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Spartan
Spartan
by Matthew Dunn
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars It's, sigh, OK, sigh..., 12 Dec 2012
This review is from: Spartan (Hardcover)
An enjoyable read - aided on its way with the author's working insight. But what's with all the sighing? Every second line a character seems to sigh - people don't sigh that much in real life do they? Like a zit on an otherwise blemish-free countenance, or the lisp of an erudite speaker, one finds oneself concentrating on the next sigh rather than the next piece of action. Or maybe that's just me.


The Lord's Day (Harry Jones)
The Lord's Day (Harry Jones)
by Michael Dobbs
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm..., 9 Dec 2012
To be fair, I can't really fault the pace or the plot - this is a good story, backed-up with an insider's eye for detail, and that is probably all most readers will want from such a book. But the rather leaden prose, and lumpen characterisations, grate after a while - admittedly neither are Dan Brown-bad, not even close, but irritating nonetheless. Perhaps the 'good Lord' had his eye too closely on the US market for this book with his Ealing-comedy depictions of mildly-racist London 'bobbies', unsophisticated northeners and Johhny Foreigner - not to mention his useage of terms such as the 'john', meaning toilet. All-in-all it's not bad, just not great either.


Octopus: The Secret Market and the World's Wildest Con
Octopus: The Secret Market and the World's Wildest Con
by Guy Lawson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying Naivety!, 9 Dec 2012
A marvellous book, of particular interest to those of us who don't believe the world quite functions as the media and governments would have us think. In itself a damning indictment of the 'hit-and-miss' frailty of the global financial system which goes a considerable way to explaining the mess we currently find ourselves in. It's the naive vainglorious narcissism of the main characters that is so staggering, and so terrifying! Highly recommended.


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