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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nope, 8 May 2016
Much too expensive.


Scorpius (John Gardner's Bond series Book 7)
Scorpius (John Gardner's Bond series Book 7)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Complete and utter tosh, 27 Dec. 2015
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Complete and utter tosh which makes Fleming seems like Tolstoy. Dull, wordy, overlong and hysterical, with all the psychological insight of Enid Blyton. Cannot fathom why Fleming's estate let Gardner anywhere near the Bond franchise.


If You Wait
If You Wait

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 6 Nov. 2014
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Like I said, brilliant.


Applaws Cat Food Multi Fish Pouch Natural 6 x 70 g
Applaws Cat Food Multi Fish Pouch Natural 6 x 70 g
Price: £6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Eaten at speed, 26 May 2014
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This is going down well with Frank, a choosy eater who often dithers over prawn in particular. He seem to be enjoying all of this selection, and so a repeat order is likely.


Troubadour (The first born of Egypt series)
Troubadour (The first born of Egypt series)
by Simon Raven
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Still more superb fun, 25 May 2014
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See my reviews of all the others in Raven's "First Born..." series, move the words into another order, then buy it and guiltily enjoy it.


New Seed for Old (First Born of Egypt)
New Seed for Old (First Born of Egypt)
by Simon Raven
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Even more superb fun, 25 May 2014
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See my reviews of all the others in Raven's "First Born..." series, move the words into another order, then buy it and guiltily enjoy it.


Before the Cock Crow (The First-Born of Egypt - 3)
Before the Cock Crow (The First-Born of Egypt - 3)
by Simon Raven
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars More superb fun, 25 May 2014
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Wonderfully elitist, provoking, extraordinary, disturbing, hilarious, unmissable, erotic, and above all telling the truth about PC Britain even before PC was an acknowledged concept.


In The Image Of God (The first born of Egypt series)
In The Image Of God (The first born of Egypt series)
by Simon Raven
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Supererb fun, 25 May 2014
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Extraordinary, unmissable, disturbing, hilarious, erotic, wonderfully elitist, provoking, and above all telling the truth about PC Britain even before PC was an acknowledged concept.


Williwaw
Williwaw
by Gore Vidal
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 25 May 2014
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Wonderful writing, splendidly taut plot, very glad I was spurred by the quality of Vidal's essays to give his fiction a shot. I will now try the rest of it, in the order it was produced.


The Face Of The Waters (The first born of Egypt series)
The Face Of The Waters (The first born of Egypt series)
by Simon Raven
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Onanism only?, 18 Mar. 2014
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So, like that of the first, the plot of the second volume of the First Born of Egypt series turns at last on mere masturbation. Do I detect a pattern emerging? Should I order volume 3? Too late, I have already done so.

But I am now beginning to understand why this series is generally referred to as representing a serious falling off from Alms...

The writing remains beautiful, locally, and the perspective refreshingly non-PC and uniquely unsentimental. But dear me, the material is running ever more thin. The same half dozen main characters, few of them very credible as psychologies, trot between Cambridge, their country retreats, Buttocks Hotel and the south east of Europe. The classical world and its myths are much more real for them than anything more recent. They have witty and/or cruel conversations, disperse, and then come together again in different combinations. One or other of them dies, usually in macabre or absurd circumstances. The plot hints heavily at incest, homosexuality and lesbianism, without being the least judgemental, but never being quite grown up enough to deal with any of this head on. The denoument is, twice so far, a troubled emission.

Well, I will soldier on, because whatever else it is, Raven's writing is uniquely handsome and his distaste for modern life sympathetic. But I feel less and less able to recommend these books to others, and more and more critical of myself for being hooked on them. I guess they paid Raven's bills, but by this stage he was surely, forgive me, tossing them off far too easily.
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