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Atonement
Atonement
by Ian McEwan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This!, 23 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Atonement (Paperback)
I bought a copy of the book in anticipation for the up coming film as i would normally read historical novels from and earlier period. However, this book is fantastic! I love every character and felt like i knew them as well as friends.
The books has a beautiful plot that will stay with me forever as well a being incredibly funny and true.
Other reviewers have complained about the length of the first part but this for me was the best part of the book (along with the last part) every character is introduced and developed through different angles of the story which works really well. McEwan does a really good job of presenting entirely different charaters with integrity and passion, I can't wait to read another of his novels.
The plots developes really well with twists and turns and the end is so fantastic you will have to read it again just incase you got it wrong!
I stayed up till midnight and read it in one day - seriously read this you won't regret it!


Darcy & Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley (Pride & Prejudice Continues)
Darcy & Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley (Pride & Prejudice Continues)
by Linda Berdoll
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.22

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful!, 23 Aug. 2007
Having read Mr Darcy takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll and enjoying the continuation of one of my favorite books i was really disappointed with the sequel Nights and Days at Pemperly. This book really is rubbish it becomes very farfetched and merely pads out the last couple of chapters from the first book into 400 odd pages!! If you enjoyed Mr Darcy takes a wife do not read this as i'm sure it will ruin that book for you as it did for me.


A Pair of Blue Eyes (Wordsworth Classics)
A Pair of Blue Eyes (Wordsworth Classics)
by Thomas Hardy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £1.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading if you like Hardy, 23 Aug. 2007
I haven't read a great deal of Hardy's work, just the well-known novels mainly, however, i picked out this title from a list and bought it (mainly because the title interested me). The book felt less focused than others i have read and I didn't really feel anything for any of the characters so therefore wasn't really affected by the end. It has some beautiful dialogue between the characters and developes well as storylines go, however, feels very rushed towards the end.
The plot is very similar to other Hardy books therefore creating a predictability but i just didn't feel anything for any of the main charaters which lets the book down.


The Illusionist [DVD]
The Illusionist [DVD]
Dvd ~ Edward Norton
Offered by Direct-Offers-UK-FBA
Price: £2.45

4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching - beautiful lighting!, 23 Aug. 2007
This review is from: The Illusionist [DVD] (DVD)
I really enjoyed this film. The cinematography is beautiful and the cast all give excellent performances. The film is perfect for family viewing. However, the "wow factor" as the truth is realised at the end didn't really do it for me and i felt that the film shouldn't have made such a big deal out of how amazing and clever it was as we had all (including my 9 year old sister) worked out the ending anyway!
Worth watching as it is a beautiful film and story just don't expect to be amazed by a twisting plot.


The Mathematics of Love
The Mathematics of Love
by Emma Darwin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible insight into society and human nature of times past and present, 28 May 2007
The blurb of this book is misleading as the focus of this book isn't as it suggests the two love stories development and intertwinement but rather what society expects of us in different cultures and periods with the last two hundred years. The relationships explored in this book are beautiful in many different ways and Emma Darwin portrays realistic damaged characters with such integrity that a reader feels they are their best friend. The book is a very philosophical and fascinating look at what love really is and does not always present what the reader would want or expect. However, the book takes a long time to draw the reader in and long chapters swapping in first person between two main characters can be confusing at first and tiresome. I would thoroughly recommend this book but do not be mislead into believing you are going to get a wonderfully gothic romantic period novel. Also the book leaves several loose ends which I believe the author has encouraged the reader to make their own assumptions about but this can be annoying.


Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife: Pride and Prejudice Continues (Pride & Prejudice Continues)
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife: Pride and Prejudice Continues (Pride & Prejudice Continues)
by Linda Berdoll
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story but not Austen, 28 April 2007
This book gives a beautifully romantic ending to a all time favourite. The characters are true to their originals, Lizzie's playfulness and Darcy's stern exterior with a soft centre - which Lizzie's comprehension of is portrayed beautifully. I found my self laughing out loud when reading the scenes with Mr. Collins and likeable new characters are introduced with ease. The book is not completely chronological and the same event told through the point of view of different charcters at different times in the book is a fantastic way of getting to know all the characters.

The book gave me all i'd ever wanted and imagined would happen to Mr and Mrs Darcy; it does, however, move into the more gothic romance genre and is not something you could ever have imagined Austen to have written. There are several explicit sex scenes, written in an attempt at an "Old English" style, which i was not expecting - the Darcy's are certainly very passionate. Another point that disappointed me was when reading i often felt like a thesaurus had been used to created a wider range of vocabulary at times and thus some of the words did not feel like they fitted perfectly in context.

However. i would recomend this book to anyone who fell in love with these characters in Pride and Prejudice it is true to the original and conveys the happy ending with exciting twists and turns along the way. It is NOT Austen though so anyone who is looking for a continuation of her work will not enjoy it.


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