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Mountain High: Europe's 50 Greatest Cycle Climbs
Mountain High: Europe's 50 Greatest Cycle Climbs
by Daniel Friebe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for any cycling nerd's coffee table, 16 Aug. 2012
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Ok, so it's not something you will pack into your bidon as you head out for a ride in the Alps, but this book is a must for any cycling fan who wants an insight into the history and folklore behind some of Europe's greatest climbs, as well as some high level information on the various approaches / climbs involved. I was slightly let down by the fact that the Col du Grand Saint Bernard is described as not being in the same league as other Swiss passes such as the Furka, Spulgen or the Grimsel and yet neither of these three passes features in the book. However, this is a minor gripe against what is otherwise a highly enjoyable book.


Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar
Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar
by David Millar
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you have a negative attitude toward David Millar please read this book, 16 Aug. 2012
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I searched out this book after seeing an interview with David Millar on the BBC Hardtalk show. Previously, I had thought of David Millar as a cheat who got found out and who deserved a lifetime ban from the sport which he had tarnished. However, after reading this book my view changed considerably. Millar writes this book with passion and it is not hard to feel the hurt and anguish he felt as he descended into taking performance enhancing drugs and then eventually when (and after) he got found out. The book is about a sportsman on the edge, both of his physical capabilities and of his far more fragile mental state. Whilst the book demonstrates that the issue of drugs in cycling (and other sports) is on one level not a straightforward issue (ie in how we judge those who are caught) it does reinforce the desperate need for sport to be clean, both for the sake of the fans as well as for those who compete at elite level.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
by Stieg Larsson
Edition: Paperback

8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Scooby Doo, 23 Dec. 2009
I bought this on a whim, wondering what all the fuss was really about. I soon regretted it and could not wait to finish this shallow read, whilst pondering whether pulling out my finger nails with a pair of pliars would be more fun. The characters are cliched and the writing style that of an amateur. Compare this to Halldor Laxness or Saul Bellow and you'll realise that you're really reading a 500+ page story that's reminiscent of an episode of Scooby-Doo. If you like Scooby-Doo on the other hand, this is perfect for you.
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The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession
The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession
by Paulo Coelho
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £8.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Self-indulgent disappointment, 27 Nov. 2008
This was my first dip into Coelho; I bought it as it appeared to be one of the few books by a decent author at Manchester airport. Unfortunately, I am left hugely disappointed by a book that is repetitive, self-indulgent and wholly lacking in depth; I felt no empathy for any of the characters and feel none the wiser nor enriched for having stuck it through to the end. I look forward to reading The Alchemist but can only hope that it is a class above the juvenile drivel on offer in The Zahir.


Absolution
Absolution
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £4.42

5.0 out of 5 stars Pure enjoyment; bound to be stuck in my CD player for months, 10 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Absolution (Audio CD)
Bought this album Friday; it's now Monday and I haven't listened to anything else since.
Each track offers its own depth, its own interest and for sheer musical brilliance this is probably the best thing since Coldplay's Rush of Blood to the Head.
The Lyrics are maybe a bit shallow in places but the awesome complexity of the barrage of sounds coming at you stupefy, amaze and will make you want to press repeat again and again.
A 'must have'.


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