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MURPHY'S AMERICAN DREAM
MURPHY'S AMERICAN DREAM
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best comic novel I’ve read this year, 17 Aug 2013
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Alexander Aloysius Aristophanes Murphy II, the main protagonist, is a wonderfully quixotic character, a hapless survivor who you cannot but root for as he stumbles into one absurd situation after another. Dempsey’s writing is reminiscent of J.P. Donleavy, full of wit, mischief and literary panache. The story has great pace but still allows for piquant insights into the human condition. Hugely entertaining. The best comic novel I’ve read this year.


Am-Tech 24 LED Round Magnetic Work Light Torch With Integral Hook And Magnet
Am-Tech 24 LED Round Magnetic Work Light Torch With Integral Hook And Magnet
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Price: £4.17

4.0 out of 5 stars Bright and functional., 29 May 2013
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There are lots of tacky LED lights on the net that disappoint because of their poor finish but this is NOT one of them. It is robust and well made and the illumination is quite extraordinary. The batteries are a tight fit and, as yet, I've only used the torch for short periods so I can't comment on their duration. The integrated hook is really nifty and the on/off button is easy to find when you're stuck in awkward places with limited hand movement. An excellent product. I bought three. One for every crucial place where I usually get caught short.


How's the Pain?
How's the Pain?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Gallic Gem, 15 Feb 2013
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This review is from: How's the Pain? (Kindle Edition)
I romped through this comically trenchant novella as if I were devouring a bowl of French onion soup, impossible not to woof it down in one go. It refuses to be genre defined but pays homage to the noir origins of American hardboiled fiction of the 1930s and 1940s. One can hear the influence of Raymond Chandler in the beautiful pared down prose, but the cultural references are decidedly Gallic. Emerging from a simple straightforward narrative, the main protagonists interlock against a background of supermarkets, service stations and campsites. Mostly, we see the story through the ironic gaze of Simon, the washed up assassin, and with it come instances of stark violence that not only surprise but also delight with lashes of mordant wit. The surreal tendency makes this a literary work rather than a plot driven crime story, but with diamond bright prose allied to a superb translation, it leaves one in no doubt that this is a French gem par excellence.


CUT
CUT
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cut with compassion, 25 Mar 2012
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Having read all of Ray Robinson's novels, I was expecting his trade-mark black humour to surface but not so here. This is a visceral confrontation with the emotions and it pulls no punches. As the premise of the story is revealed, it's a bit like tasting mustard. You wince from the pain but are unable to resist the lure of more. His mastery of the form is unquestionable - no wonder this story won a literary prize.


The Cloud Collector's Handbook
The Cloud Collector's Handbook
by Gavin Pretor-Pinney
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Panacea for Happiness, 27 Nov 2009
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This booklet is an absolute gem. Scanning the pages is like eating a knicker-bocker-glory, no sooner have you feasted on one beautiful cloud photo than another awaits on the following page. Even the scientific information is suffused with author Gavin Pretor-Pinney's delightful, mischievous wit. Forget doom and gloom, this is a panacea for all year round happiness.


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