Mr. D. W. Kenrick

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Miracle Cure by Harlan Coben
Miracle Cure by Harlan Coben
1.0 out of 5 stars Miracle Cure, 14 Mar 2012
My grandad throws a lot of these prolific crime writers' paperbacks my way after he's read them and I often find them all alike. Harlan Coben was a notable exception, and I've really enjoyed the few books of his I'd read so far.

However 'Miracle Cure' is a terrible book. It's so bad that Harlan Coben felt the need to preface it with a warning not make this your first Coben book- which says it all really. It's clearly been released as a shameless attempt to cash in on the author's subsequent (and far superior) works and is contrived and dull, an uninteresting landscape populated by two-dimensional and boring characters. I only bothered finishing it out of a sense of obligation to… Read more
Provincial <a href="">John K. Samson</a><span class="byLinePipe"> | </span><span class="byLinePipe">Format:</span> MP3 Download
Provincial John K. Samson MP3 Download
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provincial, 12 Feb 2012
John K Samson's 'Provincial' is an exceptional record. I pre-ordered it through the Weakerthans' website and it's all I've been listening to ever since it arrived a few weeks ago. Samson's amazing, poetic, lyrical skill is deployed in full force on the album, which continues the theme of his most recent two EPs by exploring a series of Manitoba Roads. If the subject matter sounds hopelessly parochial and unrelatable (provincial even) you'll find yourself surprised. As the musician Frank Turner said in his own review, it's amazing how much the underlying themes of Samson's songs can resonate with anyone, anywhere. The album is structured like a journey and its wonderful tales of small-town… Read more
Burmese Days (Penguin Modern Classics) by George Orwell
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Burmese Days, 3 Oct 2010
Burmese Days is an extremely readable novel dealing with life in the British Empire. As a former history student of this subject, I would argue that Orwell, writing from his own experiences, provides an insightful and interesting account of the mechanics of British imperial rule in the Raj - particularly regarding the use of subordinates, and the importance of prestige and 'keeping the British end up'. His treatment of Dr. Veraswami and the perceptions of him by the white members of the club (particularly the vulgar Ellis) recalls typical British attitudes towards 'anglicised' Indians - which, paradoxically given the rhetoric of 'civilising force', was often one of disdain. Indeed Orwell's… Read more

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