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Home of the Body Bags
Home of the Body Bags
by Terrell C Wright
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest and unedited account of gang life, 24 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Home of the Body Bags (Paperback)
One of the best things about this book is what some will find its main failing. It is obviously unedited by the publisher, as there are many grammar mistakes and misuses of words. Sometimes it was a bit hard to follow, as the author tends to go off on tangents - but at the same time this was what I loved about this book. Its not as well polished as "Monster" but it is obviously written by a guy who has lived the life, without any changes by copywriters, publishers etc to make it more appealing to the mainstream. The violence is not glamorised but is very matter of fact - just something that happened.

Although it is scrappy in parts, it reads like a true diary, which makes it a far more gritty, honest account, and shows why the gang life is the only way of life for some - these guys are just as human as anyone else.

Hostel (Unseen Edition) [2005] [DVD] [2006]
Hostel (Unseen Edition) [2005] [DVD] [2006]
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Braaains, 1 Feb. 2007
The plot of this is truly horrifying and if you think about what is being done, it is very disturbing

However I ended up laughing a lot more than hiding my eyes.

Like Saw 2 - it becomes a lot of screaming, fake blood, and ridiculous comic violence and gore. Perhaps I got desensitised to it during the film, but by the end I was howling with laughter as people constantly hacked off various very rubber looking body parts and grimaced comically.

Would have been far better if a bit more was left to the imagination, instead it reminded me a bit of early 80s zombie movies, I was half expecting the main characters to start moaning "braaaains"

Gangs: A Journey into the Heart of the British Underworld
Gangs: A Journey into the Heart of the British Underworld
by Tony Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Gangland culture, 25 Nov. 2006
As an introduction to Gangs this is a great book, but it does tend to be very general. There are chapters on each of the major gangs in the UK, so the author doesnt go quite as in depth as I would have liked, but gives an introduction to each. He meets with some of the players in each gang and gets their perspective, but because each gang only has a limited number of pages you are given only an overview of each - reminded me a bit of the Ross Kemp on Gangs TV program.

By no means a detailed analysis of any particular gang, but very well written. A very good read, not sensationalised in any way - only scrapes the surface of the subject but in a good way - will leave you wanting to find out more

A Piece Of Cake
A Piece Of Cake
by Cupcake Brown
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful story, honestly told, 12 Nov. 2006
This review is from: A Piece Of Cake (Paperback)
Cupcake's story takes you from her mother's death, through horrific abuse, gangs, crack addition, to her rehab, finding God and getting straight, then becoming a Lawyer

Cupcake's detached writing style as she describes her horrible past can make this pretty hard going if you expect this to be like the usual "true story of a terrible childhood" book. Cupcake writes it all with a dark humour, with no self pity or emotional hand wringing. This is what makes the book so real, and so affecting. There is no "poor me", it happens, and she gets on with it. No matter how low she sinks I found myself willing her to succeed.

I am not a religious person, so found the allusions to God in the later chapters harder to identify with, but the underlying story is that of a girl with great inner strength who overcame the life she had. By the end of the book I felt genuinely uplifted

A great book which illustrates the strength of the human spirit, and shows that if you want to do something, you can.

A Million Little Pieces
A Million Little Pieces
by James Frey
Edition: Paperback

41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but a bit unbeliveable, 12 Nov. 2006
The book follows James Frey's time in rehab, following a priveliged childhood, a good university career, dabbling in drink and drugs and finally ending up a hopelesss addict. This leads him to his time in rehab, and his story of how he overcome that addiction.

James' point is that the 12 steps, and believing only God can cure you, is a flawed theory. He feels that only the addict can decide to get clean, in the same way that the addict decides to take the next drink/hit/whatever. He spend his early time in Rehab fighting the system, and anyone that tries to help.

I was not aware of the controversy surrounding the book when I read it, so took it at face value. However at many times the story felt unreal.

I am pretty sure most of this is seriously embellished (even more than the author now admits) - the story reads like a hollywood movie script - a fatherly mafia boss, a boxing champ, a supreme court judge and a deep, caring, loving crack addicted girlfriend are all major characters.

However the few moments when you feel that James is actually baring his soul are what makes the book. He is self obsessed, whiney, self hating and self indulgent, angry and defensive but desparate for acceptance, but he has a bitter humour which stops the book descending into a pity tale.

He obviously creates a lot of the characters and situations, but he could not have written this unless he had some experience of addiction, and his true story I expect would not have been quite as interesting.

Overall this is a great read, and a refreshing outlook on addiction rather than the usual "God saved me, Praise be!" stories. His exaggerations keep the story exciting, making it easier to suspend disbelief. If read as fiction this book is fantastic. It is also a great book for parents of teenagers to read, as it does give a great insight into the mind of a confused young guy falling a bit too far into the drink and drug scene. For an insight on serious addiction though, I would look elsewhere (Piece of Cake is great)

The inevitable movie will no doubt be a box office smash

Saw 2 [DVD]
Saw 2 [DVD]
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2.0 out of 5 stars Was that it??, 23 April 2006
This review is from: Saw 2 [DVD] (DVD)
I really enjoyed Saw 1, and after reading the reviews of this being far more graphic and shocking, with a great twist, I was really looking forward to this. What a let down on all fronts, nothing like as intelligent as the first. The "graphic, shocking violence" was basically a lot of fake blood and dodgy camera angles, which would only shock those who found Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire frightening. I had the feeling a lot of this ended up on the cutting room floor, as some (actually most) characters seemed to have no point whatsoever apart from being vaguely annoying and whimpering a lot before joining the body count, and the "twist" was something from a bad B movie. Maybe the directors cut will redeem this, but I was left thinking "was that it??" Like a film school students remake of The Living Dead, deeply unsatisfying if you expect it to live up to the reviews, but an OK standard cheesy horror.

Catch ME a Killer
Catch ME a Killer
by Micki Pistorius
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book but at times over emotional analysis, 8 April 2006
This review is from: Catch ME a Killer (Paperback)
I bought this after reading Robert Ressler's book, and it gives a good insight into serial killers in South Africa, who tend not to be as hardened to the system as those in the US, and so give a lot more personal insight in interviews. There is a good balance between the author's life and the actual cases, although she tends to overuse the phrase "the abyss". Micki, like so many other female psychologists, tends towards over empathising with the killers and is a great believer serial killers are 'tortured souls' that deserve some sympathy (she is deeply religious), and at times alludes to the idea that the killer is in her head, and is somehow aware of her like, in some kind of psychic link. She is also a big supporter of Freud and his outdated theories, which gets a bit tiresome. However overall this is a good book for those who are interested in the psychological side of true crime.

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