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D. Jenkins "Jenko" (Lincoln, UK)

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Blood Relatives
Blood Relatives
by Stevan Alcock
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

5.0 out of 5 stars A great new voice, 13 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Blood Relatives (Hardcover)
It took me a while to get into this book, reading in a busy tearoom at work isn't the best place to read I suppose! As the book progresses, the more involved with the characters you become. A study of life among the fringes of the working class in Yorkshire while the ripper was at large. It captures how everyone was affected in some way over the many years of terror, hot summers, harsh winters, national front, Thatcher, Gay rights, families and lovers. Written in the yorkshire vernacular. An enjoyable and memorable read.


The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 6 Feb. 2014
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This book will stay with me for a long time. It is beautifully written, with a convincing narrative. Emotions run through this book like the proverbial roller coaster. It will have you laughing, it will have you crying. Brilliant !


Airplane!
Airplane!
Price: £0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars good game, 21 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Airplane! (App)
Hard to get the hang of but worth keeping up the practice. A lot of purchasing though which is a bit of a pain.


Passenger Side [DVD]
Passenger Side [DVD]
Dvd ~ Adam Scott
Offered by DVD Vault UK
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars brotherly love, 26 May 2013
This review is from: Passenger Side [DVD] (DVD)
I enjoyed this relatively simple sibling road movie. The acting is crisp, the characters believable, the plot is loose but it doesn't really matter. The beauty of this film is in the characters; the brothers bouncing off eachother, the strange people they meet along the way, this is as much a film about people as it is about family. There is a twist at the end that isn't too hard to anticipate but well done nonetheless. Worth a fiver.


Tiny Sunbirds Far Away
Tiny Sunbirds Far Away
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 4 Mar. 2013
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I enjoyed this book, the prose flows nicely and tells the story of the issues of life in Nigeria well. You get a sense of the battle that blessing, the main character, has loving her brother, missing the memory of her father, and learning with her grandmother, all while poverty and violence surround her. She has a strong voice and the book highlights a lot of the issues that are present in Nigeria. A compelling and eye opening read.


Life Of Pi
Life Of Pi
by Yann Martel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars a great yarn..., 5 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Life Of Pi (Paperback)
I re-read this book recently having read it originally when it was first released. I enjoyed it then and enjoyed it more this time around.
The writing is excellent, informative and in places very funny (the final section with the Japanese oil company is hilarious).
You get a real sense of peril from the text, feeling every wave, storm and ray of burning sunshine as Pi travels across the Pacific on his boat.
People have said they couldn't get along with this book and gave up partway through, they don't know what they're missing, this is a wonderful book from start to finish. Read it now.


The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

5.0 out of 5 stars A gem, 15 Jan. 2013
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It's been a long time since a book has made me laugh out loud. This book is a gem, written with a marvellous sense of humour. Allan's wanderings around the world absurdly meeting world leaders and unwittingly shaping the world as we know it add up to a compelling, light hearted and warming story. Highly recommended.


A Monster Calls
A Monster Calls
by Patrick Ness
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read, 13 July 2011
This review is from: A Monster Calls (Hardcover)
I was hooked to Patrick Ness' Choas walking trilogy, and was looking forward to reading his newest book.
A monster calls is a wonderful book, beautifully written and excellently presented. The story flows nicely and the illustrations enhance the whole experience.
Ness handles the sensitive subject matter brilliantly, and provides an excellent insight into the coping strategy of a boy going through loss and grief. I had a tear in my eye at one point such is the quality of the emotional portrayal.
I can't wait for his next book, and will be looking up Siobhan Dowd's work for further reading.
Buy this book now.


Dead Tomorrow: 5 (Roy Grace series)
Dead Tomorrow: 5 (Roy Grace series)
by Peter James
Edition: Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars A well crafted novel, 10 July 2011
This installment of the Roy Grace novels lacks the pace of it's predecessors but this only increases the quality.
The development of the Kidney transplant plotline is well paced, allowing you to feel sympathy for the mother as she watches her daughter's condition deteriorate, resorting to desperate measures to try and help her.
Roy Grace is a fascinating character whose story develops with each book. Peter James keeps you interested in the story about Grace's missing wife, Sandy, with intriguing snippets that hint to a shock for Grace in a future book.
For a well paced novel written with an eye for character development then you can do no worse than read this book.


Miss Wyoming
Miss Wyoming
by Douglas Coupland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not his best., 30 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Miss Wyoming (Paperback)
Miss Wyoming isn't Coupland's best book, but it still is worth a read.

The idea that both main characters "disappeared" on the down turn of their careers is a good one, and provides a nice connection between them. I found myself more interested in Susan Colgate's life and feel that it may have been a better (though entirely different) book if she was the only narrator.

Other people have said how they found themselves not knowing who some of the secondary characters were towards the middle of the book, something which I agree with. This is probably because the story follow 4 threads. Both main characters have two timelines each and it isn't always clear which line you are following as the author switches between past and present mid chapter on occasions, a clever concept that isn't always successful.

If you haven't read a Douglas Coupland book before, try "Girlfriend in a Coma" or "All families are Psychotic" before reading this one.


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