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Past Mortem by Ben Elton
Past Mortem by Ben Elton
27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worst Elton yet, 26 Oct 2004
Being a big Ben Elton-fan, I got this one from the store on its first day. I was severely dissappointed, and compared to Ben Eltons usually high standards, then this falls several levels below expectations. My critism is:
1) Not even an attempt at being funny. Ben Eltons strength has been the mutual support of a gripping plot and a good sense of humour. In this one, he lets the plot carry the book on its own, which makes my point no. 2 even sadder.
2) The plot is his worst yet. This is the first Elton-book, where I felt 100% confident, that I have guessed what his "suprising twist at the end" would be. Maybe it is because I know Eltons formula by now, but this one did not deliver… Read more
Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War by Anthony Swofford
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 8 Dec 2003
In order to enjoy this book, you have to understand that Anthony Swoffords book will put a partially negative light on the U.S. Marines. The U.S. Marines are portrayed as unorganized and largely populated with very young people still acting like a bunch of teenagers, but now with guns. It also paints the picture, that the U.S. Marines are corrupted by being exposed to daily scenes of mayhem and death. If this is too much for you to swallow, then do not read this book. If you are open towards listening to Anthony Swoffords experiences, then this is a strong portrayal of a young man in war. Anthony contains a human side, but is not immune to being corrupted from daily exposure to human… Read more
Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks by Mick Foley
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I am a wrestling-fan, and I was really, really looking forward to reading this book. Mick Foleys story is fascinating, and for a wrestling-fan such a "behind the scenes"-report is a must. With all the hype, I actually believed, that Mick Foleys efforts would have a lierary worth. I was disappointed. Mick makes only very little effort to explain moves and wrestling-terminology to the non-fan. You probaly need to know wrestling to enjoy this book (which means I can't recommend it to most of my friends). The book is littered with juvenile humor (do we really need a half page of the lyrics to a song called "boner" he wrote in High School?). The book has a noticeable amount of references to… Read more

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