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The Godfather
The Godfather
by Owen Whittaker
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously funny, moving, sad, and at times, slightly dark, 4 May 2000
This review is from: The Godfather (Paperback)
I just happened to pick this book because it had a glossy shiny cover, so I thought, yeah, this looks good! It was!
Max Patterson is a very succesful author of horror novels who, wheelchair bound, lives in a "gothic" mansion in Ireland, along with a live-in eccentric irish couple, Eugene and Maeve.
His ideal existence is put into turmoil when his best friend dies in a boating accident along with his wife, and it is then up to Max to bring up his two godchildren Caroline and Nigel. They all have to learn to live with each other, and at the same time cope with the grief which has consumed them all, with the help of Kate, Max's new Girl Friday.
This book can go from being very very funny one minute, then very very sad the next, and sometimes you want to swear at the author and say "NO, You Can't do THAT!"
It is a very uplifting novel, and although I say it can be sad, it is the sort of novel to read when your feeling down, to give you that extra push.


Sawdust Caesar: The Pioneers of Youth Rebellion
Sawdust Caesar: The Pioneers of Youth Rebellion
by Howard Baker
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic novel, excellent characters, I WANT A VESPA!, 28 Mar. 2000
The only thing wrong with this book was the fact that it ended after 220 pages! You'll know what I mean if you've read it, the last 50 pages build up to such a nerve racking finale, you just want more! Im only 27, and tend to think of people in their 50s, 60s , as old stooges, people who didnt do anything with themselves except maybe go to the pictures on a saturday night and get a bag of chips for 10p on the way home, but this book opened my eyes. Rebellious speed freaks (i dont mean as in 100 mph speed) who spend all their time scrapping and nicking each others birds. You have to read this, its not a hard novel to read, and if the author reads this, YOU HAVE TO DO A SEQUEL!


Knots And Crosses (A Rebus Novel)
Knots And Crosses (A Rebus Novel)
by Ian Rankin
Edition: Paperback

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Before you read any Ian Rankin book - Read this one!, 23 Mar. 2000
I have read six of the Inspector Rebus novels so far, and I am absolutely hooked! Never has a character in a novel, or television series, ever captured my imagination such as this one. Knots & Crosses is the first Inspector Rebus novel published by Ian Rankin, and I would advise you to start here, mainly because it makes the story more interesting as you dont have any idea how things turn out in later novels for certain characters. Never has Edinburgh been portrayed so sinister like as in Rankins novels, and Ian Rankins descriptions of John Rebus's night time drives around the city make you feel like your there with him. The plots, although slow to start off with, in the sense that these are not 'action thrillers' are superbly written. A must for any crime reader.
If your overseas, and thinking about visiting Edinburgh, read Ian Rankin first!


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