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  • Carnet de voyage by Thompson, Craig,
    ★☆☆☆☆

    If it was just art and no commentary, it'd be wonderful. Unfortunately the artist's ignorant, self-loathing, mopey, and narcissistic personality shines through in every word. 

    Reviewed by Robert N on Oct 20, 2017

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  • In real life by Doctorow, Cory.
    ★★☆☆☆

    The story is ok, naive and simplistic and ignorant, but ok. For anyone familiar with CD's other works, the evident recycling of the material detracts from the overall experience. 

    Reviewed by Robert N on Oct 20, 2017

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  • Sharpe's company : Richard Sharpe and the siege… by Cornwell, Bernard.
    ★★★☆☆

    Third to be written but now the 13th in the internal chronology. The contrast to later-written sequels is jarring. Our hero is more mopey, his nemesis is cartoonishly villainous, and a  minor officer's WWJD level of devotion and emulation is unbelievable.

    Reviewed by Robert N on Oct 17, 2017

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  • Mother, Jugs & Speed
    ★★★★★

    A first-rate, dark comedy that is sadly overlooked. Not without flaws - undeveloped characters, major players introduced only in the third act, unexplained and underdeveloped plot points - but these are overwhelmed by the overt and implied social commentary.  half a dozen of the scenes would make Mel Brooks blush and get other directors lynched today. 

    Reviewed by Robert N on Oct 17, 2017

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  • Sharpe's battle : Richard Sharpe and the Battle… by Cornwell, Bernard.
    ★★★★☆

    All the expected pieces of a Sharpe novel are here, but there are too many passages where our titular hero vanishes for a dozen pages or more while random battle scenes are described. 

    Reviewed by Robert N on Oct 17, 2017

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  • Odd and the Frost Giants by Gaiman, Neil.
    ★★★★★

    Beware, ye mortals, who would meddle in the affairs of gods.  Gaiman once again takes the familiar bones of our collective folklore and crafts an entirely new classic upon them.  

    Reviewed by Robert N on Oct 14, 2017

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