Toby Rowland

Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (64 of 81)
Location: London, England
Birthday: 28 April

Horses, ties, Mr. Dresden, Christian Bale


Top Reviewer Ranking: 244,216 - Total Helpful Votes: 64 of 81
Scola 6 x 25ml Marbling Inks (Pearlescent) by Scola
I've been using Marabu Easy Marble inks - paints 6 x 15ml jars, but that one is a little messy to use as it is very sticky and coats everything. I was therefore open to trying something different, and I bought these scola ones. I was not impressed. They don't 'marble' exactly, as they mix together too easily, and the colours that they make aren't very vibrant. The results look smudged compared to what we normally see, so I'm not sure we're going to use them again. I can't see us finishing the ones that we have bought tbh.
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
Maybe I just like sad middle-aged male protagonists, and after all, Paul Theroux and Martin Amis are probably my favourite authors. But something about Dave Eggers' new book really engrossed me. Yes, I loved A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius too, and even though A Hologram for the King is completely different, I enjoyed it even more. The likeable hero, Alan Clay, travels to Saudi Arabia to sell an innovative IT system but then ends up in a kind of purgatory, waiting for the royal client to arrive in a miserable tent. Clay's mid-life disconnection with the world around him is highlighted and reflected by the KSA setting,… Read more
The Lower River by Paul Theroux
The Lower River by Paul Theroux
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Most of Theroux's more recent works tend to feature a version of the author himself as protagonist: a slightly knackered traveller who visits faraway places that once were joyous and pristine, and have now turned sour. The hero meets wicked people who exploit him as a meal ticket, and is often tempted by exotic young maidens who provide diversion and optimism. The Lower River fully conforms to this pattern, and is the masterpiece of a series that includes great works such as Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town, The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling theRead more

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