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Twelve
Twelve
by Nick McDonell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The height of youthful writing, 3 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Twelve (Paperback)
At first I thought that this was simply going to be another high-school hit-and-run story where a few people get shot and then everyone gets sent to Jail. Wrong.
Twelve is one of the best books I've read in a while - youthful yet filled with tension, a fairly good plot, and characters that you just love to hate, but also pity.
Its similiarity to real life is quite disturbing, but I'd reccommend this to anyone who doesn't mind that the main characters are self-absorbed spoilt brats or traumatised teenagers, and a few boring chapters that just seem to drag on for a while.


Life Of Pi
Life Of Pi
by Yann Martel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing...but only slightly, 15 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Life Of Pi (Paperback)
After reading as many possible reviews as I could and re-reading the blurb three times before I actually started the book, I began to think that yes, this sounds very interesting.
I was of course very, very wrong. The blurb gives the impression that it will be something along the lines of Noah's Ark, and yet it turns into something of a bloodbath as the main character, Pi, struggles to survive with 130 cans of drinking water and 32 packets of food over a period of seven months stranded in the Pacific ocean on a lone lifeboat with only a bloodthirsty Bengal Tiger to keep him company. Intriguing, yes, but only for a handful of chapters.


Box Car Racer
Box Car Racer
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £3.95

5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album that I Own, 6 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Box Car Racer (Audio CD)
I was, at first, reluctant to buy the album as lead singer Tom Delonge (also from the enlightening punk-rock band Blink 182) dubbed his new side project as 'A heavier, rockier Blink'. But, after eventually buying it I found myself delightfully surprised as the frontman and his pals managed to pull off the act. Some of the songs aren't exactly heavy, but they are still brilliantly written and played, so the variation is also open to Blink fans looking for a compensation until the new album comes out.


Going Out
Going Out
by Scarlett Thomas
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book from Scarlett Thomas, 24 July 2003
This review is from: Going Out (Paperback)
Although this was yet another fantastic book of Scarlett Thomas, something about it just doesn't reach the standards of Bright Young Things. Maybe it's the lack of activity that the book begins with, and the fact that the plot is quite predictable and the characters are similar to the ones in her other novels. Nevertheless, it was still captivating yet simple and I would reccommend it to anyone with a trace of intellect. - Grace


Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A story
Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A story
by Richard Bach
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.19

8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope that Miss Mitchell will read this!, 23 July 2003
Ah, the wonderful life of an ambitious seagull that is Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Outcast from his flock because of his love for flying techniques, Jonathan is one of those rare souls that has the decency to realise how much potential he has and how to put that into practise. This is my favourite book Because Jonathan is the soul that we all possess but the rare few will only be able to realise it. It puts it all into perspective and anyone who reads the book will understand what I am talking about.


The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time :
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time :
by Mark Haddon
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fantastical Delights of an Autistic Child, 30 Jun. 2003
No, I purposely spelt fantastical instead of fantastic, because this book I feel gives a certain essence, providing the need to describe it in an abnormal manner because it is so eccentric, thus fantastical. Ah, the brilliant mind of an autistic child, in this case one Christopher Boone diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, who becomes determined to solve the mystery of his neighbour's dog's, Wellington, murder and find the person(s) responsible for the dog's death. And thus he ventures to discover far beyond that of a dog's murderer, to London in fact. Ah and not only is the engrossing plot that fills the pages of this book; we are enlighted with facts and stories of Sherlock Holmes and irrelevant maths problems which Christopher decides to slot in here and there. Mark Haddon outshines every current novel with this rare beauty so even if this review has not helped, feed your curious hunger and buy it.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
by Mark Haddon
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Review, 31 May 2003
Christopher Boone is a fifteen year old autistic boy who has a photographic memory and thus can remember important information, which is why he is due to take his maths A-level during the course of the book. After discovering his neighbour's dog, Wellington, dead in his garden he decides to investigate and find out who the murderer is, then in the process writing a detective murder mystery which leads him to venture out into the world of people with his rat Toby to help.


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