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Three Men on the Bummel (Penguin Popular Classics)
Three Men on the Bummel (Penguin Popular Classics)
by Jerome K. Jerome
Edition: Paperback

6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor sequel, 3 Nov 2003
This is a disappointingly poor sequel to Jerome's classic Three Men in a Boat. The three main characters, now 10 years older than in TMB, go on a bicycle ride through some parts of Germany and find themselves in the middle of all sorts of NOT funny events. The potential for making fun of the Germans (or letting the Germans make fun of the 3 Englishmen) on such a trip is most certainly there; still, it amounts to very little.
To be honest, I haven't managed to finish this pretty small volume - it is neither well written or entertaining. If you're a die-hard fan of Three Men in a Boat you might like this one - after all, he tries to imitate the kind of humour which maked the prequel so original and entertaining. I consider myself a die-hard fan of the original, however, and I most certainly did not enjoy this one.


Decline and Fall (Penguin Modern Classics)
Decline and Fall (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Evelyn Waugh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 24 Jun 2003
This is one of the books that made me love english litterature. It is so wonderfully absurd and at the same time accurate in it's description of british society and education around 1930. When I sometime tires of Wodehouse and the constant mix-ups of his (otherwise wonderful) tales about Jeeves & Wooster, Psmith or Blandings Castle, Waugh is my choice. It is down to earth, but extremely funny.
Young man Pennyfeather is expelled from Oxford due, through no fault of his own, to indecent behaviour. He becomes schoolmaster at a school in Wales which, frankly, is not very good. He falls in love, and the rest of the plot is for you to find out.
I can tell you, however, that in this book Waugh covers so diverse subjects as prisons, religion, education, architecture (at this point, one might rightly wonder if it's Bentham I'm reviewing instead of Waugh, but no!), glamour, greed, insanity, worldwide cooperation, Welsh music, teenage boys and alcohol. And even if you like or dislike some, or most of these things, Waugh makes them seem so absurd that you can't help but smile at his descriptions of everyday life in those very specific circles.
Go on and read it - it's cheap, it's a classic and it is one of the most entertaining and clever books I've ever read.
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The Pirates Of Penzance [VHS]
The Pirates Of Penzance [VHS]
VHS
Offered by qualityfilmsfromuk
Price: £3.63

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If it's theater you want.., 24 Jun 2003
This British TV-version of the Pirates of Penzance is not bad - nor is the original play by Gilbert and Sullivan. Quite the contrary.. Compared to the US version of the same operette released also in the early 1980s, starring Kevin Kline and Angela Lansbury, however, this version has a rather (very) amateurish look. The acting is so-so, and the props does NOT look well, and so on.
You can interpret this in two ways:
1) It is not a good movie production, or
2) It is actually a very good television production of an original piece made for the theatre, and acted and directed as if even this version is meant for the stage.
If you like the second statement, watch this version - it's probably the production Gilbert and Sullivan would prefer (or at least, it is the one closest to the way their operettas were originally performed). If you'd rather have a great movie with nice scenes, great acting and well-coreographed dancing sequences, go for the 1983 US version.
A plus is the introduction by Douglas Fairbanks Jr. to this edition, who tells us a bit about G&S and the Pirates of Penzance.
I have given this edition of The Pirates of Penzance 3 stars - frankly, I can't decide whether I like it or not...


Mort: (Discworld Novel 4) (Discworld Novels)
Mort: (Discworld Novel 4) (Discworld Novels)
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.16

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine book about the Discworld, 22 Jun 2003
Mort is yet another fine production by Pratchett, and the 4th in the Discworld series.
Although Death (the actual person - not the concept!) has been introduced in Morts three predecessors (Colour of Magic, Lightning Fantastic and Equal Rites), this is the book to read if you want to get a really fine look into and understanding of this most important character of Pratchetts universe (Apart from Great A'Tuin himself, perhaps, without whom the Disc would probably not exist).
The plot isn't all that well connected throughout the book, so it doesn't get all 5 stars. It deserves 4, however, partly because I am a great fan of the Discworld series, and more importantly because it actually does a lot to describe the characters and increase ones understanding of the Discworld.
I won't recommended it as an actual introduction to Discworld - it has a lot of references to wizards, magic and some locations which has been more throughly described in books 1-3, and I believe that the reading experience of Mort is very much improved if one is familiar with certain concepts, places and characters in advance.
However, if you've already read about the Discworld, this is a must - as well as most of the other books in the Discworld series.....


Ancient Traces: Mysteries in Ancient and Early History
Ancient Traces: Mysteries in Ancient and Early History
by Michael Baigent
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointed, 12 Mar 2003
I have read a couple of Baigents books - "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" and "The Messianic Legacy", and it is clear that he is more knowledgeable on these matters than on ancient mysteries and early history.
The book is not terribly well written, and his treatment of the matters at hand is superficial and based on just a few sources, all of which supports his views. Most of the supposed mysteries in the book are much better dealt with by authors such as Robert Bauval and especially Graham Hancock, both of whom are also cited in "Ancient Traces".
This book is only recommendable to those who has never read any other books about Atlantean theories, the age of the pyramids, erosion of the Sphinx, and so on. Whereas it is not very interesting to the "experienced" mystery-"lover", it does after all introduce the reader to a host of mysteries, and may spark an interest in the subjects.


The Complete History of Jack the Ripper
The Complete History of Jack the Ripper
by Philip Sugden
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be better, 12 Mar 2003
This is my first Ripper book, and I am not sure I'm going to read any others - this book simply seems to have included all the facts about the murders, the victims, witnesses, etc. and it completely lacks the unfounded speculation which is rumoured to be caracteristic of most other works about the Ripper. The book has been massively researched, and no claims are made without reference(s) to the source(s) used.
If you're seriously interested in studying the Ripper murders this book is a must!


Ancient Traces: Mysteries in Ancient and Early History
Ancient Traces: Mysteries in Ancient and Early History
by Michael Baigent
Edition: Paperback

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointed, 12 Mar 2003
I have read a couple of Baigents books - "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" and "The Messianic Legacy", and it is clear that he is more knowledgeable on these matters than on ancient mysteries and early history.
The book is not terribly well written, and his treatment of the matters at hand is superficial and based on just a few sources, all of which supports his views. Most of the supposed mysteries in the book are much better dealt with by authors such as Robert Bauval and especially Graham Hancock, both of whom are also cited in "Ancient Traces".
This book is only recommendable to those who has never read any other books about Atlantean theories, the age of the pyramids, erosion of the Sphinx, and so on. Whereas it is not very interesting to the "experienced" mystery-"lover", it does after all introduce the reader to a host of mysteries, and may spark an interest in the subjects.


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