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Brendan Behan
Brendan Behan
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting about the Dublin of the 1930s and 1940s, ..., 27 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Brendan Behan (Kindle Edition)
Interesting about the Dublin of the 1930s and 1940s, and competently written. But the final third of the book is shameful, personal spite driving unctuous conjecture.


Guardian Of Night
Guardian Of Night
by Tony Daniel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2.0 out of 5 stars What happened to him?, 15 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: Guardian Of Night (Paperback)
Tony Daniel published some wonderful science fantasy novels in the 1990s and early 2000s, including 'Warpath', 'Earthling', 'Superluminal' and 'Metaplanetary'. "Fantasy" is a term he used himself, since the books treated science as means of creating a plausible gloss rather than a body of consistent knowledge. They were wonderful precisely because this well-done surface plausibility was combined with high-wire sustained feats of imagination. Mind-stretching without being threatening, in other words.

Guardian Of Night is completely different. The plot is hackneyed, the characters are cardboard, the rayguns are cheap plastic. I don't know what happened to the author in the seven years since 'Superluminal', but I've waited for this book since then, and it's a huge disappointment.


Never Let Me Go
Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Will no-one blow the whistle on Ishiguro?, 8 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Never Let Me Go (Hardcover)
The prose is incompetent, the plot is Mills & Boon, the cloning issue is a red herring, the narration is clumsy ... Have I left anything out?

Tobias Hill's review in The Times includes the line "He is like a cook with a sense of taste so acute that his dishes lack flavour." Or like an emperor with clothes so fine that they are invisible?
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The Pope's Children
The Pope's Children
by David McWilliams
Edition: Paperback

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 23 Jan. 2007
This review is from: The Pope's Children (Paperback)
Apart from the chapter on the property boom, where the author's background in economics allows him some joined-up thinking, this is awful. Shallow, incoherent, smug and, at times, just plain nauseating.

A symptom, not a diagnosis.


Cuba: I Am Time
Cuba: I Am Time
Price: £67.51

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More sociology than fun, 9 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Cuba: I Am Time (Audio CD)
This certainly does a good job of conveying the diversity of Cuban music, but its main aim seems to be picking samples from each genre and era. A good tool for a thesis, but not a lot of fun.


Ireland Before the Famine, 1798-1848
Ireland Before the Famine, 1798-1848
by Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh
Edition: Paperback

4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, and ..., 3 Mar. 2006
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Still the best (only?) concise overview of the period. And it reads especially well with some good African music in the background. Try the Bhundu Boys "Shed sessions".


The Shed Sessions
The Shed Sessions
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadly, 3 Mar. 2006
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This review is from: The Shed Sessions (Audio CD)
These guys were superb musicians by any standards, and they invented a whole new idiom. Everything fits, bass, guitar, voices, drums. It's hard not to wonder what they might have done with more luck and more justice in the world. But this album is still something wondrous and, unfortunately, unique. Buy it and make everyone you know listen to it.


Amsterdam
Amsterdam
by Ian McEwan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This won the Booker?, 9 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Amsterdam (Paperback)
Awful. Too timid for satire, too wooden for feeling. I can only imagine that he was writing for (and about) the reviewers and tickled them into approval.


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