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S. Thompson "Wiltshire Saint" (Devizes, Wiltshire, UK)

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The Affinity Bridge
The Affinity Bridge
by George Mann
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Romp, 11 Oct. 2009
This review is from: The Affinity Bridge (Paperback)
Whilst not disagreeing with a lot of previous reviewers, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

Yes, the characters are relatively one-dimensional. Yes, the plot is a little 'see-through'. But the style of the book, rather like a Steampunk '39 Steps', is all action and very enjoyable for it.

Personally I'd like to see a little more flesh on the characters, a little more Victorian detail, and yes, a little more thought about how Victorians would speak. That said, I'd still recommend this book and eagerly await the arrival of the second title in the series.

You Are What You Eat Cookbook: Over 150 Healthy and Delicious Recipes
You Are What You Eat Cookbook: Over 150 Healthy and Delicious Recipes
by Gillian McKeith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Check her credentials before you make your decision..., 15 Sept. 2009
I bought this book a while back after watching the Channel 4 series. I wish I had checked out the author on Wiki, or the 'Bad Science' website first. There, and in a number of other places, her qualifications and methods are challenged. She also has a fondness for threatening to sue anyone who queries these methods, but I'm unaware of her ever getting to court.

Do yourself a favour. Eat more greens, forget fad diets.
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by Peter Ackroyd
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Never forget the most crucial part of any plot is the finale, 17 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Hawksmoor (Paperback)
Like another reviewer, I bought this book back in 1985, struggled with it and never got to the half way point. I recently decided to give it another bash. Was it worth it?

On the plus side, Nick Dyer, the central character, is an interesting construct. The 1700s setting is very atmospheric although I found the 1980s version of London to be a little pastiche. The architectural aspects of the book are also intriguing and led me to new areas with my reading.

However, and it's a big however, the author has clearly forgotten that in any book a well constructed plot is key. I found this starts out well, but then dies a death (excuse the pun). I also found the dialogue takes a turn for the worse as the book goes on, with completely artifical and un-natural sounding conversations between characters. The policeman, Hawksmoor, in particular is simply not credible. This lack of a complete plot, which simply tails off into nothing at the conclusion, was a fatal flaw and left me thinking my time would have been better spent on a book by another author.

I may come back to Ackroyd, but I suspect it will be another 2o years or so.

Lord Of The Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Gold Edition (PC)
Lord Of The Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Gold Edition (PC)

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Judgement reserved, 17 Dec. 2008
Just bought this game and wanted to make one thing clear to other potential buyers. Be aware, once you've installed the software from the disk, go and read a good book for about 4-5 hours. It takes that long (yes, really) for the updater to install all the patches, updates, fixes, etc that have been released since the disks were burnt. So don't bank on getting a quick game the same evening you install it!!
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Moonraker (James Bond)
Moonraker (James Bond)
by Ian Fleming
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another corking read, 8 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Moonraker (James Bond) (Hardcover)
Buy this book but put it away. Bring it out when you've booked your stay in a seaside cottage or country house hotel near the south coast.

It bears no relation whatsoever to the film, thank goodness, and is another great page-turner. The book breaks into two parts, the first dealing with accusations of card-sharking and the second with the launch of the 'Moonraker' rocket.

Bond is Bond, and by now (if you're reading him chronologically) you know what to expect in most situations. What really stood out for me was the atmosphere of the novel. The descriptions of London clubs are as evocative as those of the Kent countryside in the second half of the book. I also enjoy Bond's relationship with 'M' far more in the books than as it's portrayed in the films - Bond is much more respectful and respected.

All in all a top read, as enthralling today as it was when it was written over 50 years ago. Ian Fleming, thank you.

Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die
by Ian Fleming
Edition: Paperback

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another super title, 15 July 2008
This review is from: Live and Let Die (Paperback)
Having just read this book in two days I had to respond to the reviewer who called it racist and gave it one star.

Yes, the attitude of Fleming to black people is undoubtedly outdated by today's standards. However it certainly isn't racist in any supremacist sense. After all the villain, Mr Big, is arguably more intelligent than Bond and it portrayed in a convincing and extremely fair-handed way. Bond's helper in Jamaica is also black and is given much respect by Bond because of his local knowledge and attitude. Of its time - yes. Racist? Claptrap. These politically-correct attitudes applied to historical literature are to be ignored for the nonsense they are.

That dealt with, I can only recommend this book to all Bond fans, indeed anyone who likes a darn good well-written and pacy yarn. Infinitely more engaging than the film with Moore in the starring role.

Buy it, enjoy it.
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Perfume - The Story Of A Murderer [DVD]
Perfume - The Story Of A Murderer [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Whishaw
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £4.99

6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Preposterous Finale, 6 Aug. 2007
For all but the last twenty this was an intriguing and beautifully shot film.

Some stunning locations and first rate acting from Hoffman and Rickman helped a story that was on the borderline of 'quirky' along. The final 20 minutes though were so fantastical and frankly surreal that for me, they tainted the entire film. Rickman's character has such an abrupt volte face that it undermines the entire narrative.

If you like your movies arthouse, and are more interested in lighting, settings, editing, etc then you'll enjoy this film. If like me you need at least the pretence of a logical storyline and realistic character behaviour, don't sit down expecting too much...

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