Nicholas Casley

Top Reviewer Ranking: 114
Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (5,594 of 6,347)
Location: Plymouth, Devon, UK
Anniversary: 31 Dec
Birthday: 19 Mar
In My Own Words:
Because I know what I like, I rarely get to give a review anything less than three stars. This is not ONLY because I like to think I am a positive guy: it's just that I wouldn't buy gangsta rap CDs, or zombie movie DVDs, or books on cricket in the first place.

As for me, I am a forty-something, gay man who is in a civil partnership with my other half who I have been with for more than twenty yea… Read more

Making the most of life by travelling inwards as well as outwards.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 114 - Total Helpful Votes: 5594 of 6347
The Tin Drum (Vintage Classics) by Günter Grass
I wanted to read the book before I saw the film. I came to the book blind, knowing it had a reputation, but unaware of its content or style. For those equally ignorant of the book, the story concerns the life of Oskar, born between the wars in a world where Pole rubs side-by-side with German, and whose physical constitution means that he remains the size of a child. And as a child, he also commences a lifelong predilection for playing a tin drum.

We follow his life, his actions, thoughts, and feelings through the 1930s, through the Second World War, and into the start of the West German economic miracle. Family, neighbours, friends, and enemies and his interactions with them fill… Read more
The Pictish Symbol Stones of Scotland (Rcahms) by Iain Fraser
This book, published in 2008 by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland is in landscape format. This is a review of the fourth “revised and expanded” edition; the book was originally published in 1984. It comprises an eleven-page introduction followed by a catalogue of the stones, listed by local authority area. The map at the end of the introduction makes plain where the foci of their distribution are concentrated. All illustrations of the corpus are monochrome. The bibliography takes up nine pages.

The introduction itself, by Iain Fraser, touches on the problem of interpreting the stones’ symbolism and how some authors have approached it in the… Read more
Boys On Film 1 Hard Love [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Hong Khaou
4.0 out of 5 stars The First in the Series, 26 July 2014
The ‘Boys on Film’ DVD series of short gay films has now reached double figures. This was the very first: nine short films ranging between nine and twenty-seven minutes in length, all professionally produced and featuring an age range from teens to hunks. There is no explicit nudity.

The selection of films hail from many corners of the gay world – UK, USA, France, Brazil, and Australia – although it’s fair to point out that four of the nine films feature London. It was interesting to see how different cultures deal with sex and nudity; whilst the American film ‘Gay Zombie’ had its participants wearing shorts in the Jacuzzi, there is no issue with nudity in the subsequent French… Read more

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