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Memories & Moments
Memories & Moments
Price: £12.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Damn good, 19 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Memories & Moments (Audio CD)
Saw these two chaps at the Transtlantic sessions at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester back in February 2014, and they were inspirational. The music here does not disappoint and whilst they show brilliant technique there is also that simmering passion that the folk scene seems to provide time and time again..........these fella's play with their hearts on their sleeves. Sensational.


A Hologram for the King
A Hologram for the King
by Dave Eggers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

4.0 out of 5 stars The lost American dream, 19 Mar. 2014
Alan Clay is looking for one big pay-day and he travels to Saudi Arabia convinced that his financial woes will be at an end.......The story pans out from there and we develop an understanding of a 50 something male who lived through the years of American manufacturing dominance but has seen globalisation put a steady but permanent end to the "good old days."

Alan's character is bumbling but extremely likeable as he tries to assert some authority and show his younger team that he is up to the task. We get big helpings of insight in to his fears for the future and he real wish to be successful and accepted as such. His involvement in the ultimate failure of schwinn bicycles of Chicago wrangles with him as a sign of the demise of the American dream.

As someone who has lived and worked in KSA the Saudi characters are extremely well-presented without being stereotypical, and the state of flux within KSA is investigated in a clever manner.

Egger's prose really excels and this book, quite possibly represents his most mature undertaking yet, as he has created a less is more style of writing that really is stripped back and sparse, evoking Cormac McCarthy for me. An enjoyable, light hearted affair but with a revealing inner self which chronicles the cultural divide.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Characteristically GERMAN, 8 Aug. 2010
Great quality, infact everything you would expect of a shave product made in solingen, which is synonemous with shaving and especially cut-throats. These give a great close shave, although you do need to have a good technique to get the smoothest and closest of shaves without obtaing myriad nicks. Practise is everything especially for those used to the modern equivalent of shaving. All I can say to those in doubt is "make the switch and obtain the closest shave of your life!!"


Transition
Transition
by Iain M. Banks
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars NICE ON BANKSY, 8 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Transition (Paperback)
I really enjoyed this one, and, I think possibly because of its complexity and the fact that it is in a sense a sci-fi there were more avenues for Iain to explore. I like the political ranting and I thought that Adrian Cubish was a mickey-taking swipe at all those in the banking profession who have placed us on the precipice through their own self-aggrandisement, greed, short-sightedness and lack of ethics.

There were times when the thing almost petered out although everything was just about brought back in order for the suspense filled ending. All in all a good but not awesome read that with a bit more thought could have been one of his best ever, hence the 4 and not 5 stars.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Merkur Delight, 8 Aug. 2010
amazing bit of kit, stylish solid and personal. It will be with me for life. By aquiring suitable shave kit your daily shaving is no longer a chore but a pleasurable experience. For those thinking about it get one purchased for the smoothest shave of your life.


A Spot of Bother
A Spot of Bother
by Mark Haddon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.79

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DRIVEL, 8 Aug. 2010
This review is from: A Spot of Bother (Paperback)
This was selected as a read for our bookclub by one of the members. Where do I start! I read 200 pages in an hour and a half and I had had enough. The narrative is essentially told through the characters and I find that the goings on of one family were too rich and varied to feel real. The storyline and plot is contrived and weak and leaves you feeling a kind of "where is this going" feeling. I think that those who like easy reading or only read on holiday would find it suitable, but those who prefer a more involved read steer well clear. Everybody in the book appears traumatised, its cliched and churned out for a specific audience me thinks. Does not follow the show don't tell rule!!


Zeitoun
Zeitoun
by Dave Eggers
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome tale of the altruistic nature of special individuals such as Mr Zeitoun., 14 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Zeitoun (Hardcover)
Heart warming and sad, incredible that something like this could happen in the richest country in the world. Politicians should hang their heads in shame as the capitalist world does not work. Mr Zeitoun is a remarkable man and this is his story. Well done again Dave Eggers!!


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