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Stoner: A Novel (Vintage Classics)
Stoner: A Novel (Vintage Classics)
Price: £3.99

15 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating, Boring and Depressing, 14 Nov. 2013
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It seems like one of those books where nothing really happens. The lead character has an unremarkable life, which, judging by his actions throughout the book, he seems content with. As readers we are forced to endure our way through the entirety of this life, complete with the frustrations of having to watch an utterly docile man pass up every opportunity to do anything remarkable or interesting. I forced myself through the book on the mistaken belief that some turning point was coming. However, all you get is a gradual decline until death. I was utterly frustrated by the interactions by the characters, who at best said very little in circumstances that would scream at you to do otherwise, and at worst said nothing at all, blithely accepting the seemingly awful situations that are levelled at them with passive indifference. Most of the characters seem to act as if they have been labotomised, as if they aren't quite all there (this is excrutiating to witness). It's a shame, because I really wanted to like it.


Black Hearts: One platoon's descent into madness in Iraq's triangle of death
Black Hearts: One platoon's descent into madness in Iraq's triangle of death
by Jim Frederick
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like no other journalist's account of conflict, 7 May 2012
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This is more of a thinking man's war-story, it isn't `war porn'. The focus is on the physical and psychological break-down of the soldiers in the context of spectacular failings by the US military to support them, and the consequences that flow from that break down. The character development is excellent and the pace is frenetic, you'll definitely struggle to stop reading. Fredrick has expertly weaved together the (obviously significant) information he has into what feels and reads exactly like a novel, except with the added benefit that all of the characters and events are real. Highly recommended, this is like no other journalist's account of conflict that I have read.


Old House New Home: Stylish Modern Living in a Period Setting
Old House New Home: Stylish Modern Living in a Period Setting
by Ros Byam Shaw
Edition: Paperback

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unrealistic and Unhelpful Show-Homes, 15 Jan. 2010
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I bought this book because I was hoping for some material to act as inspiration for my new flat. All I really wanted was some examples of interesting interior design done well. Instead I'm subjected to rather bizarre pictures of what I can only describe as impractical show homes. The houses featured are so far removed from reality as to render most of the illustrations useless (and I'm quite pretty open minded). I half expected the next page to feature a waterslide going through the kitchen, or for all the furniture to be bolted to the ceiling. It's all very well if you're living in a crazy eco-friendly fibreglass cottage, somewhere on the South Coast, but how exactly do you get anything out of it if you live in a more conventional period house? The answer is, you don't!

My advice, look through some magazines or browse the interior photos of similar properties to your own that you can find listed on estate agents websites. It's a lot cheaper than paying for the hit-and-miss interior design books that are supposedly "good".
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