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1. Scottish Male Singers: Lonnie
2. The Crow Road
3. Hide and Seek (BBC MP3-CD Audio
4. Losin' my religion (Insight for
5. Knots and Crosses: Complete &
6. People From Crieff: Ewan Mcgregor,
7. Till Doomsday in the Afternoon:

1. Scottish Male Singers: Lonnie Donegan, Fish, David Byrne, Jimmy Somerville, Rod Stewart, Bert Jansch, Ewan Mcgregor, Midge Ure, Jack Bruce
Paperback: 510 Pages (2010-09-15)
list price: US$57.17 -- used & new: US$41.73
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Asin: 1155802721
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Chapters: Lonnie Donegan, Fish, David Byrne, Jimmy Somerville, Rod Stewart, Bert Jansch, Ewan Mcgregor, Midge Ure, Jack Bruce, Al Stewart, Leon Jackson, Paolo Nutini, Calvin Harris, Ian Anderson, Ian Wallace, David Sneddon, Mike Scott, Billy Mackenzie, Jim Diamond, Gerry Rafferty, Frankie Miller, B. A. Robertson, Harry Lauder, Darius Campbell, Will Fyffe, Dick Gaughan, Kyle Falconer, Marti Pellow, Eric Woolfson, Ben Jelen, J. R. Black, Simon Neil, Robin Williamson, Malcolm Middleton, Francis Healy, Andrew Montgomery, Brian Connolly, Sean Porteous, Doogie White, Gallagher and Lyle, Ray Wilson, Roddy Woomble, Kris Drever, Junior Campbell, Aidan Moffat, Ramsey Kanaan, Roddy Frame, Freddie Stevenson, Karl Denver, Davey Johnstone, Andy Stewart, Justin Currie, Donnie Munro, Jesse Rae, Scott Fitzgerald, Norman Blake, Gary Clark, Jimmy Macbeath, Hamish Stuart, Nick Peterson, Gordon Fraser, Jimmy Logan, Neil Mackie, Colin Waterson, Ricky Ross, Jim Kerr, Paul Quinn, Kenneth Mckellar, Brian Mcneill, Jim Dewar, Sydney Macewan, Les Mckeown, Rory Macdonald, Glen Daly, Chris Connelly, Martin Smith, Davey Pattison, Derek Shulman, Dave Mackintosh, Willie Gardner, Mike Starrs, Kevin Mcdermott, Ian Cussick, Jackie Mckeown, Alan Mair, John Mcindoe, George Mitchell, John Abell, Justin Osuji, Grant Campbell, Calum Kennedy, Owen Paul, William Thomson, Scott Frew, Sydney Devine, Tam White, Hamish Imlach, Dan Mccafferty, Gerry Mcghee, Billy Lyall, Nick Keir, Jack Green, Andy M. Stewart, Richard Sanderson, Stuart Tosh, Colin Macfarlane, Greg Kane, Alan King, Rico, Bryan Mcmenamin. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 508. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Roderick David "Rod" Stewart, CBE (born 10 January 1945) is a British singer-songwriter born and raised in London, England and currently residing in Epping. He...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=105407 ... Read more

2. The Crow Road
by Iain Banks, Ewan Stewart
 Audio Cassette: Pages (1999-08)
list price: US$96.95
Isbn: 0754000249
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A new novel from the author of CANAL DREAMS and THE WASP FACTORY, which explores the subjects of God, sex, death, Scotland, and motor cars. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Quirky, complex, worth the effort.
"I just pick up my stories as I amble along, little bits of this, little bits of that. It gets easier the longer you've been at it."This quote from author Iain Banks is a perfect description of how 'The Crow Road: A Novel' comes together.There's a lot going on in this novel, and its not a book you can leave by the bedside and read before sleep.You've got to be alert or you'll be endlessly confused.
Prentice narrates a good deal of the story, the rest is narrated in 3rd person.Prentice is well written as a 20ish student with little direction, plenty of emotion, a smidge of confusion, and a wicked sense of humor.He loves his family, can't manage conflict, is unable to express his emotions in any meaningful way, and engages in self-destructive activities right when you think he should straighten up and deal with his life.All in all, a pretty typical 20-ish male.He returns to his home, a small village in Scotland (from Glasgow where he attends uni) for his beloved grandmother's funeral.We are then introduced to the remainder of his family, save his missing uncle.Rory has been missing for years, and if Prentice can find him, perhaps he can find himself as well.He is given stacks of Rory's papers to go through, writings from his past, as well as hints to where he may have gone.Did he abandon his previous life?Is he hiding somewhere in an exotic locale?Did someone kill him?Banks' ability to follow Prentice along, introduce us to multiple other characters, jump back to the past, while throwing in a little romance is a sign of his genius as a writer.The Scottish verbage throughout takes you right to Scotland and you feel the chill air, see the fog, and ultimately care about these people.The Crow Road is an excellent read, a family saga that will grab ahold of you as you amble along.

