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For Who the Bell Tolls
For Who the Bell Tolls
by David Marsh
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An accessible, light hearted book about language, 29 Oct. 2013
This review is from: For Who the Bell Tolls (Hardcover)
I wasn't quite sure what to make of a "light hearted" book about grammar, as I don't normally like the likes of Lynne Truss and worry that if you try to make language too light hearted you might end up excessively dumbing down, but that's not the case with this one. The first thing to note about this book is that it's not really just about grammar at all - it's about language in all its forms, from whether it is sexist to write "him/her" or "they" or anything else, to whether the cult computer game in-joke "All of your base are belong to us" is funny or not. The writer has gone to some quite extreme lengths to find examples from pop culture to reinforce his argument, which could be cringy, but actually works quite well. I especially liked the quotes from Shakespeare, Pope and other canonical writers using language that some more proscriptive critics argue is "too modern" and there are some good anecdotes from the newspaper world too, like Giles Coren's letter to sub editors (which I actually sided with Giles Coren over - it must be pretty annoying to have the sense of your article edited into oblivion, but never mind). I think this book would go down well with someone who wants a bit of a language overview but in a slightly more accessible way than whatever great dusty linguistic tomes you might get in university libraries.

Korn: Untitled [CD]+[DVD]
Korn: Untitled [CD]+[DVD]
Offered by musik-markt
Price: £16.38

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money, 17 Sept. 2007
I like most of Korn's stuff, particuarly 'Follow the Leader' and 'Issues'. But this is by far the worst Korn album by an absolute mile. It sounds like a bunch of teenagers riffing during a practise session in their mum's garage. No matter how much of a Korn fan you are, this will be a waste of money. At least try before you buy if you're really desperate to get hold of it.

Venus Flaring
Venus Flaring
by Suzannah Dunn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Meaningless chick lit with no plot, 15 April 2007
This review is from: Venus Flaring (Paperback)
The only positive thing I can say about this novel is that it is an easy read and its 350 pages can be romped through in a couple of days. They won't be a particuarly interesting couple of days, though. My opinion of this novel is that it is meaningless, banal chick lit with two dimensional characters, documenting the utter, utter banality of their lives. Great if you buy your books from Tescos, but not for someone who is actually a fan of good books.
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Captain Corelli's Mandolin (Reading Guide Edition)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (Reading Guide Edition)
by Louis De Bernières
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 20th Century's Greatest Novel?, 24 Jun. 2006
If you have any inclination to read this wonderful novel, please go ahead and read it, as opposed to watching the movie adaption. The film is a horrendous car crash that spoils the novel completely, and tops it all off with the worst on-screen acting since Dick Van Dyke in 'Mary Poppins'. So, read this wonderufl novel instead.

Combining passages of beautiful realism with harrowing descriptions of war among the mountains of eastern europe, de Bernias even manages to fit in many in-jokes (such as the amusing English public school send-up in the character of "Bunny" Warren). He occasionally uses poetic licence (the death of Mandras, perhaps, could only work in a novel) but ultimately LdB achieves with 'Captain Corelli' what all the best novelists have been trying for the last four hundred years, from Cervantes, Austen, Dickens and Elliot: wonderfully alive characters and a fantastic plot which keeps one absolutely hooked. I found the last 50 pages, which tackle a huge span of time very quickly, enchanting and moving. I cannot understand how anyone who knows anything about good literature cannot love this book. If you have ever enjoyed a 'literary' novel, you really should read this. In 100 years time it will be regarded by academics as up there with 'Middlemarch' and 'Great Expectations'. It really is quite fantastic.

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