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The Boy in the Book
The Boy in the Book
by Nathan Penlington
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Choose Wisely, Choose This Book, 24 Jun 2014
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This review is from: The Boy in the Book (Paperback)
Nathan Penlington is one of the most interesting performers around. Coming from a poetry and magicianing background gives him a unique voice and a fresh attitude. This book is both an accompaniment to his latest show (2014), Choose Your Own Documentary, a making of and an approximate autobiography.

The story of the show and the book is simple. Nathan is a completest, an obsessive. One day he buys over a hundred Choose Your Own Adventure books from e-bay. Inside one he finds four pages of a teenage diary, from the late '80s. He decides to track down the original owner and find out how he is now, a quarter of a century on.

In the show the audience get to vote on what happens next and each performance unfolds a unique iteration of the adventure, which was filmed by a small crew as it happened. The book takes a more narrative approach, choosing one version to tell. Not, the 'right' version, but the 'right for now' version.

If you've seen the show the book will fill in lots of bits you missed on the night you went. If you've read the book you'll want to see the show to find out some of the other stuff that happened.

If you were ever a teenager, ever thought the world didn't understand you, were ever an outsider, ever wished you could change places, change your home town, change your life, then this book will resonate. It's a quest with a heart, an at times unwelcome chance to reflect on growing up and on not growing up.

It's a beautiful, remarkable, shockingly, endearingly honest book, even if it does claim Superman as a Marvel character.

G-Paws GPS Data Recorder
G-Paws GPS Data Recorder
Offered by iZilla
Price: £49.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sometimes it better not to know, 4 May 2014
This review is from: G-Paws GPS Data Recorder (Misc.)
Having put this on our cats collar, we now know where he goes at night, through the morning and in the afternoon. When he's not sleeping at home or underneath something out there in the world, he's crossing main roads and railway tracks, prowling by the river, stalking through warehouses and hanging out like a delinquent at the back of the shops. It was something of an eye opener to know he walks six to eight kilometres some nights, in bad neighbourhoods, since he's such a coward at home.

The gadget works great, using common sense to discount obvious blips on the GPS, and you can either watch the adventure unfold on G-Paws website, or by plugging the gpx files into Google Earth which provides extra data and more up to date maps.

G-Paws themselves are very helpful with immediate and generous customer service. When our cat lost collar with the tracker sleeve on (the tracker was home charging) they sent a new one out gratis the same day.

An excellent, if worry-making, product and firm. Thank you.

The Shock of the Fall
The Shock of the Fall
Price: £3.66

57 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good book, 13 Jun 2013
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This striking, engaging and remarkably deft book from comic performance poet maetstro Nathan Filer is a great debut novel.

Remarkably serious in content The Shock of the Fall never feels weighed down, never gets overpowered by its subject or by the issues (of mental health, of bereavement, of guilt, and so) that it 'deals with'. Its touch is so light and surefooted and the story is so faultlessly told (by a charming unreliable narrator) that the pages turn and the emotions bubble without an effort on the reader's part.

If this book doesn't get the notice it deserves (which is plenty) then there's little justice in the world.

by Adam Horovitz
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Turning Again, 6 Jun 2012
This review is from: Turning (Paperback)
Adam Horovitz's debut full length collection is a wonderful pool of delights. Dip your toe in here and you'll pull out a memory of a childhood kitchen and burning apron strings, there and you'll find a wintery haiku sequence. There are character pieces and personal adventures, landscapes and history, elegies and love songs, all told in Horovitz's sure footed, nonsense free, perfectly placed language. It's not a book of showy fireworks, but has the deep slow solid burn of a peat fire, of embers ticking over at the end of the bonfire. Nowhere is this brilliance better displayed than in the long poem The Great Unlearning, which pulls an Alan Moore time trick, reversing the polarity and bringing his mother back up from the grave, into life, light and plunging himself back through childhood to the end that begins it all. Technically delicious, and emotionally satisfying, Turning is just the first book from this promising poet. More to come.

Rotten Apple: Seven Sins, One Deadly City
Rotten Apple: Seven Sins, One Deadly City
Price: £1.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silly, dumb, wnderful, 17 Feb 2012
Simon Dunn is a very, very fine bad writer. Doing bad writing well is something that's not as easy as just doing bad writing, or even doing bad writing naturally. Writing badly naturally is bad. Writing badly when really you're writing good is hard. Writing bad well is a skill. Like gutting a fish or stuffing a chicken. Sometimes you have to get your hands dirty and spare no blushes.

Simon Dunn has written a fine noir detective story, with sexy bits and violent bits, sometimes in the same bit. It has serial killers and cereal farmers. It has beautiful dames and great danes. It has delightful turns of phrase and a delightful way with words. If this book isn't up your alley, I'd look in the next alley along, because this one's got a dead body in it with an arrow in its head and a rotten apple in its mouth and a broken nose on the front of its face and another on the back. The next alley might have butterflies and nice things.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, but that's life kid.

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