Derek Bridge
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Forces of Nature by Brian Cox
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Beautifully-illustrated and quite lyrical, as with Cox's other BBC publications. But I found this one a harder read, maybe due to its ambitions - a delve into fundamental, including quantum physics, which is never going to be an easy read.
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Heartland by Patrick McCabe
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"Waiting for Godot" meets "Reservoir Dogs" meets every novel that McCabe has written. Key plot lines are not explained enough nor properly resolved; the main denouement is too facile (assuming it's to be taken literally) and a night-long jungle juice ...more
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Science in the Soul by Richard Dawkins
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Nothing new here if you know your Dawkins. But I tore through it and enjoyed nearly every word all the same. Those who snipe at Dawkins (and he's not a wholly likable character)... but those who snipe do so because they cannot win arguments against h ...more
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The Pianoplayers by Anthony Burgess
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This is a book of three parts, although there is a unifying theme. The first is a fictionalized biography of Burgess's own father, a cinema pianoplayer, and this is by far the best of the three parts. Here Burgess captures a bygone age with his erudi ...more
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A Fool's Alphabet by Sebastian Faulks
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This is a fairly charming non-chronological account of a life, told in 26 chapters, each headed by an A to Z of place names from that life. Perhaps its main message, in the words of one of its characters, is that this (like any other) is just one ver ...more
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Oxygen by Nick Lane
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This is something of a tour de force. It synthesizes many areas of science to describe the role of oxygen in the history of our planet, life on the planet and ageing and age-related diseases. Indeed, the latter comes as something of a surprise, since ...more
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The Gospel According to Blindboy by Blindboy Boatclub
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Blindboy can add short-story writing to his list of many talents. But this collection is not wholly satisfactory. There are some great ideas, and the execution is good. But there's something missing. Perhaps playing too much to his perceived audience ...more
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A Small Town in Germany by John le Carré
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There is a lovely sense of people not telling everything they know in this early Le Carre. All superbly well-controlled, and quite thrilling by the end.
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House of Names by Colm Tóibín
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This gets its 4 stars for Toibin's writing style: brilliant as ever. But I'm not sure about the endeavour here. A novelised version of some Greek myths. Novelised to fill in events; novelised to add psychology. With psychology, we have less need of t ...more
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Troutstream by Gerald Lynch
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There's something very well-written about this; and there's even something Joycean about it. But there's the rub too. I've no idea what it was about!
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