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Life in the Slow Lane: a patient quest for adventure
Life in the Slow Lane: a patient quest for adventure
Price: 4.64

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration, sweat and beards., 3 May 2013
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I've followed the adventures of the author from his early days on the longboard crossing of Australia, to the ups and downs of dating in London, and was eager to get my hands on the latest instalment.

Life in the Slow Lane did not disappoint. Dave's obvious love of life, his quest for adventure and seize the day attitude are evident throughout, and as infectious as a doctor's waiting room.

This is a book for those who love adventure, those who love to get out there, see the world, take on a new challenge, and more importantly for those who think they never could. This is a wake up call to couch dwellers and materialists everywhere. It was an inspiration to me, even if it is just to put the laptop down, turn the TV off and get out running, bodyboarding, meet more people, enjoy life more, say yes more.

This about self belief, sweat and beards, the kindness of strangers, the joy of the outdoors and most importantly this is a love story.

The Celestine Prophecy
The Celestine Prophecy
by James Redfield
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull., 14 Oct 2009
This review is from: The Celestine Prophecy (Paperback)
I'm not sure I've ever read a more frustrating or ridiculous book. The nine insights obviously form the central structure of the book, and the story and characters are very much secondary to them. So much so that the storyline is interrupted constantly by another "coincidence" and another chance for the author to preach through another new character. If Redfield's intention in writing this trash was simply to publish a list of spiritual revelations, he could have maybe done it through the medium of fortune cookie wisdom rather than putting together a story and characters even Dan Brown would be ashamed of.

For a story set almost entirely in Peru, you get the feeling the author has never left the USA. The "native Peruvians" all speak perfect English and everyone regardless of race or background speaks in the same pseudo-intellectual manner. A character who speaks with "a Scandinavian accent" introduces himself as "Professor Edmond Connor", one of the least Scandinavian names you'll ever hear. Along with the poor editing that leaves in a sentence like "The vegetables and beans were [...] spiced with herbs" the writing is so dire that I wanted to give up early on, but persevered in the vain hope that it would improve. It did not.

As for the "insights", they progress rapidly from the mundane to the ridiculous. Unfortunately the pace does not progress rapidly, leaving you feeling like you wasted a large chunk of your life reading this. If you really want some one dimensional predict-a-plot "truth chasing" adventure read some Dan Brown, or the Lost Behind series for appallingly written Christian airport thriller-preaching I read this book and wrote this review as a public service so you don't have to.

The back cover tells me that over a million copies have been sold in the USA. Apparently The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Mein Kampf have sold more, so maybe number of sales is no way to judge content or quality. (Hitler probably had a better grasp of non-adjectival prose though).

Christmas Duck
Christmas Duck
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Price: 1.77

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! A Christmas Duck!, 18 Jan 2009
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Christmas Duck (Toy)
Wow, finally a Christmas duck for my collection. He looks amazing and so Christmassy. Anyway that says otherwise doesn't know an amazing Christmas duck when they see one.

Tough All Over [European Import]
Tough All Over [European Import]
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Price: 8.82

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Ain't Always Beautiful..., 4 Aug 2006
My father always tried to get me into country music but I always fought against him. Now in my mid-20s I've come to realise that country is as varied and diverse as any other genre, it has it's cheesey ye-ha's and then it has it's Johnny Cash's. Gary Allan is very much in the non-cringe camp - this is country, raw, passionate and from the heart.

The album is his first since his wife's tragic suicide and has an overwhelming sense of loss hanging over it. But Allan isn't a man to wallow in self pity, this album charts his darkest moments and bleak lonliness but always ends with a positive note. On "I Just Got Back From Hell" we hear a man who has suffered but has got back on his feet again, "Life Ain't Always Beautiful" is a tale of loss that could move you wipe away a stray tear.

The nod to Johnny Cash on "Nickajack Cave" brings in the theme of redemption to show a glimmer of hope and a way out of the darkness. On "He Can't Quit Her" we hear the story of guy in love with a hooker, and a warning to stay away from temptation.

You get the feeling that Allan has been there, done that and seen a lot along the way. And it all adds up to one hell of an album.

The Loved One: An Anglo-American Tragedy (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Loved One: An Anglo-American Tragedy (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Evelyn Waugh
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Dying in Los Angeles, 3 Aug 2006
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This is one of Waugh's lesser known books, but should by no means be forgotten or ignored. His black humour is as prevalent as ever, and his characters are as well created as anyone in Brideshead or any or his more well known works.

Placing one of his upper class wasters in such a foreign world as LA is a stroke of genius and the culture clash is brilliantly exposed. Dennis Barlow is the perfect stoic anti-hero, instantly loveable and detestable at once.

