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Reading, mostly. As long as it's not modern, popular, and a comment on the state of today's society ("I.. am a Writer" - and applause sweeps the lecture hall, from the wonderful Wonder Boys).


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,198,296 - Total Helpful Votes: 33 of 40
Twilight: Twilight, Book 1 (Twilight Saga) by Stephenie Meyer
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars addictive drivel, 13 Mar 2012
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People read books that are easy to read. Our understanding of human nature is limited at best, so few would find the dissonance between the characters and real people that grating. If you don't expect too much, suspend your disbelief and immerse yourself in the atmosphere then hours will feel like minutes. In this sense it's the perfect escapism. The situations characters find themselves in, the problems they face (glittering in the sunlight, anyone? choosing between two hot guys?) are so innocuous and perfectly innocent, not marred by that horrid moral ambiguity, or, even worse, by not knowing whether the up-down, in the moral sense, even… Read more
Speaker For The Dead: Book 2 in the Ender Saga by Orson Scott Card
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive Guilt Trip, 24 Jan 2012
Ender's Game was mindblowing. It was pithy and intriguing with a twist. This, however, feels like it's written by a completely different person.
First there is the matter of characters. We do not recognise our favourite personalities from book one. It's as if the names have become placeholders, and the substance vanished. They appear to have been used as an excuse to talk about the author's beloved topic which makes up the theme of the book. And herein lies another big difference - rather than telling a compact story this novel feels like a stack of paper designed to contain a rather weak "what if" speculation cushioned by - at times cliched - semi-philosophical speculations. Within… Read more
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Lisbon by Susie Boulton
31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless, 30 Sep 2010
Everything that can be wrong with this guide, is. A few days in our week-long trip we stopped carrying it with us, and were much happier for it. For me the attraction was the pictures. It would have been useful to have a detailed map of Alfama (with the names of all the little streets), and a map of Lisbon showing which area is which. None of this is present. Instead, there is an abundance of 3D floor plans, the same as you would get FREE with your entrance tickets. The additional information, shown in arrows pointing to some parts of these plans, is obvious and factual (rather than historical and interesting), and can usually be found next to the actual object. The leaflets available on… Read more