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The Small Hand
The Small Hand
Price: £5.04

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow and formulaic, 14 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: The Small Hand (Kindle Edition)
I have read The Woman in Black, and reading this book gave me a sense of deja vu. Susan Hill uses the same literary devices, such as the narrator repeatedly referring to events being before his life changed so dramatically. Her sense of period also feels muddled; references to email denote a contemporary setting, but other references to lighting etc suggest she is trying to create a sense of events happening in the past. It felt clumsy to me. The poor narrative style is not, unfortunately, redeemed by a gripping plot. It is shallow and fails to evoke any sense of fear. Do not bother with this book.


The Secret Keeper
The Secret Keeper
Price: £3.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Return to form, 12 Nov. 2012
This review is from: The Secret Keeper (Kindle Edition)
I loved Kate Morton's first book, The House at Riverton, but felt her following two books were rather contrived. This book was, for me, far more believable, and the time jumps made it interesting to read. Great characters, great story, great read.


Valentine Grey
Valentine Grey
by Sandi Toksvig
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great detail about a forgotten war, 16 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Valentine Grey (Hardcover)
This book is eminently readable, whilst being enlightening about a war that it is not fashionable to write about. The plot does not develop in the trite way that the publisher's blurb might suggest; it is a strong narrative that questions issues of empire as well as class, sexuality and gender. Perhaps the strongest praise is that you forget who the author is; I had expected to 'hear' Sandi Toksvig's voice as she herself is such a distinctive personality, but the voice you hear is unmistakeably Valentine's. A great read.


9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors
9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors
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Price: £10.80

5 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ratio of text to games is wrong, 5 Sept. 2012
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This games is tremendously text heavy, with far too little time devoted to the puzzles themselves, which are also a little too easy. Even when you do make it to the puzzles, the characters keep up inane conversations which make it difficult to believe that they are in a life or death situation. The interiors of the ship are good, but otherwise this just isn't worth he amount of time you have to spend reading second rate narrative. Either read a good book or get a good puzzle game; this is neither. I would say don't waste your money, but resale value is pretty good, so you won't lose too much if you want to give it a go.
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The Bones of Avalon (THE JOHN DEE PAPERS Book 1)
The Bones of Avalon (THE JOHN DEE PAPERS Book 1)
Price: £1.79

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and entertaining, 4 Feb. 2012
This is a great book if you are interested in either Arthurian legend, Elizabethan England or both. Without giving the clever plot away it is not possible to highlight all the themes it covers, but it is fascinating to read the acknowledgements at the end and discover all the original sources that Rickman used.


The Thief (Thief of Eddis)
The Thief (Thief of Eddis)
by Megan Whalen Turner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and entertaining, 17 Dec. 2011
This is a great book for older children and adults alike. It is very well written, entertaining, and has an intelligent plot line with a great twist. The only disappointment is that the second one of the series isn't available on kindle, so I now have to wait for my hard copy to arrive to continue the saga.


Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
Price: £1.89

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Austen fans need not fear, 3 Dec. 2011
This book will appeal more to Austen fans than to crime fans. James adopts a gentle, sardonic narrative style in homage to Austen, which evokes the right atmosphere in which to explore the lives of the characters after the end of the original novel. The storyline, whilst involving, is fairly simple, and those wanting a twists-and-turns crime narrative may be disappointed. As a return to Pemberley to indulge in Austen's world as a treat for Janeites this book is a great success. If you want edge-of-your-seat drama you may be best advised to look elsewhere.


The Debutante
The Debutante
Price: £3.85

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor characterisation, 21 Nov. 2011
This review is from: The Debutante (Kindle Edition)
The characters in the modern period are unbelievable; angst-ridden and irritating. Those in the historical period are like a bad pastiche of the Mitford girls. I didn't bother to finish the book, and won't be seeking out more from this author. If you like this period of history you would do better to read the excellent biography of the Mitfords; all the drama but with real people, not stereotypes.


The Angel Maker
The Angel Maker
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended and thought provoking, 17 Oct. 2011
This review is from: The Angel Maker (Kindle Edition)
I picked this book up in the library because I was attracted to the cover, and within a few pages I was hooked. Do not be fooled by the fairly simplistic style of the opening chapters. Brijs uses different narrative styles for different sections of the book, and they combine to make a deeply thought-through and thought-provoking book. Whilst the basic premise of the book becomes clear almost immediately, Brijs uses it to explore other issues such as organised religion and attitudes to mental health with skill but also great readability. I just wish that other of his books were available in translation.


HOUSE OF SILENCE
HOUSE OF SILENCE
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but....., 16 Sept. 2011
This review is from: HOUSE OF SILENCE (Kindle Edition)
This book is light, quite readable and entertaining, but it is flawed. The characters are unbelievable stereotypes, especially the cellist, and the writing overall is not of a particularly high standard. The plot is also rather unconvincing. If you fancy a quick, light read it is fine, but it is not a well written piece of literature.


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