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Fingersmith
Fingersmith
by Sarah Waters
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a twisted tale, 27 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Fingersmith (Paperback)
Another 'double meaning' title from the current queen of lesbian mainstream fiction. Fingersmith deserves praise for a tight plot that continually suprises the reader, however some of the dialogue is unintentionally hilarious and the lesbian content seems much less integral to the story than say, Tipping the Velvet. A Victorian drama spiked with thorns which won't be to everyone's taste.


Gallows Thief
Gallows Thief
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dependable historical yarn, 27 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Gallows Thief (Paperback)
As with Starbuck and Truslow in Bernard Cornwell's American Civil War books, the hero and sidekick of this story are Sharpe and Harper by different names. However Cornwell knows how to write an engaging yarn and surrounds his heroes with a wonderfully quirky range of supporting characters. Interesting plot and a classic against-the-clock ending holds the reader's attention.


The Thief Taker
The Thief Taker
by Janet Gleeson
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Story doesn't cook as it should, 27 Feb. 2007
This review is from: The Thief Taker (Paperback)
Pushed as a gastronomic historical adventure, this is more a peek at the 18th century silversmith industry. A sympathetic yet unexciting heroine, reasonably inventive plot and a flurry of interesting historical facts result in a novel suitable for a rainy day read. Not quite enough to make the reader boil with excitement, however.


Slammerkin
Slammerkin
by Emma Donoghue
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clunky but compelling, 26 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Slammerkin (Paperback)
I like a novel where the heroine has a thick dark streak running through her (see The Spaniard's Daughter by Melanie Gifford) and they don't come much darker than the protagonist of this thought-provoking adventure. Mary Saunders defies almost every attempt by the reader to like or sympathise with her. Despite an occasionally clumsy narrative the tale of her descent into prostitution and murder is too compelling to abandon. Interesting ideas are touched upon but not developed, which leaves the novel seemingly incomplete. However there's no escaping the shocking, though inevitable, conclusion.


Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787 (Poldark 1)
Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787 (Poldark 1)
by Winston Graham
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Famous and justifiably so, 26 Feb. 2007
Sombre adventures of a Cornish landowner. Staid by today's standards, but there's no getting away from the epic sweep of Winston Graham's well-known saga. Famously televised in the 1970s and originator of a string of sequels. Always worth a read and a must-buy for this interested in historical fiction in general.


Wideacre (Wideacre Trilogy 1)
Wideacre (Wideacre Trilogy 1)
by Philippa Gregory
Edition: Paperback

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous first, 26 Feb. 2007
A fabulous debut and the book that sparked my interest in historicals. This was Philippa Gregory at her dark, imaginative best. Contrast this with the Tudor time warp in which she is currently stuck. The sequels, The Favoured Child and Meridon, maintain the standard.


The Muppet Christmas Carol [DVD]
The Muppet Christmas Carol [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Caine
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £4.25

101 of 108 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars They've killed it!, 23 Dec. 2006
This is a perfect example of how to ruin a brilliant film. I've been watching this favourite every year on VHS and when the Anniversary Edition DVD appeared I leapt at it. Unfortunately about a third of the way through I switched off. An entire scene (including the best song in the film) has been removed from this version without explanation. For those unfamiliar with the movie I am referring to the character Belle's wonderful rendition of "When Love is Gone" and a touching performance from Michael Caine where we see Scrooge's humanity for the first time. True, even a cut down Muppet Christmas Carol is still a great family film, but I certainly wouldn't want to read a novel with some of the key pages missing and I won't watch this abridged DVD. Looks like the squeaky old videotape is going to get dusted down for another year.
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The Innocent
The Innocent
by Posie Graeme-Evans
Edition: Paperback

8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No sex please, we're discerning!, 1 Nov. 2006
This review is from: The Innocent (Paperback)
Reasonable historical adventure ruined by page after endless page of cringe-inducing sex scenes.


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