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The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica
The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica
by Ian Thomson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of the Island, people and history, 29 July 2015
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Read this while on holiday in Jamaica. The author travels extensively to meet the fascinating characters who populate this book in scores. Really gives you a greater understanding of the people you meet and talk to and the craziness that is jamaican politics and life. A fascinating overview of a place with a dark history and in many ways a dark present with crime and corruption endemic though out the island and no apparent answer insight despite the efforts of a few good people.


Campaign In Russia: The Waffen SS on the Eastern Front
Campaign In Russia: The Waffen SS on the Eastern Front

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good primary account, 22 Sept. 2014
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As a primary source this is illuminating. I read this having just finished 'Russia's War' by Overy (also excellent by the way). Degrelle was by a dyed in the wool Nazi and this is reflected in the narrative, describing Mongels as looking like monkeys for example. In a sense the book is valuable for that reason. It paints an horrific picture of war and suffering and yet the author seems to have little in the way of self reflection and understanding of the responsibility of the German army for the whole mess apart from the odd apology here and there for excess. He describes the destruction of Ukraine villages in the middle of winter with little sense of sadness or guilt. The German army and their foreign legions were no heroes; good, well organised fighters yes. However, they met more than their match in the Soviet Army and this achievement is often overlooked in favour of a romanticised portrayal of the Waffen SS and Wehrmacht. Degrelle managed to save his own skin while being responsible for the death of thousands of his own young country men and who knows how many civilians. This book is a fitting testament to the vile nature of nationalism and how those responsible are seemingly blind to their own crimes.


Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe
Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe
Price: £7.31

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting speculation, 25 Aug. 2014
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This book was engrossing at times and when the author stuck to explaining scientific knowledge it was extremely illuminating. Unfortunately, there were a number of things that made me uneasy. The constant repetition of the principles of biocentrism felt quasi religious and I was wondering if we had a new L Ron Hubbard on our hands. The biographical details were completely superfluous and weakened the general thesis. Some of the paragraphs came across as verbose and made me wonder if the author was losing the general tenet of his argument the more he wrote. The book's unpicking of the limits of scientific knowledge was the strongest point for me and I couldn't but help think of some of the wilder claims by people like Dawkins who thinks science has the answer to just about all the questions. It's a pity the presentation wasn't better and the author had not stuck to a cooler and more concise narrative.


Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides are Wrong in the Race Debate
Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides are Wrong in the Race Debate
by Kenan Malik
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wiser but, 3 Jun. 2014
I agree with E L Wisty. Malik wonderfully deconstructs the cultural concept of race and difference and how this way of thinking can be damaging making identity almost a matter of fate even to the point where some people are having genealogical tests done to uncover some lost identity or ancient skeletons being lost to science because of some crazy political correctness about them being handed over to the nearest tribal people. On the scientific side though I feel he is less strong. He spends a lot of time pointing out how the idea of racial difference can have a scientific basis only to then ask the reader to conclude there is no scientific basis for the concept. His conclusion almost seemed a bit of a fudge and left me a bit more confused than when I had started. Ironic but it shows how difficult these things are to discuss. Whatever, I feel this is a valuable contribution to the debate.


Never Mind (The Patrick Melrose Novels Book 1)
Never Mind (The Patrick Melrose Novels Book 1)
Price: £4.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Brett Eastern Ellis meets Bertie Wooster, 14 May 2014
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This does for the English aristocrat what Bret Easton Ellis did for the American Yuppie. More frightening in many ways as it's based on the authors own life experiences. Like Ellis the masterful prose elevates you above all the horridness and you get pleasure where you should only see pain. A short read. Looking forward to the next in the series and seeing the author at the Hay Festival.


The Bank Manager and the Holy Grail: Travels to the Weirder Reaches of Wales
The Bank Manager and the Holy Grail: Travels to the Weirder Reaches of Wales
Price: £5.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that expands your sense of place, 30 Oct. 2013
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This is a wonderful book to dip in and out of, I'd read about half of it doing just that. The latter half I read in a day or two at the poolside on holiday: very far from Wales and but it took me home. There's lots of things here near to home and further away, in a geographical sense, of which I knew little or nothing. For example, I knew about the German Prisoners of war escaping from the camp in Bridgend but I didn't know how comical and 'Dad's Army' it was. I discovered the story of Ira Jones an almost psychopathic First World War hero who took great pleasure in seeing burning Huns. This has started an interest to find out more. I'm going to visit his memorial plaque in St Clears and I've ordered one of his books from an Amazon seller: Tiger Squadron. Lots of great stories. If you live in Wales or like Wales read it and you will have a much better sense of place and in my case a a renewed interest and love for the place I call home. Next on the list is biography of R. S. Thomas.


The Three Musketeers (Penguin Classics)
The Three Musketeers (Penguin Classics)
Price: £3.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as advertised., 11 Aug. 2013
Beware, this is not the Pavear translation as advertised. I have contacted Amazon and Penguin about this issue and nothing has been done to correct this.


The Great Siege: Malta 1565
The Great Siege: Malta 1565

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All time classic, 6 April 2013
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One of those books that brings a historical moment alive. Has everything from heroism, brutality and the odd bit of cowardice. Most of all it details how great leadership can prevail against overwhelming odds and in contrast how a divided leadership (the Turks) can steal defeat from the jaws of what should have been certain victory. Epic on any scale this long lasting siege is one of the greatest and most overlooked battles in Western military history.


In Search Of Schrodinger's Cat: Updated Edition
In Search Of Schrodinger's Cat: Updated Edition
Price: £5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Mind bending, 23 Mar. 2013
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Gets weirder the further in you get. I had to stop at times between certain pages just to contemplate what I'd read. One of those books that is truly fantastical but also based on sound scientific knowledge. Yes, it ends up in the realm of speculation but this speculation is logical and rational.


In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead (Dave Robicheaux Book 6)
In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead (Dave Robicheaux Book 6)
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One major flaw, 3 Jan. 2013
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*Spoiler Alert*

Very well written as always. Kept me reading until the end. There was a silly stunt at the end involving an old photograph that really detracted from the overall quality of the writing. It was so bad it was almost laughable and reminded me of something a school kid might come up with in a writing competition. For that and no mention of Clete I have to give this one 3 stars only.


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