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The Secret History
The Secret History
by Donna Tartt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Startling, but end lacked power, 26 Jan. 2004
This review is from: The Secret History (Paperback)
Tartt's breakthrough novel starts at a rather slow pace, often offering you tantalising insights into the secret of the five elitist Greek class students about which the story is centred, and then making you wait another fifty pages until anything alse happens. Once our protagonist, Richard, finally begins to unravel the groups secret history does the novel finally start to take shape and propels you into astoundingly compelling narrative, only lapsing at well timed intervals to offer real emotional insight. This punch is greatly softened however, by a weak and anti-climatic conclusion, which left me slightly bewildered, and certainly looking for more. Aside from this, the book was a fantastic page turner, and will keep you rapt for hours.

The Craft [DVD] [2000]
The Craft [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Robin Tunney
Price: £3.65

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best DVD's out there, 27 July 2001
This review is from: The Craft [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
If you've seen this film before, this DVD is well worth thinking about. The extra features include a 'Making of' and deleted scenes, both of which are brilliant. The film itself is a masterpiece, with outstanding performances from all the actors. This film has incredible depth, and the running commentary on this DVD gives you has loads of background info, an insight into the special effects (some of which are incredible to watch) and background information on how particular scenes were shot. Not many films have attempted storylines like this, and none of them feel as authentic as The Craft. It is wonderfully dark, daringly insightful and startlingly original, with some memorable scenes and subtle effects that enhance the overall feeling of this film. If you own a DVD player and you're looking for a brilliant DVD to play on it, The Craft is your best bet. Don't settle for VHS, theres simply so much you miss out on. Its definetly one of the best DVDs I own!

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