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Stick Out Your Tongue
Stick Out Your Tongue
by Ma Jian
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, not life changing., 14 Jan 2014
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It really does give you a sense of Ma Jian's feeling of the spiritual, cultural and personal loss that he obviously felt during his travels in tibet. Some of the details and experiences seem to be lifted straight from Red dust.
While Jian wants to make the point that Tibetans are not the idealised spiritual utopians that western culture imagines them to be, he puts this across almost exclusively with tales of sexual misconduct (not that I'm one to judge, but in Red Dust he seems constantly to be chatting to his friends while furtively glancing at their girlfriends breasts) from a boy sleeping with his mother to a female thief with a red hot bronze pillar up the vagina as divine punishment; this is where his creativity falls short.


Caesar
Caesar
by Adrian Goldsworthy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.09

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 19 Dec 2013
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I bought this book with only vague, school boy knowledge of Julius Caesar. Goldsworthy briefly outlines roman history up till Caesars brith the goes into sharp, focused detail about his life and what shaped it.
One thing I particularly appreciated about Goldsworthy is his emphasis on not seeing historical narrative with a sense of inevitability, he points out time and again that Caesar could have easily failed!

If you have even a general interest in history then read this!!


The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages (New Horizons)
The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages (New Horizons)
by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.57

5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into history, 27 Jan 2012
I bought this book because I'm a stonemason and as such have a huge interest in the construction of historical buildings. This book is really great as it goes into detail about the day-to-day and everyday carpenter, roofer, stonemason and unskilled labourers who built the great cathedrals and castles.

Fascinating especially if you work in the constriction/restoration/conservation trades!


Hothouse (Penguin Modern Classics)
Hothouse (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Brian Aldiss
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great., 27 Jan 2012
I definitely enjoyed reading Hothouse. Although I wouldn't say its a classic or a must-read.

A world, two thousand million years in the future, dominated by plant life, is such a great idea and the writer really has to be brave to tackle such a mind boggle.


Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut
Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut
by Mike Mullane
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and quite moving., 2 Jan 2012
Autobiography is my preferred genre to read but this is definately one of the most interesting that i've read.
Mike Mullane's experiences along with his (no less than) hilarious wit left me laughing out loud every few pages.

Definitely worth a read!


Halo 2
Halo 2
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Price: £24.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only for die-hard Halo fans!, 11 Nov 2011
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Decent sequel to the original Halo, I had a craving to play it as i hadnt played it since it came out.
It was epic when it first came out but mostly because it coninued the Halo storyline. It hasnt stood the test of time to become a vintage classic, only for die-hard Halo fans.


The Repossession Mambo
The Repossession Mambo
by Eric Garcia
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £4.71

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars better than the film, 15 Aug 2011
this book is really fantastic. i saw the film (Repo Men) before i read the book, but i was not dissapointed.
the book is VERY different from the film.

the book draws you into the story on the first page and then its glued to your fingers!

buy! read it!


Pavane (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Pavane (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Keith Roberts
Edition: Paperback

2 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written, 5 Aug 2011
The idea of an alternate, catholic world is very interesting but very poorly written.
Keith Roberts descriptive language is long-winded and bumbling to the point of being confusing and often left me wondering what on earth was going on.
It seemed to me to be a collection of short stories describing the characters lives as opposed to a story about a rebellion.
I'm not even curious to know what happens at the end. It's not for me.
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The Mysterious Island (Wordsworth Classics)
The Mysterious Island (Wordsworth Classics)
by Jules Verne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £1.89

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars dissapointing, 11 July 2011
i was enjoying the book. its probably the longest amount of time iv ever needed to read a book, about 95% of the story was quite boring but the twists in the storyline just kept me going.

then, about 30 pages from the end i opened the book at the wrong page and saw two words that gave the end away and suddenly it was so dissapointing. iv put it back on the bookshelf now where someday my son will pick it up and hopefully enjoy the ending.


Hashish: A Smuggler's Tale (Penguin Classics)
Hashish: A Smuggler's Tale (Penguin Classics)
by Henry De Monfreid
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.64

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 5 May 2011
This man, basicly bored with his life in europe, upped sticks and moved to the Red Sea area to make his living in whatever way he could, culminating with his entry into the smuggling business.
This book is full of fascinating stories and characters. The ingenuity and initiative that DeMonfried displays is truely remarkable. A deffinite must-read!


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