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Pure
Pure
by Andrew Miller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A book where not much happens., 28 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Pure (Paperback)
This book won the Costa 2011 book of the year, although it is hard to see why. An engineer is commissioned to excavate and remove the bones from the cemetery of Les Innocents, a church in Paris, then pull down the church itself. For the first 200 hundred or so pages, this is all that happens. He is commissioned, he hires workers, they do the job. Beyond that, he eats and sleeps and talks to a few people, but the relationships are not deep and the conversations superficial in nature. There is a hint of revolution with some graffiti being painted on the wall, but nothing ever comes of it and it does nothing to advance the story. The main character Barratte is bopped on the head about 2/3s in, but again nothing comes of it and it is not until about page 250 that something interesting actually happens - the rape of a girl and then subsequent suicide of the rapist. However, this is dealt with quickly and the story returns to dull excavation. Ultimately, Barratte achieves his goal, but the reader is left feeling cheated after having invested the time to read the novel. This book could easily have been 100 pages long and had the same effect and conclusion. The characters are not fleshed out, potential flashpoints are dulled and the relationships seem artificial and shallow. One does not even get a good sense of the poverty, filth and dissatisfaction of the populace of Paris in this period in history, that evetually leads to the revolution. A few words painted on walls does not cover it. I kept waiting for something to kick the story up a few gears but it never arrived and the book ended completely predictably. I would not recommend this book to others and fail to see why so many people have given it glowing reviews when I was struggling to finish it.


Ghosts of Manhattan
Ghosts of Manhattan
by George Mann
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A complete rip-off, 6 May 2011
This review is from: Ghosts of Manhattan (Paperback)
If you are familiar with the story of Batman, you will be at home with this book as it is virtually a carbon copy. Masked vigilante takes on the bad guys with a selection of wonderful toys. You might as well go and watch the film with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson as it is much more entertaining and is over in an hour and a half, unlike this book, which drags on and on. Don't buy it and save the planet as its a complete waste of a tree to print it.


Death's Head: (Death's Head Book 1)
Death's Head: (Death's Head Book 1)
by David Gunn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, badly written, 16 Jan. 2011
Having read the other reviews I was expecting a rollercoaster ride of violence and witty wordplay. Unfortunately this is not the case. While the idea behind the story is a good one, the actual writing of the book is extremely bad. Conversations appear from nowhere, with no relevance to what has previously been written, which left me confused and feeling like some major sentences had been cut out. The sci-fi content is very low, the scene description is almost non-existent and the first third of the book is pretty irrelevant and could do with being cut. Probably the only thing that saves this book from being utterly dire is the talking gun, but its not enough. Avoid.


Passage
Passage

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece from a little known band, 31 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Passage (Audio CD)
Samael have done it with this album. The guitars are downright dirty and the drums almost militaristic in sound and timing. And unlike most death metal bands, you can make out nearly every lyric. This all combines to produce a pulsating, relentlessly driven album. They may not be the fastest or the heaviest, but their sound is very individual, with a fresh approach to the songs. Essential listening for anyone who likes metal.


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