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Mongol: The Rise to Power of Genghis Khan [DVD] (2007)
Mongol: The Rise to Power of Genghis Khan [DVD] (2007)
Dvd ~ Tadanobu Asano
Offered by FUNTIME MEDIA
Price: £2.75

5.0 out of 5 stars this film is mint!, 17 Jun 2012
I am facinated by Gengis Khan and this film has really brought it to life.
the battle scenes are very realistic an gory. the mainu plot is really well thought up. I can not say a bad thing about it! xD :0


The Dinosaur Feather
The Dinosaur Feather
by Sissel-Jo Gazan
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent thriller, 11 April 2012
This review is from: The Dinosaur Feather (Paperback)
Just finished reading "The Dinosaur Feather" and thoroughly enjoyed this unusual Danish thriller. I found the mixture of scientific detail and the politics of a claustrophobic academic department fascinating and very true to life. The main characters were all developed in depth although two key characters could have been developed further - particularly as they were quirky characters that were only introduced much later in the narrative. My only criticisms are that the thriller/whodunnit aspect of the book went off the boil somewhat about halfway through and the pace slowed down. Also some elements were rather irrelevant - the whole subplot about Anna's birth and upbringing was odd and I couldn't understand why she suddenly decided to track down her health visitor - particularly with her thesis viva coming up and her supervisor being murdered her attention would be elsewhere. Despite these faults it was a cracking read. I particularly liked the description of having to work with a difficult colleague for the rest of one's career as like "a motorway being built at the bottom of your garden" - learn to live with it or move on.


The Nosferatu Scroll
The Nosferatu Scroll
by James Becker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing thriller, 19 Jan 2012
This review is from: The Nosferatu Scroll (Paperback)
As a self-confessed connoisseur of the vampire genre I was looking forward to getting my teeth into this novel. I was rather disappointed that the use of vampire lore just seemed to be a ruse to include lots of gratuitous scenes of virgins being raped by non-vampires . The plotting and characterisation are virtually non-existent. Essentially this is a poor-man's Dan Brown thriller. All the female characters are rather pathetic and reliant on the males to rescue them. Even the vampire character is very one-dimensional and doesn't even feature very highly in the plot. This book adds nothing to the vampire genre but is a just about passable thriller.


Cutting For Stone
Cutting For Stone
by Abraham Verghese
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thouroughly enjoyable and realistic read, 20 Jun 2010
This review is from: Cutting For Stone (Paperback)
This is the best book I've read in ages. I am probably slightly biased as I work as a surgeon so the medical themes were very appealing to me and also very realistic. But the quality of the writing and story telling is superb. The author instills an empathy with all the characters no matter how flawed they may be so that the novel becomes a real page turner. It's amazing that the author competently deals with so many siffernet themes within such a short novel: religion, gender politics, terrorism, medical education, sex (lots of it), autism, birth, death etc etc. An awesome book that the author can be truly proud of.


The Scarpetta Factor (Scarpetta Novels)
The Scarpetta Factor (Scarpetta Novels)
by Patricia Cornwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poorly written, tedious nonsense, 20 Jun 2010
I've read all the Scarpetta books and noticed a distinct downturn since the first few good books in the series. This is the worst yet with pages and pages of completely irrelevant descriptive nonsense. By the middle of the book I had resorted to scan reading to try to detect bits that were of relevance to the plot. An example would be Benton entering a building - the description of this lasted about 4 pages. The plot is largely confined to the first few and last few pages and much of what is in between is completely irrelevant. It seems like the author has thought "what's the latest technology in forensics and policing" and randomly put these details in despite them adding little value to the plot. Large elements are completely implausible - a character from previous novels is ressurected in a completely ridiculous way. Many characters are not introduced directly to the reader but in the third person - a technique that is disengaging. The character of Dodie Hodge could have been a lot more powerful if some of the narrative had been in her voice and in her point of view but instead we only know of ther through Benton's experiences and description which serves to sideline this character. Patricia Cornwell's publishers obviously know that anything she writes will make millions however poor the quality.


