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Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shynin', 30 April 2011
Riddley Walker is a member of a tribe of foragers active in the Iron Age Kent of 2000 years hence. Civilisation has collapsed, science, magic and ritual have become combined, and language has been mangled. Thus Riddley's tale is told in "Riddleyspeak" - a ramshackle phonetic mess of slang and jargon, where double-meanings abound. Riddley leaves his tribe after a series of bad omens, and discovers the truth about England's new leaders, how our world destroyed itself, and the litl shynin man in the hart of the wud.

How much you enjoy Riddley Walker probably hinges on your tolerance for Riddleyspeak, but if you're able to get past that - and after a couple of pages you probably will… Read more
Night Haunts: A Journey Through the London Night by Sukhdev Sandhu
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating, 17 April 2011
Sukhdev Sandhu's slim but enlightening volume is an anthology of essays about those whose job it is to keep London working during the night. He talks to pest control workers, minicab drivers, those who answer the phones for the late shift at the Samaritans, and a slightly suspect exorcist, among others (sex workers are strangely absent from the book). All of the essays are interesting, (with some being inevitably better than others) and the essays work together very well to produce an intriguing portrait of the urbanized human at night, a peculiar creature estranged and dissociated from daylight society.

The majority of reviewers here seem to find Sandhu's prose pretentious, but… Read more
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wishes CAN come true, 26 Mar 2011
My wyf and I wer sore afflicted by the pox. Mine youngest - master Gerald - was dyin also of the plague, plus his leg fell off. The local apothecary was at a loss, nor the wyse woman be of any help. Luck was on owr syde, however, as we stumbl'd pon a copy of thys Magical Tome. It tell of how wishes come true for those who warnt them badly enough, and this be a grate and powerfull secret known to but a few. We tryed it and everythin we wished for then happen. We wer instantly cured and we now live in a castle made of gold and chocolate, and Master Gerald be now dating Kate Moss. Plus his leg done grown back. I previously believed wishes to be just that, or at best an aid to positive thinking… Read more

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Lost London, 1870-1945 by Philip Davies
Lost London, 1870-1945 by Philip Davies