Nick Lincoln

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 72% (166 of 231)
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Mark Steyn's Passing Parade: Obituaries & Apprecia&hellip by Mark Steyn
Steyn is such a lovely writer; paragraphs fly by, without effort. The book is somewhat America-centric in terms of lives lived: The joy of Steyn's ability as a writer is that one does not really care if the subject matter is an unknown; the quality of the text is a good enough reason to read on and learn.

Having read some of the author's other works I was surprised about the familiarity and obvious love of the "Great American Songbook" revealed here for the first time (to me, at least). Many of the paeans here are connected with Tin Pan Alley characters, the Gershwins, Lerners, the greats.

The final eulogy is to Bill Miller, Frank Sinatra's long time pianist… Read more
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can Almost Taste It, 15 July 2014
I saw this title on a friend's bookshelf, read the sleeve and Kindled it up. What a ride!

You probably (though not absolutely) have to enjoy food, to enjoy eating out, to get the most from this. Food luddites can let this one pass by. But for anyone with an interest in what goes down our throats, stomachs and intestinal passages this book is a gem.

It is pacy - think "noir" - in the depictions of the shady characters and shadier scenes behind that amuse bouche you are wolfing down. It is also a reminder of how organised restaurants have to be, in back-of-house. The workload, hours and pressure are monumental: As Bourdain states, good cooking really is a labour of love,… Read more
Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall (Milligan Me&hellip by Spike Milligan
As another reviewer (@SL) says, "My sense of humour must have been much more anarchist as a teen, as I just didn't find it as funny as I remembered."

I read this around 30-odd years ago as a 15 year old and found it (mildly) funny. Now it seems banal and base. Compare this satire to any of Woody Allen's collections from the 1970s: Truly brilliant, subversive and stupid. Where Allen teases out preposterous ruses and gags over paragraphs, Milligan abruptly dumps half-funny one-liners and walks away. Not big, not clever.

And for those reviewers stating that this is the funniest book ever written about war, Google "Joseph Heller".

Milligan will… Read more

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