes of Peter Kay, Billy Connelly and Eddie Izzard dated. Stand-up comedy has a new benchmark. Forget the tabloid tales, forget the critics who can think of nothing more intelligent to describe him as than "that idiot from Big Brother with the stupid hair"....Doing Life reveals a warm, intelligent and deeply hilarious comic that will be around for many, many years to come.


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