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Perfect Chemistry
Perfect Chemistry
by Simone Elkeles
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Teensational!, 26 May 2012
This review is from: Perfect Chemistry (Paperback)
This was a riveting read that will appeal to all those young at heart - it is simply a good story with great characters. The Chicago state along with its latino community is brought to life in the divisive high school setting.

The novel does not overdo the romance thing. It is balanced by some gritty action and insights into the latino culture and their struggles, particularly with gangs.

Making Haye: The Authorised David Haye Story
Making Haye: The Authorised David Haye Story
by David Haye
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Haye delivers with no excuses, 27 Dec. 2011
This is a great bio written in the 3rd person. But it works and feels personal because the writer is close friend and confidante of the boxer.

Flaws I noticed were the scant photos which were black and white; it's a sports bio man, we want lots of photos that chart the athlete's career and life, not 4 or 5 random photos.

It has an authenticity about it by virtue of the liberal direct quotes taken from conversations involving the boxer, and Worsell has shown how it's done on that score. He has an engaging writing style that features liberal use of similes, analogies and metaphors to enrich his tale and which makes for a distinctive read.

Top marks for originality, a new way of doing an old thing. Well done Messrs Worsell and Haye.

Rooftops of Tehran
Rooftops of Tehran
by Mahbod Seraji
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.61

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A few tweaks needed for the future, 18 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Rooftops of Tehran (Paperback)
This was a very good novel, which I enjoyed. I gave it one star because I felt the author diserespected my country of origin, Bangladesh. When the protagonist's mother discusses him going to America to study and he seems reluctant, she retorts 'would bangladesh be a more suitable place for you?'

Of course to me that seems disrespectful of a country that has developed much since gaining independence some 40 years ago, and I felt the author should not have used that line as it felt rather insulting.

Aside from that, the author proudly paints the iranian culture, its values and norms beautifully using some memorable citizens of Iran that range in age from the adolescent to the middle-aged and elderly. These characters experiences of the Iranian regime forms the backbone of the novel. But, for me there was too much emphasis on the love story between the lead teenage characters; the male character dwells so much on love that it felt unmasculine and obsessive.

So go ahead and take a glimpse from the rooftops of Tehran!
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Young Bruce Lee [DVD]
Young Bruce Lee [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tony Leung Ka Fai
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £3.98

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Con, 25 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Young Bruce Lee [DVD] (DVD)
I felt cheated with this film. I struggled to about 30 minutes, that's how boring it was. I was lured by the cover, the blurb and the pictures which really make it look a good film. The cast was weak, the lead character was lame considering he's supposed to play an icon, the script was very poor, there was just no point in it.

My verdict? One to avoid.

Open: An Autobiography
Open: An Autobiography
by Andre Agassi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Ace, 11 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Open: An Autobiography (Paperback)
The elegant prose of this book owes to its modest ghost writer, J.R Moehringer, who has proffered the Andre Agassi story with panache and punch. In tone and style it compares to the classic American novel, J.D Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, especially in the early chapters as Agassi describes his prodigal beginnings in the sport.

I don't like to write over-descriptive reviews, so suffice to say this is a very enjoyable read. Pick it up some time.

Wild Hogs [DVD]
Wild Hogs [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Travolta
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.22

5.0 out of 5 stars Take this road trip, 24 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Wild Hogs [DVD] (DVD)
Buying DVD's can be hit-and-miss, but you can't go far wrong with proven actors like John Travolta and the uniquely funny Martin Lawrence. Here, Travolta provides his mega watt charisma and comedy skills. Great cameo from John C Mcginley (from Scrubs). The rocky and desert plains of I presume Nevada forms the stunning backdrop to a succession of screwball comedy accomplished quite successfully by a quartet of middle-aged guys.

If you can't do your own motorcycle trip at no notice - then the closest thing is to watch this movie.

The Cobra: My Story
The Cobra: My Story
by Carl Froch
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this!, 19 Aug. 2011
This review is from: The Cobra: My Story (Hardcover)
What this book lacks in sophistication of grammar, vocabulary and punctuation, it more than makes up for with a very easy to read account of Carl's career and life. It is rich in humour, and delivers a candid description and analyses of the fight game, getting the balance right between too much detail and not enough.

There wasn't a dull moment in the book, a lot like Carl's fights! Go read it.

The Kid: A True Story
The Kid: A True Story
by Kevin Lewis
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 31 July 2011
Kevin Lewis' uninhibited narrative drive is the backbone of this incredible underdog story. He's had an eventful, colourful life and he fearlessly uncovers all of his past in sometimes grisly detail.

However, I do have some uneasiness with it - he has profitted greatly from this and by turning something personal into a business product he has to lose some sympathy - you can't have it both ways. I would have no reservation if he donated proceeds to a children's charity, but to hear him describing his difficult past with the intention of selling books taints his appeal somewhat.

Rant over. This is nonetheless a very good read, but I would view some of the facts and events with a little scepticism as they may have been intended for dramatic effect.
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Last Man in Tower
Last Man in Tower
by Aravind Adiga
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Just don't compare it to White Tiger, 26 July 2011
This review is from: Last Man in Tower (Hardcover)
This is a long novel - 419 pages. The plot, concerning a retired gentleman taking on unscruplous builders chugs along to a not-too-dramatic climax. Adiga has incorporated too many characters in this, making it more suitable as a play and not a novel. It would have been excellent as a play, but as a novel it loses its grip on the reader as nothing exciting really happens in the entire story, apart from at the very end.

This is no white tiger; this is a grey mouse.

Guzaarish [DVD] [2010]
Guzaarish [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Aishwarya Rai
Price: £12.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of variety, 27 May 2011
This review is from: Guzaarish [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
When you finally get tired of watching the conveyor belt pictures, the girl-meets-boy storyline and the prats Imran Khan and Ranveer Singh, do you come round to watching Guzaarish. Its dark storyline didn't appeal to me at first, but I warmed to it and gave it a chance.
The challenging role of Ethan Masceranas, a man with quadriplegia, is played with charm and passion by Hrithik. On the basis of performances like this I feel he is on his way to becoming one of the all-time greats. He certainly lends some much needed charisma to this film and is ably supported by the co-stars, in particular Aditya Roy Kapoor who plays a young man eager to learn magic from Ethan, an actor with considerable promise and memorable hair!

The film entertains, but its main theme is that of the controversial subject of euthanasia, with its legal and moral facets. It raises unsettling questions - can a person decide to refuse to live a life that is filled with suffering that others cannot appreciate?

I would have given this five if it had one or two more good songs and slightly more pacier. But I definitely recommend it.

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