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Malcolm Bourne (Wilpshire, Lancs, England)

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The Silent Wife
The Silent Wife
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2.0 out of 5 stars Caught between two stools, 5 Feb 2014
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This review is from: The Silent Wife (Kindle Edition)
I was drawn to this by all the glowing reviews but was left disappointed. It didn't know whether it was a pop-fiction thriller or a serious psychological analysis and fell between the two. I wanted to finish it to find out how it finished, and it finished and started well. But the path between meandered increasingly. I suspect future novels would have been more accomplished

The Circle
The Circle
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!!, 15 Dec 2013
This review is from: The Circle (Kindle Edition)
I would have written, "Everyone should read this book", but that would be the ultimate non-sequitur given its content. A wonderful, accessible and provocative novel and commentary on the pros and cons of this digital, information-hungry age. I never wAnted to put it down and when it ended, I wished it hadn't. Six stars :)

A Circle of Cats
A Circle of Cats
by Charles De Lint
Edition: Hardcover

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful fable, 28 July 2003
This review is from: A Circle of Cats (Hardcover)
"Circle of Cats" is quite a simply a gorgeously illustrated lyrically composed faerie tale. True, it's not strictly about faeries but the ethos is one and the same as the two Charles' take us on a magical journey through a beautiful tale of a girl and the cats who save her.....sort of. Whilst the reading age is given as "8 and up", this is a book for all ages, to be read aloud to those too young to read it for themselves - and show them the pictures - and at the same time a children's story appreciated on a whole different level by adults. The paintings both illustrate the story itself whilst each providing a quality piece of art in its own right. Very highly recommended.

Gershon's Monster: A Story for the Jewish New Year
Gershon's Monster: A Story for the Jewish New Year
by Eric A. Kimmel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.96

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully and lyrically illustrated classic story for all, 26 July 2001
"Gershon's Monster" is a traditional Hassidic legend, adapted here by Eric Kimmel. He neatly conceptualises both the content and the spirit of this ages old story set around Jewish New Year - Rosh HaShanah - and the theme of redemption (Yom Kippur, of course, which follows Rosh HaShanah, is very much concerned with confessing and forgiveness of sins). Like all the best tales, you don't have to share the same history to not only appreciate but be captivated by it; Eric Kimmel goes one better and includes some brief notes around the traditions and Jewish laws involved, as a welcome afterword.
What makes it extra-special are Jon J Muth's lyrical and atmospheric illustrations. Muth is better known for his work on graphic novels for grown ups, and this story, like his other work, reminds us that many stories really are for children and adults alike. Although this is described in the Amazon listings as "reading age 4-8", please be assured this can be read and enjoyed by anyone with a reading age from four to eighty, and more. A visual treat, an enchanting tale, the perfect book!
Malcolm Bourne

Chasing Amy [VHS] [1997]
Chasing Amy [VHS] [1997]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a film about love, 22 Sep 2000
Quite simply, the best film about love and relationships I've ever seen.

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