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6 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Curate's Egg, 15 July 2006
This review is from: Closer (Audio CD)
Typical Joy Division, lots of angst, not many tunes - could do with more tracks like Isolation. OK in small doses.
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The Smile of a Ghost (Merrily Watkins Mysteries)
The Smile of a Ghost (Merrily Watkins Mysteries)
by Phil Rickman
Edition: Paperback

10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Been there, done that., 13 July 2006
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Well it had to happen.......Phil Rickman finally writes an iffy novel. Mr Rickman, and his alter ego Will Kingdom, has been a personal favourite for many years and I've always looked forward to each new book but when I finished this one I just........shrugged. It's not bad but it is terribly familiar - a bit of new age mysticism, a dubious suicide, a dash of local politics, a historical mystery, an enigmatic stranger.........and of course, the Reverend's sensitive musician boyfriend and increasingly tiresome teenage daughter. What is missing though is anything remotely scarey - does Rickman now find the supernatural embarrassing? Perhaps it's time the good Reverend was given a (long) holiday - and Rickman could maybe try something new. Or another Will Kingdom would be nice.

The People's Act of Love
The People's Act of Love
by James Meek
Edition: Paperback

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Left me cold, 12 May 2006
Cannibals, war, love stories, politics, religious extremists. There's a lot to digest and by the final page you may be left wondering if it was worth the effort. The plot manages to be inventive and dissatisfying at the same time - there's so much going on but still it plods. The book is as cold as its setting and the characters, with the exception of Mutz, distant and unsympathetic. It also contains a shock revelation (twice - in case you weren't paying attention) which isn't even surprising let alone shocking. File under "interesting failure".

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