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PHOLOMOLO: NO MAN NO WOMAN
PHOLOMOLO: NO MAN NO WOMAN
by Veronique Renard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.95

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written autobiography of an interesting person., 4 Jun. 2009
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Veronique Renard is a woman who has experienced a lot, both good and bad, in her life, and in this book she tells it honestly and without dissimulation. I was impressed. I do not usually feel much sympathy with post-op trannies, most of their problems being self-inflicted in my view, and my own girlfriend being non-op. However Veronique explains her thoughts and feelings so well that you can not help feeling kindly towards her. Her command of English is also good, despite a few tiny slips. On the whole a rewarding read and recommended.


The Steel Remains (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
The Steel Remains (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Richard Morgan
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best contemporary writers around., 12 May 2009
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I relish everything that Richard Morgan writes, since I discovered an old and tattered copy of Altered Carbon in a second-hand bookshop a few years ago. The Steel Remains is a different sort of book to his Sci-Fi works, but very good in its own way. It is exciting and funny and sexy and what more could you want? Other reviewers have done the plot and the characters and the "gritty" bits, so I will just say, read it and then wait for the sequel.

If I could give this 6 stars, I would.


Paradise Lust: An Erotic Travelogue
Paradise Lust: An Erotic Travelogue
by Kit McCann
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but..., 4 May 2009
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I found this book less than exciting. The constant screwing becomes boring after a while, and the "Jack the Lad" attitude is juvenile. It did not teach me anything about Thailand, sex or anything else.

It's OK as a lads' book for the unsophisticated.
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The Bank Job [DVD]
The Bank Job [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jason Statham
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but with a hard edge., 4 May 2009
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This film is very entertaining, and the old cars and period detail are wonderful, but there is a hard edge to the film and some scenes are not at all funny. It is well acted and scripted and I shall watch it again and again (on DVD). My German girlfriend also loves it, and there are no German subtitles on the version I bought. Jason Statham is cool.


Brute Force
Brute Force
by Andy McNab
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars For me his best yet., 29 Mar. 2009
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I have bought and read all of Mr McNab's books to date and I enjoy them enormously. This one is, in my opinion, his best novel to date because it has more layers of complexity. It picks up where the previous novel ended and starts off a little slowly, but then it kicks into high gear and races across Europe and the Muddle East. It has the elements you expect from the author - his tradecraft and professionalism - and some new elements that will surprise his readers. My only criticism - it ended and now I have to wait for the next one (but I have Seven Troop to read in the meantime).


The Circuit: An ex-SAS soldier's true account of one of the most powerful and secretive industries spawned by the War on Terror
The Circuit: An ex-SAS soldier's true account of one of the most powerful and secretive industries spawned by the War on Terror
by Bob Shepherd
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very relevant book, 26 Mar. 2009
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This book has a lot to say about what is happening now in the Muddle East, in Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Bob Shepherd has been there and done it and he has also talked with some of the players. he knows what he is talking about and his forecast for Afghanistan is frightening but probably correct.

He can be foregiven a modicum of arrogance, considering what he has seen and done and his level of competence. I occasionally found that his superior tone grated a little, which is why I only gave him 4 stars. Don't let my minor criticism put you off - the book is worth reading.


It Is What It Is: The Autobiography
It Is What It Is: The Autobiography
by David Coulthard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars David is a nice bloke, 26 Mar. 2009
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After reading this book you know him and mostly you feel that he would be a mate if you met him. He knows his own character, defects and all, and that makes for a good, honest book. He tells it like it is. The book is worth buying for fans of Formula 1 or sport in general. Alone the foreword by Ron Dennis is worth the money.


The Joker: 20 Years Inside the SAS
The Joker: 20 Years Inside the SAS
by Peter Scholey
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very personal account of the SAS, 26 Mar. 2009
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I enjoyed the book. It was interesting that some of the same characters appeared as in Barry Davies' Heroes of the SAS, such as Taff Springles and Captain Letts. Peter Scholey has certainly been there, done that and bought the t-shirt. He makes no secret of the fact that he acted the prat on occasions and his humour was not always appreciated, but on the whole the book is good, factual and also funny. I loved the story of the orang utan (quoted by another reviewer here).


Stone Me: The Wit and Wisdom of Keith Richards
Stone Me: The Wit and Wisdom of Keith Richards
by Mark Blake
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and irreverent, typical Keef, 26 Mar. 2009
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A slim book and certainly not heavyweight, but very amusing and occasionally thought-provoking. It is not only for Stones fans. I read straight through it but I shall dip back into it from time to time.


Ladyboys: The Secret World of Thailand's Third Gender
Ladyboys: The Secret World of Thailand's Third Gender
by Pornchai Sereemongkonpol
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, 16 Mar. 2009
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The book is a series of interviews where the girls tell their own stories with very little interruption from the authors. As such it is very interesting and enlightening, but the girls put their own spin on things which may not always accord with the facts, for example when talking about sex. Several of them are post-ops and all were happy with their operations, which again does not gel with the facts (in my experience about 50% of post-ops are unhappy). Despite these criticisms, I found the book threw some light on a little known aspect of human sexuality.
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