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Tune In Tokyo:The Gaijin Diaries
Tune In Tokyo:The Gaijin Diaries
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says on the tin. And, for once, a bit more., 15 Jun. 2014
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I wanted something 'switch your brain off' and lighthearted to relax with and this couldn't have been better. Tim has raised the bar of the genre; having read quite a few travel books written with no real sense of imagination, it was a joy to discover Tim's buzzy, upbeat and consistently witty writing style. Liked it a lot.


A-Z of Hell: Ross Kemp's How Not to Travel the World
A-Z of Hell: Ross Kemp's How Not to Travel the World
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly taxing but a decent and entertaining read, 7 Jun. 2014
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This book flew by, which means it's either short or very entertaining! Perhaps a combination on the two. Touches on a couple of nasty issues people who have seen the series will be aware of, those who haven't may not a should be. Ross has managed to make writing about the most horrific atrocities happening in the world today a pleasant and easy read!


Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain
Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain
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3.0 out of 5 stars switch your brain off material, 31 May 2014
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For such a simple book I found this a bit of a page-turner. Hardly riveting stuff, and far from perfect (and using the word 'gay' to describe something in a negative way repeatedly is 'a tad questionable'), but if you have a busy, complex life and want the literary equivalent of watching goldfish, this could be for you.


The Worst Date Ever: or How it Took a Comedy Writer to Expose Joseph Kony and Africa's Secret War
The Worst Date Ever: or How it Took a Comedy Writer to Expose Joseph Kony and Africa's Secret War
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5.0 out of 5 stars All things to all readers, 18 April 2014
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Sheds some light on a horrendous situation that should be shocking the world into action yet highlights how self-absorbed those with power are; and manages to be funny. A perfectly executed balancing act and a great read.


Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria
Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and beautifully written, 19 Jan. 2014
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I had no interest in going to Nigeria before reading this book - I just like reading travel books. I may still never go, but what a compelling read this book was! Written with humour, but above all beauty and intelligence, Looking for Transwonderland is fascinating, a consistent page-turner and a joy to read. The even-handed light Noo Saro-Wiwa shines on Nigeria shows it to be a far from perfect place, nonetheless full of colour, vibrancy and wonderful characters! If only all travel books were written with such effortless skill and charm.


The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures
The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures
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1.0 out of 5 stars Money for nothing, 15 Dec. 2013
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In which Louis shamelessly cashes in on his TV series. A lot of it is recounting the TV series, then he meets up with them with inconsequential results, then, knowing he doesn't have a book, he tacks-on a few pages of GCSE-standard personal reflection.
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How I Escaped My Certain Fate
How I Escaped My Certain Fate
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1.0 out of 5 stars if you find being ripped-off hilarious, how you will chortle at this, 5 Dec. 2013
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Around a half to two thirds of this book is Stewart Lee's two most well known stand up shows, written word for word, with every pause and 'erm' painstakingly detailed. If you're not a fan of Stewart Lee, you may not like the book. If you are, you'll be familiar with this material, and will just skip through it to see if there is much else besides. Sadly, there isn't, making this the most cynical and lazy excuse for a book I have honestly ever encountered. I would write a witty finish to this review, but the book has inspired me not to bother.


Michael Jackson: Live At Wembley [DVD] [2012] [NTSC]
Michael Jackson: Live At Wembley [DVD] [2012] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Michael Jackson
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great but dated, 28 Oct. 2013
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Almost watching for the massive hair alone. He was brilliant. We already knew that. This is indeed a concert that should be acknowledged as one of the great, even if it is a little dated.


Booky Wook 2: This time it's personal
Booky Wook 2: This time it's personal
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight, throwaway, but you expect little else, 28 Oct. 2013
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Book 1 was very amusing, as we saw a young Brand prepared to take risks. (Indeed, risks were an inevitability, considering his life was a train wreck at the time) This time, our Russ has developed into a palm-pressing member of the Hollywood pack, and care is taken to name drop whilst exercising caution and acknowledge how Pink and sundry other stars are 'Great fun and really nice'. There's also a bit of a guilty back-story/guilt-therapy exercise, where I think what he's trying to say is that he didn't support his best friend in a time of crisis, lest it compromise Brand's all consuming rise to a stereotypical 'proper' star.

He is a shallow man is our Russ (funny how stars start reading and spouting on about philosophy when they're desperate to appear all deep & stuff isn't it) - the quite horrible description of his 'Do you want to have sex? No? Go away then. Next!' approach to - let's not call it chatting up - asking women for sex raised an eyebrow, but as he is fond of reminding us, he's not doing anyone any real harm, in the 'Well, at least he's not murdering/mugging people' sense, and the above does not detract from the fact, he is a funny man in his stand up work, even if his life is now a bit beige.


The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star
The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wow - how disappointing, 10 July 2013
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What a waste. Both of a book opportunity, and a life. If I had shed-loads of money, I'd be having a whole lot more fun than sitting in a room smelling of pee writing this drivel. Nikki Sixx was (is? I dunno - doesn't seem to have changed) a horrible individual with no regard for anyone but himself, as he freely admits in this book. It's littered with self-absorption on such a mammoth scale that he literally puts innocent people's lives in danger by 'mucking around'. But hey - he was a rock'n'roll star, so they're supposed to act like that, right? Shameful. If constant ramblings about 'Why do I hate myself? Why didn't my mother love me enough?' are your thing, knock yourself out. And then there are the endless scraps of 'found' lyrics, that this genius has penned. They all read something like 'I got a switchblade fix from the highschool chicks, and I'm livin on the run. I'm a killer on the loose, on thhe propane juice, and the devil has all the fun'. (Except they're not as good as that) And to think people get paid for this stuff. Wow.
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