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The Blue Book
The Blue Book
by A.L. Kennedy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.23

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars kennedy at her very best, 2 Sep 2011
This review is from: The Blue Book (Hardcover)
Plot synopsis already given, so not going to cover it here. This was a beautifully written book, as one expects from Kennedy. Her literary style is high, post-modern and complex, but rewarding as the characters unfold and gain depth. The confined setting on the liner during a continuous storm was wonderfully evoked - almost prison-like in its claustraphobia. Two passages had me on the edge of my seat - the Rwandan woman with Arthur and the climax at the end - wish I could write with such simple power.

Some reviewers have mentioned the stream-of-consciousness of Beth as being somewhat problematical; however, as they are properly punctuated they are easy to follow (anyone ever read Joyce!) and lend depth and interest to the character.

Not the easiest book to read (none of Kennedy's books are) but worth sticking with for the beautiful, lyrical prose and character development.

Thanks AJ.

Atheists Can Be Wankers Too!: A Foot Soldier's Response to the Four Horsemen
Atheists Can Be Wankers Too!: A Foot Soldier's Response to the Four Horsemen
by Russel Moffat
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.34

3 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars read this book!, 28 April 2009
This is a good book. Everyone who is interested in the recent confrontation between neo-Darwinism and belief in God should add it to their library. It is written in an accessible modern style, which is attractive and spirited.

Dr. Moffat has done his research very thoroughly. He is also very well and widely read generally, which adds interest, depth and humour to a topic that has often been presented in a very dull manner. There were places in the book where I laughed out loud. His book is provocative in the best of ways: provoking discussion, argument and debate. In response to some of the more vociferous and, frankly, badly thought out arguments of the four horsemen, he smashes the ball back into their court with accuracy and aplomb.

In the end, Dr. Moffat, like many of us on both sides of the debate, calls for the building of bridges. We live in the most exciting of times, when science and theology will renew their fruitful partnership. This is what most of us want.

At the end of the book Dr. Moffat calls for a new Reformation in the Church. What does he mean? I can't wait to find out! Come on, Russel, get writing!
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A Hat Full of Sky: (Discworld Novel 32) (Discworld Novels)
A Hat Full of Sky: (Discworld Novel 32) (Discworld Novels)
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if only 6 stars were available..., 27 April 2004
Bought on Friday, my wife read it on Saturday and I finished on the Sunday- a great book. Life, death, parting, belonging, witches and... sheep;what more could you want from a book?
A brilliant follow up to The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky follows theprogress of Tiffany Aching in her far from straightforward travels tobecoming a Discworld witch.
Just when I thought Terry Pratchett had lost his touch with The MonstrousRegioment he produces a book which whill have you laughing, crying andreflecting on childhood in the space of a few pages. This is storytellingat its most timeless and enduring.

Be My Enemy
Be My Enemy
by Christopher Brookmyre
Edition: Paperback

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars what the hell was that!, 18 Feb 2004
This review is from: Be My Enemy (Paperback)
As Jack Parlabane might say, 'WTF'! Having read, and enjoyed, all Brookmyre's previous novels I was sorely disappointed by this offering, which seemed to epitomise the term 'potboiler'.
The first 200 or so pages are a loose collection of article-length passages better suited to publication on their own, rather than being loosely strung together to form the basis of the novel. Having ploughed through the first half of the book some semblence of plot arrived - although it was so stereotypical and studio-bound that I thought I had strayed into the next series of 24. And as for the 'silly' factor, I find it hard to believe that a writer of Brookmyre's undoubted ability actually sat there and just kept going as things went from silly to absurd - and out the other side!
While I am on a Brookmyreian rant - what was going on with the proof-reading - dike, Arran, poe-faced, etc. Don't we have any standards any more! In the end this lack of care annoyed my partner so much that she gave up the book as a bad idea.
This book read like a camel looks - a thoroughbred designed by committee trying to get all the good ideas they can think of in there somewhere.
I look forward to something much, much better from a writer with such a proved track record.

The Man Who Walks
The Man Who Walks
by Alan Warner
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.51

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars scotland never looked more attractive, 4 July 2002
This review is from: The Man Who Walks (Paperback)
Yet another drug fuelled, debauched journey around the West coast of Scotland from Warner. More Demented Lands than any of his other books Man Who Walks is an Odyssean journey by The Nephew from Oban to the killing fields of Culloden - with many a weird and wonderful stop along the way. As usual, Warner's observation of character, language and landscape is a joy to read. Lyrical and magical.
WARNING: Warner manages to wipe out any living creature that comes along - from budgies to deer to wasps to sheep - in the most grpahic and sickening manner. Not a book for animal-lovers.

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