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Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (454 of 504)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,632,101 - Total Helpful Votes: 454 of 504
101 Reykjavik by Hallgrimur Helgason
101 Reykjavik by Hallgrimur Helgason
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Amazon description of the book captures this well: dark and comic. Some of the scenes in the book were so funny that my laughter frequently drew too much attention of my fellow early morning commuters. However, the book also has an ever-present dark undertone, and one cannot help feeling slightly disturbed about the night-and-day actions and thoughts of the main character. Although it is difficult to attract sympathy for him, you sometimes can't help him wanting to come out on top.

The description of Reykjavík and its surroundings are excellently portrayed, albeit cynically by the main character. The rougher edges, as well as the beauty, of this wonderful city are… Read more
Waking Up in Iceland (Waking up in) by Paul Sullivan
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book gives a good overall flavour of what makes Icelander's tick. Although primarily focused upon modern music in Iceland, the author takes this base to explore the historical and modern underpinnings of what it means to be Icelandic overall. As a result the author manages to capture various Icelandic idiosyncracies accurately and, sometimes, humourously. The author also gives good, but not in-your-face tips for any new or seasoned Icelandic tourist to visit, though it should be emphasised this is not a tourist guide. The book was more special to me given that the author was there during my second of many visits to Reykjavik, which brought back many fun memories (about half-way… Read more
Powerball Techno Powerball
Powerball Techno Powerball
5 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money, 21 July 2007
Unfortunately, the one I received appeared to be defective. Despite moving the powerball for one and a half minutes to the extent my hand felt it was going to fall off, the scoring lights failed to illuminate. The unit itself also made an awful grating noise; sounded like something was being sanded rather than the 'jet engine smooth' sound that the manufacturer suggests. I have returned mine within hours of receiving it as faulty, and will not consider a replacement. If you pay this amount of money for such as small and simple object, it should work!

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