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Carnavas [Int'L Only Release]
Carnavas [Int'L Only Release]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool, 22 Aug. 2007
Sort of reminds me of the Pixies a bit and the hooks and melodies aren't always apparent at first listen - which is good because the more you listen the better it gets.

Love it.


The Abortionist's Daughter
The Abortionist's Daughter
by Elisabeth Hyde
Edition: Paperback

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd, 6 Aug. 2007
I enjoyed it while I was reading it but ultimately left very flat. It's difficult to write a book without even one particularly likeable character but she has managed it.

I was completely indifferent to all of them and would have much rather seen them blown up by space aliens with trumpets for hands because that way they'd all be dead at the end and we could just get on with living life again instead of trying to give a damn about them.

Still, I quite liked it overall.


The Books of Albion: The Collected Writings of Peter Doherty
The Books of Albion: The Collected Writings of Peter Doherty
by Pete Doherty
Edition: Hardcover

31 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 7 July 2007
This book restored my faith in humanity. No matter what trials and tribulations life throws at you, no matter how hard the blows and how difficult the situation, reading this book will make you feel better about yourself. As long as Pete Doherty is alive there'll be someone worse off than you, even if he doesn't really know it.


Missing Presumed Dead
Missing Presumed Dead
by Arlene Hunt
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good summer read, 14 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Missing Presumed Dead (Paperback)
I picked this up because of the cover which is eye-catching given the recent story of the young girl missing in Portugal.

The story is fast paced and the author has a neat turn of phrase which with she elicits emotion both positive and negative, sad and funny. There's a nice 'split screen' thing going on with the two main characters investigating the same case in different locations which allows us to meet more people. Her characters are extremely well painted and memorable. I particularly liked the sinister bad guy who stalks around in the background for the most part and the main detective John who manages to find trouble even when there really isn't any. Definitely recommended.


The Watchman
The Watchman
by Robert Crais
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading but a let down, 4 Jun. 2007
This review is from: The Watchman (Hardcover)
This is a very easy book to read. The story moves very quickly and holds the attention. It is good to see a bit more of Pike but perhaps the best thing about Pike was that we didn't know too much about him. We always knew there was a good man behind the macho exterior but I think it was better left implied as attempts to illustrate it in the book are a bit cringey.

The main problem with the book though is the massive plot hole involving Elvis. I won't say it here but it should be obvious to most readers.

Not his best by a long shot.


The Third Policeman (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
The Third Policeman (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
by Flann O'Brien
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 19 May 2007
I've recently re-read this book after many years and on finishing it my thoughts now are exactly the same as they were the first time.

"Flann O'Brien is a twisted genius."

The language, the turn of phrase and the surreal aspects to the story (including the often hilarious footnotes) are unparalleled. This is a brilliant book and your life is much less complete without reading it.


The Black Angel: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 5
The Black Angel: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 5
by John Connolly
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So so, 4 May 2007
Fans of Connolly will enjoy this but as others have pointed out it feels a bit flat. Like it can't make its mind up whether it wants to be a thriller or a horror book (a thorror or a biller?!) and in the end it falls between two stools. The supernatural elements of the book, while well written, seem very detatched from the main story and not explained very well, either during the book or at the end.

Certainly better than the run of the mill stuff out there but the Charlie Parker character is a bit stale and needs some serious freshening up. Or killing off.


In the Woods: Dublin Murder Squad:  1
In the Woods: Dublin Murder Squad: 1
by Tana French
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it likes to think it is, 1 May 2007
Sometimes people should concentrate on telling a story rather than trying to prove to everyone how clever or erudite they are. What could have been a quite decent debut is spoiled by pompous, supercilious prose which, at times, is so far removed from any kind of reality as to be laughable.

A real chore.


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