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The Swallow And The Dark
The Swallow And The Dark
by Andrew Matthews
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bridge across time for a dying boy..., 27 Mar. 2011
Sam is a typical 21st century teenager, he's 16 years old, not overly happy with life, his parents are divorced but he is looking forward to the future, as is his best friend Sean. However that future is suddenly shattered when Sam is diagnosed with an terminal illness that gives him only months to live. Now he has no future, and time has suddenly become a commodity which he has very little of.

Nearly a hundred years ago there is another Sam, a young officer in the British Army who going off to war. This Sam is about to to take his place among the many young men who are being sent to the Western Front, to fight the war to end all wars. This Sam knows that he may not survive the war so for him life and time is as equally precious.

Linking both these young men is a mysterious girl named Marion who flits suddenly into both their lives. However 21st century Sam is not sure if Marion is real, but all that he experiences, such as meeting Marion by a pond as a child, then seeing her as a young woman in incredibly real, more real in fact than the life he is loosing int the 21st century.

As the 21st century Sam slowly comes to terms with his imminent death he finds himself thinking more and more about Marion and the knowledge that she could be a bridge across time that will him a chance to live a life he has been denied in his own time.

A bitter sweet novel for the older teen, parts of it remind me of the book Elsewhere by Gabrielle ZEVIN; there is a poignant moment when Sam lists all what he will not be able to do because he is dying so young and his anger toward his father for leaving him and his mother does not just disappear because he is sick which makes it all the more believable.

Read with a box of tissues at hand and smile when you turn the last page.


Mrs Fry's Diary
Mrs Fry's Diary
by Mrs Stephen Fry
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A droll, wicked and absolutely fabulous read, 21 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Mrs Fry's Diary (Hardcover)
I laughed my way through every page in the book. Meet Mrs Edna FRY, unaware of her husband's celebrity status, living in a dreamworld where she is the mistress in her own home and Stephen is somewhere in the background doing his "thing", which as far as she is aware is him being a window cleaner or something like that! Told in diary form, this is an absolute hoot of a book. Edna introduces us to 101 things to do with SPAM, and how NOT to bring up your kids. She is everything that every mother secretly wishes to be, irreverent, saucy, outrageous and totally off the wall.

Welcome to the world of Edna FRY, life will never be the same again...


SuBo's Cat: The Imaginings of Susan Boyle's Pampered Pussy (Humour)
SuBo's Cat: The Imaginings of Susan Boyle's Pampered Pussy (Humour)
by Anastasia Catris
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have a dream....MEOWWW!, 19 Mar. 2011
Got this book in a closing down sale. I laughed myself silly in the shop when I read it and decided that it would make a good birthday present for a friend of mine who has a very aloof cat, not called Pebbles by the way but she is a posh card.

If you want a book that is just plain funny, with no words but excellently drawn pictures then this book is for you. Told entirely from the perspective of SobBo's cat, this is the story of SuBo's rise to fame, bought about entirely by Pebbles who after being dragged kicking and screaming from the pet shop by SuBo decides that she is going to make a new owner a star.

This book takes a wonderful poke of the life of celebrities, especially those celebrities who are "oven ready" which many X-Factor stars are, SuBo (and I am a fan by the way) is no exception.

This is a book to give to friends who love cats and to people who love a laugh. Well worth the cheap as chips price I paid for it!


The Times Atlas of Britain
The Times Atlas of Britain
by Times atlases
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All that you want to know about Britain and some more!, 18 Mar. 2011
My only complaint is that this book is so heavy but despite this it is a book worth having in your home. With lush photos, easy to look at maps, this is a book and a half.

This is a the first ever national Atlas of Britain to be published for a very long time. This atlas of Britain is great for finding out what you want to know about Britain, it is as much as a history almanac as it is a atlas.

I actually have bought if for my father for his birthday but I have had more than one sneaky peak in it and I love it. In fact I might just keep it for myself and get him a pair of socks instead!


Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools,
Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools,
by Donovan Hohn
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moby Dick transforms...into Moby Duck and goes on a world tour..., 18 Mar. 2011
This is a book that follows the journey of plastic ducks, turtles, frogs and beavers after the container they are in falls overboard and breaks open on impact with the sea. Moby Duck is fact that reads as good as fiction. The Author doesn't only traverse the world of escapee plastic toys but meanders his way through a factory in China that makes bath toys, gets on a ship that is on research mission even though he has a fear of open water and even ends in Alaska where the first plastic duck was found.

This is a great read, for anyone who likes a quirky book that tells a true story with wit, charm and gentle humour. Moby Dick is never far away in this book, only he has been transformed into Moby Duck, "and the True Story of the 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them."

THE JOURNEY SO FAR: (Taken from the Daily Mail 2007)

10 JANUARY 1992: Somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean nearly 29,000 First Years bath toys, including bright yellow rubber ducks, are spilled from a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean.

16 NOVEMBER 1992: Caught in the Subpolar Gyre (counter-clockwise ocean current in the Bering Sea, between Alaska and Siberia), the ducks take 10 months to begin landing on the shores of Alaska.
EARLY 1995: The ducks take three years to circle around. East from the drop site to Alaska, then west and south to Japan before turning back north and east passing the original drop site and again landing in North America. Some ducks are even found In Hawaii. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) worked out that the ducks travel approximately 50 per pent faster than the water in the current.

1995 - 2000: Some intrepid ducks escape the Subpolar Gyre and head North, through the Bering Straight and into the frozen waters of the Arctic. Frozen into the ice the ducks travel slowly across the pole, moving ever eastward.
2000: Ducks begin reaching the North Atlantic where they begin to thaw and move Southward. Soon ducks are sighted bobbing in the waves from Maine to Massachusetts.

2001: Ducks are tracked in the area where the Titanic sank.

JULY TO DECEMBER 2003: The First Years company offers a $100 savings bond reward for the recovery of wayward ducks from the 1992 spill. To be valid ducks must be sent to the company and must be found in New England, Canada or Iceland. Britain is told to prepare for an invasion of the wayward ducks as well. 2003: A lawyer called Sonali Naik was on holiday in the Hebrides in north-west Scotland when she found a faded green frog on the beach marked with the magic words 'The First Years'. Unaware of the significance of her find she left it on the beach. It was only when she was chatting to other guests at her hotel that she realised what she had seen.


The Waiting Room
The Waiting Room
by F.G. Cottam
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly terrifying...I loved it!, 14 Mar. 2011
This review is from: The Waiting Room (Paperback)
ALERT********SPOILER*********ALERT

Martin Stride is a retired rock star, whose one desire in life is to enjoy himself with his young family on their beautiful estate. However a piece of land he owns has a derelict Edwardian railway station waiting room on it. This line was once used to transport troops in The Great War. The room was at first become for playground for Martin's two children but now they are terrified of it and are having nightmares that just wont go away.

Martin makes the decision to seek the help of a popular ghost-hunter, a one Julian Creed, an ex-SAS solider who has a psychic gift that enables him to "work" with ghosts. However Creed is a fake, his psychic ability is smoke and mirrors, after all he has to get good ratings for his show and what better way than to pretend he is psychic. He certainly doesn't believe in the paranormal and he thinks he doesn't care what what his lovely assistant Elena thinks of him or his father who hasn't spoken to him in years because of his fakery. Until he spends a night in the Waiting Room and realizes that there are worse things than ghosts to deal with and that if he and Elena and a reluctant Martin don't pull together there soon will be a "hell on earth" that will make the Great War look like a church picnic on a Sunday.

