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The Angel's Game
The Angel's Game
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best, 24 May 2013
This review is from: The Angel's Game (Paperback)
I have enjoyed all of this author's works, especially Shadow of the Wind. In fact, having just read the latter I came to Angels Game a touch apprehensive, normal doubt as to whether an author can deliver again.

I need not have feared. This is an astounding book, possibly better even than Shadow. In fact if you read it then look on it more as a journey than as a narrative. The characters carry you along. Is David Martin a hero or a manic depressive, or simply very annoying? I still don't know what I think. I can't really describe the book, it's just too complex and multi-layered.

What I will say though is that the ending is incredibly satisfying provided you remember to treat the book as a journey. If you are used to a beginning, middle and end, written to order, thriller, then you will be disappointed. But if you want the book not to end, in the sense of its being a journey, then prepare to be made to think in a way that few books are able.

Our Friends In The North BBC [DVD] [1996]
Our Friends In The North BBC [DVD] [1996]
Dvd ~ Christopher Eccleston
Price: 18.13

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great television drama at its best, 8 Feb 2013
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I watched this first time round on television and have always wanted to watch it again. I have now done so.

I don't intend repeating what others have said, it is enough to say that it is superbly written, acted, directed and filmed. There have been adverse comments about the fashions, the drabness, and the significant events portrayed. All I can is yes, precisely that's the way they were. Obviously there have to be compromises because this is drama, but that's why we have writers

Incidentally the only one star comment is from somebody who placed 18 reviews of products the same day, so probably responsible for his completely differing comments.

Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts
Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts
by The Editors of Popular Mechanics
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.56

10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this if you want the real truth, 23 Feb 2012
This is an excellent book that analyses the engineering reasons for why the official report was correct. It pours scorn on the so-called 'experts' quoted by the conspiracy theorists, and highlights the desperate way in which these latter frequently mis-quote the real experts, when they appear to have made comments supportive of conspiracy theory. After reading this book it is impossible for anybody with the ability to exercise any level of critical reasoning to doubt that the official version could be true. Of course Americans are so embarrassed by the failure of their intelligence services in this unfortunate episode that many seek false assurance by trying to convince themselves that these services, far from being incompetent, had powers so great that they could achieve acts of magic that Harry Potter would have been proud of. And after reading this book, that is where the conspiracy theory books belong; on the fiction shelves.

Incidentally I haven't read the books by David Ray Griffin but I see that his background is in theology, so he has a sound background in fiction. Certainly none in engineering from what I can glean.
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The Fall of Northern Rock
The Fall of Northern Rock
by Brian Walters
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless doesn't begin...., 17 July 2008
What an awful book! This would never have got anywhere near published if it weren't for the exploitation of the special circumstances. Walters quite obviously has almost no knowledge of the organisation - I do (yes I work for them and know 1000% more than this guy and yet would still not be able to write a reliable book of events). He misses so many points - running into dozens - that are so fundamental to what went wrong, but known only to insiders, that he cannot possibly be relied on. He never mentions individuals, except the highest profile. He attributes all sorts of feelings to Adam Applegarth - they may well be correct - but he has no way of knowing as he appears to have done almost no research. He didn't speak to me, or anybody I know, so where does he form his opinion.

Ex banker thinks network staff know more than HO staff. He's wrong. He's probably confusing seeing the symptoms (for example, bad customer service) with understanding the causes - something that cannot be done from outside the head office environment. Though Walters wasn't even really part of the network anyway - he spent a short time in a very marginal and shrinking section of the business, geographically remote from where the important decisions were being taken.
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