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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: Wayfarers 1
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: Wayfarers 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next ..., 22 July 2016
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A book filled with warmth and positivity that takes some of the key issues facing the world (religion, gender identity, sex, race) and transposes them onto a believable and culturally fascinating galaxy. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next one in October.


UNI-BALL EYE MICRO UB-150 MIXED PACK OF 4 [1 x Black, 1 x Blue, 1 x Red, 1 x Green]
UNI-BALL EYE MICRO UB-150 MIXED PACK OF 4 [1 x Black, 1 x Blue, 1 x Red, 1 x Green]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great value so I forgive the delivery being one day ..., 12 Sept. 2015
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Great value so I forgive the delivery being one day late (that might not have been your fault as I got them delivered to work). Thanks!


Dark Eden
Dark Eden
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking sci-fi at its best, 7 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Dark Eden (Kindle Edition)
I downloaded this book on a whim and was hooked immediately. The way the characters speak reminded me of my experience with Clockwork Orange - strange at first but second nature once you've acclimatised to it. Insights into human nature brought back elements of Lord of the Flies but with a more spiritual element, tacking the usefulness of tradition and religion and how these traits can be simultaneously useful yet prevent progress.

I'd put this book up there with my favourite sci-fi imaginings such as Attwood's Oryx and Crake. A worthy award winner and I look forward to the sequel.


A Murder in Mount Moriah: Lindsay Harding Mystery Series (Reverend Lindsay Harding Mystery Book 1)
A Murder in Mount Moriah: Lindsay Harding Mystery Series (Reverend Lindsay Harding Mystery Book 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder mystery with great humour, 19 Jan. 2014
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Murder mysteries have not been my chosen genre for a long time, but I am glad I made an exception for this excellently written novel.

Perhaps the most noticeable thing about this for me was the number of likable and well-drawn characters. Lindsay herself is great, with a fantastic sense of humour, but there are at least another four of five characters who the reader can genuinely warm to, care about and laugh with.

As well as the characters there is a very well constructed plot which moves along at a fair pace, set in a very believable backdrop of a small town in Carolina, all presented in natural and eloquent prose.

Looking forward to Lindsay's next case.


Three More Days
Three More Days

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The track that got me hooked on Ray, 29 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Three More Days (Audio CD)
A great song that reminded me of some of the more upbeat Otis Redding songs (like Light my Candle), with a good bit of what sounds like a bontempi organ thrown in for good measure.


Raise The Alarm
Raise The Alarm
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My most anticapted album of the year, 18 Aug. 2006
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This review is from: Raise The Alarm (Audio CD)
It isn't out yet but the singles, the b-sides and the live performances all point to this being one of the most eagerly-anticipated debuts of the year. Commercial Breakdown is going to be difficult to beat as record of the year and I Ain't Losing Any Sleep is another great track. I do have mixed emotions about the release of the album though - it can only be a matter of time before massive success and I'll miss the proximity of the smaller venues TSU have played so far.

My advice would be to buy the album and enjoy some great music, but if you get chance to see TSU live make sure you do as their energy is incredibly infectious.


The Fight (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Fight (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Norman Mailer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.48

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great non-fiction, 14 Mar. 2002
One of the greatest sportsmen of our world, and this was possibly one of the greatest moments of his sporting career. This book is not just about a fight but about Africa, the nature of men, race and racism and superhuman achievement.
Mailer is completely honest throughout the book, and sometimes what he says, particularly about race, can be a little shocking. But the author is being honest with us about what he thinks, and his thoughts are interesting and thought-provoking.
The image of Ali, bouncing off the ropes for the first 6 rounds despite promising the world he was going to dance is vividly painted. The description of Foreman's training on the heavy bag, which he hit so hard he left dent in it, is close to mind when in the later chapters ali is absorbing those same punches.
The book also deals with the author's own celebrity, and makes this a very personal account of a great moment.
I left this book with one overpowering feeling - i wish i had been there.


