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Penguin Australian Summer Stories 4
Penguin Australian Summer Stories 4
by Anonymous
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars great and varied stories from Oz, 21 Dec. 2013
I wasn't aware of what a wealth of literary talent there must be down under, until I chanced upon this collection of stories by Penguin - Australia has some fine writers as is evinced here. Even though not all the stories quite hit the mark for me there were plenty of brilliant and extraordinary ones too, with many particularly showing a great skill for language and others that simply had imaginative tales to tell. From stories about love and sex, to childhood wonder or a man waiting for the esoteric moment that brings his whole existence its meaning, this is really a book well worth reading.


The Whispering Muse
The Whispering Muse
by Sjon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars weird and boring, 15 Dec. 2013
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I don't know what the author of this book was thinking when he wrote this novel. Published in 2005 it nevertheless seems to be written in the prose style of the time when the story is supposed to be set i.e. early-ish in the twentieth century, and moreover appears to be aiming at some sort of parody of this sort of language, but it fails to be funny. Concerning a journey by boat and tales told along the way it manages the difficult task of being both weird and boring at the same time. not very good


El Alma De Las Moscas (The Soul Of Flies) [DVD]
El Alma De Las Moscas (The Soul Of Flies) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Andrea Calabrese
Offered by The World Cinema Store
Price: £6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars quirky Romantic odyssey, 15 Dec. 2013
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Two brothers who have never met meet their former lothario father's (whom also neither have ever met) request to attend his funeral in a location in the countryside. On the way they meet all sorts of characters and situations that are played out according to their contrasting temperaments - one of whom is a laid back dreamer and the other who is more rule and status driven. Gently amusing fare for a quiet night in.


Les émotifs anonymes (FR IMPORT)
Les émotifs anonymes (FR IMPORT)
Dvd ~ Isabelle Carré
Offered by FilmsFromFrance
Price: £16.35

5.0 out of 5 stars sweet love, 15 Dec. 2013
Taking place against the background of a small chocolate making company the painfully shy boss and his new sales recruit Angelique get together following a set of mishaps caused by each other's neuroticism. An amusing and heartwarming tale. excellent


The Shape of Shit to Come
The Shape of Shit to Come
by Alan McArthur
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars funny satire on our techno-future, 14 Dec. 2013
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Having read and loved the hilarious "is everything s*** or is it just me" lampooning our current times I came to this book with some expectations of having a good laugh. In this I was not disappointed at all with the author covering technological advances in biotechnology, robots, computers, the internet, food and space with great laugh out loud humour, albeit emphasising at the same time the seriousness of advancing scientific knowledge's impact on these areas. Because we can't put the faerie back in the bottle,and can do very little about it, its important that we can at least have a joke about it. excellent


The World of Yesterday
The World of Yesterday
by Stefan Zweig
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

5.0 out of 5 stars end of an era, 1 Dec. 2013
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Stefan Zweig in The World of Yesterday writes of the favourable world of late nineteenth century Europe and the decline into the mayhem of two world wars. He writes of changing attitudes and mores,and moreover of the people he encounters along the way, among whom many like Rilke and Freud are still significant today. There is much of interest here for anybody curious about this slice of history, from views about sexual relations and education, to progress in the arts and how the two world wars happened. Mixing the art of biography with history this is really quite something different.


Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland
Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland
by Sarah Moss
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

4.0 out of 5 stars a British family's year in Iceland, 1 Dec. 2013
Sarah Moss offered a placing at Iceland's only university to teach English literature, ups and offs there with her small family for a year. Concentrating on the strangeness and differences of this foreign land, and how well they fare in fitting in, this is a book often of contrasts, and particularly how Iceland contrasts with Britain. This makes for quite a bit of interest, but for me there was just too much of her daily goings on to make it a really compelling read, therefore only four instead of five stars.


Blue River, Black Sea
Blue River, Black Sea
by Andrew Eames
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars idiosyncratic trip down the danube, 24 Oct. 2013
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At first contact with this book I was annoyed by the chattiness of the author and his idiosyncratic, whimsical prose, not to mention the heavy use of slang. However on further reading I came to slightly enjoy these oddities of style and the informativeness about history and place that the text contains. The author travels the length of the Danube at first by bicycle and then by other means. Including not a few encounters with aristocracy and a trip to an Audi car plant, amongst other things, it is really quite a good book if not brilliant.


All Dogs Are Blue
All Dogs Are Blue
by Rodrigo Souza Leao
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a tale of madness, 19 Aug. 2013
This review is from: All Dogs Are Blue (Paperback)
Written by a psychiatric patient who subsequently died not long after its publication, all dogs are blue is notionally about a stay in a mental asylum, where the protagonist is kept company by his imaginary friends Rimbaud and Baudelaire. At times quite funny it gives insight into a schizophrenic's strange world and as a result comes across as disjointed and surreal. Not brilliant as the blurb on the book suggests but really quite enjoyable nonetheless.


On the Road [DVD]
On the Road [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kristen Stewart
Price: £5.30

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars boring romanticisation of youth, 5 Aug. 2013
This review is from: On the Road [DVD] (DVD)
Its a long time since I read On the Road, but I didn't come to this movie with hopes of something as great, because of a number of bad reviews. In the end it didn't disappoint in disappointing, it largely being just young people hanging out. It was like watching your youth, except it isn't "your" youth. The romanticisation of being young I felt fell flat, with lots of pseudo-philosophising and the actors just acting cool. In the end it was just boring. If you are young I would suggest getting out and doing it or reading the book rather than watching this dull nonsense.


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