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Anansi Boys
Anansi Boys
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.74

3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable But Fun, 28 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Anansi Boys (Paperback)
Fat Charlie Nancy's father dies, and when he flies to the USA for the funeral and to sort through the effects, he learns some strange things about his family. Firstly, his father was actually the African Spider god Anansi, and secondly, that he has a long-lost brother who seemingly inherited all of their dad's power. Fat Charlie doesn't really believe, but on his return to London, he encounters a spider and tells his brother to drop in and see him. His brother, Spider, promptly appears and ruins Fat Charlie's life. He is everything Fat Charlie isn't, and Fat Charlie has no way of fighting him. Until Fat Charlie calls on some ancient terrible powers...

This book is whimsical and enjoyable, with likeable characters put into situations you can sympathise with, but it's predictable and a bit flat. Not as imaginative and magical as some of Gaiman's other books, but it does create a plausible world where magical events happen in an everyday world. It's perfect for a rainy afternoon when you've nothing else to do, or when you feel like reading something enjoyable but not mentally taxing.


Across the Universe [DVD] [2007] [2008]
Across the Universe [DVD] [2007] [2008]
Dvd ~ Evan Rachel Wood
Offered by leo of johnson
Price: £24.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All You Need Is Love, 28 Aug. 2009
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Across The Universe is a love story set in the late 1960's which follows Jude and Lucy as they experience some of the key events of this time, set to the music of the Beatles. This is a double-edged sword as it can alienate the kind of fan who believes that the original version is the definitive version. Someone actually said 'why mess with perfection' when slating this film to me. Another flaw/strength is how visually rich and experimental it is, this makes it stunningly beautiful to watch, but can be too 'trippy' for some viewers. This film is highly reccommended to everyone but I would advise watching it twice, especially those who didn't enjoy it first time around, as it may just surprise you.


Five Little Pigs (Poirot)
Five Little Pigs (Poirot)
by Agatha Christie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Five Little Pigs, 27 Aug. 2009
Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her philandering artist husband Amyas, she raised no defence against the claim and died in prison. She is evidently guilty. Sixteen years later her daughter recieves a letter from her mother assuring her of her innocence, and she entrusts Poirot with the task of finding out what really happened all those years ago...

This is an excellent novel, and has a very different kind of plot to other Christie books. It keeps you guessing up until the last minute and though you know Caroline Crale can't be guilty, you can't see how she could possibly be innocent. It can get a bit repetetive, particularly when reading the five suspects' written accounts of the days leading up to the murder. But this is a neccessary aspect of the plot, and its interesting to see what each character remembered and forgot. The conclusion is surprising and realistic, unlike some of Christie's later books.

To sum up, this is a classic Poirot mystery, and is definitley in the top 10 Christie books. It is highly reccommended.


A Madness Of Angels (Matthew Swift Novels)
A Madness Of Angels (Matthew Swift Novels)
by Kate Griffin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better, 11 May 2009
We're dropped into the action when Matthew is first resurrected and are just as confused and disoriented as he is. His home is his, but not his. He flees from the new occupants to the park where he is attacked by a 'litterbug'. He defeats it, attempts to contact allies to find they are all dead and is shortly after invited by an irritatingly pompous man to join a group of 'concerned citizens' against an organisation known as the 'Tower' led by Matthew's former mentor and suspected murderer. What follows are his attempts to unite the magical community in a fight for revenge, and to bring the Tower down.

This book has flashes of greatness and is genuinely creepy in parts, but it is generally predictable, plodding and fails to capitalise on its interesting premise. Some of the concepts introduced were interesting but somehow familiar and pedestrian, as though they had been poorly copied from some other story, such as San Khay's tattoos and the Shadow. Nothing seems wholly original, and the endless refrain of the Blue Electric Angels ('come be we, be free, etc')becomes irritating after a while. The ending was also a letdown, and had been telegraphed from early on in the story with no unforeseen twists or startling revelations. Definitley one to borrow from the library if you want to read it, it's not worth buying.
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The End Of Mr. Y
The End Of Mr. Y
by Scarlett Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Eerie and thought-provoking., 28 April 2009
This review is from: The End Of Mr. Y (Paperback)
I bought this book on a whim, and I have to say I'm glad I did. I've never learnt so much from reading a fiction book. The plot is interesting and mysterious, and though it gets a bit out there, its still seems plausible and appropriate to the story. This book drew me in in a way no book ever has, and I was thinking about it for weeks afterwards. However, the author does delve into quite dry scientific and philosophical areas that some may find tedious or boring. The characters were likeable and a bit seedy, to be honest, but they were realistic to the point that the reader feels slightly voyeuristic at times. Overall an enthralling story, but definitley not a light read.


Thoroughly Modern Millie [DVD]
Thoroughly Modern Millie [DVD]
Dvd ~ Julie Andrews
Price: £5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Raaaaaaspberries!, 28 April 2009
This family film is a classic, underrated gem. It's hilariously funny throughout, and all of the characters are terrif. The music is good, the storyline's thin but just this side of plausible, and Julie Andrews is on top form. Muzzy and Mrs Meers are truly inspired creations, and Edward Fox as love interest Jimmy is dreamy in a cheeky Clark Kent kind of way. Buy this film, you will not be disappointed.


Twilight (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Twilight (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kristen Stewart
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Absolute tosh., 28 April 2009
Having read the book (which is fine if a bit meh), and being a fan of fluffy romance films, I decided to give this film a try. When the vampires aren't leaping around forests like flying squirrels, they are tame and boring. They all look and act like they're made of wax, especially Carlisle. The 'deep' and 'meaningful' lines they come out with, particularly Edward to Bella are twee and cheesier than dairylea. This is coupled with the fact that the two leads have no chemistry and don't convey realism or even personalities to their characters. It isn't even the kind of film thats so bad, its actually good. Disbelieve the hype and steer clear of this one if you're older than 12.


Much Ado About Nothing [DVD] [1993]
Much Ado About Nothing [DVD] [1993]
Dvd ~ Kenneth Branagh
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: £4.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fun for Shakespeare Novices, 28 April 2009
This was the first Shakespeare film beside Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet I'd ever seen, and I was a bit wary. I needn't have been concerned because this fim is great! The actors say their lines naturally, and the whole film is suffused with warmth and wit. Emma Thompson in particular makes the language accessible and natural, and the banter between the characters was highly amusing. I would recommend this dvd to anyone and everyone.


Love's Labour's Lost [DVD] [2000]
Love's Labour's Lost [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Alessandro Nivola
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £5.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Charming!, 28 April 2009
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this DVD, and at first the leap from iambic pentameter into 'I'd Rather Charleston'was quite jarring. However, there are some brilliantly funny moments, and whilst none of the cast are particularly good singers, its a fun film and Kenneth Branagh is his usual charming, witty self. Not one for the kids though, the tango scene is rather steamy and perhaps inappropriate for younger children.


Firebird (The Elemental Masters Fairy Tales)
Firebird (The Elemental Masters Fairy Tales)
by Mercedes Lackey
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really poor, 28 Nov. 2008
After all the glowing reviews on this page, and already being a fan of Lackey, I was really looking forward to reading this. It takes forever to get going, the main character is just boring - he's just a generic nice guy and a bit of a wimp. As usual in Lackey's book, characterisation is poor, excessively so in the case of Ilya's brothers and father, but none of the characters are likeable or even entertaining. I finished it because I wanted to see if it got better but it really doesn't. Read The Fairy Godmother or Phoenix and Ashes instead.


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