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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
by Douglas Adams
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Moderately good, but dissapointing for Douglas Adams, 5 April 2012
"Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" is okay, which is massively disappointing if you have read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Volume One in the Trilogy of Five (Hitchhikers Guide 1). I thought the plot was pretty average, although the character of Dirk Gently is good. Adams managed to write well, yet did not carry me along in quite the same way as he did with the Guide. I liked the whole "how did the sofa get stuck in the stairway" conundrum, as it sets up a puzzle for the rest of the book.

If you liked "The Hitchiker's Guide to The Galaxy" and are looking for more books with a Douglas Adams type feel to them, you will love "Fish Stocks Limited", a tale of fish, love and copious amounts of rum set on the mythical planet of Expiscor:
Fish Stocks Limited (The Infinity Fish Trilogy)


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhikers Guide 1)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhikers Guide 1)
Price: 2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most entertaining guidebook ever written, 5 April 2012
The end of the world, a paranoid android, megalomaniac mice; "The Hitchiker's Guide to The Galaxy" has it all. From the first page to the last I couldn't put this book down. Arthur dent is a champion of the mundane in the most extraordinary circumstances, and reminds us never to underestimate the power of a decent cup of tea. If you want to know how an Englishman would react to the demolition of Earth to build a hyperspace bypass, read this book and be prepared to chuckle profusely. Douglas Adams is a legend.

If you liked "The Hitchiker's Guide to The Galaxy" you will love "Fish Stocks Limited", a tale of fish, love and copious amounts of rum set on the mythical planet of Expiscor:
Fish Stocks Limited (The Infinity Fish Trilogy)


The Colour Of Magic: (Discworld Novel 1) Omnibus (Discworld Novels)
The Colour Of Magic: (Discworld Novel 1) Omnibus (Discworld Novels)
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hugely entertaining start to the Discworld series, 5 April 2012
Terry Pratchett is undoubtedly a literary genius, but one who writes books that are accessible and unpretentious. The Colour of Magic is written with such humour and style that it is not only difficult not to turn the page but also difficult not to go on to buy every book in the Discworld series. The inept wizzard (extra "z" intentional") Rincewind is a compelling protagonist, for his cowardice is directly proportional to his ability to survive. The other characters are also larger than life yet somehow very believable, and Pratchett paints them sometimes with subtlety but often by broad brush strokes that gel seamlessly into the wider plot to produce a masterpiece that boggles the mind.

If you like Pratchett, Fish Stocks Limited would be right up you street:
Fish Stocks Limited (The Infinity Fish Trilogy)


The Colour of Magic: The First  Discworld Novel: 1
The Colour of Magic: The First Discworld Novel: 1
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.23

5.0 out of 5 stars A hugely entertaining start to the Discworld series, 5 April 2012
Terry Pratchett is undoubtedly a literary genius, but one who writes books that are accessible and unpretentious. The Colour of Magic is written with such humour and style that it is not only difficult not to turn the page but also difficult not to go on to buy every book in the Discworld series. The inept wizzard (extra "z" intentional") Rincewind is a compelling protagonist, for his cowardice is directly proportional to his ability to survive. The other characters are also larger than life yet somehow very believable, and Pratchett paints them sometimes with subtlety but often by broad brush strokes that gel seamlessly into the wider plot to produce a masterpiece that boggles the mind.

If you like Pratchett, Fish Stocks Limited would be right up you street:
Fish Stocks Limited (The Infinity Fish Trilogy)


The Crystal Cave (Merlin Trilogy 1)
The Crystal Cave (Merlin Trilogy 1)
by Mary Stewart
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The archetypal fantasy book without the goblins, 5 April 2012
Mary Stewart's "The Crystal Cave" is a tour de force of myth and magic, told in a way that is believable and not in-your-face (no goblins or elves). In fact, it is impressive how Mary Stewart tells the famous legend of Arthur without it feeling cliched or tired, and builds the characters in an artful way that draws you into their world. If you read this you will feel compelled to read the other books in the series, The Hollow Hills (Coronet Books) and The Last Enchantment (Coronet Books).

If you found this review helpful, why not check out some other books that I like:
Fish Stocks Limited (The Infinity Fish Trilogy)
3 + 3


New Practical Chinese Reader: Textbook
New Practical Chinese Reader: Textbook
by Xun Liu
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well thought out guide to Mandarin, 5 April 2012
I thought that the New Practical Chinese Reader was very well put together and provides both entry level and more advanced texts. It perhaps wasn't as bright and colourful as other texts such as Easy Peasy Chinese: Mandarin Chinese for Beginners (Book & CD), but I think it has greater longevity in that it has some much more difficult bits later on. Make sure you get the book with the CD; I ordered it without the CD and there are a lot of useful looking listening practices that I missed out on.

If you found this review helpful, why not check out some other books that I like:
Fish Stocks Limited (The Infinity Fish Trilogy)
3 + 3


New Practical Chinese Reader: Textbook 1: Textbook v. 1
New Practical Chinese Reader: Textbook 1: Textbook v. 1
by Liu Xun
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well thought out guide to Mandarin, 5 April 2012
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I thought that the New Practical Chinese Reader was very well put together and provides both entry level and more advanced texts. It perhaps wasn't as bright and colourful as other texts such as Easy Peasy Chinese: Mandarin Chinese for Beginners (Book & CD), but I think it has greater longevity in that it has some much more difficult bits later on. Make sure you get the book with the CD; I ordered it without the CD and there are a lot of useful looking listening practices that I missed out on.

If you found this review helpful, why not check out some other books that I like:
Fish Stocks Limited (The Infinity Fish Trilogy)
3 + 3


Guvnor General: How I Survived Childhood Hell, Football Violence, 50,000 Dexies and United's Red Army
Guvnor General: How I Survived Childhood Hell, Football Violence, 50,000 Dexies and United's Red Army
by Andrew Bennion
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.97

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read, 4 Jun 2011
I thought Guvnor General was quite an eye-opener. It's amazing that such a different and shocking world runs in parallel with the one most people inhabit. Andrew Bennion has obviously had a very difficult life and it is easy to see how he became inculcated with violence at an early age, even if you don't agree with violence itself. I think the book is an interesting sociological comment; Bennion comes across as valuing some quite noble ideals, such a loyalty and honour, yet he is considered by mainstream society as an outcast and a criminal. Perhaps Bennion's resort to violence is indicative of the desperation to escape that so many people feel, a desire usually sublimated into other activities such as work, sport, art and literature. It is ironic that the same drive that inspires creativity in some people can lead to much more destructive pursuits in others.


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