Rich Girl, Poor Girl
Rich Girl, Poor Girl
by Lesley Lokko
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable escapism, 5 April 2010
This review is from: Rich Girl, Poor Girl (Paperback)
I read Sundowners a few years ago after my husband picked it up for me at the supermarket when I was ill in bed. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Rich Girl, Poor Girl is very similar in that it follows three friends over a fourteen year period. As ever there are glamorous locations, lots of gorgeous men to add love interest and a dose of morality and musing on the nature of corruption. Again I thoroughly enjoyed the escapism of reading it. OK, so some of the characters aren't completely believable but that doesn't seem to matter as you're caught up in their world. My only major criticism was that the end was not particularly satisfying in the way it was written. I'm now looking forward to buying some of her back catalogue to take on my next holiday - just the thing for lying on the beach (or more likely sitting in a tent in the rain in the UK!).


Red Riding Nineteen Eighty Three (Red Riding Quartet)
Red Riding Nineteen Eighty Three (Red Riding Quartet)
by David Peace
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars overly repetitive gtratuitously violent nonsense, 4 April 2010
This is a review of the whole quartet rather than this single book. Read all four books on holiday a few months ago. Honestly wish I hadn't bothered. There was the potential for greatness here - a lot of interesting fairly ground-breaking ideas in fiction but taken as a whole I found it all very unsatisfying. At the end of the quartet the death toll is tens of people, trying to figure out and remember who killed who is a struggle. The repetitive violence justs ends up getting tedious. Like a lot of recent books there is the gratuitous anal rape scene somewhere in the middle of these books which just seems a lazy way to make them more gritty. There are absolutely no sympathetic characters in these books which makes them really harsh for the reader. The writing style seems to get lazier and lazier towards the end of the quartet with themes and crimes being repeated. At the end of reading all four I felt very gloomy and wish I hadn't bothered: they are literally just a catalogue of misery. I wish the author had given more thought to the reader and their needs when reading - it felt more like an ego-trip for the author - how gritty can I make this, how much violnce can I use to shock, how can I use narrative to confuse?


Fever Of The Bone: 6 (Tony Hill)
Fever Of The Bone: 6 (Tony Hill)
by Val McDermid
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable McDermid, 4 April 2010
I always look forward to the latest Val McDermid book coming out and always buy them. This was an enjoyable read that was paced well. There was also plenty going in in subplots to keep one interested. As with most enjoyable crime novels you do have to suspend belief slightly at the ending - the modus operandi of the killer is all slightly implausible - what a coincidence that all the intended victims are into social networking and clearly all gullible! The timescale required to commit the murders is also rather unbelievable. But otherwise a cracking crime novel.


Fractured: (Will Trent / Atlanta series 2)
Fractured: (Will Trent / Atlanta series 2)
by Karin Slaughter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Contrived and slow-paced, 4 April 2010
This is the first Karin slaughter book I have read after on of my friends recommended her. Must say I was disappointed and not sure I will plough through any of her other books. This starts well but very quickly loses pace. There is too much mundane police procedural detail that adds nothing to the plot - for instance there is virtually a whole chapter on a press conference which is just plain boring and irrelevant. At the end the pace picks up again - you suddenly learn who the killer or killers are - but in a very unsatisfying way - there are no preceding clues to their identity that allow you to try to work out whodunnit, rather they are two random characters out of many who could or could not be suspects. At the end I still didn't have much of a sense of how the murder and abduction all fitted together - it just wasn't very believable. The dyslexia theme is also very contrived and implausible.
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Foursome
Foursome
by Jane Fallon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ephemeral fluff, 4 April 2010
This review is from: Foursome (Paperback)
This is the first Jane Fallon book I have read. Was very disappointed. Was quite an easy read but about halfway through the book you realise that it is going absolutely nowhere and has virtually no plot. The characters were all very one dimensional and not believable changing their character traits throughout. The narrator was also not very likeable and a real bitch which made empathising with her somewhat difficult. The title and cover also imply a hint of interesting sexual shenanigans but the book is devoid of any sexual frisson. The cover notes are also very inaccurate in describing this as dark and edgy and chick lit with a twist but it is not - it is just very ordinary and one of those books that I was annoyed that I'd invested the time in reading. The only redeeming feature was that I discovered what "passive-agressive" means and am now busy trying to work out which of my work colleagues fall into that category!


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