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Mick "Yes this is my real name" (Dublin)

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Half of a Yellow Sun
Half of a Yellow Sun
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very different, 12 Dec 2007
This review is from: Half of a Yellow Sun (Paperback)
Setting: Nigeria, late 1960s. If you know anything about that time and place, this book should intrigue you. If you don't, don't worry, you're in good hands.

The writing is gorgeous--something I didn't expect, and having just come off two equally well crafted books ("Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and the funny "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and denim"--nothing like this by the way), I wasn't expecting much. Not so.

This novel is historical, recalling the recent craze in the genre ("Pillars of the earth" comes to mind). At any rate, set against the civil war in Nigeria we're shown everything from man's inhumanity to man, whether it be white against black, white against white, or black against black. And this is all truly depressing. BUT, fear not, this novel has redeeming qualities. While some incidents in the book felt a little forced--a little "oh, look, let's manipulate the reader"--I nevertheless bought into it and enjoyed it.

The one thing this book will show you, and this is not a good thing, is that even in a time of extreme adversity, humans can be so corrupt and mean. No writer before has so illuminated this for me as this author has. I highly recommend it, but you've been warned. Would also recommend KITE RUNNER and the novel MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL for other great books.


The Uncommon Reader
The Uncommon Reader
by Alan Bennett
Edition: Hardcover

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing common about it, that's for sure, 12 Dec 2007
This review is from: The Uncommon Reader (Hardcover)
The premise is great on this one: Queen comes upon a mobile library while walking her dogs and begins to borrow books. What a great idea! and the follow through is equally as well done. BUT, this book is funny also. THE UNCOMMON READER is an obvious pun and we get some great moments while she neglects her queenly duties while devouring the latest greatest reads. I read this along with the novels MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF EVIL by Berendt, and FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, and loved them all. If you want to be entertained, THE UNCOMMON READER will do the trick. It did it for me.


How to Fossilise Your Hamster: And Other Amazing Experiments For The Armchair Scientist
How to Fossilise Your Hamster: And Other Amazing Experiments For The Armchair Scientist
by Mick O'Hare
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift!, 12 Dec 2007
I bought this, along with two other books as stocking stuffers but really they're great for anytime of the year. One of the others was DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY by David Sedaris, and the other was DON'T STOP ME NOW. You can't go wrong with any of these. Now, as far as HOW TO FOSSILISE YOUR HAMSTER, if not only on the practical side, it's funny as heck. Even if you don't want to do this stuff, it's great reading. Kids and adults alike. BUY IT NOW!


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