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Big Fish
**spoiler alert** I bought this novel based on my enjoyment of the Tim Burton film, but was surprised at how slender it was considering the vast amoun ...more
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Jan 30, 2009
Meditation for Beginners
Trying several directions on meditation from books beforehand with relatively little success and a lot of frustration, Jack Kornfield was a breath of ...more
Apr 27, 2009
Jan 08, 2009
The Swimming Pool Library
Hollinghurst doesn't seem to know whether he is writing a homoerotic adventure, or a political exploration of gay culture in 80s London. He tries both ...more
Jul 26, 2010
Apr 30, 2010
Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought
I picked this up hoping to get some insight into Scientologist beliefs, but I don't feel all that much more informed. The very basic principles of Sci ...more
Apr 22, 2009
Mar 15, 2009
The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons: Buddhist Themes in Modern Fantasy
Loy needs to be thanked for pointing out an essential truth. If Buddhist thought is to permiate beyond the purely intellectual in Western society, it ...more
Feb 27, 2011
Nov 01, 2010
As far as I'm concerned, this is perhaps Shakespeare's finest play and interestingly, beloved the whole world over (Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's ...more
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Jan 08, 2009
The Fantastic Journey
Croft delivers a retro tale of fantasy set in 1960 East Anglia. Initially concerned I would find his simplistic tone offputting, I found the innocent ...more
Apr 05, 2009
Mar 15, 2009
Introducing Psychology
An excellent introduction, or refresher of the main ideas of Psychology, covering subjects such as the origins of Psychological thought, different sub ...more
Feb 24, 2010
Apr 10, 2009
Animal Farm
Orwell's politically allegorical Animal Farm is another must read classic. A dark cautionary tale of the dangers of behaving like sheep in a world of ...more
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Jan 01, 2009
The Canterbury Tales: A Selection
The Crown Jewels of English literature as funny, saucy, thought-provoking and dramatic as they were when they were written some six-hundred years ago, ...more
Mar 22, 2010
Jan 01, 2009
Japanese Women Don't Get Old Or Fat: Delicious Slimming And Anti Ageing Secrets
This book was a huge inspiration to me, inspiring a new passion for food and changing the way I eat dramatically. This was not as some people labeled ...more
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Jan 01, 2009
Introducing Jesus
As I've mentioned in a previous review, this series of books is written in a 'Horrible Histories' style with large illustrations dominating the main a ...more
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Jan 08, 2009
The Flight of Dragons
A fantastical, fictionalised study of dragonlore. Dickinson, a Cambridge university professor, examines the dragon's place in the human psyche and exp ...more
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Dec 29, 2009
Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6)
Pratchett lampoons Oscar Wilde, the American Vaudeville circuit and the traditional Christmas pantomime as he irreverently takes on Shakespeare's stag ...more
Jun 19, 2010
Aug 25, 2009
I, Robot (Robot, #0.1)
How aptly chosen is the well punctuated title 'I, Robot'. Set in futuristic human society, Asimov centers his witty collection of short stories around ...more
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Nov 03, 2010
Slaughterhouse Five or the Children's Crusade
Vonnegut is frank and unsentimental; avoids patronising consolations or biased condemnation in reminding us - as if one needed reminding - of the horr ...more
Dec 02, 2010
Oct 18, 2010
Water for Elephants
This seems to be a very popular choice, so I'd imagine my opinion is the unpopular one. However, whatever magic readers find in Water for Elephants wa ...more
Mar 28, 2011
Sep 19, 2010
A Study in Scarlet: Dossier
What can I say? To anyone lucky enough to come across one of these rareties, its value is evident just by flicking through it. It is the tale of one o ...more
Jul 19, 2009
Jul 11, 2009
Northern Lights (His Dark Materials, #1)
When I first read Northern Lights, I was not impressed. However, I am glad that I was persuaded to give it a re-read and the upcoming release of the ( ...more
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Jan 01, 2009
The Midwich Cuckoos
Painfully slow-paced and ramblingly tedious, what starts out as a brilliantly creepy premise that HP Lovecraft would have been proud to call his own r ...more
Apr 19, 2010
Aug 21, 2009
365 Dalai Lama: Daily Advice from the Heart
A reassuringly thick, hardbacked book packed with quotes from his Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Although often repeating very similar quotes in an effort ...more
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Jan 08, 2009
Buddha's Little Instruction Book
A small, pocket sized book with beautiful, watercoloured background images throughout quoting thousands of years of Buddhist wisdom, each quote presen ...more
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Jan 08, 2009
The Adventure of English
Extraordinarily rich and passionate biographical look at the English language, from its unwritten origins to Beowulf, 1066, The Canterbury Tales and S ...more
Mar 31, 2010
Mar 09, 2010
Characters From Tolkien: A Bestiary
As with David Day's other book, 'A Guide to Tolkein', Characters of Tolkein is a comprehensive resource, listing the characters you are likely to come ...more
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Jan 08, 2009
Burnt Shadows
If Shamsie's Burnt Shadows has a flaw, its in that it tries to do so much in so few pages. Opening in Nagasaki during the mid 1940s, the tale follows ...more
May 30, 2009
May 23, 2009
The Dark Horse Book of the Dead (The Dark Horse Book of..., #3)
A creepy selection box of short extracts from quality graphic novels based around the theme of the walking, hungry dead - plus a dark short story by c ...more
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May 24, 2010
The War of the Worlds
One of the most famed tales from one of the forefathers of the science fiction genre, spawning various films and musical tributes and every bit as cap ...more
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Dec 30, 2008
Fillerbunny in My Worst Book Yet!
Even for me, this is a step too far into the realms of bad taste. There were a few purile giggles to be had here and there, but mostly, its hard to ge ...more
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Jan 01, 2009
Anime Essentials: Every Thing a Fan Needs to Know
A rather unfortunately out-of-date guide to a fast-moving subject which has positively exploded in the past few years. Although not without the occasi ...more
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Oct 24, 2009
Batman: Gothic
Not too bad - even if I did have a giggle at some of the funny suprised faces 'Bats' pulled occasionally. An exciting, well-paced plot marred only by ...more
May 07, 2010
May 05, 2010
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