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Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics
4.14
liked it
I won't pretend that this is an easy book to read; even a football fan like myself found it very dry and occasionally difficult to continue reading. T ...more
Feb 14, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
 
Troubles
3.79
really liked it
JG Farrell’s Troubles is the third Man Booker Prize winner, although technically, it was only awarded in 2010, as the Lost Man Booker Prize.

"It may be
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Jan 15, 2015
Dec 31, 2014
 
I Am The Secret Footballer: Lifting the Lid on the Beautiful Game
3.45
it was ok
Don't believe the hype.

Although it's not terribly written, the content itself is largely dull, self-aggrandising, oh-woe-is-me stuff. His piece on dep
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Oct 13, 2013
Sep 25, 2013
 
I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan
4.18
really liked it
For those of us that have grown up with Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge, this book will either have you excited with anticipation, or fearful that his m ...more
Oct 17, 2011
Oct 12, 2011
 
Hammer of the Gods
3.83
it was amazing
I've always liked Led Zeppelin but for some reason, it's taken me to the age of 35 before I felt like reading this book. I really wish I had picked it ...more
Sep 05, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
 
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)
4.20
really liked it
Probably the weakest of the trilogy, IMO, but not weak enough that I felt that it deserved anything less than 4 stars. Okay, perhaps 3.5 if I was able ...more
Feb 04, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
 
The Elected Member
3.63
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I was all set to give this a 5-star rating, but I felt slightly disappointed by the ratcheting up of the religion in the last few pa ...more
Dec 18, 2014
Dec 16, 2014
 
In a Free State
3.49
it was ok
V.S. Naipaul’s 1971 novel, In a Free State is my least favourite Booker Prize winner, so far. I didn’t hate it, but I was almost two-thirds of the way ...more
Feb 12, 2015
Jan 20, 2015
 
Coffin Dodgers
3.21
liked it
I've now read Coffin Dodgers twice and enjoyed it just as much (if not more) on the second read.

As the synopsis tells you, Coffin Dodgers tells the t
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Jun 06, 2011
Jun 14, 2011
 
Eddy Merckx: The Cannibal
3.87
really liked it
Two main thoughts reside at the closing of is book.

The first is that Friebe's writing is easy, low impact and conversational - for the first half of
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Dec 09, 2014
Nov 15, 2014
 
Norwegian Wood
4.02
really liked it
This is the first Murakami book I've read and I really enjoyed it.

A little bit of a slow burner, it had me hooked by Chapter 3 or 4 and I couldn't put
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Sep 20, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
 
The Old Man and the Sea
3.73
really liked it
This is the first Hemingway book I've read and I picked it up having visited his house in Key West, recently. I knew within the first few pages that I ...more
Feb 26, 2012
Feb 19, 2012
 
The Long Midnight Of Barney Thomson (Barney Thomson, #1)
3.68
really liked it
4 stars might be a wee bit generous for a book that didn't really get going until around the halfway mark, but such was the enjoyment I got out of tha ...more
Oct 04, 2011
Sep 29, 2011
 
Jupiter's Travels
4.17
it was amazing
I think I'm currently experiencing quite a severe bout of Wanderlust.

Simon's book tells of his mid-70s, four-year trip around the world on a Triumph m
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Jul 21, 2008
Jul 08, 2008
 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
4.61
really liked it
*** SPOILER ***

So, we've finally reached the end. And a fitting end it was, too. An overlong, but still fantastically enjoyable book that only suffers
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Feb 07, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
 
Alexander Hamilton
4.26
it was amazing
What is there to say about Chernow's Alexander Hamilton that hasn't been said before? Answer: nothing.

There's no doubt that Hamilton was an amazing (
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Dec 05, 2016
May 22, 2016
 
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
3.96
liked it
I actually preferred this to the first Freakonomics book, although I think that might've been due to me having rather low expectations. The first book ...more
Aug 17, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
 
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
4.01
it was ok
World War Z - the movie of the book - was recently being filmed in Glasgow so, although I'd been aware of it for sometime, I thought it only right tha ...more
Sep 28, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
 
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
4.27
really liked it
Fascinating insight into not only the Tarahumara tribe in Mexico, but also the evolution of runners as a species, as it were.

For me, it takes a little
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Sep 11, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
 
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
4.22
really liked it
The second of Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy is as good as the first, although perhaps suffers from having too many irrelevant characters.

Salandar'
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Jan 24, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
 
Chopper
3.64
it was ok
Having rewatched the film recently, I thought it was about time that I picked up one of Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read's books. This is the first of ten ...more
Sep 08, 2008
Sep 03, 2008
 
Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence
3.50
really liked it
I wish I'd read it earlier although, to be truthful, there wasn't a whole lot in here that I didn't believe (or know, in some cases) already. Perhaps ...more
Dec 14, 2014
Nov 13, 2014
 
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
4.53
liked it
Not entirely sure how to review / rate this book. The good: the climactic scenes are handled much better in the book than the movie; Ron and Hermione ...more
Jan 21, 2011
Jun 14, 2011
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
really liked it
A great ending to the series, and at times fascinatingly morbid and destructive; especially so, given the target audience.

At times, it suffers from no
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Aug 30, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
4.46
really liked it
I guess this would be the "coming of age" book. Full of teenage angst, the Order of the Phoenix is the first Harry Potter book that successfully sets ...more
Jan 29, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
 
Ghost Riders: Travels With American Nomads
4.05
really liked it
Travel writer Richard Grant explores the American Nomad, from Native Americans right up to present day RV owners, covering the majority of the America ...more
Jul 15, 2008
Jul 08, 2008
 
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
4.05
liked it
Bill Bryson is a wonderful writer - on of my favourite authors, in fact - but this is one of the few books of his that I probably won't pick up for a ...more
Feb 20, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
 
Let the Right One In
4.07
really liked it
Brutal.

From the horrific descriptions of the Vampires, through the aftermath of a face burnt with acid, to the constant references of a paeodophilic n
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Oct 12, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
 
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
4.30
really liked it
Better than the first book, where my biggest complaint was the overwrought descriptions of hair and makeup. This has very little of that, and has a cr ...more
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
 
Football Manager Stole My Life
3.28
did not like it
1-star for Iain Macintosh's bits, but that's about it. Could've been a really interesting look at the Football Manager series of games, but this reall ...more
Sep 09, 2013
Sep 09, 2013
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