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The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next)
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next)
by Jasper Fforde
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.74

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An original, funny book, 17 Nov. 2006
I first heard about Jasper Fforde through an article in The Sunday Telegraph, so I bought one of his books as a present for a friend. She absolutely loved it and raved about it for ages, so I had to borrow it from her, and I'm so glad I did.

The Eyre Affair is one of the most original books I have read, if not the most original. Fforde really excels at creating a skewed world where things are similar to the real world, but also completely and utterly different. Thursday Next is a Literary Detective who must defeat the evil Acheron Hades scheme to hold Britain to ransom for Jane Eyre, who he has kidnapped from her book. The book is very funny, combining high- and low-brow humour in a way reminiscent of Monty Python. It also helps to have just a little knowledge of English literature!

84 Charing Cross Road (VMC)
84 Charing Cross Road (VMC)
by Helene Hanff
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book of letters, 23 May 2005
Helene Hanff and Frank Doel's letters to one another are beautifully written and very touching. The relationship that develops between the two of them despite, or perhaps because of, never meeting is great to see. The fact that it takes so long to happen as well (over a period of almost 20 years) just adds to how deep the friendship between these two people clearly was. The second part of the book (The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street) give a touching account of Helene Hanff's eventual visit to London to promote her book, sadly after Frank Doel has died and is a good postscript to the letters (even though it is actually longer than the main part of the book).

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Special Extended DVD Edition) [DVD] [2001]
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Special Extended DVD Edition) [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Elijah Wood
Price: £6.64

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What all DVDs should aspire to, 4 Feb. 2004
The extended version of The Fellowship of the Ring adds a lot to the two disc version of the same film. By this, I do not just mean the film itself but also the extras, which are so numerous I still haven't managed to watch them all yet, and that is after 2 months of owning the DVD.
The film is extended by about half an hour, adding many scenes from the book that had to be cut out of the film. In particular, the gift giving of Galadriel is great to see. If viewers didn't know about this part from reading the book, then it could potentially confuse them when the characters use their gifts later on in the second and third films.
However, it is in the extras where this DVD really shines. The cast commentary is a joy to listen to, with the four hobbits alone giving value for money. Their anecdotes about what they got up to on the shoot are hiarious at times (especially where Billy Boyd and Dominic Monoghan describe the firework explosion in the party scene at the start of the film), and it is great to hear experienced actors such as Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen and John Rhys-Davies talking in depth about their craft. The documentaries are amazing for their depth into the pre- and post-production of the film. Watching them takes longer than watching the film! What's more, everybody who speaks is interesting and brings across their enthusiasm for what they have done. They all realise that they have been part of a landmark in film making. When watching them you marvel at what lengths the crew and cast went to to make Middle Earth a real place.

Clinical Medicine: with STUDENT CONSULT Access
Clinical Medicine: with STUDENT CONSULT Access
by Parveen Kumar CBE BSc MD FRCP FRCP(Edin) Professor
Edition: Paperback

18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best clinical medicine book, 4 April 2003
I find this book indispensible - it contains just about everything that you need to know as a medical student, telling you about the epidemiology, aetiology, pathology, clinical signs and symptoms, investigations you carry out to diagnose the disease and treatment options. It is well laid out and has plenty of diagrams and tables, keeping the layout fresh and exciting. It is a great supplement to lectures, and I don't think that I could do without it.

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