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Capital
Capital
by John Lanchester
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.92

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uneventful, 25 Aug 2013
This review is from: Capital (Paperback)
I found the story at the begining quite original and topical. The characters seemed very diverse and particularly the City banker's storyline, enjoyable. However, it then starts getting a bit too linear, in that a lot of pages are spent on rambling sublots such as the Polish builder and the police/detectives investigating the mysterious post cards that do not build up. In the end there is no real twist but just a very predictable resolution to some of the story lines, some others are left there almost inconclusive. The police investigation, taking so much real estate in the book pages, ends up being resolved in such a nonsensical way and involving such an ancillary character that it would have been easy to dispense with. Not worth the read, I think.


Best Kept Secret (Clifton Chronicles Book 3)
Best Kept Secret (Clifton Chronicles Book 3)
Price: 3.59

26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Rushed Full of Errors, 28 April 2013
Huge disapointment after waiting eagerly having loved the first two instalments. Resolution of the Barrington succession is dealt with at the beginning and soon after, things start taking a turn to ... nowhere really. An unexpected trip to Argentina then drives the story to a sad attempt at being a detective novel. Cliche mafia-like characters take over, with some unfortunate Spanish grammatic errors and complete lack of elementary logic. The UK ambassador involved in this third class police drama hands Seb his passport only to ask him what his middle name is two minutes later... Come on!!! Could he not have read it on the passport? Not even amateur! Poor even if it had been written by a 6 year old... The end is absolutely rushed and inconclusive to tie you to a fourth book, which, I, for one, will not bother with. Can this really be the same writer as the previous two?
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How Six Found Christmas
How Six Found Christmas
by Trina Schart Hyman
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 27 Sep 2012
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Nice read and makes a great Christmas play. The author was mainly an illustrator but the story is so moving and uplifting.


Being There
Being There
by Jerzy Kosinski
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice - unique, 27 Sep 2012
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This review is from: Being There (Paperback)
Very light and entertaining read. Difficult to compare with anything else but it does get you thinking of things you would probably always have taken for granted. Whilst the scenarios are obviously absurd, they make you wonder. The central character I am sure everyone will identify with in some way or other.


The Fallen Angel
The Fallen Angel
Price: 2.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable - Samey, 27 Sep 2012
This review is from: The Fallen Angel (Kindle Edition)
I love Daniel Silva's books. Whilst my favourites are not the Gabriel Allon series, I do like them a lot. My first one was Moscow Rules, which I enjoyed so much. I then went back to all previous ones in the GA series and have read every new one as they were released (they are not released that quickly in the UK, so I take advantage of any trip to the US). However, the last one (Fallen Angel) is just too samey. It is becoming very cyclical and predictable the circle from Allon getting called from wherever he is most recently trying to establish a quiet life and the whole initial refusal to get involved, convincing, reconvening his squad, etc He should really retire for good. Beside, the character is getting too cocky for his own good. The special relationship with the Pope was credible but it simply now gpes too far by suggesting the Pope amends his speech in Israel thinking specificall of Allon...Also I used to like Shamron a lot. Great character, but even through the writing its becoming dull and nonsensical. The obsession with Allon having a child is so childish itself! I say Mr Silva I hope you continue writing but give Superman Allon a deserved rest.


The Sins of the Father (The Clifton Chronicles)
The Sins of the Father (The Clifton Chronicles)
by Jeffrey Archer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.86

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, Entertaining, 27 Sep 2012
I loved this book, even better than teh first one (which I loved too). The structure of the storytelling and teh characters are simply superb. I cannot wait for the next one


Art
Art
by Yasmina Reza
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded Expectations, 18 Nov 2011
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This review is from: Art (Paperback)
I received the book in good time and in very good condition. There was a dedication on the front page, which I did not mind at all (actually think it gives books a bit of their own history) but maybe picky purchasers would like to know of those in advance. Thank you
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