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Dark Fire (The Shardlake Series)
Dark Fire (The Shardlake Series)
by C. J. Sansom
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.50

4.0 out of 5 stars A good read and a hige improvement on Dissolution, 9 Aug 2011
This is a huge improvement over Dissolution, which I enjoyed (3 stars) but found slow going at times. I found the parallel tales of Elizabeth and Greek Fire to be interesting and entertaining and as with Dissolution the atmosphere in the book is excellant. I did find Sharlakes tendancy to question the same character many times without gaining any new insight to be a little frustrating at times, but I enjoyed the new character Barrack, as his sidekick. I hope he stays around for book 3.


Dissolution (The Shardlake Series)
Dissolution (The Shardlake Series)
by C. J. Sansom
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If I could give 31/2 stars I would!, 9 Aug 2011
This is who dunnit set around the happenings in a moestary during Henry VIIIs reign. The plot is good, the main character, Shardlake is believable as a lawyer with issues and somewhat out of his depth outside London. I though the atmosphere of the time was brilliantly portrayed. The characters read like tudor characters and not like modern ones sent back in time. The pace slowed a little too much in the middle for me, which is why I can't give it 4 starts, however I will read more form this author.


A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
by George R. R. Martin
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, 9 Aug 2011
This is a great read with a decent plot and good characters. I saw the TV series first and wasn't therefore expecting the book to live up to expectations however I was pleasently surprised to find it held my interest despite already knowing the outcome. I have already started the second book and it is great as well. Two complaints however, while I like the detail given in the book, it gets repetative at times and I really didn't need to read about 'milk of the poppy' quite so often. Secondaly, while the book is loosly based on the middle ages where people were married off very young, the characters in this book are in some cases simply too young, Arya and in particular Daenerys would be more believable of they were 2 - 3 years older.
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The World's Heritage: A Complete Guide to the Most Extraordinary Places
The World's Heritage: A Complete Guide to the Most Extraordinary Places
by UNESCO
Edition: Paperback

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 12 Aug 2010
Everyone should own this - it is essential if planning an epic journey. However new sites are added regularly, it would be great if the published updates instead of having to buy the complete book again


Pisa: Practical Guide (Bonechi Travel Guides)
Pisa: Practical Guide (Bonechi Travel Guides)
by Claudio Pesco
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There is more to Pisa than the Leaning Tower, 12 Aug 2010
This book is very out of date in appearance and writing style, never the less without it we would not have looked beyond the leaning tower! Pisa is a small town and this book gives a good history.


DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Florence & Tuscany
DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Florence & Tuscany
by Reid Bramblett
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellant, 12 Aug 2010
I always use the Top 10 guides, they are light and easy to carry and with this one, as always we ended up seeing small places off the normal routes that are not always included in the larger guide books. These are the best books if you only have a small amount of time. For a longer trip I would recommend buying a more indepth guide, read it at home before you leave and bring the Top 10 with you, especially if you intend spending more than a couple of days in Florence. Only one critisism, this is not a driving guide however a little information on parking would still be useful.


Black And Blue (Inspector Rebus)
Black And Blue (Inspector Rebus)
by Ian Rankin
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A bit different from the norm., 23 April 2010
I can't make my mind up about Rebus books - I find sometimes the dour nature of the main character takes something from the story, but not so here. The backround to the plot was well researched and the story moved at a sensible pace. All in all a very good book.


False Impression
False Impression
by Jeffrey Archer
Edition: Paperback

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Light Read, 25 Mar 2010
This review is from: False Impression (Paperback)
I hadn't read a Jeffrey Archer book for many years but was given this as a gift and was pleasently surprised. He hasn't lost his ability to tell a good story. Ok this is no work of literary genius but the tale moves along at a fairly fast pace and the descriptions of the events around 9/11 are good. The story centers around a corrupt banker and an art dealer and involves the FBI former eastern block criminals and a Japanese steel magnet. This is one of those books that you can read in 2 days which is just as well as it is difficult to put down.


Paths of Glory
Paths of Glory
by Jeffrey Archer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

3.0 out of 5 stars Pretending toi be History, 25 Mar 2010
This review is from: Paths of Glory (Paperback)
As a story this isn't too bad, but it is only based on real life events in the loosest posible sense. Anyone with a real interest in Everest or climbing in general will find it frustrating, as the sequence of events is inaccurate as is alot of the relationship between the main characters. Having said that Archer is a good story teller and this one is no different, its just a shame he used actual names instead of pure fiction.


King of Foxes (Conclave of Shadows, Book 2)
King of Foxes (Conclave of Shadows, Book 2)
by Raymond E. Feist
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected, 24 Nov 2009
I liked this book and its a good follow up to Talon of the Silver Hawk. This book sees the first real introduction of the bad guy of the series. I think the characters at time lacked emotion, which is understandable for the villin of the piece but Tal is a little too driven and lacking in despair at times. What is unexpected here is the length of the story. The ending one would expect actually occurs about 2/3 through the book and then the story continues. This was welcome and set the stage for book 3 perfectly.


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