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And Sons
And Sons
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yuck, what a mess., 30 Mar 2014
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It's not very good. There is something that doesn't quite work in this sprawling and well-intended novel. There is no glue to bind it all together, making pretty much everything lose it's significance. The characters seem to all have had interesting back stories but the events we are related are pedestrian. Ultimately, the authorial trick of explaining things you don't know by pretending you do know them - one I can remember Kazuo Ishiguro using so well a couple if times - falls flat so thoroughly that any reader lose interest.


A Death in the Family: My Struggle Book 1 (Knausgaard)
A Death in the Family: My Struggle Book 1 (Knausgaard)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever, 26 Feb 2014
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It is the best book ever, like Proust or Dickens set in my lifetime. Writing a book about memories triggered by cakes is genius, but one where the reminiscences include Echo and the Bunnymen has relevance and resonance as well. There is a line in here, clumsily translated perhaps, about the disappointment of finding rubbish music in motorway service stations that sums up life.


Jeeves and the Wedding Bells
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells
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5.0 out of 5 stars Realist and entertaining - a fine pastiche, 14 Dec 2013
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It's good. There is a difference between this and the PG Wodehouse version. Perhaps this is more the Fry and Laurie Jeeves and Worster than the original, but as that was some of the best telly ever, that is no bad thing. It is a bit less funny, and Faulks attempts a few jokes that fall flatter than a pancake on ash Wednesday, but there were a few moments when I found myself thinking how much I was enjoying it, and as the whole set-up seems a touch more realistic, I am really looking forward to the final 50 pages of farcical denouement.


The Museum of Abandoned Secrets
The Museum of Abandoned Secrets
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Marathon, 19 Nov 2013
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Seven-hundred pages of Ukrainian affairs may seem like overkill, but this is worth the effort. There is a bit of post-war Soviet history mixed with a touch of more modern post-Soviet gloss that add up to a substantial novel that I was glad to invest some time in.


The Complete Peel Sessions 1978-2004
The Complete Peel Sessions 1978-2004

5.0 out of 5 stars A Marathon, 19 Nov 2013
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I love this. Ninety-seven songs by a band I don't really like seems excessive, but there is something about the size of the thing that means it all makes sense by the time you get to the end. There is a blistering start and some tremendous high point in the 50s and 60s, but overall the feeling of total immersion you get after playing hour after hour of Mark E is worth the effort.


Solo: A James Bond Novel
Solo: A James Bond Novel
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad effort, 19 Nov 2013
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As good as I hoped really. Boyd was always going to get Bond right, and this is really reminiscent of the Fleming Bond stories I read as a child. It sex, stylish and a very quick read.


A Gay and Melancholy Sound (Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscoveries)
A Gay and Melancholy Sound (Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscoveries)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A long-lost classic, 19 Nov 2013
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This a very stylish and well- written book with the story told in a series of flashbacks that gradually reveal the inevitable.

It feels like one of those great American novels that entice us all for 600 pages with a grandeur and significance that Europe can't provide. A bit like john Irving. Not the best john Irving though - Owen Meany rather than Garp.


Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly
Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slight, 19 Nov 2013
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It's just a puffed up short story and it is very similar to Dead Man's Folly.

However, it was still an enjoyable way to spend an hour or so. This has classic Agatha Christie plotting and some great characters.


Live At Fillmore West
Live At Fillmore West
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun, 4 Nov 2013
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I presume these musicians had to behave themselves when they were backing Aretha for the second half of these Filmore West concerts, so this half is them messing around. They do it gloriously. A Whiter shade of Pale comes from the Withnail soundtrack, and is the best, but the Top of the Pops theme is also good.


Angel with Two Faces
Angel with Two Faces
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 4 Nov 2013
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This book is ok. The writing was quite good. The story was a bit involved and the detectives seemed to solve the crime at the same pace as the reader. I suppose having a real person as a character should give the whole thing an extra frisson, but as she is neither famous nor particularly noteworthy, it doesn't. Nobody is feverishly working to turn EC Bentley into a no-nonsense private eye with soft girlfriend or a back-story you don't care for.

Anyway, it was better than the first one, so I will carry on and read the third now.


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