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The Good Soldier Švejk (Pocket Penguins)
The Good Soldier Švejk (Pocket Penguins)
by Jaroslav Hašek
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars and I can also affirm that this one is the better of the two, 14 Jun. 2016
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I would call this the Czech novel in the grand tradition of War and Peace, The Betrothed, or Les Miserables. Sure, this one is far more light hearted and funnier than the other grand epics, but a preceptive reader will soon be able to pick up on the fact that Hašek uses sarcasm and irony to drive home his points about human cruelty, hypocricy, misunderstanding, etc., etc., This book does have a singular hero who embarks on a journey straight from his home to go on and patriotically help Austria. In this respect a miniscule resemblance to Don Quixote came to mind, except that Švejk here is no lunatic, rather a giant troll of authoritative figures and nonsensical beurocracy.

Jospeh Heller, the author of American hit classic Catch 22 was reportedly hugely inspired by Hašek, and having now read both novels, I can conclude that this is both very apparent in that both novels focus on the military, and I can also affirm that this one is the better of the two :), see for yourself.

This particular edition is very small, light and soft, it will fit not only into your hand, but also into a small pocket of a bag, or purse.


The Legend Of Eli Monpress
The Legend Of Eli Monpress
by Rachel Aaron
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.94

2.0 out of 5 stars I knew it was supposed to be funny, but actually it was just childish, 7 Feb. 2016
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I knew it was supposed to be funny, but actually it was just childish. Gave up in the middle. Very disappointing.


Motherland
Motherland
Price: £13.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 Feb. 2016
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This review is from: Motherland (Audio CD)
The lyrics are very catchy and sum up few contemporary issues well.


Innuendo
Innuendo
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Price: £13.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Innuendo (Audio CD)
Good singing voice. Interesting enough lyrics in a typical power metal fashion. My favourite music genre.


Reading the Tale of Genji: Sources from the First Millennium
Reading the Tale of Genji: Sources from the First Millennium
by Thomas Harper
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £48.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Some very interesting material. I found the scholarly responses ..., 7 Feb. 2016
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Some very interesting material. I found the scholarly responses to the original book, and also the fake chapters most interesting. Still. I think that we could have gotten a little bit more material included in this. Perhaps they could do a second, expanded edition later.


A New History of Western Philosophy
A New History of Western Philosophy
by Anthony Kenny
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.27

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 Feb. 2016
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Accessibly written. The author appears to be sufficiently open minded.


Winning Where Losing Is All
Winning Where Losing Is All
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars but way better than Scar Symmetry latest offering, 7 Feb. 2016
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Nothing too surprising, but way better than Scar Symmetry latest offering.


Delusion Rain
Delusion Rain

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4.0 out of 5 stars A great album, as always, 7 Feb. 2016
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This review is from: Delusion Rain (Audio CD)
A great album, as always, if it takes a little bit getting into, unlike with their unbeatable last album. But seriously, only 6 songs? I know they're quite long, but please, put out at least 8, if not 10 next time. It would have made for a greater variety.


Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Dvd
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The atmosphere, the protagonist, and the premise are ..., 7 Feb. 2016
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The atmosphere, the protagonist, and the premise are all gripping. The pacing is on the slow side, but it works here. I just thought the movie was too short, and it ended a little bit too suddenly. Also, some events could have been explored more, and not just brushed over.


Game Of Sins
Game Of Sins
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Price: £14.14

3.0 out of 5 stars a little bit like Primal Fear in their beginnings, 7 Feb. 2016
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Becomes a little bit trying and cliched on repeated listen, a little bit like Primal Fear in their beginnings, but it is a very solid effort nonetheless.


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