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The Lost Pharaohs (Piper)
The Lost Pharaohs (Piper)
by Leonard Cottrell
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Favourite., 9 Oct. 2013
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Loved this author very early in life - mine, not his! Had the temerity to write, as a pretentious teenager, and point out an error in Latin noun/adjective agreement in one of his Rome books! Received a lovely letter in reply. Pleased his books still available.


A Spider's Thread Across the Tay
A Spider's Thread Across the Tay
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that's well written and enjoyable, 7 Aug. 2013
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What a delight to read a well-written, well-crafted book at such a reasonable price. From the Prologue, which gives us a factual account of the last minutes of the disaster, to the surprise fictional ending, I quickly became involved in two stories.
As a new-comer to Glasgow I had read the author's `Who belongs to Glasgow?' which shows, through extensive research, how the vibrant, multi-cultural community of Glasgow came into being.
In `A Spider's Thread' this attention to historical accuracy is again reflected, this time woven in with a gripping fictionalised but highly credible story.
Although the historical ending is no surprise - the Bridge still collapses - the fictional part of the story left me wanting to know what happened to Andrew, a man with a conscience, so I look forward to the sequel.
This is an author who knows how to write.


A Thousand Splendid Suns
A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars No disappointment, 26 May 2013
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A worthy successor to 'Kite Runner'. A well crafted, structured book. Excellent writing. Looking forward to reading his latest. Good to see there are still real writers out there


ALTDORF: The Forest Knights: Book 1
ALTDORF: The Forest Knights: Book 1
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me!, 17 May 2013
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Didn't think story was strong enough for a novel. Didn't make me want to read any more books in series.


Spoil of War: An Arthurian Saga
Spoil of War: An Arthurian Saga

3.0 out of 5 stars The Curate's Egg, 17 May 2013
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Like the curate's egg this was good in parts but requires a lot of editing. Didn't make me want to read more in series.


Maupassant: 169 Stories
Maupassant: 169 Stories

5.0 out of 5 stars Maupassant, 30 Mar. 2013
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A master at the the art of writing short stories. Have read all of them several times over the years and will still return to them.


John Keats' Poetry, improved 8/24/2010
John Keats' Poetry, improved 8/24/2010

5.0 out of 5 stars Keats, 30 Mar. 2013
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Bought to replace my hard copy. Keats was a genius so would not presume to critique him. One of my favourite poets.


Freaks: A Rizzoli & Isles Short Story
Freaks: A Rizzoli & Isles Short Story

1.0 out of 5 stars Freaks, 30 Mar. 2013
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How did it ever get into print! Abandanded this book c. halfway through and I usually read to the end to give the author a chance of redemption. She does have a market, however, so good luck to her!


HOSTILE WITNESS (Thriller/legal thriller): A Josie Bates Thriller (The Witness Series Book 1)
HOSTILE WITNESS (Thriller/legal thriller): A Josie Bates Thriller (The Witness Series Book 1)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hostile witness, 30 Mar. 2013
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Not hate, just not my type of book at all. It failed totally to interest me and I deleted it on completion.


The Crow Trap (Vera Stanhope Book 1)
The Crow Trap (Vera Stanhope Book 1)
Price: £4.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Ann Cleeves, 30 Mar. 2013
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My first read of this author and would certainly read more as well as recommending her to others. Well crafted book.


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