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Gone, Baby, Gone
Gone, Baby, Gone
by Dennis Lehane
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever plot, great writing, 15 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Gone, Baby, Gone (Paperback)
Lehane's story about how private investigators Kenzie & Gennaro are drawn into the search for a missing child, the neglected Amanda McCready, is more than just a stonking good mystery/detective novel.

It's also a thought-provoking read, dealing with the sometimes difficult subject of child neglect and abuse, and the efforts of a few souls to offer a few lucky children a better life. There is no happy ending in this story, in fact the closing pages are heart wrenching in their "unfairness".

Like other Lehane novels I've read, the plot is well constructed and the story well paced. There's the usual sprinkling of humour to lighten the tone, too. All in all a good read. So much so that my (French) husband devoured this book whilst on holiday. I've never seen him reading so much!

You won't be disappointed by this book. If you are already familiar with Lehane then you know what to expect, and if you're not this book is as good as any to start with.


Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Price: £6.70

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging and magestical, 14 Nov. 2005
It's hard to pick a favourite Springsteen album, but after much reflection, Darkness comes out top. It's tough and dark, it lurks in the shadows, and it gets right under your skin.
From beginning to end, it's an album stuffed with songs that just seem to get better, right up to the awesome title track (if I was condemned to be able to listen to only one song for the rest of my life, I'd choose Darkness On The Edge Of Town).
After marvelling at one of the best opening tracks of all time, stop along the way to savour Something In The Night, where Bruce's anguish seeps into you and the lyrics come back in flashes for days.
Move on to Racing In The Street and you'll soon be aching for the freedom of the road and the simple melody will haunt you. And then Promised Land, where your dreams will be crushed by the cold reality of life.
And I haven't even spoken of Candy's Room or Streets of Fire.
Just buy it, drop it into the CD tray, close your eyes ... and you'll know.


Nebraska
Nebraska
Offered by westworld-
Price: £10.00

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and intimate offerings, 14 Nov. 2005
This review is from: Nebraska (Audio CD)
This album is just one more great offering from Bruce Springsteen. But don't come looking for gusty stadium anthems such as Born To Run. None of that here, rather sombre, acoustic tracks with lyrics that stick in your head for days on end.
Seek out Atlantic City and Mansion On The Hill, my personal favourites. And if you can resist the temptation just two play these two tracks over and over, then take the time to savour the whole album. And take time out to listen. Close your eyes and take a journey.
Magical music that leaves its mark.


King Solomon's Carpet
King Solomon's Carpet
by Ruth Rendell
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling and gripping, 11 Aug. 2005
A great book! I do prefer her writing as Barabara Vine rather than Ruth Rendell, it must be said.
This offering is typical of Vine: more than a bit odd, creepy, an exploration of the darker aspects of human nature. It's fantastically well-written, and grabs a hold of you right from the beginning. Vine introduces her characters one by one, and gradually fills in the spaces in between them, all the way up to the very last page, when the whole story falls so perfectly and neatly into place.
It's a chilling tale in parts, one in which London's Tube network becomes a veritable protagonist, a true player in the story. Vine clearly did her homework before creating this fine book, so as to give the reader all the details one needs to *be* there, in the book. Only when one's one imagination can paint a more vivid picture does she merely sketch an outline for the reader to fill in.
I read this book whilst on holiday, enjoying the Maui sun. But it took me all the way to London, to the suburbs, to the bustling Underground stations, and to the frightening darkness of the deep line Tube tunnels. Truly exemplary writing!


The Essential Calvin And Hobbes: Calvin & Hobbes Series: Book Three
The Essential Calvin And Hobbes: Calvin & Hobbes Series: Book Three
by Bill Watterson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.24

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and touching and so incredibly real, 8 Aug. 2005
Bill Watterson's Calvin & Hobbes series is all about six year old Calvin and his tiger Hobbes. Hobbes may seem to be just some soft toy, but with Calvin he truly comes alive, and the two buddies hurtle through life together.
Anyone who has been six (so, all of us) will find this series well-observed, touching, and funny. In one strip, our heroes are just getting up to exactly the kind of highjinks we all got up to when we were young (adventures in the woods, building time machines using discarded packing cases, ...). But then on the next page, Calvin's six year old wisdom hits on an aspect of contemporary life, exposing it for the silliness that it is.
If you want to remember what it was like to be six, if you ever had an invisible friend or you talked to your teddy bear, if you were ever convinced there were monsters under your bed, or if you just want to laugh out loud, then BUY THIS!


Canon PIXMA iP4000 Colour Bubble Jet Printer
Canon PIXMA iP4000 Colour Bubble Jet Printer

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy, 8 Aug. 2005
4 separate ink cartridges, including one black for text and one black for photo printing, should be reason enough alone to buy this.
A top quality printer in its price range, I can't fault it. Prints great photo prints (choose Canon Photo Pro glossy paper for best results), and has a nifty sort of loader thing to print directly to printable CDs. For everyday documents, it prints quickly and doesn't make much noise at all.
You get some handy software bundled in, too. If you're no computer whizz and you want to get good photo prints, just use the Easy Photo Print program included, and you can't go wrong.
Top notch from Canon!


Taking Lives
Taking Lives
by Michael Pye
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Passes the time ..., 5 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Taking Lives (Paperback)
This book was bought for me, I probably wouldn't have picked it myself. The blurb will try to tell you that it's a cleverly-plotted thriller, but I disagree.
It's not bad, but it just isn't really good either. A book of two halves, it opens with third person narrative, describing the somewhat far-fetched life a young Dutchman Martin Arkenhout. On a trip to the US, Martin hooks up with a rich American college kid and they get themselves into some serious trouble. Unfortunately for Martin's new friend, Martin takes drastic action and so begins his pattern of "taking lives", whereby he chooses an interesting life, kills its owner, and lives the life for a while before moving on to something new (yes, I know ...).
Cut to the second half, and suddeny it's a first person account of "what happened next". It actually took me easily 20 pages to figure out that a new person was telling the story, it just jarred so much.
I won't tell you what happened next. I won't say don't buy it either, but it didn't do it for me.
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Dying To Tell
Dying To Tell
by Robert Goddard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine read, 5 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Dying To Tell (Paperback)
Great stuff here from Mr Goddard. A fast-moving plot, intrigue, suspense.
The main character, Lance, gets landed in some major trouble by friend Rupert, who has disappeard without a trace. As Lance gets drawn into the mysteries Rupert has left for him, he's taken from his quiet life in Somerset, to London, and on to Japan.
A good read, this book doesn't disappoint, right to the end.


Red Dwarf:Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers
Red Dwarf:Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers
by Grant Naylor
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy!, 5 Aug. 2005
It's not quite the same as the TV sitcom it spawned, but this book is quality.
It's not laugh-a-minute stuff, some of it is even almost poignant, but it's a roaring good read and you won't regret buying this one. A book to read, put away on a bookshelf, and to return to a few years later, when it will be a delight to re-discover.


Closed Circle
Closed Circle
by Robert Goddard
Edition: Paperback

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 5 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Closed Circle (Paperback)
I bought this book because I'd thouroughly enjoyed Dying To Tell by the same author. Well, it was a desperate disappointment! In sharp contrast to Dying to Tell, this book was slow to start, the protaganists were dull and unengaging, the plot was far from gripping.
To be perfectly honest, I can't even remember whether I managed to finish it. Dismal.
Buy Dying To Tell instead, a much better bet.


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