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Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice
Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice
by Colin Renfrew
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars I love that this book is on my shelf., 25 Jan. 2010
Theres an omnipotent feeling to this book when you crack it open first and there is just no better foundation text for the archaeology undergrad student. Obviously its point is the practical aspects of archaeological investigation so its nothing near an all encompassing book and the poor student will no doubt have to get many more as the years go on but you can rest assured that this brilliant tome will be ready for investigation or referencing the moment you need it.


The Count of Monte Cristo (Wordsworth Classics)
The Count of Monte Cristo (Wordsworth Classics)
by Alexandre Dumas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.50

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am Edmond Dantes., 25 Jan. 2010
There are many excellent reviews for this book already so for so im going to forgo the story review and cut straight to a very important point. In addition to said excellent story reviews there are a number of reviewers advising caution with what translation you get which is of course sound advice as the Robin Buss translation seems to be universally well thought of, however i thought i'd give my two cents on the 1846 translation which is what i read in case people are worried that their original version is unreadable by comparison to the penguin 1996 one. The simple answer is absolutely not, i havent had the pleasure of reading the Buss translation yet but the original is extremely engrossing and lacking very little for what i was able to tell. So not to worry if you got the original translation for Christmas but were told it doesnt campare, it might not but i loved it and im sure you will too.


The Big Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Mystery (Penguin Fiction)
The Big Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Mystery (Penguin Fiction)
by Raymond Chandler
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard boiled madness., 22 Dec. 2009
Philip Marlowe is possibly one of the coolest characters ever created, hes the embodiment of that wonderful hard boiled detachment that you just dont come across done even remotely successfully elsewhere(Im looking at you Sam Spade). The big sleep is in my opinion the top crime novel, full of wonderful 30's language, incredibly diverse and complex characters and a plot so enthralling and nuanced ive had to go back several times to enjoy this book properly. However understandably a plot such as this might be for the Extremely casual reader a little bit confusing however please dont let that put you off because its so worth it.

To finish up there are a number of famous crime novels from this period and earlier again that have become quite influential in film and literature but if you want the big daddy of all our great modern hard boiled stories(Kiss kiss bang bang, payback etc) then look no further!


The Complete McAuslan
The Complete McAuslan
by George MacDonald Fraser
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, 22 Dec. 2009
This review is from: The Complete McAuslan (Paperback)
Let me pre-empt my review by saying that i absolutely adore Flashman, both the character and nearly every one of the books so when i picked this book up i did so with a few ideas already square in my mind. Firstly i'd never heard of it and i had heard of the pyrates and reavers, both of which are not nearly as highly thought of as Flashman leading me to wrongly assume that this must be a lesser book to those. and secondly i assumed Flashman to be the absolutely peak of this mans writing talent...i was wrong. Flashman is a stunning read but McAuslan is equally as enjoyable for different reasons perhaps. FM and McA are equally as humorous and fun and while Fm is no doubt more exciting and action packed there was just nothing better then starting the second or third McAuslan book to return to the same characters who GMDF's wonderful writing had made you come to love the first time round, Flashman has of course little or no recurring characters. In fact the characters are what makes this book fantastic, every one of them. Flashman is all about the history and locals, something that is sidelined quite a lot here.

I understand this is not a very detailed review(Badly written to boot) but if could just get one thing across is that both FM and McA are equally good in very different ways and for some unknown reason McA is not nearly as highly regarded, so to all FM lovers out there dont weep when you turn the last page, head for your nearest bookshop and pick up this gem because i guarantee you wont be disappointed, all the magic of George McDonalds Fraser's writing is in here. Buy it!


Flashman at the Charge (The Flashman Papers, Book 7)
Flashman at the Charge (The Flashman Papers, Book 7)
by George MacDonald Fraser
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!, 25 Mar. 2008
Im currently on my 7th Flashman book but anytime i think of my favourite(As almost impossible a question that may be) i inevitable come back to this episode. Its almost perfection in bringing together the the ingredients that make the flashman books so brilliant which would be in my humble opinion, historical realism, empathy for the main character(come on who says they wouldnt do the same thing), action and both excellent characters and character dialogue. For a prime example of the Brilliance that is Flashman, see here and Damn your eyes if you think otherwise!


Animal Farm: A Fairy Story
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story
by George Orwell
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most important satire ever written., 2 Feb. 2007
Orwells totalitarian allegory is one of the most powerful books ive ever read and one i will never forget. Orwell took immediate control of me as a reader(As he has for every subsequent book of his that i have read) and illicited from me every conceivable emotion a book can. I was caught completely off guard at how effectively he could portray the inherent flaws and drawbacks to the the Marxist vision using such a simple setting.

This book while thankfully no longer particularly relevant to todays times will forever remain one of the most important pieces of literature ever written and one that should be read by everyone at some point in their lives.


Rome: The Complete HBO Season 1 (6 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [2006]
Rome: The Complete HBO Season 1 (6 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Kevin McKidd
Price: £14.40

20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly visceral experience., 2 Feb. 2007
This is by far one of the most realistic and factual history based tv shows i've ever seen. Not only does it show Rome as it most likely was warts and all(Its not very often you get to use a roman phrase thats actually relevant to the subject) but is in fact also a learning experience for most who are justifiably ignorant of roman history. Yes, they've taken poetic license where necessary but their admirable dedication to the truth as much as possible makes these situations quite rare.

For a truly mind-blowing and factual historical voyage look no further then Rome and my congratulations to HBO and the BBC for this fine achievement.


Talladega Nights [DVD] [2006] [2007]
Talladega Nights [DVD] [2006] [2007]
Dvd ~ Will Ferrell
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £1.91

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ferrells best yet., 2 Feb. 2007
I wouldn't consider myself a huge frat pack fan but this is one of the finest of them all. A highly enjoyable romp and another win for ferrell.


Picture This
Picture This
by Joseph Heller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.64

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Heller fans., 1 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Picture This (Paperback)
As the reviews before mine have already stated more accurately then i could the premise of this book i wont deal with that aspect. I will however tell you that this book is a far reach (intentionally of course) from Catch 22 so do not expect even a similar style of writing, this book is only periodically satirical and is more about the author humorous insight into a set of histories so in depth and long that for most people would have no starting point. This is a highly enjoyable book but is not as easy to read as Catch 22, its a tougher subject but in the end is worth every moment. It would be easy and obvious for me to recommend this book only to Heller fans who understand his writing or history buffs who understand the subject but i will however recommend it to everyone as its a hidden gem that anyone with even a passing interest in industrial, hellenic or artistic history should give a go.

Enjoy.


Uncle John's Biggest Ever Bathroom Reader: Tracing the Roots of Violence (Bathroom Readers)
Uncle John's Biggest Ever Bathroom Reader: Tracing the Roots of Violence (Bathroom Readers)
by Bathroom Readers' Institute
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.56

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never will sitting on the toilet be boring again!!, 10 Aug. 2004
The first time i read this book i was a little hazy on its premise coupled with my sceptisism on how interesting it was going to be, i was pleasently surprised to say the least. This book has hundreds of mini stories that can be read in a matter of minutes(Therefore perfect for the bathroom) ranging from stories about the White House to famous Hollywood movies. this book is extremely enjoyable, perfect for a bit of entertainment when you have a few minutes on your hands, i recommend it to anyone!


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