Carter Beats the Devil
Carter Beats the Devil
by Glen David Gold
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical., 18 Nov. 2001
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This review is from: Carter Beats the Devil (Hardcover)
I can't beleieve a reader only gave this 3 stars! This novel is absolutely fantastic - one of those books that you turn off the tv and stay up late to read. You allow yourself to read one more chapter but when you get to the end of it, you inevitably read the first sentence of the next one, and then you can't stop carrying on!
I think the fact that this is David Glen Gold's first novel has obscured the facts - this is a magical, compulsive novel. I hate the way people say 'well, it's his first...he'll get better with time..'. This is already brilliant, no matter how many novels he has or has not already written.
I was sucked in by the tale of Carter's childhood and the anachronistic method of describing events only increases the reader's intense excitement and involvement in the story. The death of the president is the hook, but the life and development of Carter himself is more than enough to keep you interested.
Contary to what one of the other reviews on this page has said, i think the characters do have depth, especially Carter. There are a couple of times in the book where he says he is drawn to people who understand him, and i believe that by the end of the novel the reader is one of those people.
The other characters too are rounded, such as Griffin, and i really enjoyed the method of using past events to help define why a person has become what they are.
This isn't a very erudite review of the book. This is because I find it hard to be objective and english-grad-like with such a great story. So don't believe three stars...it's a 5 star triumph!


Robin Hood (1973) (Disney) [VHS]
Robin Hood (1973) (Disney) [VHS]
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest disney ever., 21 Oct. 2001
So neglected amongst the big name recent releases of the lion king et al, robin hood is a shining example of everything a film, let alone a cartoon, should be.
Robin, dashing philanthropist and a fox (literally) and his pals rob the rich to feed the poor. Who can help but glow at the gallant rescue of maid marion? who can help but despise that good for nothing thumb-sucking prince john? and those of you who don't cry when the mean old sherriff steals that little rabbit's bithday present are frankly inhuman.
'rob, we never rob,' say robin, 'we just borrow a bit from those that can afford it'. 'Borrow?' replies little john, 'boy are we in debt...'
absolutely brilliant, from start to finish. you'll be humming the songs for months. oodelally!


Howards End
Howards End
by E. M. Forster
Edition: Paperback
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite novel., 8 Aug. 2001
This review is from: Howards End (Paperback)
Howard's End is a story of relationships, and the differences between people in the late victorian age.
The book's heroines are the two Schlegel sisters, Helen and Margaret - well-to-do women of independent means and philanthropic natures as they find their way through life in the comfort that comes with a steady annual income.
The introduction of the Wilcox family illustrates the vast differences in outlook and behaviour that people of the same class could encapsulate. Whereas the Schlegels hold 'Literature and Art' in the highest of esteem, the Wilcoxes live in a world of 'panic and emptiness' and 'telegrams and anger'.
The novel also shows Forster's views on a changing world - the distasteful motor cutting up the roads, creating dust and killing cats is the Wilcoxes pride and joy, preempting the prevalence of the car in later years and its effect on the world. The phenomenon of urban sprawl is also dealt with in the book, as Forster describes London creeping its way into the countryside. The characters who suffer from hayfever are those who belong to the city and the new order - they have discarded the old way of life in the country and have moved to the city, where money and cars and 'telegrams and anger' prevail.
The idea of the home is also very important in the novel. The Wilcoxes have a disregard for a 'home', seeing each as a device for living in. The Schlegels, and Mrs. Wilcox (who acts as a bridge between the two families) see a house as much more and apply sentimental value to houses and gardens.
Class is also dealt with in the case of Leonard Bast, a lowly clerk whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of these two wealthy families. He is a pathetic and pitiable character, who strives to better himself through literature and art but cannot climb his way out of the depths of his social standing, hampered by a disastrous marriage.
This is (no hyperbole) my favourite book. It has passages and turns of phrase that you will want to remember, and deals with issues in a natural and thought-provoking manner. If you haven't read it already, why not!
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