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He died with a splitting maul in his skull.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-09-2017

I have always enjoyed John Birmingham's writing, and it feels like he's having a great time blowing off steam in this fast paced tale of an ordinary man who unexpectedly gains super-powers. Unexpectedly light and fun, l loved every minute of it.

How a film critic is made.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-05-2015

If you are reading this review, you are probably aware of Mark Kermode who, along with Simon Mayo, hosts the BBC's "Flagship" movie review show.

In this book Mark charts his journey from be-coiffed lovable radical feminist Bolshevik student agitator, to be-coiffed ranty radio review royalty. And what a journey it is, culminating in a disastrous trip to the set of "Dark Waters", a low budget horror film shot in the former soviet union.

Along the way we get enough anecdotes about actors, film-makers and musicians to keep the book rollicking along, and the fact that the material is read by the author himself in his most dulcet radio presenter tones is a bonus.

So is it any good? Well, it's way better than "Sex and the City 2", but still not quite as good as "The Exorcist" (which Mark believes is the greatest film of all time).

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Before Douglas Adams

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-05-2015

This highly entertaining comedic Sci-Fi book from 1969 prefigured Douglas Adams 'Hitchiker's Guide' in many ways; the story begins with protagonist Carmody suffering at the hands of a galactic bureaucracy etc. The source material is witty and acerbic, and the charming performance by John Hodgman really brings it to life. This is a gem that deserves repeat listenings.