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The Song of Achilles
The Song of Achilles
by Madeline Miller
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read, 14 Oct. 2011
This review is from: The Song of Achilles (Hardcover)
I read this book based upon a review in the newspaper and a quick look at the comments on Amazon online. Most people have rated this book very highly - and quite right too. I'm not a classicist; I don't know where this story departs from Homer, and I don't particularly care. The love between Achilles and Patroclus is something the gods - and some reviewers - do not understand. It is where humanity rises or descends beyond what the gods can aspire to. It is not explained why Achilles loves Patroclus; why should it be - love is not a list of requirements met or a logical conclusion. The writing is clear, poetic and concise. The characters are well drawn, and the webs of irony, fate, will, pride and waste are beautifully spun. Read and enjoy.

The Seance. A Novel
The Seance. A Novel
by John Harwood
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book!, 13 Jan. 2009
This review is from: The Seance. A Novel (Hardcover)
This genre is new to me, but I had this book from a friend haivng enjoyed 'The Suspicions of Mr Whicher'. 'The Seance' is gripping; well written, particularly the scenes in and around Wraxford Hall, and it caught and used various victorian gothic devices - disappearances, storms, dark and creepy houses, and ghosts - brilliantly. The plotting was tight, meaning that it pays the reader to pay attention as they go along, and there were some great twists and turns that kept me hooked right to the end.

Sensitive Skin : Complete BBC Series 1 [2005] [DVD]
Sensitive Skin : Complete BBC Series 1 [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joanna Lumley
Price: £4.70

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Television, 13 Jan. 2009
This was a rare TV gem - and one that deserved far more recognition that it got at the time. The writing is smooth and intelligent but it is the performances that made this one shine for me. In particular, Joanna Lumley - Davina's awkwardness, silences and detachment are well captured. There is humour, and warmth but also some darkness, frustration and regret. Thanks to the BBC for this one. If you've not seen it - my advice is to buy it, and settle down for a treat.

Priestess Of The White: Book 1 of the Age of the Five
Priestess Of The White: Book 1 of the Age of the Five
by Trudi Canavan
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, 8 Jun. 2006
I'd spotted this book at a friend's house and having dipped into it, bought my own copy. The writing is generally good, with some interesting characters and situations set up. I'd like to see tighter plotting and more tension set in, but as the first book of a series this has set the scene and we'll wait to see what heppens next. An enjoyable, not too demanding, read.

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