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The Unknown Kimi Raikkonen - Kari Hotakainen (Trade Paperback)

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The Unknown Kimi Raikkonen - Kari Hotakainen (Trade Paperback)
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POpBoxZA Review: The Unknown Kimi Raikkonen

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The K1 grandstand on the outside of turn 1 at Malaysia’s Sepang circuit roars to life with an all-mighty cheer. It means only one thing – Kimi Raikkonen has just driven past in his scarlet Ferrari. I know this because I am sat right in the heart of the K1 grandstand. Of all the moments that author Kari Hotakainen could have chosen to start his biography of Kimi Raikkonen it seems almost incredulous that he would choose the very race I attended in 2017.

If you follow F1 you’ll know of Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen and his approach to the sport – no bullshit, just driving. Famously reserved with the press in the racing car however is where Raikkonen has always shone and comes alive. The biography details his childhood years as an up-and-coming racer and his subsequent years in the world’s premier racing series, Formula 1. However, this isn’t as much a book about Raikkonen’s Formula 1 career than it is focused on the person. Raikkonen’s comfort zone isn’t sharing any- and everything about himself. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite. And that makes this glimpse behind the curtain all the more intriguing.

If it wasn’t obvious from observing Raikkonen throughout his years in F1 in the book it’s evident that Kimi Raikkonen oozes authenticity. There’s nothing made up or manufactured about the man. Perhaps that is why he is so beloved the world over – his authenticity. What is more evident is that despite being a celebrated Formula 1 champion Raikkonen is a fairly average guy who doesn’t think himself a superstar unlike his legion of fans. Instead he is revealed as a deeply loyal friend and wholly committed family man. He also just happens to have an extraordinary talent of driving anything with wheels very quickly.

For the enigmatic Finn his family has always been the most important. “He was being offered $500,000 a year and $50,000 for every point earned. The man doing the signing came from a house with no inside lavatory. Soon there would be. He wanted to repay his mother and father, who had initiated this made it possible,” writes Hotakainen. The closeness of the Raikkonen family is unmistakable which makes the passing of his father, in late 2010, all the more poignant.

Hotakainen’s fly-on-the-wall style of writing translates well and injects the reader into the moments being described. It reveals the rocky road to F1 and several other fascinating stories. An example being that at the age of two Kimi’s parents had him medically tested, as he hadn’t yet uttered a single word. The results revealed a child of above average ability but without any real motivation for words.

Later on he describes a 21-year-old Raikkonen’s first day testing the C19 Sauber at Mugello in Italy. “The slight young man lowers himself into Sauber’s C19 car. He faces his first test lap in a real F1 car. The young man is scared – not of driving, but of failing,” Hotakainen reminisces. “He starts the car. A terrible, ear-splitting noise follows. The first straight isn’t important; anyone can drive on a straight with their foot down…The young man turns the wheel; his neck hurts, his hands tremble. Every instance of braking and every bend pummels his body”. It is said, and written in this book, that then team owner Peter Sauber was walking on air when he saw Raikkonen’s ability. Even Michael Schumacher wanted to know who the “young and fast” driver was. The over 250 pages is full of similar moments that together fill in the picture of who Kimi Raikkonen truly is other than an F1 champion.

There will be those who would have wanted an even more in-depth portrait of Kimi Raikkonen. But there aren’t any bombshell stories or profound declarations and they aren’t missed. Instead it’s a book about a man’s life that happened to be an exceptionally fast racing driver. It is, like Kimi, an unpretentious, succinct, and deeply authentic portrait of a generous family man.

Churchill Tanks - Dennis Oliver (Paperback)

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Churchill Tanks - Dennis Oliver (Paperback)
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Great modelling

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A great source of info both visual and written on the Churchill tank.

Would have been nice to see more colour plates on the Churchill MK VII in the camoflauge and markings section. If you are building/interested in the AVRE version of the Churchill this book contains great models showcased in detail as a reference.

100 woorde oor diere - Monkey Cheeky (Paperback)

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100 woorde oor diere - Monkey Cheeky (Paperback)
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100

Variety

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It is a board book more than a paperback. 5 pages, but they do fold out. A lot of different animals and additional words like "snout" for the pig etc. I look forward to showing my family as they begin their journey to learning Afrikaans.

Kingdom of Ash - Sarah J. Maas (Paperback)

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Kingdom of Ash - Sarah J. Maas (Paperback)
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149
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R 185
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As always Sarah J Maas does not disappoint

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Her books just keep getting better and better.
I'm sad to see this series go, but what a wonderful roller coaster it has been.
I can't wait to see what she does next!

