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Very Naughty Boys: The Amazing True Story of HandMade Films
Very Naughty Boys: The Amazing True Story of HandMade Films
by Robert Sellers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing Book, 20 Nov. 2013
What a letdown! I was really looking forward to reading this as the Handmade story is a fascinating one. Unfortunately, the writing isn't great and the author is so in love with all things Handmade, the book becomes annoyingly biased towards them to the point that I bailed out halfway through. Sample quote: "When Bullshot opened in October 1983, it was to an unfair barrage of abuse." Yes, how dare anyone criticise one of their movies! He also has an annoying habit of stating the bleeding obvious and reeling off newspaper film reviews in a 'will this do?' kind of way. Avoid this and watch Withnail and I, Life of Brian, Time Bandit etc instead; trust me, you will have more fun.


Steve Marriott: All Too Beautiful
Steve Marriott: All Too Beautiful
by Paolo Hewitt
Edition: Paperback

25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Patchy, 7 Nov. 2005
Well researched but not particularly well written account of the rise and fall of Steve Marriott. The book comes up with enough interesting material to keep you reading, but the constant typos and the author's sledgehammer style - he labours points and has a tendency to point out the obvious - are annoying. He also frequently switches tenses, which soon grates. All in all, a missed opportunity.


Rude Kids: The Unfeasible Story of "Viz"
Rude Kids: The Unfeasible Story of "Viz"
by Chris Donald
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look, 19 Oct. 2004
Entertaining look at the rise and fall of that great British institution, Viz. However, the first half, which charts the rise of the comic, is much more enjoyable than the second. Once the comic crosses the million-copies-an-issue circulation mark, the book begins to concern itself with what happened when Chris Donald became a wealthy man and also the fallout from when sales started to drop. Which is nowhere as interesting as how Viz came from nowhere to take the publishing world by storm.
The book tails off at this point, descending in to celebrity gossip and Chris Donald trying to justify the shameless cash-ins that he indulged in. He also has an air of Alan Patridge about him - he's so sure that he is right and everyone else is wrong that you expect chapters to end with 'Needless to say, I had the last laugh."
Nevertheless, fans of the comic when it used to be funny and anyone with an interest in magazine publishing should give this a go.


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