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The Followers
The Followers
by Rebecca Wait
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book of 2015 so far., 29 Aug. 2015
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This review is from: The Followers (Hardcover)
Despite reading a lot of books throughout the year, I don't usually write book reviews. However I just had so much fun reading this one I thought I might just have to...

'The Followers' is a case study in demonstrating just how easy it can be to prey on people who are weak or lonely. Nathaniel is the leader of a religious cult and a self proclaimed prophet who claims to be in direct contact with God. He spots Stephanie working in a coffee shop and can see she has all the characteristics of someone who can be easily controlled. Of course, what he doesn't count on is her young daughter Judith, the independent, self-assured atheist.

The Followers is a well research story and there are many elements of popular psychology dotted throughout to show just how Nathaniel is able to dominate the large circle of followers, all shacked up in two houses in the secluded Yorkshire moors, away from the rest of society. I was originally put off reading this because of the religious theme. However, its fantastic use of Old Testament stories and twisting of religious ideology, makes for an entertaining read for both Christians and atheists alike.

Not since I was a teenager reading the antics of Dolres Umbridge in the fifth Harry Potter book have I hated a literary character more than Nathaniel! As with all great villains, Nathaniel is gradually revealed throughout the book to be increasingly sinister and violent, culminating in a spectacular conclusion. In fact, you'll probably want to throttle the rest of the adults in this book who allow Nathaniel to take over their lives and control them. As this book shows, it can be so easy to let someone else think for you and Nathaniel's leadership of the group bears all the hallmarks of many types of abusive relationships.

Overall, definitely my favourite book of 2015!

The Year of the Flood
The Year of the Flood
by Margaret Atwood
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

69 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Atwood Sequel, 24 Aug. 2009
This review is from: The Year of the Flood (Hardcover)
First of all, it should be said that this book is a follow up to Atwood's previous novel 'Oryx and Crake'. Howvever, this book could be enjoyed without reading 'Oryx and Crake' as it's focus is on other characters. Jimmy, Crake (here as Glenn)and a few other characters do feature in this book in lesser roles, but are not the focus. The revlelations at the end of 'Oryx and Crake' would be spoiled if you read this book first. Therefore I would suggest first reading 'Oryx and Crake'.

This is a very solid book that takes our focus to the pleeblands of Atwood's dystopian future world. The 'God's Gardener's' are a cult working against the pollution and over-use of the world's resources while awaiting the great 'waterless flood' that will engulf the world's human population.

Instead of following a single character, Atwood chooses to flip between two members of the cult, Toby and Ren. The story is always pushed forward, however, events are told from one character's perspective or the other. It's a strategy that works quite well and considering how 'Oryx and Crake' was written from a male character's perspective, it's quite welcome to have female perspectives. Atwood, as always, is able to deliver solid female characters that are believable and easy to relate to despite the bizare world she has created around them.

The story is written in parallel to the events of 'Oryx and Crake' and ends not too long after where that book left off. Since the characters are linked in quite strange and unexpected ways to the characters of 'Oryx and Crake', expect to see quite a few of your favourites from that book popping up here as well.

One aspect that I enjoyed less were the frequent sermons given by the 'God's Gardeners' leader, Adam One. These were given at the beginning of each new section of the book and explained the cult's festivals and many many saints giving Atwood the chance to throw in a few 'tongue-in-cheek' references and inject some humour. However, I found them a bit dull and found myself racing through them in order to get back to the story.

If you wanted to know just what happened to Jimmy in the closing paragraph of 'Oryx and Crake' you will be pleasantly surprised by this book. And since Jimmy pops in and out of this story as well, we get to see him from another perspective, that of Ren, the scorned ex-grilfriend!

The book gives the impression that this is not the end of Atwood's dystopia. Atwood has extended the number of characters at her disposal and another book would be quite welcome. I would certainly love to read some more!

While this book is not as far reaching as 'Oryx and Crake' had been, it is still a very good story and a very enjoyable novel. I certainly wasn't able to book the book down. If you didn't enjoy 'Oryx and Crake', perhaps you should give this one a miss, however, if you had an interest in it and want to read on this is a very welcome sequel (of sorts).

Medium - Season 1 [DVD]
Medium - Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patricia Arquette
Offered by Retro Online
Price: £7.95

31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Gem, 13 May 2006
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This review is from: Medium - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
I discovered this show within the depths BBC1's late night schedule in the middle of its first season. Since then I've been hooked! It's such a shame this show has been given such a poor time slot because it really is a fantastic piece of television. Now however, it is coming to dvd!

The show tells the story of Alison DuBois, a psychic working with the Police to help solve murders through her visions and dreams. The character is fantastically played by Patricia Arquette (Emmy-Award winner) and based on another real life 'medium'.

The first season contains all 16 episodes (including the pilot). I was amazed at how wonderfully the show is written, its both smart and compulsive. Alison's family provide another side to the character of Alison and it's especially interesting to see her girls starting to have their own strange 'dreams'.

Although no details on this edition are availibe at the time of writing this review, the special features on this set should be(in-line with the US release):

Cast and Crew commentaries on slected episodes

Featurette: The Making Of Medium

Featurette: The Real Alison DuBois

And More..!

(although, its not safe to assume this UK edition will be the same)

Overall, this is a fantastic show that will hopefully get a chance to shine with this dvd release.

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