4-0 out of 5 stars More traditional novel for Iain Banks, and still entertaining!
Sometimes there's a lot of meaning and power in a simple opening line."Call me Ishmael."Now there's a classic.

How about, "It was the day my grandmother exploded."

That's how The Crow Road begins, with a taste of the macabre, gloom, and, well, action in a perverse way.But this opening line morphs into something understandable, and the novel begins.

Prentice McHoan, is obsessed with his missing Uncle Rory and the untouchable beauty Verity.McHoan's family has its idiocentricities, and there is tension regarding religion, politics, and relationships.

""But dad, Mrs. McBeath says there is so a God, and you'll go to a bad place.'
'Mrs. McBeath is an idiot.'
'No she's a teacher, dad!She's a teacher!' (p. 25-26).

As Kenneth and Prentice were discussing the very sudden death of one of Prentice's friends. Kenneth said "'Fairness is something we made up... It's an idea.The universe isn't fair or unfair; it works by mathematics, physics, chemistry, biochemistry... Things happen; it takes a mind to come along and call them fair or not.'" (p. 337).And later, Kenneth argues, "'You're too frightened to admit how big everything else is, what the scales of the universe are, compared to ours; distance and time.You can't accept that individually, we're microscopic; here for an eye-blink.Might be headed for better things, but no guarantees.Trouble is, people can't believe they're not the centre of things, so they come up with all these pathetic stories about God and life after death and life before birth, but that's cowardice.Sheer cowardice.And because it's the product of cowardice, it promotes it; 'The Lord is my shepherd'. Thanks a ... lot. So we've got to live like sheep'" (p. 337).

Banks flows the story between generations, focusing on Kenneth, McHoan's father, and McHoan.There is a lot of storytelling, real and imagined.

The title?"Her flat was on Crow Road, not all that far away, down near Jordanhill.As she showed me into the place, down a hall lined with old movie posters, I asked her if she'd heard Grandma Margot use the saying:away the Crow Road (or the Craw Rod, if she was being especially broad-accented that day).It meant dying; being dead.'Aye, he's away the crow road," meant 'He's dead.'" (p. 126).

There's mystery developed in this book, and Banks works to tie off all the loose strings before the end.Enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Scottish blackbird pie
This is by turns a mystery, a family saga, a contemporary love story, a coming of age novel, and a celebration of the soul of Scotland. All baked together under the author's withering, relentless satiric eye for exposing hypocrisy and telling the truth, whatever difficulties that poses for oneself and others. "Crow Road" is both the residence of Rory (uncle of the book's narrator Prentice McHoan) who serves as a role model to the young man as someone who lives relatively free from society's constraints. Prentice's growth throughout the book is in integrating those values with the necessity to work, love, and live in the world. Crow Road is also a symbol of death, as family members one by one succumb to their various fates, to the consternation of Prentice, and the imaginal figure of Rory after his death continues to mediate for Prentice, reminding him of the frailties and glories of the transient present. "The Crow Road" is perhaps the best of Banks' realist novels that I have read (although "Whit" still may be my favorite). In any case, it is highly recommended. I also liked the BBC miniseries of "Crow Road." It is a worthy adaptation and well worth checking out on Netflix.

2-0 out of 5 stars Could not get into this book
I gave it a good try, but when 3/4 of the way through the novel, you aren't sure what the plot or message is, you have to put it down. There isn't a thing wrong wiht the writing - I rather enjoyed the author's voice at times - but good writing wasn't enough to support this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars In The Midst Of Life We Are In Death
I'm afraid I can't join in the profusion of plaudits of The Crow Road as a literary work, but nor can I dismiss it as being "boring" or "too long" as other readers have.Yes, the book is indeed witty, and I truly don't understand the problems with "Scottish dialect" that other reviewers seem gratuitously to throw into their reviews.One thing that actually kept puzzling me was that there truly wasn't much Scottish dialect or too much British dialect for that matter to speak of herein.The idiom of much of the writing is, in fact, American - perhaps having to do with the fact that Banks spent several years in America before penning this book.

