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The Great Stink
The Great Stink
by Clare Clark
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow burner, 25 Jan 2010
This review is from: The Great Stink (Paperback)
I found the first 70 pages or so really hard going and nearly gave up on it. The language seemed laboured, the characters one-dimensional, the whole thing seemed a bit amateurish. It picks up, though, and some of the descriptions of Victorian London are rather good - if perhaps slightly borrowed from Mayhew's London Poor. Confused, traumatised William May is such a wreck he is rather hard to follow, and it isn't until the later stages when the underdogs of lawyer Rose and Long Arm Tom become the focus of attention that the book gathers pace.


Raleigh Halogen Front and 3 Led Rear Light Set
Raleigh Halogen Front and 3 Led Rear Light Set

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't do it, 11 Dec 2009
Cheap, yes - but hopeless. The clip on the back light is flimsy and the light itself doesn't seem able to keep our water so isn't going to last long. The front light eats batteries at an extraordinary rate.


Defiance
Defiance
by Nechama Tec
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.39

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting subject, laboured treatment, 3 Feb 2009
This review is from: Defiance (Paperback)
Tells an interesting tale of Jewish partisans fighting the Nazis in World War II, but the style of writing is terse to the point of being abrupt. And all too often episodes aren't properly explained. Feels as though the subject matter deserves a more inspired account than this.


The Players: Taking Hollywood for a Ride
The Players: Taking Hollywood for a Ride
by Jo Reynolds
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, 3 July 2007
Funny, plausible, ironic... even a little bit scary. I really enjoyed The Players and its insight into what happens when real people bump into the big, bad film industry. You just can't help wanting the little guys to win the day, even if they are a bit dodgy. It's a cliche, I know, but once I got into it I just wanted to read it all the way through.


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