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Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
by Pope Benedict XVI
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the easiest of reads, 8 Feb. 2013
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Of the "trilogy", this is possibly the least rewarding. The line-by-line (almost) textual analysis comes across as bitty and some of the universal-interest issues get a bit swamped in theology which feels a bit nerdy. There are, of course, plenty of illuminating ideas but the text is not the smoothest ride.

I think, if I were allowed to advise the Pope, I would suggest he referenced modern theologians who weren't German. There's a bit of over-representation, unless they just happen to be the best ones.


Tiger Triple Guitar Stand
Tiger Triple Guitar Stand

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a desktidy sort of idea, 8 Feb. 2013
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I bought this as a Christmas present. There was a moment of panic when the headstocks converged, but this just meant adjusting positions so the guitars lean past each other. Hard to explain really, but completely simple in reality...


La Divina Commedia (Italian Edition)
La Divina Commedia (Italian Edition)
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars timeless classic, 8 Feb. 2013
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You can't really rate this classic: 5 stars aren't enough! The Kindle text is fine, as usual. If your Italian is rusty, DC is a mammoth task in the original, and a straight text version can't educate you about the contemporary figures. Having an Italian dictionary for when the words become unguessable is a good idea, and there's a basic one available on Kindle.

There are dual-text translations which are very good, but I think that would mean having a dual-screen Kindle, the market for which would be unimaginably small....


Catholicism
Catholicism
by Robert E. Barron
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.25

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the soul and its thinking parts..., 16 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Catholicism (Hardcover)
Catholicism is a thorough guide to the spiritual context of Christianity as a whole and provides a detailed description of what the Roman Catholic Church is about. Non-Catholic Christians may demur about the author's definition of the difference between the RC crew (and I'm a member!) and the other constituent parts of the Christian world, but it should be worth your while persevering. Some Catholics may also be surprised about what they are supposed to believe, especially as quite a lot of us are lazy about faith and practice. This book gives people an opportunity to reflect on many things.

Catholicism is the core material for a DVD-based programme of study now on offer in parishes throughout the UK. I have read the book as an alternative to the course, mainly because I don't want to see the filmed version which, from the preview, is likely to be a bit BBC with landscapes, art and "uplifting music". I imagine the book, the DVD and the group discussions would be the whole package. You can choose: Catholicism - the book, the DVD and even the faith itself - is no longer compulsory, which is wholly good and proper.

This is not a book that will explain (away) the Catholic Church's serious crimes and lapses over its history. There are references to those issues but the book is not for that purpose, so if you're looking for a critique of the bad stuff, this is not for you. In a sense, this is quite brave because the behaviour of the Church gives plenty of ammunition to those who reject it: invective sells better. The author, however, is aiming to reveal the love and purpose of Christ and to inspire reflection and even return for those who no longer practise their faith.

It would be a shame if this book were left to practising Catholics looking for a recharge of batteries. This is an opportunity to explore the nature of Catholicism and the way Catholics think, and even Catholics will be surprised at what they should be thinking because our actions don't always make this clear.
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Sangre y arena (Spanish Edition)
Sangre y arena (Spanish Edition)
Price: £0.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a book about celebrity and spilled guts, 15 Aug. 2012
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This is a well-written novel from the early 20th century. It relates the story of a famous bullfighter and is a study in fame and fortune. The torero could be a modern-day footballer.

I presume Health and Safety have taken over modern bullfighting, but if you want a study in just how gruesome the sport is for bulls and men, this is a great resource. You wouldn't want to be a horse, by the way.


The Settlers of Catan
The Settlers of Catan
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars evicted from my Kindle, 15 Aug. 2012
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I bought this book on special offer for £1 and the only good thing to say is that I only lost £1 and a lot of Kindle battery on this book.

This is a flat story with minimal characterisation which probably proves that the games industry is not a rich seam when mining for material for a novel.

This sort of book may well appeal as a spin-off from gaming for some, but don't expect anything entertaining from it if you've ever read a proper novel.


Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder
Price: £1.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I feel a bit saddle-sore, 15 Aug. 2012
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I skipped a few articles toward the end as I felt the experience becoming a bit of a chore. Dave's observations at the end were quite entertaining and apt. If I were his old English teacher, I'd be spinning on my hub about the spelling errors in particular: every cyclist should be able to spell peloton even it "its" and "it's" are never mastered.

I found sometimes that the intros to articles were better than the articles themselves but my main point would be that Dave has plenty of material and lots of insight into the life of a cyclist and the whole would benefit from a reworking.

The story about doing the Tour stage in London had some good ideas in it that didn't quite come off (as his magazine editor alluded to): so I'm mildly disappointed by the book, but writing is much harder than riding...


How to Rob a Bank
How to Rob a Bank

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a steal, 26 Nov. 2011
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This review is from: How to Rob a Bank (Audio CD)
Willy Porter supported Jethro Tull a few years back. He wasn't just a warm-up act but gigged with the oldies. I'm not sure this is his best album but it's interesting and showcases his lyrical humour and guitar style well.


El País
El País
Price: £11.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars can't quite commit to this, 26 Nov. 2011
This review is from: El País (Kindle Edition)
I unsubscribed during the free trial on two grounds: actual cost and having time to derive full benefit of that cost. I'm going to try other newspapers not just to get the freebie bit, but to see if my problem with El Pais would be replicated with any paper. I have some concern that the real problem might be that Kindle is not the best way to access news and the cost of subscriptions might not be justifiable.

That said, you can't fault the writing style of El Pais. It's proper journalism. The layout and navigation are logical and using the Kindle Spanish dictionary certainly helps (although it's not up to idioms or technical terms).

My one irritation with the content is repetition. Numerous front-page articles start with a summary of an article that follows, so you read something and then the detailed version just plumps it up! I would have thought a Kindle version would be leaner than that.

Overall, the concept is great, with a few niggles: for me, it's just the cost for what you get, especially if you're reading other papers too!


So Many Reasons
So Many Reasons
Price: £12.03

4.0 out of 5 stars more is lester, 16 Dec. 2006
This review is from: So Many Reasons (Audio CD)
This is a thoughtful and sensitive album from a great musician. I've seen John Lester twice this year, as support for Gretchen Peters and solo. There is a gently self-effacing humour about this music along with insightful comment. Just for info, there's another studio album Big Dreams and the Bottom Line which is also a gem (Broken and Happy Man are superb). Currently it's on one of the Amazon sellers at £45, so you'd be better off going to John's website and buy that way (sorry, Amazon, but hey?).

I thought John's music was good enough to trek across London to catch again, and he'll be back regularly I hope. I see John Lester as one of those strong American singer-songwriters with all the right credentials, doing the great stuff without airs and graces.

Buy it and you'll also learn some French orre-learn one of the few words that ever stuck (mainly to your shoes)


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