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The Paying Guests
The Paying Guests
by Sarah Waters
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Not Sarah's Best, But Still Good, 15 May 2015
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This wasn't Sarah's best novel by any means, but it was hugely enjoyable. I think it suffered a little from lack of characters. The main protagonist was Frances Wray, a repressed lesbian in 1924 who lives with her mother (who only had her first name mentioned a couple of times). They are forced to take in lodgers (known as 'paying guests') to help pay for finances. Francees' brothers were killed in the war, and her father died after squandering money. The lodgers are from the 'clerk class', Leonard Barber, who works in insurance and his wife Lillian. Frances, over the course of the next few weeks, moves closer to Lillian until their passions meet. The novel is a love story and a crime one. It is split generally intro three parts; the gradual build up of attraction, which does take a while, then the passion, then the crime and aftermath, which is a little overlong. The ending is rather an anticlimax, unlike the brilliant one in her previous novel 'The Little Stranger'. That said, it is still a fine read. Sarah delves well into the Frances character. Perhaps more could have been done with Frances' mother, or with Christina (Frances' earlier lover). It might have been good to see how things played out from different perspectives, such as her novel 'The Night Watch', which had four main characters.


Pride of Place Vintage Ceramic Tableware Lidded Biscuit Barrell Jar
Pride of Place Vintage Ceramic Tableware Lidded Biscuit Barrell Jar
Offered by Design 55 online
Price: £17.83

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Item, 25 Mar. 2015
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This is a very classy piece of kitchenware that has the air of quality about it. There is a good seal on the top. I am looking forward to receiving the tea/coffee/sugar jars in the same design, and may order other pieces in the future.


The Girl Who... Millennium Trilogy (Extended Versions) [Blu-ray] (Digipak)
The Girl Who... Millennium Trilogy (Extended Versions) [Blu-ray] (Digipak)
Dvd ~ Noomi Rapace
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £12.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended: A Fine Coillection Of Films, 8 Jan. 2015
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These are the definative versions of 'The Millennium Trilogy' made in Sweden, notably, 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo', 'The Girl Who Played With Fire' and 'The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest'.

Each film is over three hours long and are extended versions of the originals, so there is a plenty to wallow over as Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist sove problems over a missing girl and an undercover Government group.

The two leads are perfectly cast. Noomi Rapace is the definitive Salander, and Michael Nyqvist is just how I imagined Blomkvist to be. Other characters are just right in their roles.

The films have English subtitles. There are extras that include cast interviews with the two leads.

Don't miss these films. Accept no substitutes.


The Manual of Detection
The Manual of Detection
by Jedediah Berry
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Poorly Written Novel, 8 Jan. 2015
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I regret buying this. Right from the first few pages I knew that it had been a mistake to purchase it. I did not warm to the characters at all, and put the book away very soon afterwards.


CSI Miami: The Complete Collection [DVD]
CSI Miami: The Complete Collection [DVD]
Price: £59.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Impressive Collection, 8 Jan. 2015
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As CSI:Miami is no longer on our screens, it's good to have this collection, with characters old and new to watch once more, this time without ads to disturb the continuity flow.

PROS:

* Presented in a beautiful box with four equal sized folders inside.
* Each folder has a list of the episode titles and the extras that are there.
* English subtitles.
* Original theme tune.
* Each disc has a synopsis of the episodes.
* Eye-catching menus, very impressive.

CONS:

* The folders, being equal, mean that the seasons are split, such as season three is on folders one and two.
* The discs are not numbered well It starts disc one, two, three, then repeats the process. There is no indication of which season is which If all the discs fell on the floor, then they would never be put in sequence again.

It's a beautiful collection, much better than the companion box 'CSI: NY: The Complete Collection'. That one had the piracy warning on the first disc, less featurettes and an even worse disc sequencing.


CSI New York: The Complete Collection [DVD]
CSI New York: The Complete Collection [DVD]
Price: £59.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been Better, 4 Jan. 2015
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As CSI:NY is no longer on our screens, it's good to have this collection, with characters old and new to watch once more, this time without ads to disturb the continuity flow.

PROS:

* Presented in a beautiful box with four equal sized folders inside.
*Each folder has a list of the episode titles and the extras that are there.
* English subtitles.
* Original theme tune.

CONS:

* The folders, being equal, mean that the seasons are split, such as season three is on folders one and two.
* The discs are appalingly numbered. It starts disc one, then disc three then disc two. The sequence is then repeated, with no indication of what season it applies to. If all the discs fell on the floor, then they would never be put in sequence again.
* Some of the extras found in the US copies are not here. An example is season three, where three featurettes are missing. Another puzzle is season four, where the US version has no extras, but this one has some, but not the missing ones from season three.
* The very first disc has the notorious 'anti-piracy' message. Why do we need this? It's not as if we have rented it. The set has been bought, so it is owned by myself.

