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And Another Thing ...: Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Part Six of Three (Hitchhikers Guide 6)
And Another Thing ...: Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Part Six of Three (Hitchhikers Guide 6)
by Eoin Colfer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read, but don't get your hopes up, 23 Aug. 2010
After reading other reviews of this book, I was intrigued to find out what my view would be. As an avid Adams fan, I had my reservations. First and foremost, Colfer is a brilliant author. I like his writing and I liked the pace of the book. The idea that he is continuing the series is a good one, Adams himself stating many times that he wanted to write a 6th book. You can tell by reading it that Colfer is fan and that he really wants to do Adams' work justice. This is a good book in itself.

HOWEVER,

this is not a good Hitchhiker's book. Not in any sense. Colfer has taken the characters, settings and places and made them his own, this is a real problem. The book has many highly amusing passages, it's very entertaining, but as a fan I was often left wondering why Colfer felt the need to change things.

The biggest example of this is the introduction of a personality to Wowbagger. Like the Silastic Armourfiends, he was merely a character that added to the feel and read of the story. Another example is the removal of Eddie, I don't understand why for no good reason Colfer chose to take him out of the story and replace him with an inferior idea.

On many levels I feel this book is trying too hard, in effect using too much of Adams at some points and yet not enough in others. The book as a read is very hit and miss with the humour and to be honest, not a lot happens.

I don't think this is a worthy sequel to Mostly Harmless, but having said that it is worth a read to make up your own mind. Colfer has tried too hard to reconcile his own writing with that of Adams and has failed.

Worth a read, but not worthy to be a Hitchhiker's sequel.


Animal Farm
Animal Farm
by George Orwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling, 19 July 2010
This review is from: Animal Farm (Paperback)
Russian history between the red revolution and the second world war can be summed up by the sweeping metaphor that is Animal Farm. The language is simple, reflecting perhaps the simple minds of the animal characters and their interactions. This simplicity however is perfect, Orwell manages to write complexity with astounding ease in this way.
A short book (I conquered it in 2 hours), no doubt you will go back to read it again and again to fully appreciate the historically chilling context, subtle messages and fantastic use of English. Simply Brilliant.


Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars
by Jim Shooter
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any fan, 15 July 2010
Lets not beat about the bush, this book is long. I loved every panel. The artwork is wonderful and the storyline is exciting from start to finish. There is a minor lull in the middle and you may be frustrated by the absence of some characters but the climax is stunning and entirely believable. Beware though, it will make you want to buy every story running up to "Secret Wars" to understand all the motivations of both the heroes and villains.
Simply wonderful.
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9ct White Gold Ladies' Blue Topaz Teardrop Pendant with 46cm Curb Chain
9ct White Gold Ladies' Blue Topaz Teardrop Pendant with 46cm Curb Chain

5.0 out of 5 stars My Girlfriend loved it, 15 July 2010
Subtle and beautiful is how I would describe this, looks fantastic around the neck of any woman, lovely coloured stone in the centre and hardy chain. An excellent gift.


Philip's Guide to the Night Sky: A guided tour of the stars and constellations
Philip's Guide to the Night Sky: A guided tour of the stars and constellations
by Sir Patrick Moore
Edition: Paperback

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple but effective, 15 July 2010
As the title suggests this book is simplistic, but this does not affect the quality. An excellent introduction for those that haven't covered astronomy before, or have looked up on the occasional clear night and wondered what all the constellations are, it details some basic formations and what movements cause them.
Patrick Moore's writing as usual is easy to understand, a thoroughly good read and an excellent foundation for what is a fantastic hobby.


Bad Science
Bad Science
by Ben Goldacre
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undeniably excellent., 13 July 2010
This review is from: Bad Science (Paperback)
This book takes that little thought at the back of your mind that says "what the hell is pro-retinol-A?" and expands it into a full set of exceptionally watertight arguments to help you guard against all those things that try to convince you of something that has no basis.

This isnt just about homoeopathy, pill pushers or anti-vaccine campaigns, it teaches a way of thinking, promotes a healthy scepticism of the media and other industries and encourages you to find out the facts for yourself (although Dr Goldacre is excellent at finding the facts for you).

Sublime is one word amongst many for a description of this book


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