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French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France
3.74
Thank goodness I read this book. Many years ago I circum-cycled Tasmania and, on completion, thought about what my next challenge would be. Unsurprisi ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
The Electronic Whorehouse
3.56
A mostly engrossing book from a veteran journalist concerning the decentralisation of media, it's non-representative nature, it's near-complete subjug ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
Deep Ancestry: Inside The Genographic Project
3.81
There was potential here to make this a much more fascinating book. The science itself should be fascinating enough (noting inherited mutations and "c ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
The Terminal Man
3.09
An odd, sometimes disturbing and frustrating memoir from a gentleman who spent 18 years in an airport terminal. The story jumps back and forth in time ...more
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Sep 24, 2012
 
The Call of the Mall: How we shop
3.51
A patchy history, critique and explanation of the shopping mall. The book suffers quite a bit from its structure with the author very informally narra ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
The Castle in the Pyrenees
3.42
This work primarily concerns itself with the human soul: its existence (or otherwise) and its continuance (or otherwise) after material death. The pro ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
Freeing Tibet: 50 Years of Struggle, Resilience, and Hope
4.00
An intelligent and readable account of the efforts of Tibetans - and the related positions of successive U.S. administrations - to exercise autonomy a ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
The Men Who Killed QANTAS
3.35
Apparently some of The Men Who Killed Qantas are female. And they played their part in killing Qantas by sleeping with the passengers.



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Aug 01, 2011
 
Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5)
4.31
This was the first Dresden book I've actually read, after experiencing the preceding four on audiobook. Which was just as well as the rollicking pace ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
My Colombian Death
3.62
Hunter S. Thompson meets Bill Bryson in a gonzo travel-writing tome documenting a totally self-centred Australian's death wish journey to Columbia, an ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
In The Company Of Heroes
4.18
The movie Black Hawk Down portrayed a battle in the streets of Mogadishu between American forces and those of Somali warlords. Perhaps better than in ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
Going Under (Quantum Gravity #3)
3.68
I only made it to this, the third book in the Quantum Gravity series, on the potential indicated by the preceding two. While the genre clash and multi ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
Bruno, Chief Of Police (Bruno, Chief of Police #1)
3.79
Comfortably satisfies every anglo-held cliche regarding rural France. Indeed it could very well have been written by someone that had never been to th ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
The Secret Life of Backpackers
3.29
In many respects, the Australian East Coast trail is the destination of the world's least ambitious, or laziest, English-speaking backpackers. Similar ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
The Jesus Family Tomb: The Discovery That Will Change History Forever
3.56
Interesting account of the discovery (and rediscovery) of a tomb in Jerusalem containing remains that indicate a family with remarkable similarity to ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
Will Storr Vs. The Supernatural: One man's search for the truth about ghosts
3.88
Surprisingly little ego displayed by an author confident (or famous?) enough to pop his name in the title of this entertaining, balanced and readable ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
Compassion Fatigue: How the Media Sell Disease, Famine, War and Death
4.08
Given that journalism is not simply a recounting of the events that occurred during a day, but an information source that is budgeted, biased and blin ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut
4.13
A surpringly honest, emotionally baring, funny and mostly modest tale from an American astronaut. As one of the first new intake of gifted and skilled ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
Jesus Weed: The misadventures of a young man in search of the perfect high
3.40
I think regular marijuana users would love this book: an autobiographical account from a chronic user who gets the chicks, has unbelievable adventures ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
Halting State (Halting State, #1)
3.78
Choc-full of bright ideas on the uses and pervasity of computer technology in the near-future this book should come with a warning: Do Not Approach Wi ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
4.07
There's something about Scandinavian crime fiction that appeals to my tastes. Perhaps the Australian love of space - in a geographical sense - transla ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
The Crystal Skull
3.17
In the vein of the more popular Dan Brown thrillers, a mystery from the past must be solved to secure the future. In some regards the plot seems like ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
Catch Me If You Can: The True Story Of A Real Fake
4.00
I was first introduced to this book on a long bus ride by our coach driver. That he preceded his recommendation with "I don't read books, but..." didn ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
The Geographer's Library
3.00
A very ordinary history-based mystery that's a feeble attempt to garner some appreciation after the success of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon novels. Whil ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
Judgement Day: The Trial of Slobodan Milosevic
4.33
Read the blurb, read Nicholas Whyte's Super Review below (super in length and quality), there's not much else you need to know. What I find most amazi ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
Selling Out (Quantum Gravity #2)
3.68
I'd hoped by Book 2 of this series that the heavy lifting (describing the multiverse, races and philosophies, development of the identities of and rel ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
Knockdown: The Harrowing True Account of a Yacht Race Turned Deadly
4.10
Crikey... Initially strays a bit too much into a macho, "boys' own adventure" style of writing, sometimes about things the author may not necessarily ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
Keeping It Real (Quantum Gravity #1)
3.45
Full of big and intriguing, somewhat only half-realised, ideas, the book is predominately a sketch of the worlds and dimensions that will host subsequ ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
The Road to Martyrs' Square: A Journey Into the World of the Suicide Bomber
3.58
Scattered collection of anecdotes from an American couple not entirely sure of what they were doing in and around Palestine in the first place. This l ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
 
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
3.66
I know autobiographies are meant to be self-centred, but... The style of writing and the intellect behind it is enough to give the author another chan ...more
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Aug 01, 2011
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