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All Good Things [DVD]
All Good Things [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ryan Gosling
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Price: £3.74

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a weird one. It starts off really ..., 10 Feb. 2016
This review is from: All Good Things [DVD] (DVD)
This is a weird one. It starts off really well, then drags on a bit, and doesn't end. It's OK if you've got nothing else to do, but don't expect your regular crime story. It's more your sort of Wall Street-transvestite-crossword puzzle sort of thing.


Etekcity RoverBeats T16 Portable Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker, 7 hours Playback with Built-in Mic, Enhanced Bass Resonator, 3.5mm Aux Jack, for Smart Phones/Pads/Laptops, Blue
Etekcity RoverBeats T16 Portable Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker, 7 hours Playback with Built-in Mic, Enhanced Bass Resonator, 3.5mm Aux Jack, for Smart Phones/Pads/Laptops, Blue

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'd be pretty happy. If you use a wired conenction, 10 Oct. 2015
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It's OK. It's supposed to be wireless, but I'm damned if I can make the Bluetooth work. If the wireless conndction worked, I'd be pretty happy. If you use a wired conenction, be warned the wire is very short, so you'll end up with the speaker just a short distance from your laptop. The sound is fine: not great, not awful.


Quirkology: The Curious Science of Everyday Lives
Quirkology: The Curious Science of Everyday Lives
by Richard Wiseman
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity, 26 Sept. 2013
I'm a psychology lecturer myself, so it's not surprising that I already knew most of the material in Quirkology. But that's not why I give it such a poor star-rating. I'm even prepared to look the other way when Professor Wiseman tells me over and over again that events are "surreal" when they are in fact nothing more than odd, then gives his book a cringeworthy title that sounds like a rewrite of the phrase "I'm mad, me". The fact is, I wouldn't feel happy recommending this book to any non-psychologist. It irritated me constantly with its misinterpretion (or sometimes just dubious interpretation) of data. On the strength of the first hundred pages or so, I began to wonder whether Professor Wiseman knew the difference between correlation and causation. Well of course he does - he's a psychology professor after all - but the apparent conflation of the two is really going to confuse and misinform the naive reader. This kind of danger is ever-present when professionals try their hand at popular science: and there is more than enough misunderstanding out there as it is. Certainly there is some interesting material in this book, and in places it's handled well - but if you are new to this area please please read a statistics primer before you pick it up. Alternatively, get Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow, or Dubner and Leavitt's Freakonomics, which cover much the same ground.


Me Cheeta: The Autobiography
Me Cheeta: The Autobiography
by James Lever
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The new Martin Amis book for people who used to like Martin Amis, 11 April 2011
Now I don't write many reviews on Amazon, but Me Cheeta made me do it. This is the funniest book I have ever read. At times, I was actually wiping tears from my eyes. I wouldn't want to spoil the book for you by giving away too much, but I'd like to give you a flavour of what to expect. This is the new Martin Amis novel for people who remember what the old Martin Amis novels were like. Remember when Martin Amis novels used to be funny, and serious, and filled with fantastically inventive language? Me Cheeta is like that. Except that it doesn't bang on and on about pornography and nuclear war. When this book isn't making you laugh, there are passages that are genuinely touching, or thought-provoking. It is clever, funny, and beautifully-written. I seem to recall that, before we knew who the real author was, there was a rumour that it might in fact be Martin Amis. Seriously, I wish Martin Amis was still writing stuff half as funny and clever as Me Cheeta: it would be his best book for about 500 years.

A 5-star review then from me for this wonderful, wonderful book (no, I have never met James Lever!) with just one caveat. Chimpanzees are not monkeys. Repeat after me: Not monkeys. Cheeta may call himself a monkey 300 times in as many pages here, but saying doesn't make it so. Chimpanzees are not monkeys. Cheeta would know that.


Brighter Than Creation's Dark
Brighter Than Creation's Dark
Price: £13.35

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average album from world's greatest band, 11 Aug. 2008
Sometimes the popular opinion is just correct. Jason Isbell's departure from DBT means the band has lost one-third of its quality. Shonna Tucker, for all her fine musicianly qualities, just doesn't fill his very large shoes (especially live - Isbell had a lot of stage presence; Shonna really doesn't). The first DBT album since Isbell's departure is, therefore, about two-thirds as good as The Dirty South, and about one-third longer than it needed to be. I haven't been so disappointed in a band's new album since some time in the Stone Age. There are a couple of top tracks here (Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife comes to mind, and so does The Man I Shot), but the extra depth that Isbell used to provide is sadly sadly lacking. I still love DBT, and I hope they'll regroup around the new personnel and come out of their recent creative slump to produce some more wonderful music. I'll keep on buying their stuff just in case. Meanwhile, though, The Dirty South stays in the CD player.


Twilight
Twilight
by William Gay
Edition: Paperback

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lukewarm Cormac McCarthy, 6 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Twilight (Paperback)
The most fun to be had from this book is looking for rehashed Cormac McCarthy sentences. On one page near the beginning I found three (all from Suttree, if memory serves). Most reviewers mention that William Gay can write a mean sentence - and so he can. Then again, so could most people if they cloned the style of one of the world's greatest living writers. This isn't to say William Gay lacks talent. He surely doesn't. If he'd only talk a year or two off to wash the Cormac McCarthy out of his typewriter he'd be a force to be reckoned with. In the meantime, why read a rehash of the master when Blood Meridian is still in print? If you want to read a really gripping, well-written story about a sociopath, take a look at Child of God. If you want to read a heartrending coming-of-age story, take a look at The Orchard Keeper. And if you want to read a wonderful book about someone with a name quite like Sutter, try Suttree.


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