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Helpful votes received on reviews: 72% (113 of 157)


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Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd
Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd
I definitely enjoyed this book - it had me page turning and looking for excuses to get back to it in between a busy schedule more so than others, so I was undoubtedly hooked by it. But would I give it a full thumbs up? Not quite. The plot gets steadily more complex, which I have no issues with, but it starts to fall apart as layers of intrigue and mistrust build between and among people, to the point that the conclusion leaves some key plot components unanswered. This is still a good novel, but nowhere near as tight in its delivery as Restless, which was great.
The Men Who Stare At Goats [DVD] [2009] <b>DVD</b> ~ George Clooney
1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
OK, there's a humourous side to this, but you have to be a bit desperate to want to watch all of this. Jon Ronson's first publication, "Them", was a fascinating collection of insights into odd groups of people or individuals. His follow up book "The Men Who Stare at Goats" makes the mistake of being a whole book about a topic that's interesting only up to a point. Turning this into a 2 hour movie, with some alterations to the story to make it a "proper screenplay" is just abusing people's willingness to look favourably on anything that has big names attached. If you enjoy staring at goats, this is OK. If you need something a little more interesting, avoid this movie.
Love and War in the Apennines (Picador Books) by Eric Newby
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Eric Newby must be one of the most under-discovered travel writers of recent times. While everyone has heard of the likes of Peter Mayle and his adventures in Provence, if you want real stories read Eric Newby's.

This was my second Eric Newby and I have no doubt I will read them all. Love and War in the Appenines is a heroic tale of human endeavour, survival and heroism by the author, together with untold human kindness, compassion and courage on the part of the many Italian families and individuals who helped Eric Newby hide when he was a prisoner of war in Italy after a military mission which went wrong. All this, set against the backdrop of a war that everyone hated, and… Read more