So, what am I to say here?First off, a great many people die unexpectedly, or not so unexpectedly, depending on how one interprets things - Banks leaves this question, delightfully, open-ended.But if you don't fancy pondering your eventual demise, this book is not for you. But what really kept me going was my gradual identification with Prentice Mchoan and his eventual love interest, "Ash" or Ashley.I started to realise, and it began growing on me, that Prentice was coming of age at the same time that I did, springing from the same upper-middle class background, listening to the same music (Morrissey, anyone?), drinking about as much (quite a lot!), and having the same sort of friendships and relations with women that I did, the only difference was that he was Scottish, whilst I was English.It dawned upon me somewhere near the end that this book was a sort of historical artifact of a sensitive, intellectual young man coming of age in Britain at the same time as I (though I didn't have quite so many funerals to attend). For this rather personal reason, the book was significant for me: The late night pub crawls, the hangovers, the drunken (and frequently stoned) commiseration with friends on rooftops, graveyards and other odd places.Above all, the sisterly friends who, ever so gradually, become love interests struck a deep chord.All these interludes were so spot-on to me that when the first Gulf War became obvious as the historical backdrop, I felt so strongly that I was reading about an era in my life and in history nearly two decades past that it was terribly striking.I don't know if the youth of today with their ubiquitous mobiles and text messaging are, in the end, very much different from the youth in the 80's and early 90's in Britain.But cultural differences are bound to exist between different eras.This was my culture, my era.It was interesting.It was awkward.It was weird.We were young!

As for the rest of the "mystery" in the plot and what not, it didn't engage me so much, perhaps for the very reason that the rest of it did.As Prentice's Dad tells him:

"The thing is that because the real stories just happen, they don't always tell you very much.Sometimes they do, but usually they're too...messy." (The ellipsis is Banks'.)

This novel is such a story.
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3. Hide and Seek (BBC MP3-CD Audio Collection)
by Ian Rankin
Audio Cassette: Pages (2005-01-03)
list price: US$41.30 -- used & new: US$64.98
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Asin: 0754076229
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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A junkie lies dead in an Edinburgh squat - spread-eagled, cross-like on the floor, a five-pointed star daubed on the wall above. Just another dead addict, until John Rebus begins to chip away at the indifference, treachery, deceit and sleaze that lurks behind the facade of the Edinburgh familiar to the tourists... ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great
I know that I am very late to the party here, but these books are great

5-0 out of 5 stars Ian Rankin:Hide and Seek
Received on time.Ian Rankin is a fantastic writer and I love his stuff because most of it takes place in Edinburgh Scotland which is an amazing and beautiful city.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
Ian Rankin is a wonderful author.The story grabs you and keeps you interested.However the print in this particular edition is very small so be prepared for that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hide and Seek
Another great thriller for Rankin. He twists murder, drugs, and corruption into an exciting tale. Hard to stop reading.

4-0 out of 5 stars The seamier side of Edinburgh
No one knows his city like John Rebus (Ian Rankin's detective).He knows all the good things and the things that tourists like to see, but he also knows the seedy and secretive things.These are things that occur in the hidden alleys and bolt holes throughout the city.In this book, even John Rebus is surprised at what he discovers when he starts to investigate a junkie's death.The man appeared to die of a drug overdose, but it turned out to be murder, and the investigation took Rebus to places he'd never been before.These books are extremely well-written, but they are hard-hitting and definitely darker than the average UK police procedural.But it kept my interest piqued, and I will certainly continue to read this excellent series. ... Read more

4. Losin' my religion (Insight for younger adults)
by Ewan Stewart
 Unknown Binding: 30 Pages (1996)

Isbn: 0861532228
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5. Knots and Crosses: Complete & Unabridged (Radio Collection)
by Ian Rankin
Audio CD: Pages (2002-11-04)
list price: US$29.56
Isbn: 0754075583
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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First there was the brutal abduction and murder of two young girls and now a third is missing, presumably gone to the same end. Detective Sergeant John Rebus, smoking and drinking too much, his own young daughter spirited away south by his disenchanted wife, is one of many policemen hunting the killer. And then the messages begin to arrive; knotted string and matchstick crosses - taunting Rebus with pieces of a puzzle only he can solve. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good, if brief, introduction
I'd gotten about half-way through Black and Blue, when I realized the next book in my TBR pile was Knots and Crosses.I decided to put down the one I was reading and go straight to the beginning.