It's a fine collection, but appears to be a rather rushed together set, unlike the companion cox 'CSI: Miami: The Complete Collection'. That one has a lot more extras, no piracy warning and a more polished appearance about the discs.


Quantum Leap - Season 1-5 Complete (Repackage) [DVD] [1989]
Quantum Leap - Season 1-5 Complete (Repackage) [DVD] [1989]
Dvd ~ Scott Bakula
Price: £40.85

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Subtitles!, 17 Dec. 2014
I was all ready to buy this excellent series until I saw casually listed that it has no subtitles. Why ever not? The American version has them, but they have the fault that the music is changed for copyright reasons.

As a result, no edition is suitable. The makers could have done a ,lot better by producing a sedries with subtitles and the original music. You have lost one prospective customer.


Saving Mr Banks [Blu-ray]
Saving Mr Banks [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
Price: £5.80

4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Performance By Emma Thompson, 31 Aug. 2014
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This really was a stunning performanceby Emma Thompson as PL Travers, the author of Mary Poppins, who tries to be persuaded by Walt Disney (a convincing Tom Hanks) to sign the film rights of her book to him so that the musical may be made. As an opponent of musicals, Dick Van Dyke and in particular animation, this requires a lot of effort. Disney is using every trick he can muster in order to get that signature.

The film reminds me of 'Titanic' in that we know the ending, but enjoy the performances as we go towards it. The sequences of Travers' early life in Australia were somewhat of an intrusion, but necessary when Disney uses this to remind Travers of her father. Colin Farrell is not my favourite actor, but was passable in this.

Hanks' portrayal of Disney made him come across as a rather unscrupulous character. Was there any truth in what Disney said? He could have been saying anything in order to get that signature. I found myself very much on Travers' side, wanting her not to sign, although we knew the inevitable.

'Saving Mr Banks' is a movie well worth seeing for the performances of the two leads. I think it might have been even better had it not been made by the Disney studios, and instead a neutral one. It is well known that PL Travers despised the finished production of 'Mary Poppins' and continued this view right until her death. The movie glossed over this; this was a major mistake and gave the impression that it was a fictional story loosely based on real events.


The Distant Hours
The Distant Hours
by Kate Morton
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A fine read, but too long, 31 Aug. 2014
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This was a good book to settle into and gently weave through it, idenifying the Blythe sisters, Percy, Saffy and the eccentric Juniper, who was looked after by the other two.

Edie Burchill visits Milderhurst Castle where the elderly sisters live in 1992; her mother is Meredith, an evacuee in 1942 who stayed at the castle at the time. The narrative isset in these two time periods as Edie starts to uncover the layers of secrets that have been hidden for half a century. When the story moves to 1942, we see some of the answers taking place. Who was the 'Mud Man', the creature Raymond Blythe (the sisters' father) wrote of in a fictional tale in the early part of the 20th century? Howdid he get his inspiration? Asanswersare revealed, more questions are raised.

There were some allusions about the mysterious Raymond Blythe, but they were never broached; it left the reader to make their own judgements. Did he abuse Saffy? Did he abuse any of his daughters? The line that hesaid "Now you are like me." sounds particularly chilling.

What exactly waswrong with Juniper that required her being cared for? Was she mad? Delusional? More questions only the readercan answer. The author should have guided us here.

At nearly 700 pages, the book is way to long, and could have been trimmed by about 150 pages, mainly by slimming Edie's visits to the castle. Certain parts were repetitive, and were not necessary to be inserted again. I particularly liked the Epilogue.

Despite this, it was a cosy read; Kate Morton should consider not to to make the same mistakes in a future novel.


Nikita: Complete Fourth & Final Season [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Nikita: Complete Fourth & Final Season [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £13.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality Episodes, But No Extras, 5 Aug. 2014
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'Nikita' comes to a fabulous ending in these last six episodes, which starts with Nikita (played by Maggie Q) as the most wanted woman in the world on the run for supposedly killing the President of the USA. The villanous Amanda is behind it all,

The last six episodes off this too-short fourth and final season are not enough, and clearly had the potential to go on longer. Still, the quality of the last few stories were way above average, with shocks and thrills along the way.

I was tempted to remove a star due to the lack of extras on this final disc. All that are on it are the sixepisodes plus subtitles. Not much, really, compared to the first season, which was jam packed with additions. The makers could have added a second disc with a feature documentary, final interviews, or something like that.

Still, with this superb spy story now concluded, I can go into my four boxsets to see Nikita right from the very start again.


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