Catch 22 author's autobiography.I loved Catch 22 and I wanted to love this, but the non-sequential structure that underpins that seminal book reoccurs here and it just doesn't work. The events he jumps back and forth between are simply too unmemorable. Heller has lead an interesting life so why he downplays his airforce days and chooses to devote so much time to a dull childhood, flavourless descriptions of bus rides and tiresome sessions with psychiatrists is beyond me. Just as we're getting to some great stuff about Coney Island hoodlums the book ends.I can only relate reading Now and Then to walking past a Michelin-starred restaurant, smelling the fine flavours emanating from its kitchens but never being allowed in to taste them. Heller won't let us in either.
Some convincing theories about the lost civilisation fatally weekened by the equal credence given to "channeled" information from psychics and mediums. The circumstantial evidence soon mounts up and I was left with the impression that Atlantis could well have existed - though whether this was down to the author's argument or the sledghammer repetition of ideas and concepts I don't know. The cover's rubbish, too. It looks like a children's book. But having said all that, I enjoyed reading it and would certainly recommend it to those with an interest in the topic.
Oh, Flashman, you cheeky scamp! What are you up to today?"Well, Mr Bookface, I've been kidnapped by Chancellor Bismark and forced to impersonate a Danish prince. But don't wory, I'm sure to fit some fighting, drinking and whoring in along the way!"This second Flashman novel is my personel favourite. Wonderfully politically incorrect, funny and full of fascinating military history. Go buy it! Buy all the Flashman books! Now!
Trying to explain the plot of an Irving novel is like trying to platt steam but, in a nutshell, a forthright, no-nonsense, politically active nurse conceives a child with a brain-damaged patient who then dies. The resulting offspring goes on to have adventures varying from the sublime to the ridiculous- all of them enjoyable for the reader. Go out and buy yourself a copy!
Hideously-scarred woman goes on the run with insane pre-operative transexual. Adventures follow.Let's face it, Palahniuk doesn't write great female characters. Especially when one of them's a man. Still, this book contains enough energy and imagination to more than make up for it.
"Basic Instinct" screenwriter's autobiography.One thing you'll work out pretty quickly is that Mr Eszterhas is not what you'd call a humble man. But humble people seldom write interesting autobiographies.This is a venomous, slanderous, back-biting book and all the better for it. Interesting Fact: Sharon Stone claims it's all lies, but who believes a word she says?
If the U.K publicity's to be believed, then Young Stalin is a wild, bodice-ripping romp tinged with political intrigue. Well, the young Stalin did indeed live an exciting, adventure-packed life, but Simon Sebag Montefiore's retelling is more sedate and scholarly than advertised. This is not his fault. Viewed in a more academic light, this big book is interesting, informative and extremely well-written. Dictator Fact of the Day: Did you know Stalin used to be a weatherman?
An interesting insight into the crazy world of the Mitford sisters, rendered in their own words. A good counterpoint to the many books written about them. Very long, though, so probably not recommended to those with just a passing interest (like myself unfortunately). However, I can see that same length being a major plus point to devotees.Anyway, who'd a thought it? Nancy was a troubled, two-faced shrew; fascist-sympathiser, Diana, a loyal, devoted mother; and Deborah, now Duchess of Devonshire, a hard-working business woman with a wonderfully dry sense of humour. Well, you live and learn.