Tim Riding

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The Bonapartes: A History of a Dynasty (Dynasties) by William H. C. Smith
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book covers an era and a family that have been written of countless times, but unlike many biographies of Napoleon I or III that you may turn to instead, this has a wider focus, encompassing all of the Bonapartes and covering an era from the late 18th to the late 19th century. This is a bonus: by not concentrating on one man I didn't lose interest, as I sometimes do when reading lengthy biographies. I was also new to the subject area, knowing little about the Bonapartes or 19th century France, but the book had enough context in it to allow me to understand perfectly the situations that gave rise to the dynasty.
Smith's style is readable and engaging (quite a few iritating typos,… Read more
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Dawkins comes up with some very good arguments against religion here, quite a few of which hadn't ever occurred to me. Theists may find his 'generalisations' unfair and his 'simplifications' of theist beliefs patronising, but I think that he is very reasonable in his attack on religion. He doesn't set out to offend: he wants to challenge belief in God and reveal the numerous holes that faith has blinded many to. I don't think his arguments can affect the truly faithful, though, as they are so entrenched in their belief system all reasonable arguments just bounce off them. I think that the majority of the book's audience will be atheists or agnostics. The trouble is, theists have answers to… Read more
Children of Men [DVD] [2007] <b>DVD</b> ~ Clive Owen
Children of Men [DVD] [2007] DVD ~ Clive Owen
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best film of 2006, 29 Dec 2006
This is a fantastically made film. The acting is universally excellent, and the gritty realism to the whole thing is astonishing. The world created is so believable you find yourself absorbed from beginning to end. Some of the shots are extraordinarily long: one of them must have lasted several minutes as we followed the characters through a destroyed war-zone. What's so wonderful about it was that it destroyed every cliche I expected it to fall into. The story doesn't follow the obvious path, and I wasn't able to predict what was coming next. It's a dystopia, but all the way through there's a thin strand of hope, and it ends, I think, by showing that there's still hope for their… Read more

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