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Fly On The Wall
Fly On The Wall
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars hard rock classic, 13 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Fly On The Wall (Audio CD)
I really like this album; it has consistently enjoyable solid songs, air thumping riffs. Every song has punch but I particularly like the last two.

Legs - Mountain Training
Legs - Mountain Training
Price: £2.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and to the point, 10 July 2012
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This is a short practical and entertaining guide to training your legs, drawing on Kirkpatrick's experience training for gruelling mountaineering trips. I don't think I'll be trying the bit about pulling cars and aircraft ... but it's all very readable.

Warriors: Life and Death Among the Somalis
Warriors: Life and Death Among the Somalis
by Gerald Hanley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Feverish, bewitching, 8 May 2006
Astonshingly good. Probably the closest you can get to a malaria-induced fever just from reading. The heat, the insanity, the humour, the senseless, the humanity and the inhumanity - they are all there. Bewitchingly atmospheric prose.

The Exes
The Exes
by Pagan Kennedy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining US indie rock clique-lit, 26 Sept. 2003
This review is from: The Exes (Hardcover)
"The Exes" tells the story of an indie rock band from Boston. This is probably one of the most interesting things about it; had it been about, say, a firm of solicitors from Ipswich in the same scenario, it would have stayed on the shelf.
The scenario, as you might have gathered from the blurb, is this: Hank is a music store clerk who used to be the lover of Lily, a budding songwriter. After they break up (amicably, it seems), Lily decides that Hank and she should form a band, and furthermore, that every member of the band should be an ex-lover of another band member. They then recruit bisexual bassist Shaz and her erstwhile boyfriend Walt (a nervous science genius who plays the drums). The novel charts the band's trials and tribulations as they rise to the heights of indie obscurity.
Though the style is straight-forward and unspectacular, the narrative technique is actually rather neat and enjoyable. The book is split into four sections. Each consecutive section advances the story a little further, but from the point of view of each different band member. And so we see how people experience the same events differently, and how the forces in their personal lives push and pull them away from, and towards, the central gravity of The Band. On reflection, I think more might have been done with this concept, though perhaps the book's modest length and subject matter do place natural limits on its possibilities.
"The Exes" is an entertaining sort of novel, with nice flow to it, plenty of in-references to the 90's American indie scene, and it will be probably be read in no more than a couple of sittings. It is interesting, but in rather a shallow sort of a way; you probably won't be bewitched by the atmosphere or seduced (or wholly convinced) by the characters, and while the book is a nice quick read, I'd be surprised if you thought about it much afterwards. Probably of greatest appeal to fans of American indie.

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