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Radical: My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening
Radical: My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening
Price: £5.98

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the fake reviews, 26 July 2014
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Don't pay any attention to the number of fake reviews written about this item.

The topic is controversial in some communities and Mr Nawaz's stance has made him the enemy of people who fail to see reason and are blinded by their prejudices. They have taken to criticising a book which they have clearly not read because they wrongly believe that anything who offers a balanced critique of extremism is an attack on their religion.

This is a fantastic book that tells it how it is. A must read for all.

Sonny Liston: His Life, Strife and the Phantom Punch
Sonny Liston: His Life, Strife and the Phantom Punch
by Rob Steen
Edition: Paperback

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A liitle overrated, 5 Jun. 2009
While the story of Charles "Sonny" Liston is an interesting one, and the author does dig deep into, the book is greatly let down by the quality of the writing.

Yes the author may be an established journalist and university lecturer but the writing in this book is often mundane and pretensious.

There are several instances where he uses unnecessary words to make himself sound intelligent but all he manages to do is force the story to lose pace.

The end result is as boring as the sport Steen really follows, Cricket.

Shame really because a proper boxing writer such as Thomas Hauser would probably have made told Liston's story in the manner it deserved.

Sports History: A Practical Guide
Sports History: A Practical Guide
by Dr Martin Polley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 30 April 2009
This book is not actually what you may think. This book merely preaches how you should read a book on sports history, it is not actually a sports history book.

Worse than that though is the fact that it is mind numbingly boring and clearly written by an academic/ nerdy teacher who has no understanding of sport and has probably never been to a sports event in his life.
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Hound Dog
Hound Dog
by Richard Blandford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.66

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the funniest book in the world, 4 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Hound Dog (Paperback)
I didn't know what to expect when I bought this book. On the face of it a book about an Elvis impersonator doesn't sound like too much, but I can honestly say that this is the funniest book I have ever read.

It tells the tale of a cocaine and masturbation addicted ex con known only as Elvis (you never get to know his real name) who, with his two backing signers Fat Elvis and Gay Elvis, takes his disastrous Elvis show around Cambridgeshire and hates every minute of it. Like the line from the Manics' song he is overweight and out of date and to make matters worse..... he knows it. Elvis has to keep his show going though because it affords him other more interesting things like funding his coke habit and sleeping with loose middle aged housewifes.

Things change for the worse when his Elvis mobile gets trashed at gig and he is forced to go cap in hand to Eddie, a vicious gay gangster that Elvis met in prison, in order to buy a new van and honour his up and coming gigs. The problem is, Eddie doesn't want the money back, he wants the three Elvis' to perform at the birthday party of another notorious gangster. This sounds easy enough, but it really isn't. I won't go into what happens from that point on but let's just say it's a page turning, calamitous, violent and drug fuelled tale that will make you laugh out loud.

I hope to see a small screen adaptation of this very soon, in the meantime I await Mr Blandford's next full length work.

Bye peps

The Incredible Adam Spark
The Incredible Adam Spark
by Alan Bissett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You know what they say about judging a book by it's cover., 11 Feb. 2007
Incredible indeed.

This is the story of Adam Spark, an 18 year old fast food worker who suffers from learning difficulties. After being hit on the head while saving a "ween" at a American football game Adam finds that he has acquired superpowers that allow him do things like speed up time and slooooooooooooooow it down. But these powers make up little of this book and it's the story of Adam's relations with his sister Jude and girlfriend Bonnie that really carry it through.

This book is told in a broad Scottish accent but if you are familiar with the likes of Irvine Welsh then you'll find this no problem (I actually quite like reading literature in a scotch accent, dunno why). It's one of those books where you can just fly through the pages. Each sentence flows into the next with skilful ease and once you're past the opening few pages there is no chance of you getting bored.

Adam himself is a character that is easy to sympathise with despite that fact he is violent, has misguided attitudes and in places is down right weird but these are all things that he cannot help and Alan Bissett deftly keeps you aware of this. Adam's sister Jude kind of doubles up as his carer and you feel for her as she longs for a life of her own with her girlfriend and not have the burden of looking after Adam holding her back but she is scared of how Adam will react.

