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Flight From Deathrow
Flight From Deathrow
by Harry Hill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

10 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great comedian, awful novelist, 20 Mar. 2005
This review is from: Flight From Deathrow (Paperback)
The lazy, self-indulgence of this largely unfunny book really surprised and disappointed me, particularly as I'm a fan of Harry Hill's stand-up comedy.
For the unwary bookshop wanderer, a warning: despite the legend on the front of this book- "A Novel": it ain't! It's a myriad of surrealist, half-baked notions (few constituting an idea or theme) which sound exactly like the bizarre outpourings of the Harry Hill we all know and love. What's wrong with that?, you may ask. Well, if there was any underpinning theme, plot or environment to speak of, not a lot. However, there is nothing holding the events or people together except silly, illogical half-jokes, and this does not a good novel make. There is absolutely no concern or interest in the characters; no interest in their motivations or destinies; no concern or suspense in the plot or its direction; no overall cohesion. Despite the odd, successful joke, without good writing the book quickly becomes irritating and boring.
If this 52-chapter book was shorn of say, 48 of those chapters, it could make a funny 10-minute Harry Hill stage routine; as it is, it's one of the worst books I've read in recent years.
Those who want genuinely funny short stories written by a gifted comedian comfortable with flights of surrealism should head to Woody Allen's Complete Prose, or better still, Things Snowball by Rich Hall.


Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Globalization Debate
Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Globalization Debate
by Naomi Klein
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Klein's update on the anti-Corporate Globalisation battle, 20 Mar. 2005
This is a collection of articles published in various journals over the last couple of years which succeeds in giving a sense of history-in-the-making, of a movement (albeit in a very loose sense of the word) finding its voice and occasionally being heard. The depiction of both the "broad brush" international trends- whether political or corporate- are succinctly done, and are very impressively and insightfully linked to the 'grass roots' situations and people 'on the ground' affected by such forces. That the voices of real people affected by the impact of such forces- both good, but more often bad- are so seldom heard or listened to in the mainstream media makes this collection feel important.
Klein's ability to present complex developments and arguments in a succinct way- many chapters are only four pages long- is impressive.
The author's previous book, the excellent No Logo, retains its important place in the canon of writing on anti-corporate globalisation, but Fences and Windows can sit proudly alongside.


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