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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: 1/5
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: 1/5
by Douglas Adams
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent bar the last two books, 11 July 2010
As per the title. The black humour and cynicism in the book displayed is so incredibly clever and memorable that you can't but help go back and read this again and again.

However by the 4th book in this complilation it starts to run out of steam in a big way that you ought to put the book down at this point as the comedy has been overlaboured and over used far too many times by then almost using injokes you'd heard from many books ago.


Invisible Monsters
Invisible Monsters
by Chuck Palahniuk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Jumps back and forth almost schizophrenic, 11 July 2010
This review is from: Invisible Monsters (Paperback)
I found this book completely underwhelming after the seminal fightclub. Maybe I was expecting too much from it.

However what immediately annoyed me was the original thing which was repeated through the whole book where time jumps back and forth in an almost schizophrenic manner. It is highly irritating rather than clever and completely breaks the flow of the novel completely.


Biting the Wax Tadpole: Misadventures of an Armchair Linguist
Biting the Wax Tadpole: Misadventures of an Armchair Linguist
by Elizabeth Little
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great, but not bad either, 11 July 2010
This most definately does not live up to the Blurb (I found this book in India by the way). As the biting the wax tadpole thing is a myth!

I would state that the first 1/3 of the book is interesting but it really gets slow and far too in depth in the middle and the comedy that starts so well in the first section appears to be nearly completely absent in the last 2/3rds.


Teaching Tenses: Ideas for Presenting and Practising Tenses in English
Teaching Tenses: Ideas for Presenting and Practising Tenses in English
by Rosemary Aitken
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.55

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but, bad arrangement, 11 July 2010
This book has no index and a pittiful contents section at the front, it just dives right in which makes the book a little harder to use as reference. However the actual examples and description are quite good as well as examples context and ideas for lesson plans.

There appear to be a couple of missing sections or something in the book as there are lists of things to be covered and sometimes the list is missing completely. This is frustrating because of the lack of an index you have to spend some time actually staking out if it were to find out what is in the book.


Status Anxiety
Status Anxiety
by Alain de Botton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

4.0 out of 5 stars An great feel good book, except the bohemia section, 17 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Status Anxiety (Paperback)
This is probably the ultimate feel good book giving you confirmation of what you thought was wrong with the world, the world over and what makes people unhappy.

The last section on Bohemia doesn't seem to gel very well with the rest of this book though and seems almost tacked on.


Old Man on a Bike
Old Man on a Bike
by Simon Gandolfi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like a diary but not, 17 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Old Man on a Bike (Paperback)
Some real adventure here, little equipment, small bike without a ton of money as well as past it as some might say, it is very easy to get captured into this book and drawn into it though.


Lois on the Loose
Lois on the Loose
by Lois Pryce
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was a page turner but, 17 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Lois on the Loose (Paperback)
Lois just seems highly aloof through the entire book and acts superior to everybody in the book and this put me off quite a bit and I didn't really get any real deep understanding of the places the author visited other than crowded congested cities with brothels everywhere.


Red Storm Rising
Red Storm Rising
by Tom Clancy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.00

4.0 out of 5 stars You know how it ends though, 16 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Red Storm Rising (Paperback)
Tom Clancy is an American writer and you know how this ends before hand, the depictions of the Russians being evil is a low point though as are the almost untouchable ground forces of the allied forces.

It does play interestingly on both sides though and serves more as a what if scenario, but as a US centric writer you know what's going to happen in the end.


SSN
SSN
by Tom Clancy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hunt for red october was good, this is trash, 16 Jun. 2010
This review is from: SSN (Paperback)
Do you ever remember the video games you played as a child where a single small agile fighter craft goes up against the Bydro empire or something like in R-Type?

This is sort of the same, whereby a single US attack sub annilates most of the Chinese navy single handedly without getting scratched.

Granted it does have some clancyisms about accuracy of military machines which was handled well in red storm rising but this as time goes on just feels more and more like propaganda.
Urk!


By Dawn's Early Light
By Dawn's Early Light
by David Hagberg
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars Team Amerika!, 16 Jun. 2010
I can tell this book is written for Americans and shouldn't have left the shores of the USA as all of the goodies (i.e. the Americans) are smart strong and respected they are flawless diamonds and have zero flaws which makes them feel fake.

America v baddies with no diplomacy involved.

There is also some excessive how should I call it gun fondling in this, people don't take up arms a rifle its gotta be the type of gun in intricate detail.

I think its a cash in on the excellent movie of the same name.


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