A riveting read that will scare the proverbial pants off you. I hope that Mr COTTAM will write another book with Julian CREED in it, however that might not be easy, not when you are trapped in the past....
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Princess Of Persia [DVD]
Princess Of Persia [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tiffany Dupont
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £5.56

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Also known as "One Night with the King" - An understated film that deserves more credit, 14 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: Princess Of Persia [DVD] (DVD)
Unlike most of the reviewers I loved this film. It was an enchanting to watch and I loved every minute of it.

This film tells the true story of one woman's battle to save her people from annihilation.

King Xerxes, played beautifully by Luke Goss of Bros fame is leading his people in a war against the Greeks. Having got rid of one wife who defied him, Queen Vashti, he finds another bride, Esther, the understated Tiffany Dupont, a woman transformed from simple girl to Queen of the Persian Empire.

Xerxes is enchanted by Esther but he is unaware she is Jewish and that she has been chosen by God to save her people from destruction. I loved the scene when the necklace she wears around her neck reveals her birthright, shimmering stars of David that only she and the King can see.

James Callis is wonderful as the treacherous Haman the Agagite, he certainly knows how to play Mr Nasty as well as Mr Nice (Eureka)and let's not forget another understated performance by Tommy 'Tiny' Lister who plays Hegai, the Royal Eunuch; for a former Basketball player, this man sure can act!

Featuring some quality action and solid performances from other actors such as Omar Sharif (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago), Peter O'Toole (Lawrence of Arabia, Troy) and Jonathan Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings)this film is a little gem that has been poorly received by many. However it is quite an intelligent film so this I suspect is its cinematic downfall.

All the same, for me a great watch and worth what I paid for it!


Knit Your Own Royal Wedding
Knit Your Own Royal Wedding
by Fiona Goble
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

15 of 65 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I love knitting but please NOT THIS!, 14 Mar. 2011
I love knitting I really do but this is so tacky! A book full of patterns that allow you to "knit your own royal wedding!" All I can say is YEECH! It's bad enough I have to watch all the rubbish on TV about Candy Floss Kate and her fashion sense but I thought at least my knitting would be kept sacred...obviously not.

I have quite a few knitting books in my possession and I like cute and fun knitting but this is not fun and cute. It's tacky, trashy and a pile of pants!

Roll on the protest voting against my review but sorry chaps, this book is RUBBISH!
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Shadows Before
Shadows Before
by Noreen Brown
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.28

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes past decisions can come back to haunt you..., 6 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Shadows Before (Paperback)
I met Noreen Brown at World Book Night 2011 in Brighton and I made a snap decision to purchase her book. This is Noreen's first novel, which was published on her 90th birthday!

I wasn't sure what to expect but I took it to bed with me to read and I was more than pleasantly surprised. Shadows Before tells the story of Stella YORKE, a woman in her 50s who lives a comfortable life in London. She has two grown up children, a thriving psychotherapist practice and a slightly jaded look when it comes to religion, based on her youth in rural Ireland.

However Stella's surface comfortable life is about to come crashing around her ears because Grania, Stella's illegitimate daughter born when Stella was only 16 years old has tracked her mother down and she wants answers to a lot of questions.

Stella's two children by her husband aren't interested in the past, in fact they are down right resentful to hear they have a half sibling they never knew about. But Stella wants to know her first born despite all the bitterness, anger and resentment it churns up from all sides, including Grania herself.

Shadows Before is a novel about what happens when the past doesn't remain buried and the decisions of your youth have to be rectified no matter what the cost.


Professor Layton and Pandora's Box (Nintendo DS)
Professor Layton and Pandora's Box (Nintendo DS)
Offered by Oligopoly Charity
Price: £14.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive and lots of fun, 6 Mar. 2011
A friend lent me their copy of this game and I had to go out and buy my own copy as I loved it so much. I like puzzles and I like games that tell a story too which this game does. Great graphics, puzzles that vary in degrees of hardness along with a mesmerizing backing tune that doesn't get on your nerves. Professor Leyton is really addictive and I have since purchased the Lost Future which I will play when I have finished this game. Well worth getting into, but best not to start playing on a work or school night!


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