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Friends Like These
Friends Like These
by Danny Wallace
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.13

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing..., 14 Jan. 2009
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This review is from: Friends Like These (Paperback)
Having been a fan of Danny Wallace since he contributed to Dave Goreman's fantastic 'Are You dave Gorman?' have enjoyed Join Me and the excellent Yes Man. I looked forward to reading Friends Like These and although enjoyable, I think the wacky challenge that takes ove his life formula is starting to get a little tired and at times I felt the premise of the book was forced. I didn't laugh as often as I thought I would and the last couple of chapters were a struggle. It's all getting a little too familiar and dull.

And why does Wallace give his ex girlfriend a higher and longer credit than his wife?

Think Wallace has run out of steam. :(


Resurrectionist (Matthew Hawkwood 2)
Resurrectionist (Matthew Hawkwood 2)
by James McGee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Hawkwood just keeps getting better..., 14 Jan. 2009
I have to disagree with some of the previous reviewers. Whilst i enjoyed Ratcatcher, Resurrectionist is far superior. It's very dark tone makes a refreshing change and Hawkwood's character flaws and human touches make the book all the more believable.
Please remember 1800s London wasn't a pretty place and some the reviewers would be better suited reading Mills & Boon or Catherine Cookson if they want a jolly, pretty novel. This tells life like it was resplendant with murderers, drunks, whores, thieves, psychopaths and lairs.
It's a fascinating tale and like its predecessor, the ending has a satisfying twist.
Bernard Cornwell is the master of ancient Britain.
James McGee rules 1800s London.
Long live Hawkwood! :)


Lonely Are the Brave: Special Edition
Lonely Are the Brave: Special Edition
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £27.95

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!, 18 Oct. 2008
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I first heard of Jorn after hearing him sing on Tobias Sammett's Scarecrow. For those who have not heard this burly Scandinavian sing; imagine David coverdale, but more melodic, greater range and a voice that can send shivers down your spine. Amazing voice, but pity I can't say the same for this CD.

A cover that was created by an 8 year old on PowerPoint. On first listening, I had to check that I wasn't listening to Saxon! Now I quite like some of Saxon's stuff, but I find too many of their songs sound so similar. The same applies here. On first listening, too many times I found myself flicking to the next track. Now in fairness, Jorn sings like a man posessed, but it's the music that lets him down here.
His vocals work so well on 'The Scarecrow' because the quality of music and writing is so incredible. Here it is merely average and it shows!

I'm off to buy another Jorn effort - ARK. Here's hoping this will showcase what Mr Lande is really capable of...
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The Scarecrow
The Scarecrow
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Scarecrow - Awesome, 16 Sept. 2008
This review is from: The Scarecrow (Audio CD)
Having never heard of Tobias Sammet before buying this album, I wasn't weighed down with the pre Metal Opera baggage.
Tobias has delivered an album that for me is the best of the year.
What surprised me most was the fact that Avantasia was a collaboration and in the past, collaboration albums have never been good. This was the exception.

From the belting 'Scarecrow' to for me, the best track 'Lost In Space', this album delivers in bucketloads.
Well worth the cash.
Tobias Sammet is a genius!


The Book Thief
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It will leave you breathless!, 10 Jan. 2008
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This review is from: The Book Thief (Paperback)
The Book theif gives a harrowing time in german history from a little girl's point of view. This could have so easily become a book of bitterness, pain and misery, but watching events unfold through the eyes of death is the work of a genius.

Book Theif made me smile. I cried. I found myself waking up at 3.00 in the morning to read just a few more pages.
You can't read Book Theif without it leaving it's mark on you.
A truly fantastic read!


Headless Cross
Headless Cross

5.0 out of 5 stars One of THE Sabbath albums, 10 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Headless Cross (Audio CD)
First things first. Sabbath fans generally fall into 2 categories: the Ozzy fans and the Dio fans. Personally I have been a Dio fan since his days in Elf and wasn't that impreseed with Sabs released Eternal idol. Headless cross on the other hand deserves to be up there with Heaven & Hell and Mob Rules. Tony Iommis riffs encapsulate the sabbath sound while still sounding fresh, Cozey Powell batters seven shades out his drumkit and Tony marting has never sounded better.

Foregt the garbled warbling of a drug adeled Ozzy. No one will touch Dio, but Tony Martin came pretty damn close!


Making Money (Discworld Novels)
Making Money (Discworld Novels)
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Making Money, but not making us laugh!, 11 Oct. 2007
I love the Discworld series (apart from Pyramids) and really enjoyed Going postal. I looked forward to this offering but having read itam now disappointed. You have probably read the previous reviews and what more can I say? It did feel as though someone else had written it. The characters going through the motions. Come on Mr Pratchett, give yourself a slap. Give us tales of Vimes, the witches and vetinari!


Walkers
Walkers
by Graham Masterton
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Marks for the Walkers, 5 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Walkers (Paperback)
This is one of the very best novels Graham masterton has written. Entertaining, scary, ingenious, tense and very very scary. Masterton has always been the master of weaving legends and myths into his novels and here he incorporates the Pied Piper.
Fantastic and this would make an excellent movie.
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Flesh and Blood
Flesh and Blood
by Graham Masterton
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why Only 3 stars for such a good book?, 5 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Flesh and Blood (Paperback)
Flesh and Blood succeeds and fails in equal measures. The characters of the Green Man and his deadly entourage are some of the best that Grahm Masterton has ever devised. When they are invloved the book soars.
However...

Masterton trys and fails to cram too many issues into the book. A maniac pig, politics, vegitarianism, gene transplants, a girl raised by pigs. The book gets messy and disjointed. And what could have been a fantastic horror novel, sadly fizzles out due to the sheer burden of ideas slotted in. Perhaps a candidate for a future rewrite, focusing purely on the Green Man?


Black Angel
Black Angel
by Graham Masterton
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of His Very Best, 5 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Black Angel (Paperback)
Black Angel doesn't take prisoners; a black hole of a novel that sucks the reader in. from the ticking time-bomb of an introduction, Black Angel is one of Graham Masterton's very best novels. It is dark, oozing with blood and a genuinely scary book.
This book will stay with you for a very long time to come.


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