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Scratch My Back/And I'll Scratch Yours ~ Peter Gabriel
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This could prove difficult to review given the two distinct companion albums packaged together. Although Scratch My Back has been around for a few years it is new to me and I can approach it from a fresh perspective. Taking this one first I have to agree with other reviewers that it deserves a few listens before it is truly appreciated. And appreciate it I did. Like any album some tracks are better than others and mostly depends on your personal taste (and on this occasion whether you are particularly attached to the original versions). Standouts for me here are The Listening Wind, The Power of the Heart and The Book of Love although I can appreciate the re-interpretation of Heroes and The… Read more
The Goya Enigma by Alex Connor
The Goya Enigma by Alex Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, 1 Nov 2013
I had this book on my Kindle for a while and hadn't got round to reading it. Being stuck on the rush hour train from Manchester I delved into my phone to see what I could read and came across Unearthing the Bones. I was immediately drawn in and after finishing this short story (& taster for the main event)I launched straight into Memory of Bones. A great read. The Goya angle was fascinating and, like other reviewers, I felt compelled to read up on Goya from other sources. Alex Connor obviously knows her stuff and it certainly doesn't feel like somebody has done some quick research for a book. You feel that the author is also immersed in art and its mysteries. Having reviewed Alex Connor… Read more
Inferno: (Robert Langdon Book 4) by Dan Brown
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a Dan Brown novel, 20 Sep 2013
Dan Brown's an easy target. To be fair, people like to criticise and many have commented on whether his books are actually well written or not. It's a matter of opinion but I'm sure we would all like to be as commercially successful as him!
Other writers have taken this genre and done it better but a new Robert Langdon novel still seems to capture the imagination. I still enjoy the journey we're taken on especially if you've happened to visit any of the locations described in the book. The descriptions can sometimes go beyond the necessary narrative and can feel jarring at times. I also think there wasn't the need to use so much Italian in dialogue. It felt a bit like showing off and… Read more

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