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Sunset Park
Sunset Park
by Paul Auster
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent story, 9 April 2013
This review is from: Sunset Park (Paperback)
This is a wonderfully stylish novel. The beauty of the prose does not interfere with the story. The continual use of lists and the multi narrator /subject add to the sense of humanity of the main protagonist. Miles Heller is 27 years old living in Florida having fled his family believing himself repsonsible for the death of his step brother . Following his relationship with a high school girl he heads back to New York to escape her sister's blackmail attempts . He becomes a part of a squatter community in a house in Sunset Park in New York.

Along the way we explore the work of PEN ,the temporary nature of material possessions , latent homosexuality, the fragile nature of love and loss.


Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: The Most Notorious Double Agent of World War II
Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: The Most Notorious Double Agent of World War II
by Ben Macintyre
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.74

4.0 out of 5 stars great story, 9 April 2013
Wonderful story .
A criminal incarcerated in jail on jersey volunteers to become a nazi agent in order to escape prison. He enjoys the life of the would be spy and when he is parachuted into Britain he becomes one of MI5's most valuable double agents that we know of.
This story has a great feeling for the exploits and adventures of a very conflicted man. A true adventurer. If Alan Furst had written this story we would have said it was implausible it gains so mush from being a true story.


The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
by Mohsin Hamid
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars the slghtly annoying fundamentalist, 9 April 2013
I enjoyed the monologue aspect of the story and i got caught up in the feelings of Changez for new York and his lost love. I found the cod english to be a bit annoying , I know many educated pakistanis and they dont speak like this . This voice is more like one I would associate with an uneducated tribesman or villager. The ending is a little unresolved it allows us to write our own ending and this is the beauty of this novella because the story of waht has happened to this man is what is important ,more important than what he will do or become. The fundamentalist aspect of this book is not really ecplained Changez is called a fundamentalist because he spoke out about the evils of America not because he has strong islamic views. You have to be in the right state of mind to enjoy this book if I was less open I would have thrown this book aside.


Boston Noir (Akashic Noir)
Boston Noir (Akashic Noir)
by Maryelizabeth Hart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars more filler than killer, 9 April 2013
This is a very weak collection,some of the stories had no noir elements some of the stories had no point.
The Dennis Lehane story 'Animal rescue' was a good story but the rest of them were just weak and none of them made me want to read any other stories by these authors. Dont Bother with this collection and i see there is a Boston noir 2 ..... Not for me there wont be.


Fragile Things
Fragile Things
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.83

5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful collection, 9 April 2013
This review is from: Fragile Things (Paperback)
This is a wonderful collection of short stories. In this book we get to see the breadth of Neil Gaiman's imagination. I loved 'other people' I maybe a little slow but I did not see the ending coming. I was so caught up in the story. This is the joy of the short story format and Neil Gaiman is an expert practitioner of the art. I am going to have to check out American Gods next and experience one of his longer novels. (it's on the bookshelf waiting to be read )


Digging to America
Digging to America
by Anne Tyler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The best in a long time, 9 April 2013
This review is from: Digging to America (Paperback)
I really enjoyed this book. In it Anne Tyler explores an immigrant family's experience of adoption parallelling the more familiar all American family experience. I have found that her books normally deal with life from the perspective of an american woman in this case we see the views of Iranian women from two different eras. There is an interesting discussion of life under the shah and the change under the Mullahs.

I loved the depth of the characters and the tentative love story which happens in the background of the story of the adopted children from Korea. There is a wonderful sense of detail of the food and social customs of the two families.

This is her best book since " Dinner at the homesick restuarant" , which I am going to have to have reread in order to check which was the best book.


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Price: £1.70

5.0 out of 5 stars excellent batteries, 5 Mar. 2013
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great price for a stock of the commonest button batteries required for kids toys . Buying these type of batteries locally would cost at 40 times more .


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Gamexpert Wii Racing Wheel - GS-1125 (Wii)

3.0 out of 5 stars a piece of plastic, 5 Mar. 2013
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This piece of plastic is the right size for a wii handset. It enables one to play racing type games as if one has a wheel in ones hands. It does what it is supposed to do


The Comedian, The (Open Door Series II)
The Comedian, The (Open Door Series II)
by Joseph O'Connor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars not a lot of laughs, 5 Mar. 2013
This is a great little story ,perfect for a quick read. great characters,believable picture of life in Dublin at the time . Plenty to think about. Intended as an introduction to reading. If only everything i read was as good .Highly recommended as a perfect example of Irish Short story / Novella


The Mango War: And Other Stories
The Mango War: And Other Stories
by Martin Malone
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short stories, 1 Mar. 2013
This is an excellent collection of short stories . It follows well in the Irish tradition of short story telling. The author shows his background in the Defence forces without pushing it down our throats. I presume that horses and jockeys form part of his background. This book is well written with a good sense of characterisation in a short space. It is a complete collection with very little padding . No real weaknesses i enjoyed it and will keep my eyes open for other books by this author.


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