Native Tongue - Carl Hiaasen (Paperback)

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Native Tongue - Carl Hiaasen (Paperback)
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110

Quirky, Funny American Fiction

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Hiaasen is a good author for anyone who likes a 'light' read, the stories are fun with interesting characters and usually include a lot of humor. Kind of a non-stop crime/thriller/detective sitcom in a book, difficult to put into an exact genre.

His books are easy to get into and you don't need to think to much to enjoy them and will usually make you laugh or smile. Recommended reading if you enjoy humorous fiction.

Tarantula Keeper's Guide - Stanley a. Schultz (Paperback)

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Tarantula Keeper's Guide - Stanley a. Schultz (Paperback)
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261

Tarantula keepers guide

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This is really a book that every tarantula enthusiast should have in their collection. Looking forward to getting my copy that I will be ordering and as an avid tarantula collector I am super excited to read this and learn more about these incredible 8 legged creatures! I love the info on the Raru page on this book, it gives you just enough info to lure you into buying the product. Awesome.

Caraval - Stephanie Garber (Paperback)

Caraval - Stephanie Garber (Paperback)
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149
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R 155

An amazingly strange book...

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This is a different kind of story, I loved reading it sooo much that I was sad when I finished it... It is an amazing book to read.

Dungeons & Dragons: Monster Manual (Role Playing Game)

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Dungeons & Dragons: Monster Manual (Role Playing Game)
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686

I'm so happy I have this now.

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I've wanted this for a while, and when it arrived I was still surprised by how hefty this book is. The art work is amazing.

Kingdom of Ash - Sarah J. Maas (Paperback)

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Kingdom of Ash - Sarah J. Maas (Paperback)
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149
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R 185
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Epic finale!

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Totally my favorite author, and what a stunning series with intrigue, romance and magic and an absolutely stellar female lead! So sad this is the end to the series!

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing - Hank Green (Paperback)

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing - Hank Green (Paperback)
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An Absolutely Remarkable Book

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Hank Green shows that his older brother John of Paper Towns and Fault In Our Stars fame, did not get all of the writing talent in the family. In a book about strange robots and weird dreams, Hank tells a story about internet fame and money that is at once relatable and captivating.

Gods Lie - Kaori Ozaki (Paperback)

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Gods Lie - Kaori Ozaki (Paperback)
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178

Beautiful story

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This very good read.
I both satisfied with the ending and also wish there was more of it.
This is a kind of story that can make a good film adaptation.

Bridge of Clay - Markus Zusak (Hardcover)

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Bridge of Clay - Markus Zusak (Hardcover)
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290
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R 365
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Love in the Time of Bridge-building and Horse-racing

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In a small town in rural Australia, five brothers are growing up with no parental supervision. Their mother is dead, and their father has fled. Matthew Dunbar, the eldest brother, tries to take charge as he narrates the story.

There are five Dunbar boys, but the story mainly focuses on Clay - the second youngest and quietest of the lot. He is the "bridge" who has a special connection with the other characters in the story. The book goes forward and backwards in time, showing the reader the history of Mr and Mrs Dunbar and how they met. We also see how the family came to have five unusual animals living in their home.

Zusak adopts a beautifully lyrical writing style to tell this story - at times, it will feel like the chapters are long pieces of poetry, and the metaphors he uses are extremely poignant. Zusak successfully paints a picture of life in Australia, and also evokes every human emotion in his characters. By reading this book, you'll learn about love, horse-racing, bridge-building and forgiveness.

No Longer Human - Osamu Dazai (Paperback)

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No Longer Human - Osamu Dazai (Paperback)
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192

Great read

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This is a great book and is highly recommended to anybody interested in reading it or any other works by osamu dazai

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Ravenclaw Edition - J. K. Rowling (Hardcover)

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Ravenclaw Edition - J. K. Rowling (Hardcover)
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269
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Magical Must-Have!

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If you're looking for a gift for yourself, this is it! It quickly magicked itself into one of my most prized Potter possessions. I would recommend it to anyone who takes house-pride seriously and wants to show-off their love for all things Harry Potter.

If you have a copy of the book already, I assure you, it isn't as beautiful as this one.

One Piece: East Blue 1-2-3, Vol. 1 (Omnibus Edition) - Eiichiro Oda (Paperback)

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One Piece:  East Blue 1-2-3, Vol. 1 (Omnibus Edition) - Eiichiro Oda (Paperback)
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186
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R 240
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A classic

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Was really excited when I saw this for sale here, manga in SA isn't easy to come by at a decent price, but this was perfect! Bought it as a gift and will keep buying later volumes in the future as gifts for the same friend.

The print quality is really good and the fact that's three volumes in one makes it a great reading item to bring along on long trips.

Moon Sworn - Keri Arthur (Paperback)

Moon Sworn - Keri Arthur (Paperback)
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110

keri arthur

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Her books are just fantastic if you are a fantasy reader, she keeps you in the story the whole way through. Get all her series you will not be disappointed!