I won't ruin the story by giving you anymore detail but I'll let you know that Adam does redeem his failings and his superpowers (or supposed superpowers) do come in use.

This is book that is humorous and heart breaking in equal measures. A book that a basis in the true reality of working class life and one you sound definitely read. The only criticism I can really have of this book is the cover, which kind of makes it look like a kid's book which it really isn't. But, you the old saying......Never judge a book by its cover.

Kill Bill, Volume 1 [DVD] [2003]
Kill Bill, Volume 1 [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Uma Thurman
Price: £2.36

4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Brainless Japanese B movie rip off., 13 Nov. 2006
Pulp fiction was classic, witty dialogue, a story that fit together and well thought out characters. This has none of that. This is basically a rip off of a lame and cheap made Japanese movie I saw on channel 4 about 12 years ago. I personally believe that Tarentino has always been overrated, Pulp Fiction was one shining piece of brilliance between an average film (Res dogs) and a dull film (Jackie Brown)but now Quintin has sunk to a whole new low, plagiarism.

One observation of our times I can make is that there seems to be a culture in liking Tarantino films for liking's sake, it seems fasionable somehow and no one wants to admit that they think he's crap as that would bring scorn. His movies (pulp fiction excluded) hold a kind of Emperor's new clothes status and people dont want to slag them off because they are so praised by the general public and low brow reviewers like the Richard Bacon's and Jonathan Ross's of this world, that people are scared that if they say what this film really is then they'll be labelled as misguided fools. Well, let me tell you people, the real misguided fools are people who like (or least kid to themselves)that they like ripped off tripe like this.

by Chuck Palahniuk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Come on Chuck you can do better., 6 May 2006
This review is from: Haunted (Paperback)
I've been a massive fan of Palahniuk for years, his books have thrilled and excited me since the first time I picked up Fight Club but I've got to say that he's lost me with this one.

There's murders and cannibalism and of course Palahniuk's witty social observations. But something great is missing..... A decent plot for example.

Ok stories such as "Guts" and "Exodus" succeed in shocking and disgusting the reader but that just isn't enough is it Mr P? On top of there being a plot as flimsy as the set on Prisoner's cell block H there's these so called poems thrown in, but if these constitute verse then screw me sideways cos my name's Mrs D Slut. What were you thinking Chuck when you put these god awful poems in? Were you just trying to fill pages? Did you just want to get a book finished quicky so Jonathan Cape could give you a big wad of cash?

Don't get me wrong some of the stories are enjoyable but as a full novel it is seriously lacking. If you're new to reading Palahniuk then start with something like Choke or Fight Club and avoid this like the plague.
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The Story of My Life
The Story of My Life
by Jay McInerney
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Changed my opinion on this style of writing., 6 May 2006
This review is from: The Story of My Life (Paperback)
Once upon a time this kind of book would have hacked me off to extent that I'd want to call the author and scream murder at him. Spoilt rich kids moaning about their problems while poncing around in designer clothes, doing fasionable drugs, and eating at restaurants where a meal costs about the same price as the average working class man's weekly wage, never appealed to me. But I don't know, somehow this book as won me over. There's great parts of this book I can kind of relate to and I can empathise with characters (as rich and as shallow as they are). The great thing though is that no matter what back ground you come from you'll know people who are like these characters. This book is funny and true to life in many parts and I recommend it.

Kiss Me, Judas
Kiss Me, Judas
by Will Christopher Baer
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip through love, drugs and insanity., 20 Sept. 2005
This is the first book by Will Christopher Baer that I've read and was instantly gripped by it. One thing I can say for certain is that I will be reading more books by Mr Baer (I'm starting Penny Dreadful today. I'm not going into the plot cos I dont want to spoil it for you but i do want everyone to know that this is the best book I have read in propably 5 years and YOU should definity buy it.

The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
by J. D. Salinger
Edition: Paperback

9 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Overrated by a mile, 9 Mar. 2004
This review is from: The Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)
When ever you see any list of the greatest books of all time this novel is always there. People go on about this book like reading it will change your life. Well the truth is that this novel isnt one of the greatest ever and reading it will not change your life in any way. The time I spent reading this was compleatly wasted. This is by far the most overrated book of all time. Spend your money on something else.

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