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The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Book 3)
The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Book 3)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hunt for Red October, 25 Aug. 2015
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I've seen this film so many times that I know chunks of the dialogue off by heart ("One ping only, Vasili!"), so I thought I'd read the book. The story is basically the same, but there's a lot of background padding which slows the action down somewhat & taxes the memory to the point of sending you to sleep, hence the 4 stars. That said, I enjoyed the drama of the hunt, which lost little of its tension, & the switching of narrative between ships was particularly effective.

The chapters are fairly long, this isn't a book to pick up & put down, but if you've got a long flight or a chance to just read, this is a great way to pass the time. Recommended.


Rural Affair
Rural Affair
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an entertaining book., 30 July 2015
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When Poppy's boring, philandering husband is slain by a low-flying block of ice from an aircraft's toilet, it takes all her resolve & the love of her friends to get back her confidence. The process is complicated by village life, but the intertwining stories are very entertaining & the threads come neatly together at the end.

Easy to read by the pool, great fun. Recommended.


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable book., 27 July 2015
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Don't make the mistake of thinking this book will be exactly the same as the film, which I found absolutely hysterically funny. Fun-loving Madge, frustrated Norman & lovely Evelyn are more or less the same but the others are changed, with more detail to their characters, and further people are added to the mix to bring in extra stories & backgrounds, though whether this is a good thing or not I leave for you to decide. A lovely book though, enjoyable & recommended.


French Fried: one man's move to France with too many animals and an identity thief
French Fried: one man's move to France with too many animals and an identity thief
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book., 22 July 2015
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This book is an absolute hoot, laugh-out-loud funny from start to finish. The hound from hell, neurotic cats & paranoid horse pad out this really funny story of moving to France, with the language problems a constant source of anguish & Nan adding a surreal touch. Hysterical. Recommended.


The Island Escape
The Island Escape
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read., 21 July 2015
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This book takes you into the lives of 2 friends whose husbands each treat them like possessions. It's written in an easy style, alternating chapters between the women, which makes this book ideal for holiday reading by the pool. The ending is a bit predictable, neatly tying up all the ends, but enjoyable nonetheless.


Truly, Madly, Greekly: Sizzling summer reading
Truly, Madly, Greekly: Sizzling summer reading
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the effort., 18 July 2015
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Superficial, predictable rubbish written in poor English. Is this tripe supposed to be funny? I can't believe that anyone would find it amusing, & the obligatory smattering of f-words was the final straw. Not worth even 1 star. Disappointing.


Where She Went
Where She Went
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read., 9 July 2015
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This is so much better than "If I stay". The story is more coherent & is actually quite interesting, resolving all the left-over questions from the first book which I didn't like at all.


If I Stay
If I Stay
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3.0 out of 5 stars This book is different., 5 July 2015
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I'm not sure if I like this book. There's too much background for the foreground content, makes for a very disjointed story. Disappointing.


Kalimera Squid!: An Expat in Cyprus
Kalimera Squid!: An Expat in Cyprus
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3.0 out of 5 stars A diary, not a novel., 4 July 2015
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Having lived in Cyprus for some time in the 80s, I wasn't over-impressed by this book. It's very much a case of "we did this, the next day we did something else", peppered with Greek phrases & stereotype locals who all seem to be black-clad, smiling & salt of the earth. Where are the wide-boys, the people who promise the earth (maybe!) & the swindlers who would sell their mothers for a fast buck? Do I sound disillusioned? I have to say that I was glad to come home, but we did miss the fruit & the sun.


A Piano In The Pyrenees: The Ups and Downs of an Englishman in the French Mountains
A Piano In The Pyrenees: The Ups and Downs of an Englishman in the French Mountains
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful book., 1 July 2015
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Laugh-out-loud funny, unputdownable account of an ex-pat's first year in his new house in France. The pitfalls & benefits of moving on a whim are told with a definite tongue in cheek charm, great fun. Recommended.


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