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Noughties
Noughties
by Ben Masters
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Accurate Portrayal of University Life, 22 Jan 2013
This review is from: Noughties (Paperback)
It is evident that this a first novel by a recent English literature graduate - the structure is often clumsy and the wordplay unsophisticated. However, 'Noughties' does exceptionally well to create a sardonic picture of contemporary campus life. The characters are under-developed and unlikable, though this is part of the book's intelligence - confused, self-absorbed actors, battling against themselves and each other.

As a recent graduate, I was able to relate to much of the content. I took reassurance from the belief that there is an exaggerated significance lent to the major issues considered: I hope that hindsight in my 30's will show these youthful problems to be overstated.


Philosophy for Life: And other dangerous situations
Philosophy for Life: And other dangerous situations
by Jules Evans
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and Inspirational, 10 Jan 2013
A handbook on Greek / Roman philosophy to which I will certainly return. Readable, accessible and well illustrated with contemporary examples. Moreover, there is plenty to inspire ideas about how to live 'the good life', supplied by a man who lent on ancient philosophy to help him recover from a nervous breakdown.


The Blackhouse: Book One of the Lewis Trilogy
The Blackhouse: Book One of the Lewis Trilogy
by Peter May
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent, 6 Jan 2013
I hadn't been gripped by a book for a long time up until I read The Blackhouse. The plot works fantastically well, eventually tying together the clues dropped along the way. The book struck me as similar (but superior) to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - a well-written murder mystery set in an interesting location, which really enhances the tale.


The Lewis Man: Book Two of the Lewis Trilogy
The Lewis Man: Book Two of the Lewis Trilogy
by Peter May
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Sequel, 6 Jan 2013
The story is compelling, however it didn't grab me quite as much as its predecessor. I was very affected by The Blackhouse and didn't come close to this with The Lewis Man.


The Secret History
The Secret History
by Donna Tartt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mainly Good..., 31 Dec 2012
This review is from: The Secret History (Paperback)
With this book, I was delighted to have a found a 'page turner' for the first time in a while. I romped through it and would like to say that the length allows for full characterisation and context; however, I struggle to remember the conclusion as vividly as I'd like to, which is perhaps quite telling.


A Good School (Vintage Classics)
A Good School (Vintage Classics)
by Richard Yates
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Yates, 31 Dec 2012
Not much to dislike here - a short and enjoyable coming-of-age school setting, with a semi-autobiographical premise. A good introduction to Yates.


The Ghost Writer
The Ghost Writer
by Philip Roth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Packed, 31 Dec 2012
This review is from: The Ghost Writer (Paperback)
Roth's writing is well ahead of that of the chasing pack. The Ghost Writer does little to change this - a short novel crammed with endless insight into the life of a writer.


Greenock & Gourock Through Time
Greenock & Gourock Through Time
by Bill Clark
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 20 Nov 2012
Purchased this book out of curiosity... the cat survived and it was money well spent. Many glorious images of an area that is often unfairly criticised. What is most impressive is how the authors managed to match up the old photographs with the new, finding the exact locations on every occasion. The accompanying text is also excellent. I suffered from a severe bout of nostalgia while happily moving through the book - I spent my formative summer holidays in Greenock, much to the amusement of peers. More fool them.


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