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Pod Almighty
Pod Almighty
by Chris Douglas
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made God look like an, 8 Sept. 2014
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Divine. Made God look like an amateur


Pawnee
Pawnee
Price: £9.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book but DO NOT BUY ON IPAD KINDLE, 25 Aug. 2014
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Original book, writing and artwork, five stars and more. An excellent addition to one of the best ever television series. DO NOT BUY ON IPAD KINDLE. Print is miniscule. No search facility. Having to buy one of those A4 magnifying sheets to read with comfort. Using a magnifying glass doesn't get all of a line in. I'm persevering anyway, because the text is thoroughly enjoyable but this really isn't good enough. (Sabotage by an Eagleton mole?)


Spoils of War
Spoils of War
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid and Vicious, 29 Jun. 2014
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Starts with a bang, doesn't let up. The Iraq invasion. Mercenaries, corrupt politicians, spies. Regime change,Tthe clash of cultures.
We are spared no detail of the close combat and the horrors of war. I dread to think how this knowledge was acquired.
if you'd rather experience mortal peril vicariously, probably the wiser choice, this puts you there. A rip-roaring tale. Perfect for armchair hardmen (and cowards) like me.


War On Terror Board Game 2nd Edition
War On Terror Board Game 2nd Edition

5.0 out of 5 stars Savagely satirical realpolitik. Great fun and excellent brain training., 17 Jun. 2014
Don't PANIC! but exactly 666 people like War on Terror (game) on Facebook currentl -. just as Tony Blair returns to the fray. (You can add your own cards so a Peace Envoy/Secular Pope option would be one good way of winning.) Complex and infinitely variable, it needs a little work so I was glad my son was there to remind me how to play it, (after a breakfast egg in his new 'Eggsplode, Declare War on Breakfast' tank cup. Available through Amazon. With breadcutting implement for soldier-shaped 'soldiers'.) We've enjoyed this for a few years now and, let's face it, it's never going to go out of fashion.
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Hello Kitten [Explicit]
Hello Kitten [Explicit]
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Hip Pop from Beauty and the Beast, 4 May 2014
Scarlet Quinn is Kitten. A fresh voice sparkling and soaring over killer grooves. Lush harmonies abound. Ashley Slater is the Hip: the Frasier Crane of Electro Swing - bald, bold, urbane, sophisticated. The voice of Norman Cook's Freakpower hit, 'Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out.' Ex Gil Evans and Loose Tubes. Mellow, soulful vocals, brash bone, intriguing production throughout.

Already a great live band with some entertaining and stylish videos this CD is upbeat, uplifting, right UP where you need to be.


All the Devils are Here
All the Devils are Here
by David Seabrook
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A Walk on the Dark Side - Gloriously Gossipy, 21 Dec. 2013
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The diseased underbelly of Kent - more darkly glamorous than that may sound.

David Seabrook has a fresh theory on the genesis of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and a glorious putdown for that scrofulous dump Chatham. A ramble through the coastal Kent undergrowth unearths Lord Haw haw and his daughter, John Buchan and the 39 steps, the British Union of Fascists, the drunken decline of Charles Hawtrey and other compulsive predators, TS Elliot, Freddie Mills, and much more.

Full of arcane knowledge and well written, with occasional poetic flourishes. An absorbing page turner that will repay repeat reading.


Kill Your Darlings
Kill Your Darlings
by Terence Blacker
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Litbiz and the Cult of Martin Amis, 21 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Kill Your Darlings (Hardcover)
Funny, perceptive, a satisfying plot with a few surprises along the way. This is good therapy if you've ever tangled with toffee-nosed twits in publishing, or if you've ever been exasperated by Martin Amis. It's also a fitting tribute if you love his best work or have been following his career for some decades.
The portrait of a dying marriage is very moving.
Can't agree with the critical view of Elmore Leonard but it's to the narrator's credit that he's swimming against the tide and the point is well made. And that's a few sentences out of a very good book indeed. High class, as ever from Blacker.


Watching War Films With My Dad
Watching War Films With My Dad
by Al Murray
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fact Packed Thought Provoking Fun., 13 Dec. 2013
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Worth it for '90s Tory bad boy' Alan Clarke being dubbed a 'grimly louche chancer'. History graduate from a military family Murray is an entertaining and illuminating host throughout. If you are obsessed with exactly what tanks or airplanes look like this will be indispensable. I'm not but there is plenty of psychological insight into stiff upper lip chaps like Monty and distilled wisdom from very wide reading into various wars, their genesis, chaotic cock ups, how the verdict of history changes and much more. The chapter on benefits of war informed me MDMA was invented by Merck for battlefield surgery - like many people I thought it had been intended as an appetite suppressant.

Fever Pitch for military buffs. packed with useful info, (if you fancy an amusing FACT HUNT! Look no further.)


In the Underworld (Counterpoint)
In the Underworld (Counterpoint)
by Laurie Taylor
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immensely entertaining, 19 Nov. 2013
Sociologist Laurie Taylor is guided through the underworld by reformed bank robber and Sociology graduate John McVicar. Full of arcane knowledge, colourful characters and hilarious stories. The interaction between the laconic ex criminal and the good hearted Prof is a delight.


The Psychopath Test
The Psychopath Test
by Jon Ronson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nails the pathologising of ordinary human traits - Excellent, 17 Oct. 2013
This review is from: The Psychopath Test (Paperback)
I got 18 out of 20 on the test itself, the one used throughout the madness industry. Part of me wants to man up and get the other two points but I'm stuck with empathy and remorse. I'd review the book if it weren't for my Narcissistic Personality Disorder, suffice to say if you were ever worried about being nuts check out the people who make the rules, the undiagnosed business & banking creeps, 'no planers' like transvestite spy and Messiah David Shayler - who thinks 9/11 was done with holograms - a Haitian death squad butcher and a man who pretended to be mad to avoid a prison sentence then couldn't get out of Broadmoor. He was kept in because of the test. And pretending to be sane was 'just what a psychopath would do'. Ronson, perceptive as ever, nails the pathologising of ordinary human traits. Essential reading.


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