Depression & Other Magic Tricks - Sabrina Benaim (Paperback)

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Depression & Other Magic Tricks - Sabrina Benaim (Paperback)
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220

modern poetry

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one of the better modern poetry anthologies i've read. sabrina writes with such raw emotional fervor that it's difficult to not fall in love with all of her words and find yourself aching at the beauty of it all.

Bleach 1-2-3 - Tite Kubo (Paperback)

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Bleach 1-2-3 - Tite Kubo (Paperback)
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206
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R 235
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Slow But worth

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The bleach series is a slow read but in my opinion is worth it. I have read 4 of 3 in 1 's and although the story moves along slowly it keeps you interested enough that it keeps me going. At the current price of 190 for three i would definitely pick it up.

My Hero Academia Vol. 01 - Kohei Horikoshi (Paperback)

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My Hero Academia Vol. 01 - Kohei Horikoshi (Paperback)
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130
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R 170
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Very enjoyable

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Very enjoyable

Skulduggery Pleasant 10: Resurrection - Derek Landy (Paperback)

Skulduggery Pleasant 10: Resurrection - Derek Landy (Paperback)
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242

great end to the the first series

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this was a great ending to the series. all the build up to this book is well worth the effort of going through the books preceding it. good humour and some dark themes within the book makes for good reading for teens and adults alike.

Armageddon Outta Here - the World of Skulduggery Pleasant - Derek Landy (Paperback)

Armageddon Outta Here - the World of Skulduggery Pleasant - Derek Landy (Paperback)
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brilliant read

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being familiar with the author is not necessary to enjoy this short story collection, but it would be good to have read some of the main series' books. some of the stories happen in between the main series. brilliantly written, well thought out and structured. I would recommend all his works.

Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set - Suzanne Collins (Paperback)

Hunger Games Trilogy  Boxed Set - Suzanne Collins (Paperback)
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YA Novel of the Century

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This can easily be described as one of the best YA novels of the century. Not only does the stories contain a lot of drama, action and quite an interesting story line but the amount of detail that was put into the story is quite astonishing.

This series I would recommend to any fan of either the Harry Potter or Maze Runner series. However I would also recommend to rather read the books than to watch the movies as the movies leave out so many details that actually connects you better to the storyline. Nevertheless Suzanne Collins is still one of the best YA authors. I would also recommend reading her other novels The Underland Chronicles.

Kingdom of Ash - Sarah J. Maas (Paperback)

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Kingdom of Ash - Sarah J. Maas (Paperback)
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Can't wait

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Read the whole series and can't wait for the final chapter

Idiot - Fyodor Dostoevsky (Paperback)

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Idiot - Fyodor Dostoevsky (Paperback)
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Intense and Thought Provoking

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This is probably Dostoevsky's most intense novel. It takes a completely good man, Prince Myshkin, and throws him into the heart of Russian society. The title is ironically named: The Russian people think that he is good simply because he is an idiot.

Eventually he falls in love with two women, the one good and pure and the other self-destructive. How Myshkin survives in this context, how the Russian society views him, the effects on his mental health, all of this provides an intense and thought provoking experience.

It is the kind of book that you will remember and think about for years to come. You will note similarities to your own life being painfully portrayed in this book. It is classic Dostoevsky in really delving deep into the soul of the main character.

Gruesome - De Wet Potgieter (Trade Paperback)

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Gruesome - De Wet Potgieter (Trade Paperback)
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Dark, chilling and highly readable

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My most recent delving into the dark and wicked is the aptly named “Gruesome”, an investigation into not one, but ten of South Africa’s most chilling crimes. The book is written by De Wet Potgieter, an investigative journalist known for his books, “Total Onslaught” and “Black Widow, White Widow”, as well his extensive newspaper reporting for the past 30 years.

Potgieter is a wonderful guide into these criminal’s psyches, providing objective overviews and a readable writing style that ensures the reader’s full attention. But the real magic of Potgieter is that he reported on all of these crimes as they happened, so the reader is given the facts, some of which I certainly had never been made aware of before…

Although most of the crimes in this book have never been out of the public’s heart and mind, many have been out of the public eye for a while. Remember watching the exploits of the Stander gang? Or wondering about the mysterious assassination of Johan Heyns? And watching the abductions of young girls end with the Gert van Rooyen’s murder of his lover and his subsequent suicide? Potgieter yanks these and another seven cases back into the present, making them as significant today as they were in the dark recesses of the past.

Read this book to gain the objective overview that the newspapers never quite provided, read it to remember the tragedies of evil minds from the past. But don’t read it if you want a light, easy read – the victims, given a voice by De Wet Potgieter, will not allow that.
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