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Fortunately, the Milk . . .
Fortunately, the Milk . . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slightly odd but very entertaining, 9 April 2014
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this is the kind of story you might make up for your kids, bringing their teddy bear and latest hobby into the story and getting sillier by the minute. Except that this one is written by a matter of fantasy and has a plot which almost holds together, along with a couple of simple but effective twists.


More TV themes: [all keyboards and guitar]
More TV themes: [all keyboards and guitar]

3.0 out of 5 stars Very 1980s, 2 Dec. 2006
Hill Street Blues, MASH, Minder, Peter Gunn (who?), Tenko, Allo Allo, Butterflies, Dallas, Dynasty, Eastenders, Film '85 and The Gentle Touch theme tunes, arranged for piano. Arrangements are ok, approx grade 6-7 to play well but anyone from about grade 3 can pick out the tunes. A bit heavy on left hand chords for my personal preference.


Flint's Law (Mandrake)
Flint's Law (Mandrake)
by Paul Eddy
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great... right up to the last page, 20 May 2005
This review is from: Flint's Law (Mandrake) (Paperback)
The heroine of the tale, Grace Flint, is a great character, and the story includes some very atmospheric parts set in Germany, following an ex-Stasi antagonist. I really enjoyed the book, right up until the last page... when I was completely let down by the ending.


The Bone Collector: Lincoln Rhyme Book 1
The Bone Collector: Lincoln Rhyme Book 1
by Jeffery Deaver
Edition: Paperback

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 20 May 2005
The first of the Lincoln Rhyme books, and the second one I read. The main character is a "criminalist", a forensic expert. He used to be head of NYPD's forensics department but was badly injured at a crime scene and is now paralysed from the neck down, apart from one finger. In this book he is near to achieving his aim of committing suicide but his interest in life is rekindled by a fascinating case and a female police officer. Will it be enough to keep him going?
The book tells the story of the Bone Collector, a murderer who has a particular interest in peoples' bones. He kidnaps people in his taxi or goes out to find them, basing all his actions on an old book about a killer in the last century. At each crime scene he leaves clues leading to the next one - can Rhyme and the rest of the team get there in time to save the next victim? And can they use the evidence he accidentally leaves to catch him rather than just following in his footsteps? The twist in the tale is one of the most memorable I've come across but I can't say any more without ruining the story! A highly recommended read.


This United State
This United State
by Colin Forbes
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Getting a bit tired, 20 May 2005
This review is from: This United State (Paperback)
This is another book starring deputy head of SIS, Tweed. Almost all of Colin Forbes' recent works have been "Tweed" books and they are now getting harder and harder to tell apart. It's worth reading about half of them, after that you'll predict exactly what will happen when and it starts getting dull. Still, as long as you don't read them too often, they are enjoyable, and they hold the attention well.
The premise of this particular story is that certain elements in the USA feel that the UK is not strong enough to protect itself, and if we (the British) fall to the enemy then they (the Americans) will soon follow. So they set out to make Britain part of the USA, by destabilising the country and then appearing like the cavalry. Tweed's job, of course, is to stop the process. Can you guess if he succeeds or not? ;-)


Nightfall One
Nightfall One
by Isaac Asimov
Edition: Paperback

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Varied and absorbing, 20 May 2005
This review is from: Nightfall One (Paperback)
This is a collections of short(ish) stories which were written by Asimov, mostly for magazines, between 1941 and 1967. Apparently he was sick of people telling him "Nightfall" was the best story he'd ever written & wanted to put it with other stories which were just as good! This book only has 5 stories (Nightfall, Green Patches, Hostess, Breeds There a Man...? and C-Chute) - novelettes rather than short stories. (Nightfall TWO has more, shorter, stories). And he's right - the others are just as good as Nightfall! They are a wide and varied selection - Nightfall itself is a psychological thriller set on another planet far away, and Breeds There a Man...? is set in the near future of Earth. All of the stories are well written, the characterisation is consistently good and sometimes great, and the plots are about as believable as sci-fi gets. Both this book and it's sequel are a great introduction to Asimov for someone who hasn't come across him before or a good reminder of his earlier work for those who have.


Friday
Friday
by Robert A. Heinlein
Edition: Paperback

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly absorbing, 20 May 2005
This review is from: Friday (Paperback)
Friday Jones is a combat courier... and an artificial person. That is, she was conceived through genetic engineering. In the world in which the book is set this makes her a second class citizen, and allows some interesting parallel thoughts about slavery. But mostly this is the story of an insecure but very strong woman through dangerous missions, world upheaval, divorce and personal revalations all the way through to a surprise happy ending. I read it again and again because the character appeals to me for some reason.


Spell Me a Witch (Knight Books)
Spell Me a Witch (Knight Books)
by Barbara Willard
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting - as absorbing as Harry Potter, 20 May 2005
I loved this book as a kid, and recently I went back to it... and I still love it! It's the story of a school for witches, set in the Sussex countryside. In some ways I wonder if J K Rowling got some of her ideas from here. Any girl who enjoyed Harry Potter should read this book, but boys would probably have less interest.


Jemima and the Welsh Rabbit (Lions S.)
Jemima and the Welsh Rabbit (Lions S.)
by Gillian Avery
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun nonsense, 20 May 2005
At the beginning of the book I'd've said Jemima was an extremely obnoxious child, but by the end I was less convinced. Set somewhere round 1900, her family moves to a little middle of nowhere village with a small railway line which only has one engine and always runs late. She pals up with a local boy and decides to get the railway running on time (and succeeds, of course!) Starts out as vaguely annoying nonsense, ends up as enjoyable nonsense.


I Tried To Run A Railway
I Tried To Run A Railway
by Gerard Fiennes
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great nostalgia, 20 May 2005
Fiennes ends up working on the railway more or less by accident. Some years later he's running the entire Eastern Region. He has a very casual writing style. I enjoyed reading this book but couldn't read it all at once - I can't work out why I found it a bit hard going. Some of the terminology is beyond me (despite being a bit of a railway nut) so that probably didn't help. It's really a huge number of anecdotes all put together. Each of them is entertaining, interesting or amusing in its own way but they don't really make a coherent whole. Worth reading for anyone interested in railways and railwaymen.


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