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The French Blue
The French Blue
by Richard W. Wise
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £21.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book - a worthwile read., 20 July 2010
This review is from: The French Blue (Hardcover)
The book was given to me as part of Richard W. Wise's HobNob Giveaway on LibraryThing. The style is easy to read and to follow; the mix of images and text is spacious, consistent and the chapters are clearly separated from each others. In terms of format, I always enjoy a 'justified' form of editing, maybe it comes from being shortsighted and astigmatic, but a regular, consistent text form is easier on the eye.

The historical plot is well researched and I was pleasantly surprised by how good and easy to read the book was - it got me to know about a part of French history (with the life of Tavernier) and gems (I am no gemstone connoisseur). The plot mixes life experience, travel, family matters and a love story, all well distributed within the plot; not one theme is more important than the other, the reading pace is even and there was not a single glitch to the narrative that would have come to my attention.

In the end, the book has entertained me in those last couple of hot Summer days of holidays in Burgundy, and I would recommend the book to anyone wanting to read a good historical novel. After all, if diamonds are a girl's best friends, those virtual ones were refreshing enough for the Summer!


Dirty Little Angels
Dirty Little Angels
by Chris Tusa
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.63

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing., 24 Sep 2009
This review is from: Dirty Little Angels (Paperback)
Despite the author's best intentions, the book did not appeal to me, mainly because of the storyline. A girl and her brother do help each other through a set of emotional and sexual abuses. A preacher tries to brainwash them into disciples; the girl is torn between her lower social status, her sexual awakening and religious idolatry.

The style, format and mix of dialogues and narrative do help the reader in reading the book easily, with no fuss. However, the plot has whiffs of Virginia C. Andrews' 'Flowers in the attic' series. No incest is present, but the presence of a preacher, of the roles a girl and her brother play between that preacher and their acquaintances and the girl's unhealthy sexual awakening do reek of emotional and physical abuse.

For this, I think, I would not recommend this book for any given reader - an explicit content warning (or label) should be present.


The Cassell Dictionary of Literary and Language Terms (Cassell reference)
The Cassell Dictionary of Literary and Language Terms (Cassell reference)
by Christina Ruse
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for English and Literature courses, 19 Sep 2007
I am using this book for the OU (Open University) course A210 "Approaching Literature".
I find it invaluable and refer to it time and time again. This is a book to keep - concise, but not overly so, well explained and easy to use.

There is also a timeline for all literary genres, with main authors and movements.

Highly recommended.


Studying the Novel: An Introduction
Studying the Novel: An Introduction
by Jeremy Hawthorn
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!, 5 July 2007
I am starting the Open University's A210 "Approaching Literature" and this books delivers what I need in order to start working on novels - clear, concise, and most of all very useful for students in Literature!

Highly recommended.


Frankenstein (Norton Critical Editions)
Frankenstein (Norton Critical Editions)
by Mary Shelley
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Open University students, 3 July 2007
Those of you studying A210 "Approaching Literature" would do well to buy this edition (based on the 1818 Frankenstein), rather than loose your time on the York Notes (1831 version). The contemporary critics, commentaries and essays make up for half the book already, and this is great primary source material for essay writing. Highly recommended.


Tefal VC100615 Ultra Compact 3 Tier Steamer, Chrome
Tefal VC100615 Ultra Compact 3 Tier Steamer, Chrome

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great item! Easy to clean and store., 3 July 2007
After buying this item, I must say that it did make a difference in our kitchen: it cooks the fish beautifully (tasty!) and the rice is what it should be, ie nice and fluffy (as opposed to soggy). Vegetables are just great. In the end, I just clean the bowl and wipe the trays, easy peasy. A highly recommended purchase!


Et SI c'Etait Vrai
Et SI c'Etait Vrai
by Marc Levy
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, great summer read., 8 Aug 2006
M. Levy is one of the latest great contemporary French writers. His writing is readable, accessible and the storyline good. His work won prizes and it looks likely that he is going to be winning quite a few prizes yet.

The plot so far: Lauren, a young woman in a coma, places her "double" in her bathroom cupboard. Arthur, who just moved in, discovers this woman when taking a bath. Of course, love is born between the invisible woman and the young architect whose friends start thinking of him as mad. Of course, since he speaks to himself. But, in the hospital, the nasty medics threaten to use euthanasia. A race against the clock is starting. An incredible story which may well end up being true. A first novel which Steven Spielberg is thinking of making a movie.


The River Cottage Meat Book
The River Cottage Meat Book
by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £24.70

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply great food and great recipes!, 3 Aug 2006
The recipes are great, the advices full of common sense and the book sturdy enough it can survive kitchen usage. All in all, a great buy and well worth the money. *Not* for people who bought trendy Swedish kitchens or who only got a microwave to cook with.


Morning Star
Morning Star

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different styles to other albums., 14 Jun 2006
This review is from: Morning Star (Audio CD)
Very good music and band, different styles and fantastic vocals. A definite buy.


Hat Full of Stars
Hat Full of Stars
Price: £10.04

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great comeback..., 14 Jun 2006
This review is from: Hat Full of Stars (Audio CD)
Shame it did not get enough publicity then. The fact that her compilation/best off ("Twelve Deadly Cyns") came out around the same time did overshadow the new album. Fact is, it was a completely new type of music, far from the old 80s pop era, but then again, it was the same problem for many artists (including Kylie Minogue) who tried to break from the mould they had been given.

This album gives us a great example of what Cyndy would have given us, had it not been for the public going for other things at the time.

All in all, great performance, fantastic songs, a highly recommended buy and, I must admit, a bit of nostalgia.


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