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Black Cherry Blues: A Novel
Black Cherry Blues: A Novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic James Lee Burke, 22 Feb 2014
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Another very good story from JLB, this time with a reduction in the violence
I guess. There is still plenty of heavy villains here, but a little more subtly put than usual.
The development of Robicheaux continues and the links to Montana become more apparent.
He also fills in a little more about Alafair, a little less about Cletus.

As ever, Burke's writing has pace and vivacity,
but no crime writer I know provides such brilliant atmospheric writing as he does.


Butcher's Crossing (New York Review Books Classics)
Butcher's Crossing (New York Review Books Classics)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Western as written, 19 Feb 2014
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This excellent novel, written with an artists eye on the landscape,
brings home clearly the move westwards. Cleverly contrasting characters find themselves
out hunting buffalo over a season, but when the snow arrives the hunters lose
their way and survival becomes the name of the game.
Classic story of how the west was won, beautifully told, and pacy without
being rushed. If American manifest destiny is of interest to you,
read this account of how ordinary men led the move west.


Marware Sleeq Capacitive Stylus for Touchscreen Devices, Black
Marware Sleeq Capacitive Stylus for Touchscreen Devices, Black
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fits the bill, 19 Feb 2014
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this stylus is a really useful tool for a heavy handed bloke like me!
I can recommend it to all customers for their use.


The Men Who United the States
The Men Who United the States
by Simon Winchester
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insights and understanding, 20 Jan 2014
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A really well told series of accounts showing how the United States
grew out of its historical past, and using major themes such as metal, water
to tell the story. Full of details linking inventors, politicians and frontiersmen
to provide some coherence to the way the west was won, but well away from the conventional cowboys and Indians.

This is a must for anyone who wants to know what made the world's most powerful country-
and gives a fresh perspective on the spanning of the giant continent.
This is not a text book in any way, and yet it provides serious scholarship alongside
some enjoyable anecdotal insights into early America.


The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend
The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Widespread for the Searchers, 13 Dec 2013
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A cleverly constructed book which covers the real story as well as all aspects of the film
The Searchers itself. This is a must for film buffs, but also for those who are genuinely interested
in what really happened in the West. At times the writing seems a little disjointed, but mostly this is
an insightful and fascinating book.
In particular, I was interested in the take on John Wayne - often criticised for his wooden acting these days- but seen here
as an outstanding actor working with a brilliant but irascible director. If the background story is new to the reader,
it offers a perspective on the relationships between white culture and the women who were 'tainted' by their capture
and inclusion in Native American culture.


Dead And Buried (Cooper and Fry Book 12)
Dead And Buried (Cooper and Fry Book 12)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At the Peak of his writing, 29 Sep 2013
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I love Stephen Booth's crime series featuring Cooper and Fry.
He brings the Peak district into sharp relief, and as usual connects
some real life threads into the novel. This instance it is peak fires, which do
immense damage to the landscape.
Cooper and Fry remain at arm's length, though the surprising end of the story
resurrects some future possibility that they might - despite themselves find a shared future.
Please keep them coming, Mr Booth - I walk in your literary footsteps whenever I am in the Peak!


Burial Rites
Burial Rites
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cold story, 29 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Burial Rites (Kindle Edition)
Such a different book, Burial Rites tells the story of a series of true events in Iceland.
Characters are well drawn, and our sympathy extends to the 'murderer' through the eyes of
an older woman who takes in her pending execution.
I urge readers to give this book a try - not a complex read, but beautifully written.
There is much evidence of research, but this remains a novel. Atmospherically strong, Ms Kent
draws us into the dark landscapes of Iceland - and not simply dark through the absence of light -
and the ambivalence of the young priest sent to convert the 'murderer' prior to her execution.
Oddly enough, the real version of the story, as told later in the novel, almost gets in the way.
It took this reader from his own conjectures to a more certain situation- and I felt less satisfied as a consequence.


American Rust
American Rust
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Americana, 29 Sep 2013
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This novel built around the lives of a small number of young Americans, and set against the background of industrial decline in steel cities is a classic. Living in the industrial north of England, this book brought home what has happened here, too in recent years, but more importantly Meyer projects a global view of the sad failures of young people caught up in this decline.
The writing is excellent - sometimes almost elegiac, at other times, sharp and pithy, my immediate intention on finishing the book was to find more by the same author.
A simple story line of two young men whose lives overlap in a needless killing, American Rust picks up the Steinbeck line about the American poor, and how people are corrupted by their circumstances. the sympathetic characters - notably the sheriff - is written with a tragic perspective, but the story is dominated by the two young men and a sister who appears to have escaped - but has she?


Broken Harbour
Broken Harbour
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4.0 out of 5 stars haunting story for our times, 18 Dec 2012
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I am new to Tana French and this book seemed nothing
more than a competent murder mystery, until the characters start to unravel.
The location is brilliantly drawn, and its contemporary nature contrasts
well with the narators experience of the place.
In a similar way, the relationship between the young cop and the old hand
invites the reader to explore personal issues between two colleagues, and thr clash between
morality and pragmatism is well drawn.
I will read more of this author


Boneland
Boneland
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alan Garner never disappoints, 18 Dec 2012
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Yet another mystic story, moving time and space around
in his usual, well written style. I have been a Garner fan
for many years and this doesnt disappoint, apart from a few times
when I felt a need for the story to move more quickly.
Storng messages from the past for our own times here.


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