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Modern Toss: A Decade in the Shithouse
Modern Toss: A Decade in the Shithouse
by Jon Link
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Sept. 2015
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This is dangerously funny. Talk about LOL.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Size, 18 Feb. 2015
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I am male and have size 8 shoes. I assumed that size M would fit my shoes. They don't fit. I suspect these over shoes are designed for women or Chinese feet.


Bose ® QuietComfort ® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones - Black/Silver
Bose ® QuietComfort ® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones - Black/Silver

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Happy, 26 Nov. 2012
I bought a set of these noise cancelling phones about four or five years ago. I was happy with the quality of the sound and moderately content with the sound cancelling technology. However the thing that has really annoyed me is the flimsy construction quality of the phones. In particular the plastic side pieces which support the actual ear phones have repeatedly snapped without provocation or mis-use. My phones are now glued together in multiple places with super glue and look a complete mess. Considering this product costs in the region of £300 it really is pathetic that Bose have not seen fit to make them a little more robust, especially since the actual sound quality is good. I'm now in the market for a new set of phones and won't be buying another Bose product.


Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too long, too slow, too obscure, 17 July 2012
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When I start a book I always finish it. Sometimes I regret starting it and this was just such an occasion. It took me about two months of occasional reading to finish it off. The book is very long and moves at glacial speed. I found it to be rather turgid and uninteresting. We all know the bare bones of the history so the book must stand or fall on the quality of the narrative and the imagined dialogue. I thought the narrative was patchy, selective and unengaging. Whilst I have difficulty imagining how Henry and his court would have sounded in conversation the dialogue struck me as suspiciously modern and not authentic.


The Humbling
The Humbling
by Philip Roth
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Of Little Interest, 26 Feb. 2011
This review is from: The Humbling (Hardcover)
I found that I didn't have much sympathy for, or interest in, either of the two major characters in this book. Fortunately it is a short book. It will satisfactorily fill in an empty day if you have nothing else to read.


Suttree
Suttree
by Cormac McCarthy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 25 Feb. 2011
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This big book reveals itself gradually. At first it is easy to assume that it is a McCarthy version of Tortilla Flat - a funny, tragic tale of down and out folk on the margins of society. But gradually it becomes apparent that the central character, Suttree, has a 'past' and is not the sort of person you expect to find on skid row. The assumption then is that the remainder of the book will gradually reveal more clues about the identity of Suttree and how he got to be there. But this is McCarthy and what you expect rarely happens. As usual by the end of the book there are more questions and puzzles hanging in the air than answers. You are left to draw your own conclusions. Another unique, haunting book from a remarkable writer.

At the beginning of the book I was surprised to find that the introductory scene-setting piece appeared to be heavily borrowed from the opening to 'Under Milk Wood' by Dylan Thomas.


At Home: A short history of private life
At Home: A short history of private life
by Bill Bryson
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, 24 Oct. 2010
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While this book is endlessly informative and occasionally amusing I found it at times to be rather tedious, reading like a worthy catalogue of historical facts and curiosities relating to domesticity. I think the missing factor was the relative lack of leavening humour which has characterised many of Bill Bryson's previous books. A good read nevertheless.


Blood Meridian
Blood Meridian
by Cormac McCarthy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not His Best, 26 Sept. 2010
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This book stands or falls on the quality of its prose. There is very little in the way of structure or story in the book and what there is is mostly repetitive. Glanton's gang arrives at a camp/town/settlement and kills everybody. They ride on and.....repeat. That's about it for the story. After a few chapters the pattern is set and it doesn't change. The book would be almost farcical if it was written by anybody else in a more conventional style. Nevertheless given the unique, haunting McCarthy treatment the book becomes disturbingly fascinating. There are no sympathetic characters but the one who stands out is the 'Judge' who is a strange, serene satanic figure. Compare him to Chigurth in No Country For Old Men.

Although the book seems to be a wild exaggeration of any possible reality I was surprised to find that it is based on a true story - that of John Joel Glanton (look him up) a former soldier who contracted with various towns in the border lands to fight marauding Indians. He was rewarded in gold for bringing in scalps. Soon enough he began killing everybody and anybody for their scalps.

I didn't think that this was the best of McCarthy's books. It is just too irrideemably bleak, monochrome and repetitive.


From Drawing Board to Chequered Flag
From Drawing Board to Chequered Flag
by Tony Southgate
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £45.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 17 Aug. 2010
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This book is as good as I hoped it would be. Tony Southgate's career covered what was, in retrospect, the most innovative and interesting period in motor racing history. He wasn't just a state of the art race car designer, he was one of those special engineers, like Ettore Bugatti or Gordon Murray, who managed to make all his cars not only go fast but look brilliant as well. I don't think many people would want to hang one of Ron Taurenac's cars on the wall as an objet d'art but I wouldn't mind having one of Tony Southgate's BRM P180s over the fireplace. I love all the little now-it-can-be-told anecdotes. A great read for anybody interested in 60s, 70s and 80s motor racing.

The book is an auto-biography and not just a tech-fest for nerds. As such is quite accessible for the more general motor racing enthusiast.


Colin Chapman: Inside the Innovator
Colin Chapman: Inside the Innovator
by Karl Ludvigsen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £35.00

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs an Editor, 17 Aug. 2010
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This book deals with Colin Chapman's contributions to automotive technology by way of a series of themed chapters - concepts, engines, transmissions, suspensions, structures, aerodynamics etc. The book is very comprehensive as you'd expect from Karl Ludvigsen and initially I was very impressed. But as the book wore on (and it is a big book)I felt that the same ground was being covered again and again, albeit with a slightly different focus each time around. I don't know how Karl writes so many big books but I suspect that he has a team of researchers/helpers on hand to get all the material marshalled together. I felt that the book could have been improved with a bit of editing.


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