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Swear Like Daddy
Swear Like Daddy
by Darren Cezanne
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.39

5.0 out of 5 stars My teachers were wrong, 12 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Swear Like Daddy (Hardcover)
Swearing is clever, it is funny and it is impressive. Certainly in the hands of the dubiously Darren Cezanne. named I laughed so hard I farted.

American Psycho
American Psycho
by Bret Easton Ellis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Every bit as good as they say, 19 Oct. 2012
This review is from: American Psycho (Paperback)
Literary, horrific, ironic, funny. How the hell do you throw all these together and have it still hold together as a novel?
Well, Bret Easton Easton Ellis knows and the results are mind blowing - one of my favourite novels. Just read it.

Money [DVD]
Money [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nick Frost

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Like the cliche says - not as good as the book., 4 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Money [DVD] (DVD)
"The book is better than the adaptation." Never has this been more true. After reading Money I immediately bought 4 copies for friends. One (buys books based on length: `better value') didn't finish. Another (never was a reader) didn't start. The other two raved over it and continue to keep the Amis faith.

Marty calls Money a voice novel, and that's what's missing here. The book was brilliant because of the frankly stunning prose. Without that you have an okay comedy with some amusing moments and relatively interesting characters. It's just ... okay.

I honestly believe it would never have been commissioned from an original screenplay. There's nothing stand-out about it. Nick Frost does a fine job, but he ain't the character from Martin Amis's novel. And that's a shame, because the John Self of the page is one of the most awful, funny, fascinating, mesmerising characters I've ever met.

If they repeat it on the box, if you have 4 hours to kill, then why not. But don't spend your money on this DVD.

Buy the book - but maybe just the one.

The Happiest Baby On The Block [DVD] [2005]
The Happiest Baby On The Block [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Dr. Harvey Karp

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars you'll be glad you bought it, 27 May 2010
Until you've had a baby you can't possibly appreciate how hard it is having your little inconsolable in your arms. Double so at 4.00 am. It's hard for you personally and it's heartbreaking to see this little critter so distressed.

Enter Dr Karp (great name).

His logic that a new baby is still. Essentially, foetal, makes a lot of sense. And so does the advice that flows from that.

Of the 5 techniques - swaddling, sucking, jiggling, shushing, side position - all but shushing worked. And I'm sure different babies will all respond to different actions.

The DVD, I should tell you is repetitive. Which is fine. The advice is simple and it's told simply. I'd rather it was repeated than belaboured. And anyway it's still a short DVD.

All the advice is available on the net, but I was glad of the DVD in the early hours - the last thing you want is to be firing up a computer etc. And it's reassuring to double check you're doing the techniques right.

(For the record, I think Dr K's swaddling (as in the way he wraps the blanket) technique is unnecessarily complicated. Simply waddling will do - but having the babies hands by the side does make a difference.)

There's a lot to learn and contend with in the first weeks and months - and you will be tired to a level you never imagined you could cope with. So having a handy reference is great. And you will cope and it will be brilliant. This little DVD might just help you through the occasional tough spot.

Good luck

Memorex M10057 CB25 Ear Bud - Orange Tips
Memorex M10057 CB25 Ear Bud - Orange Tips
Offered by e_monkey
Price: £4.75

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buddy brilliant, 27 May 2010
Got a pair of these from our I.T. dept. presumably they bought them because they're cheap. But I was so surprised by the quality and - a BIG plus - they stay in your ear. Not only that there is minimal sound leakage and the tight fit means you can hear your music at low volume.
I've tried plenty of headphones and these are amongst the very best.
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Man and Boy
Man and Boy
by Tony Parsons
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

2.0 out of 5 stars 100 word on Man and Boy, 12 April 2010
This review is from: Man and Boy (Paperback)
Parsons sets out to tug at your heartstrings. But he tugs with heavy hands: the Boy, a `little angel', has a `little blonde head', a broken `little heart' ... and it's more than a `little' bloody cynical. The romance - the whole plot - is built on a tower of coincidence too precarious to be convincing, and the narrator's every sincere emotion is spelled out and rammed down your experience. It's not without charm - there is just enough wit, observation and intelligence to carry the book - but not enough to recommend it. This is chick lit, nothing less, and certainly nothing more.

Black Swan Green
Black Swan Green
by David Mitchell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 100 words on Black Swan Green, 9 April 2010
This review is from: Black Swan Green (Paperback)
Is there anything David Mitchell can't write? I'm getting a real kick out of watching
the career of this gifted author unfold in real time. His style is less conspicuous or tricksy here - but the skill on display is masterful nevertheless.

The novel is a traditional telling of a year in the life of an adolescent boy. But despite the absence of Mitchell's special literary effects, the story is deep and vivid, full of pain, joy, fear, humour, insight and triumph. All without resorting to trite sentimentality. Come to think of it, that is a pretty nifty trick after all.

The Road
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 words on The Road, 1 April 2010
This review is from: The Road (Paperback)
Awesome Book. McCarthy bypasses what it was ended the world. No explosion, no impact, no `it'. Whatever happened happened a long time ago. And that's the brilliance of the concept: investigating the slow death of the world after the initial trauma has passed. How long until every scrap of food has been scavenged? Until the buildings collapse? Until the last man falls? That's what's fascinating. And the clean, lean prose that shows but never tells, that makes you experience the desperation and bleakness first hand - it's so appropriate and masterfully executed. No wonder this won the Pulitzer prize. Awesome book.

Time's Arrow
Time's Arrow
by Martin Amis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arrow Time's on words 100, 5 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Time's Arrow (Paperback)
I laughed less than with other Amis novels (well it does involve the holocaust) but the writing has everything I fell in love with on reading `Money': language and craft that has you resting the open book on one knee while you savour just how good it is. The backwards timeline is an appropriate, thought-provoking device. The first time we witness the aging narrator make love, we understand it is the last time he ever will. And as a young Nazi doctor, the mutilated heal at his hands. A book of contradictions, it's deeply moving and it never gets old.

A Confederacy of Dunces (Penguin Classics)
A Confederacy of Dunces (Penguin Classics)
by John Kennedy Toole
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 100 words on A Confederacy of Dunces, 15 May 2009
I finished this two weeks ago, and what do I remember of it? A well drawn, funny, original, loathsome, somehow-sympathetic protagonist. A vivid and varied supporting cast. And a plot that was more a collection of set-pieces than a cohesive whole - which ultimately thwarted the novel's momentum. Adapted for the screen it would make a better sit-com than movie. The story behind the book - the author's suicide, his mother securing publication - is more memorable than the novel itself. The author has been called a genius, which is perhaps a little romantic. He certainly would have benefited from a good editor.

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