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Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit tedious, 4 Dec 2013
Having read the Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean I was up for reading another book about the elements. Whereas Kean's book is well written, fascinating and really makes the most of the subject, Periodic Tales does the opposite. It's the equivalent of being in the back of a lecture theatre falling asleep while someone drones on. The elements really are a great subject and I don't know how he has managed to make it so dull.
Basically the Disappearing Spoon is the same book but better on all counts.
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Gaiman afterthought, 1 Oct 2009
Is it me or is Gaiman's writing getting lazy? I have been a keen follower of his work right back to the Sandman comics and Good Omens, both of which were 5 star. I thought Neverwhere was another classic. He is capable of really classy writing and good stories, but it's as if he can't quite be bothered to keep up the quality writing. American Gods was good but I noticed a bit of the Dan Brown in his writing with that one. Anansi Boys - it's even worse. For the first time in his works I've seen sentences that even I would be embarrassed to publish. While it is still readable and the surreal storyline distinctly his, like American Gods, I felt that he didn't know where he was going with the… Read more
Enter The Dragon (Original) [VHS] [1973] <b>VHS</b> ~ Bruce Lee
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This film is among my top 5 of all time. I've seen it so many times I know most of the dialogue. They should make it into a musical - I'll direct it.
The storyline is superb - Mr Han is organising a martial arts tournament on a remote island. Bruce Lee (playing himself) goes along to investigate Han's alleged heroin production as well as to avenge O'Hara (who killed his sister). John Saxon goes to pay off debts. The build up is great and the fight scenes are the best I've seen.
One viewing is not enough and before long you'll be doing Bruce Lee impressions (including the 1/2 second delay between opening his mouth and the words coming out.
Great lines, great acting (even when… Read more

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