John Rebus, like so many of my favorite fictional detectives, is a flawed man.His quirks and habits make him human for readers.I appreciated how it touched on cops not having to be superman.

Even though this book doesn't have much in the terms of a page count, it packs a punch.Now it's time to go back and finish black and blue.

5-0 out of 5 stars one of the besr mystery/police books i have read
there is really nothing to say. the book is well written. it has a good plot and character who are very huma like. unlike some other books i read. great book.

5-0 out of 5 stars first book in the series
I haven't had a chance to read Knots and Crosses yet but look forward to the beginning of the Inspector Rebus novel series.

5-0 out of 5 stars You'll want to read it in one sitting!
The first in the Inspector Rebus novels, Knots and Crosses is a fabulous example of outstanding writing and editing. The first half of the book really centers on you getting to know Rebus - what he's like, where he's at, with a taste of what brought him there. It does feel like a set up for a series in that first half - although this does not diminish at all the exemplary prose. A more literary mystery this - reaching far into Rebus to pull out all the bad and good and everything in between. While the cliche of the mostly drunk inspector at first glance seems to fit there is a depth to Rebus not normally seen in other stereotypes. The spark you sense is there, once lit, produces a flaming torch.

Once the "dam breaks" as it were everything rushes towards the inevitable confrontation. Here again the writing is not like other mystery novels with every gruesome little detail spilled on the pages. Neither is it spare - it is just enough to have you biting your nails and turning the pages - wondering if Rebus will be in time to be the hero you desperately know he wants to be.

A thinking person's mystery - I cannot wait to read the rest!

4-0 out of 5 stars the Vulnerable Detective
He cries, he makes mistakes, he thinks, he solves crimes. He is Scotish and knows
how to turn a phrase. "Are you trying to chat me up" Lots of cute new words
to learn while enjoying the fun, the romance, the suspense. I ordered the second book
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6. People From Crieff: Ewan Mcgregor, Sir James Henderson-Stewart, 1st Baronet, Denis Lawson, David Jack, Gavin Strang, Thomas Thomson
 Paperback: 52 Pages (2010-05-07)
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Asin: 1155845722
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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Ewan Mcgregor, Sir James Henderson-Stewart, 1st Baronet, Denis Lawson, David Jack, Gavin Strang, Thomas Thomson, William Wright, Alexander Murray, Jackie Dewar, Sophie Stewart. Excerpt:Alexander Murray Alexander Murray , CMG (2 June 1810 18 December 1884) was a Scottish geologist . Murray was born in Crieff , Perthshire , Scotland. He worked as a geologist in the United Kingdom and Canada , before coming to Newfoundland in 1864 to become the first director of the Geological Survey of Newfoundland . His first major task was to produce a reliable topographical map of the interior of the island. Murray did detailed work in the area between Hall's Bay and St. George's Bay , as well as the area surrounding Conception , Placentia and St. Mary's Bays. He also mapped parts of the Great Northern Peninsula and central Newfoundland. Murray produced the first geological map of Newfoundland and his reports of rich resources in the island's interior were an important factor in the decision to build the trans-island railway in 1881. Poor health caused him to return to Scotland in 1883. Websites (URLs online) A hyperlinked version of this chapter is at David Jack David Jack (18 April 1822 11 January 1909), also known as David Jacks , was a powerful Californian landowner, developer, and businessman. Born in Scotland , he emigrated to California during the 1849 Gold Rush, and soon acquired several thousand acres in and around Monterey , shaping the history of Monterey County in the first decades of American possession. He is also credited as being the first to market and popularize Monterey Jack cheese . Early life David Jack was born at Crieff , Perthshire , Scotland , the sixth of nine children of William Jack and the first of three William had by his second wife Janet McEwan. Little is known... ... Read more

7. Till Doomsday in the Afternoon: The Folklore of a Family of Scots Travellers, the Stewarts of Blairgowrie
by Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger
 Hardcover: 344 Pages (1986-01)
list price: US$75.00
Isbn: 0719018137
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