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Ship Breaker: Number 1 in series
Ship Breaker: Number 1 in series
by Paolo Bacigalupi
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The spirit of Robert Louis Stevenson, 5 Oct 2011
I read Shipbreaker after rave reviews from my 13-year-old son. I was struck by how much it resembled Treasure Island and Kidnapped: A boy on the brink of manhood, who is betrayed by the adults he should be able to trust is sucked into a rollicking adventure. As with Stevenson, there's not a lot of humor and the almost continuous downbeat atmosphere means that it's not a light read - but definitely compelling.


Hops and Glory: One man's search for the beer that built the British Empire
Hops and Glory: One man's search for the beer that built the British Empire
by Pete Brown
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One man and his hog(shead), 5 July 2009
The book starts very brightly, combining a broad-ranging riff on the beer, the history of brewing and the colonial history of India with an entertaining account of starting a journey halfway around the world.

Unfortunately, once he joins a container vessel in Brazil half way through his journey, the author seems to become becalmed, communicating a boring experience in a boring way, and the book doesn't really recover. There are no particularly interesting characters in India and the grand finale is a damp squib.

Definitely worth getting to read the first half, but not a great travel book.


The Bullet Trick
The Bullet Trick
by Louise Welsh
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.39

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately unsatisfying, 5 Mar 2007
This review is from: The Bullet Trick (Paperback)
Make no mistake, Louise Welsh is a very good and intelligent author. She creates sympathetic characters and brings an underlying eroticism to her story-telling. These factors combine to make the book a page turner. The problem is that I couldn't suspend disbelief. The plotting isn't tight enough and the resolution of the various plots is particularly weak.


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