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A Man in Love: My Struggle Book 2 (Knausgaard)
A Man in Love: My Struggle Book 2 (Knausgaard)
by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Life's Too Short...., 9 Aug. 2015
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...to waste it reading about someone else's incredibly boring life. This really was the most tedious thing I have tried (and failed) to read. I did get through volume one which was far better, but volume 2 is dire. So many great books out there, don't waste hours of your life on this!!


My First Loves (Penguin International Writers)
My First Loves (Penguin International Writers)
by Ivan Klima
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Four great short stories exploring Klimas experiences of falling in love ..., 7 Mar. 2015
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Four great short stories exploring Klimas experiences of falling in love as an adolescent and as a young man. All are poignant and moving especially 'My Country' which deserves 5 stars. Of course given the backdrop of WW2 and then communist oppression all the stories are not just about love...Klima is a truly great writer and these stories would be good place to start reading him.


Rockport Men's Bl Bike Front Lace Up - Black, 9.5 UK
Rockport Men's Bl Bike Front Lace Up - Black, 9.5 UK
Price: £90.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great shoes, 24 Dec. 2014
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Great to find a comfortable shoe in a size 9.5. Arrived very quickly.


Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar: (Middle School 3)
Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar: (Middle School 3)
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Was good, 4 Nov. 2014
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It was funny and well written I enjoyed pretty much all of the book and I would recommend it to others.


Walking on Dartmoor: National Park and Surrounding Areas (Cicerone British Walking)
Walking on Dartmoor: National Park and Surrounding Areas (Cicerone British Walking)
by John Earle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.41

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Approach with caution, 30 Nov. 2013
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This guide suggests some great looking walks in great bits of Dartmoor. Be warned however that the actual directions given are infuriatingly poor at times, and sometimes just wrong. The map accompanying Walk no. 9 for example clearly sets you off on the north bank of the river Plym at Cadover bridge following a path along the river - there is none. This non-existent path also clearly guides to a bend in the river where the guidebook tells you to cross over the bridge - again, there isn't one. This sort of thing is pretty irritating when you end up wasting an hour of a rare sunny day getting nowhere and having to retrace your steps! Best to get some inspiration from this book but plan your actual walks with the explorer OS map and a GPS.


Alexander Solzhenitsyn: A Century in His Life
Alexander Solzhenitsyn: A Century in His Life
by D. M. Thomas
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic biography, 4 Aug. 2012
I must confess I only read this because I am a great fan of DM Thomas, but what an inspirational choice he was to put together a biography of Solzhenitsyn. His knowledge of Russia and the intense relationship between Russian literature and Russian history is self-evident, and he brings an extra dimension of literary class and poetry to what could otherwise be the sometimes staid work of plotting a person's life. Solzhenitsyn's life however was far from mundane, and as others have said his experiences really mirror the tragic story of 20th century Russia right through from the Revolution, through the 2nd World War and then into the horrors and absurdities of communism. Thomas uses his psychological insights to great effect to paint a vivid portrait of a complex and at times exasperating man, but it is his brilliant illumination of how Solzhenitsyn's experiences were linked to the bigger picture of Russian history that lingers in the memory. Even if you haven't read any Solzhenitsyn this will still enthrall, and it has made me determined to read the masterpieces (esp the Gulag Archipelago) that I haven't got to yet (I've only read Denisovich and Cancer Ward). Great book.


Braquo - Series 2 [DVD]
Braquo - Series 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jean-Hugues Anglade
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £9.89

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who wrote this stuff?, 25 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Braquo - Series 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Series 1 was great and although a bit improbable was just about believable. Not as good as the Shield but in the same vein. Series 2 however quickly becomes ridiculous, introducing numerous cliched baddies (Armenian mobsters, Jewish mobsters, German mobsters, renegade mercenary super-soldiers etc), a huge heist of stolen gold and even a sci-fi super-weapon whose bullets magically miss anyone wearing a special bracelet.....where the hell did all this come from?? More like something based on a comic book. Shame as series 1 was really promising.
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The Time Ships
The Time Ships
by Stephen Baxter
Edition: Paperback

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh when will it end?, 21 Jun. 2012
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What is it with contemporary sci-fi that all novels seem required to be massive. This clocks in at 630 pages and although there are some good bits, it just goes on and on and on. Whatever happened to writers like Dick, Silverberg, Vance etc who could produce a great SF novel in 200 pages or less? Or compare it to HG Wells timeless classic that is less than 100 pages long. The science is updated in this sequel to reflect our modern understanding of the universe, and some of the ideas here are fun and interesting, but for me the enjoyment was tempered significantly by the pages of endless waffle and repitition. Get the scissors out, but I guess the same could be said for most modern SF novels unfortunately.


Fantasms and Magics
Fantasms and Magics
by Jack Vance
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One must-read story, 15 April 2012
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This review is from: Fantasms and Magics (Paperback)
Like most of JV's short story collections, most of these have appeared in other volumes, but there is one long novella here called 'The Miracle Workers' about 80 pages long, that I've not come across anywhere else. And it's great. Typical Vance - conflict between two very different cultures with all manner of inventiveness thown in. Rather reminiscent of 'The Last Castle'. Excellent and well worth it for Vance fans.

Other stories here: 'Noise', 'When Five Moons Rise', Gruyal of Sfevre', 'The New Prime (Brain of the Galaxy)' and 'The Men Return'. All good too.


The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
by Haruki Murakami
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising, 5 Feb. 2012
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There are lots of reviews already for this book but having just finished what I immediately consider to be one of the greatest novels I have ever read I feel compelled to add my own brief review, because this book is a genuine masterpiece. Murakami's prose (and by inference the translation by Jay Rubin) seems effortless and envelops the reader from the very start, and the story grips ever tighter as it unfolds. And it's not just a story - Murakami takes us to some deep dark places within the human psyche and confronts what he sees there. This is the sort of book that makes you feel you are on the brink of some profound revelation about the very nature of humanity. Ultimately it's a tale of good vs evil in men's (and women's) souls, with no easy solutions, but the conclusion is full and satisfying. I raced through the 600+ pages here in a few days and it really did transport me to a more complex and heightened state of mind, leaving me a bit disorientated and not quite in the real world for a few days afterwards. I desperately wanted to continue reading and finish it, but also never wanted it to end, and there's not many books I've ever been able to say that about. You should read it.


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