If you've read any of Waugh's other long novels, you'll love every page, if not this is a perfect introduction to a master of storytelling.

Barbarella [DVD] [1968]
Barbarella [DVD] [1968]
Dvd ~ Jane Fonda
Price: 3.20

32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Camp as a scout jamboree!, 12 Jan 2004
This review is from: Barbarella [DVD] [1968] (DVD)
It had been a few years since I watched "Barbarella", and watching it again for a second time recently was joy, like discovering its kitsch joys for the first time all over again!
There's no point dwelling on the plot, because it's as thin and transparent as most of Jane Fonda's outfits! This is pure high camp comedy, wonderfully played up a superb cast. Some wonderful characters, brilliant one liners, and some of the oddest sets and costumes ever seen on film. Highly unenjoyable and would be instantly forgettable were it not for Jane Fonda excelling as our heroine and also for introducing the name "Duran Duran" to the world!

Rock N Roll
Rock N Roll
Price: 5.46

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is This It?, 11 Jan 2004
This review is from: Rock N Roll (Audio CD)
Having read plenty of bad and mediocre reviews of Mr Adam's latest offering I was quite sceptical and reluctant to listen to it, would it dim my opinion of him as today's best songwriter?
Well I held off reviewing it for long enough, and I think that's for the best, as it's really starting to grow on me now. To be honest it is a real mixed bag of songs, some glorious tunes, some shocking lyrics - hardly a classic, but worthy of mild praise anyway. Despite its heavier guitar nature overall "Anybody Wanna Take Me Home" could slip unnoticed onto Gold. Apart from that, we have a bit of a tribute album to some of Ryan's rock'n'roll heroes - little nods to Oasis, U2, Nirvana and the Stones make it an fairly enjoyable if unremarkable album. The low point is probably "Wish You Were Here" with its excessive and rather tedious repetitive swearing, that sounds at time like it was written by a 14 year old. It's hard to believe this was the same guy who wrote classics like "Oh My Sweet Carolina" and "Answering Bell".
As an rock album, its not the best, as a Ryan Adams' album its the bottom of the pile compared to anything else he's done. The man who took up country because punk was too hard to play should stick to what he does best!

Take Me Out
Take Me Out
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Price: 5.93

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superfantastich!, 11 Jan 2004
This review is from: Take Me Out (Audio CD)
This follow up to "Darts Of Pleasure" is more of the same smart infectious guitar driven disco-rock. Since seeing them on Jools Holland last year, I've been waiting for the album to come out, this single is sure sign of the genius that will be unveiled on that album! Anyway very little needs to be said about the single, it'll get into your head, your body, your feet before you know. Another classic from the New Scottish Gentry!

Love is Hell Part 2
Love is Hell Part 2
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Price: 6.22

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock'n'Roll seems like distant bad dream already..., 10 Jan 2004
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This review is from: Love is Hell Part 2 (Audio CD)
Forget all the record company wrangling for a minute, forget the unweildy beast that is "Rock'n'Roll", and concentrate on "Love is Hell Part 2" as a collection of songs in its own right. This is Ryan Adams back at his best, recapturing the Dylan-esque beauty of "Heartbreaker". I should get my one grievance out of the way first, and that is, the bonus track "F*** The Universe" - not a necessarily bad track, but out of place on this album compared to the nature of the rest of it.
The rest of the album though is sheer listening bliss, the ending of a love affair proving to be the greatest muse a songwriter can have! The thinly veiled letter to a former lover that is "English Girls Approximately" stands as the highlight, with a knowing wink to Dylan with its title, and an opening acoustic riff that wouldn't sound out of place on "Highway 61". Other delights are the opener "My Blue Manhattan" with its bar-room piano opening, and the fantastic lonesome blues of "Hotel Chelsea Nights".
Taken along side Part 1, "Love Is Hell Part 2" showcases some of Adams' finest writing to date, firmly establishing him as the foremost singer/songwriter of his generation. The boy from Jacksonville done good.

The Great American Novel
The Great American Novel
Price: 8.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timely reminder from Martyn Joseph, 24 Nov 2003
After singing The Great American Novel live for many years, Martyn has finally committed it to CD. And its not just a case of pleasing his fans (though it certainly does), its all in a good cause, directing our thoughts to the futility of war, refocusing our eyes on the bigger picture.
Personally the second track, a reworking of The Good In Me Is Dead (from 1999's 'Far From Silent' album is the stand out track capturing the horror of the Yugoslav conflict of the mid 90's.
This brief collection of thoughtful songs reminds us once again of Martyn's passion for the truth, and for all the magnificent tunes, you can never escape the heartfelt message at the heart of his songs.

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