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The Fear Index
The Fear Index
by Robert Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.86

2.0 out of 5 stars Barely worth it, 4 May 2013
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I bought this after reading a most interesting book review by Harris on related themes, a review of a non-fiction work that is. Perhaps Harris should have reverted to his old trade of journalist, done rather more work and produced a serious book on the subject. Instead he has taken the money and knocked out a lazy thriller which I didn't give 1 star to only because it's not as badly written as some airport thrillers. Save time and money and get something else.


Heaven and Mel (Kindle Single)
Heaven and Mel (Kindle Single)
Price: 1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars For anyone interested in Mel Gibson, 4 May 2013
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A revenge-based (and so perhaps not all that objective) account of trying to work with Mel Gibson on what sounds like a terrible project. As Eszterhas is no doubt pretty tricky, there is no presumably another side to these anecdotes - and there has been rather too much Mel-bashing in recent years - but the account rings true in its gruesome details. Hollywood was always thus but it is rare to get these stories so soon after the events. Short too, which is a relief for anyone daunted by the number of 700-page books about the movie business.


Being a Parent Today: Children, Faith and Family Life
Being a Parent Today: Children, Faith and Family Life
by Stephen Wang
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Very short and very good, 4 May 2013
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Give this to any Christian couple starting out on married life. Or give it to them at the baptism of their first child. Or at a family mass. Just give it out as widely as you can (anyone can afford this, less than a cup of coffee in Starbucks): it's full of useful hints and tips for couples of any age and at any stage of marriage.


Breaking Bad: Season 1 [DVD] [2008] [2009]
Breaking Bad: Season 1 [DVD] [2008] [2009]
Offered by Sent2u
Price: 10.99

5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars We didn't like it, 4 May 2013
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We get the concept, the quality of the execution, the political parallels and the overall good drama-ness of it all, but still couldn't get on with it.

Everyone seems to love this show but we didn't like it and gave up. But then we didn't like The Wire either. Just not our sort of material.
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Cruel Britannia: A Secret History of Torture
Cruel Britannia: A Secret History of Torture
by Ian Cobain
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 15.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very important, 4 May 2013
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Well researched book on a rare subject, that of Britain's willingness to torture people for the "good" of the state. Historians will find lacunae but this is an essential first step in uncovering these matters for the general reader.


House Of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time
House Of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time
by Martin Kihn
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as fun as it could have been, 4 May 2013
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I haven't seen the TV series this book inspired but as professional writers will have been involved it's probably more fun. Nonetheless this is a useful insight into a professional world people tend to misrepresent (consultants lie and lie and lie...)


Good Living Street: The Fortunes of My Viennese Family
Good Living Street: The Fortunes of My Viennese Family
by Tim Bonyhady
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.05

3.0 out of 5 stars Twice as long as it needs to be, 4 May 2013
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Clearly published in the UK on the back of the success of the (far better written) Hare With Amber Eyes, this would have been better after some tough editing.


Katalin Varga [DVD] (2009)
Katalin Varga [DVD] (2009)
Dvd ~ Hilda Peter
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Truly wonderful, 4 May 2013
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For those who wonder if a British director can ever make a high-quality European art (ie serious) film. This is the first film by a genuine auteur and it announces the arrival of a major talent. The struggle to get the film completed doesn't show in the gorgeous (if unnerving) final result. Stands with Bresson, and I never thought I would ever say that about a film by someone from Britain.


Honour and Duty: The Memoirs of Countess Ilona Edelsheim Gyulai Widow of Stephen Horthy, Vice-regent of Hungary
Honour and Duty: The Memoirs of Countess Ilona Edelsheim Gyulai Widow of Stephen Horthy, Vice-regent of Hungary
Price: 7.07

3.0 out of 5 stars Good - but watch out for the cult, 4 May 2013
This is an important book for those interested in the history of Central Europe in the 20th century. However the summary avoids drawing attention to what the somewhat obscure publisher describes as "another theme, quietly underpinning much of how she relates to circumstances in the first part of the book...a keynote in her life". They fail to spell this out, presumably for good reason, as they don't want to frighten people off: the author of this autobiography was a member of the Subud cult and so is keen to share her esoteric interests. These may not appeal to the general reader.


Dancing on Ice
Dancing on Ice
by Jeremy Scott
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, moving, wonderful, 18 Dec 2012
This review is from: Dancing on Ice (Hardcover)
I found this very exciting to read - and I don't usually get much from "adventure" tales. The only reason I have given 4 rather than 5 stars is that I don't know enough to make a confident comparison with the rest of the writing in this genre..

The incredible experiences these men went through are brought strongly to life by the author, who proves a thoughtful companion/commentator rather than just a reporter. Why this book is not better known I can't understand: it reads like a true-life tale of almost impossible daring do and English stiff-upper-lips, just begging to be filmed. Downton Goes North, perhaps?


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