Peter Alexander

"Peter Alexander"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (96 of 114)
Location: Glasgow


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,308,108 - Total Helpful Votes: 96 of 114
Please Clap Your Hands [Us Import] ~ The Bird and the Bee
Please Clap Your Hands [Us Import] ~ The Bird and the Bee
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 27 Jan 2008
This is a superb collection. The first three tracks in particular deserve to be classics. I can't wait till their next full-length collection.
Raw Spirit: In Search of the Perfect Dram by Iain Banks
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A pub bores' manual, 27 Jan 2008
I've read a couple of Iain Banks' books and quite liked them. I also have an interest in whisky, so a book by Banks on the subject sounded like it could be a good read...I was wrong.

The core of the book is Banks' journey to visit various distilleries and sample the whiskies they produce in an effort to find the `perfect dram'. His notes on this whisky trek are interspersed with various anecdotes, autobiographical notes and `rants'.

Most of the rants are directed against America (the book was written at the start of Gulf War II) and for the most part consist of juvenile name-calling. Some of the topics he raises might deserve serious discussion, but not in a book like… Read more
Albert Jack's Ten-minute Mysteries: The World's Se&hellip by Albert Jack
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great, 13 Jan 2008
I was looking forward to reading this book. I like this sort of subject matter and the idea to encapsulate a series of 'mysteries' in short essays is, I think, quite good.

Some of the entries are quite good: the one on Marilyn Monroe was comprehensive and contained a lot of interesting information. In the same way, the pieces on the Devil's Triangle and Robert Maxwell seemed to be well informed.

Others are less good, for example, the piece on the Loch Ness monster is dominated by a strange theory that the famous 1930s 'Surgeon's picture' of the monster was actually that of the trunk of a swimming elephant (this topic is the inspiration for the front-cover picture)… Read more

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