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Mark Steel's In Town by Mark Steel
Mark Steel's In Town by Mark Steel
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book passed two of my personal acid tests with flying colours: Did I want to highlight whole paragraphs from almost every page? Yes. Did I embarrass myself by laughing on the train and have to pretend to be coughing? Yes, and more than once. So by that alone, I would recommend it to anyone.

That obvious comparison is to Bill Bryson, though this book is in the rougher pub down the street from Bryson, talking to a man with neck tattoos about the French Revolution. If I have one criticism, it's that by the last few chapters (each is on a particular town and quite short) I found myself thinking "I hope this one doesn't have any paragraphs about eighteenth-century radicalism",… Read more
[Citation Needed]: The Best of Wikipedia's Worst W&hellip by Conor Lastowka
3.0 out of 5 stars For the fans, 21 April 2012
Pro: It's funny, original, and will thoroughly entertain you on a train journey. Con: Only a medium-length train journey. There's not an awful lot here, and the concept isn't really developed beyond the original idea. I would say that it's OK for the price, but then it does feel very like you'e just reading excerpts from the blog- and that's because you are. At the end of the day, I would say that if you enjoy the blog, or other things the authors have done, and don't mind handing over some change for the feeling of having supported original writers, then pick it up and enjoy it for what it is.
Suncaller by B. John Shaw Liddle
Suncaller by B. John Shaw Liddle
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Alright; here's the short version: I read this in great chunks, and when I had to stop to eat or sleep I kept on thinking about it. In my opinion, it is one of the best books I've read in the last year.

To be specific: this is a highly original fantasy adventure, merging a "real-world" storyline with a fantasy storyline that becomes increasingly real and interconnected. Although the structure and storytelling are innovative, in some ways it feels quite classic, with the protagonist staying in sharp detail (even as he grows and develops); it definitely has a solid grounding in monomyth, which makes it satisfying to read.

I said "Compelling", which is true in two ways;… Read more

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