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Prague Fatale: A Bernie Gunther Novel (Bernie Gunther Mystery 8)
Prague Fatale: A Bernie Gunther Novel (Bernie Gunther Mystery 8)
by Philip Kerr
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 15 Dec 2013
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I bought this book for a present but read it first! It's a nifty slick thriller in a fascinating location. The usual twists and turns, and a good 'dad' book for a present.

Perhaps buy with Lionel Davidson's Kolymsky Heights and Fatherland as a trio of Euroland thrillers.


The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet
by David Mitchell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.36

3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts, 15 Dec 2013
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This is a difficult book, and one aimed squarely at the literary world. Did I enjoy it? In parts, but it felt very disjointed and not with the appeal of the author's earlier work.

Would I recommend it? Maybe - if you are a literary reader, you'd probably enjoy it. Certainly, it portrays a historical world which is fascinating, as do some of the authors other novels.

3.5 stars.


Mary Anne (VMC)
Mary Anne (VMC)
by Daphne Du Maurier
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not her best, 26 Oct 2013
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Definitely not her best. Even the lady I bought this for thought it was a bore. Basically, Du Maurier writers classy trash, aimed squarely at the female market. No doubt many love her work. But this is not in the same class as Rebecca, which had something her other work lacks - some eerie quality that lifts the romantic potboiler to another level.

2.5 stars


31 Dream Street
31 Dream Street
by Lisa Jewell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Silly girly twaddle. All men should avoid!, 26 Oct 2013
This review is from: 31 Dream Street (Paperback)
Books like this are really emotional pornography for a certain kind of female reader.

I made a big mistake in reading this, but someone lent it to me on a train journey and I had nothing else.

Books like this should have a warning sticker saying MEN BEWARE THIS IS BORING GIRLY TOSH or similar.

Didn't finish it.

Awful escapist silly girly twaddle. Though tosh this this obviously has a market amongst fantasist females of a certain age. Sad, really.


The Luminaries
The Luminaries
by Eleanor Catton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 7.00

6 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bloated, boring, uneventful exercise in literary ostentation, 23 Oct 2013
This review is from: The Luminaries (Hardcover)
Sorry, but I gave up on this 100 pages in and I'm surprised I made it that far. What a slog! This book is WAY too long - that first 100 pages could be made 10-120 quite easily!

Clearly Jim Crace was robbed of the Booker - no doubt because he committed the crime of being a hideously white male in a gyne-centric publishing world which loves anything ethnic or commonwealth (at least 2 and maybe 3 of the other shortlisted books were just there to tick ethnic boxes).

I can imagine this writer planning this book, doing everything she could to make it appeal to the judges of literary prizes. But will this book last? Will readers enjoy it and be fond of it? Nope. They'll just shake their heads and wonder why it won a prize and why the thing is so maddening long!

Did she deserve the Booker? No. Is this an entertaining, enjoyable, good book? No.

Impressive in its structure and intricacy, but it all feels too self-conscious and ostentatious for me - as if the creative writing world has eaten itself.

A very calculated literary exercise in impressing creative writing class tutors and literary prize judges.

Can't we ask for the prize back and give it to Crace (for all his books, not just Harvest which I didn't like either)?
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Crap Towns: The 50 Worst Places To Live In The UK
Crap Towns: The 50 Worst Places To Live In The UK
by Sam Jordison
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silly, nasty and fun - esp in the way it has wound provincials up!, 19 Oct 2013
OK, so this is what it is - a silly, funny, nasty book being horrible about certain towns. Some of its judgements I agree with; some I do not.

However, what I find hilarious is the tetchy reaction by the usual provincials - who inexplicably are always so proud of their miserable northern and chavvy non-places and cultural deserts.

Even funnier as so many of these constantly slag off other towns too, and particularly London and the 'south' (which gets constant abuse from the whingers up north who those in the south of England subsidise massively).
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The Diversity Illusion: What We Got Wrong About Immigration & How to Set It Right
The Diversity Illusion: What We Got Wrong About Immigration & How to Set It Right
by Ed West
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.77

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, 19 Oct 2013
This really is essential reading.

For far too long, free speech has been stifled and silenced by the usual leftwing socalled liberals who worship diversity and promote the damaging, dangerous ideology of multiculturalism, which leads to conflict, terrorism and more.


Homeland - Season 2 [DVD]
Homeland - Season 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Damian Lewis
Price: 12.90

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unintentionally hilarious, 1 Oct 2013
This review is from: Homeland - Season 2 [DVD] (DVD)
The first series of this remake of an Israeli TV show was fine. However, they have to keep milking it to death, don't they?

So here we have Carrie, mentally unstable (though her CIA bosses don't seem to mind), utterly incompetent (I think she would struggle to run a cake stand at a school fete, and yet she is apparently blessed with superhuman intuition and intelligence), totally irresponsible regarding her 'friends' (but hey, why should her CIA boss mind she is pleasuring a suspected Islamic terrorist).

And on and on and on it goes.

Utter trash really - but so funny because it is SO ridiculous. 2 stars for comedy value.


Culinare One Touch Automatic Can Opener, White
Culinare One Touch Automatic Can Opener, White
Offered by Diy & Homeware
Price: 24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect - and better than any other make, 1 Oct 2013
Does exactly what it says on the tin...

PLUS unlike cheaper models from other makes, it rarely sticks. Compared to the cheapo models, this is well worth the extra price.
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The Pantomime Book: The Only Known Collection of Pantomime Jokes and Sketches in Captivity
The Pantomime Book: The Only Known Collection of Pantomime Jokes and Sketches in Captivity
by Paul Harris
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable and useful book, 18 Sep 2013
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I know three people who crib from this book for their own productions every year. Pantomime is a genre which is very specific in the sort of gags it uses - and they have just been adapted for every age. Old jokes never die!

The best book of its kind around, perfect for all am-drams too.


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