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Birthdays for the Dead (Ash Henderson 1)
Birthdays for the Dead (Ash Henderson 1)
by Stuart MacBride
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars OK but no more than OK, 18 Sept. 2015
The plot is non-existent. That comes as no surprise as the MacBride and Rankin formula is: fill book with 400+ pages of bumph and 5-10 pages of a hugely implausible, far-fetched, bereft of clues solution to a 'mystery'. The conclusion to the story bears zero connection to the rest of the book. Having said the above I have to confess it was nevertheless an enjoyable read!

The Associate
The Associate
by John Grisham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1.0 out of 5 stars A TOTAL SHAM, 17 Sept. 2014
This review is from: The Associate (Paperback)
Not worth even one star.

A total con. A book with no ending. A disgraceful way to rip off the fan base Grisham has built up over the years.

The author and publishers should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. There is a huge difference between i) writing a crap book and ii) writing half a book and selling it as the finished article. This is the latter. A total sham.

The Wrong Man
The Wrong Man
by David Ellis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Jason Kolarich or Jack Reacher?, 30 Dec. 2013
This review is from: The Wrong Man (Hardcover)
This is very much like a Jack Reacher book: very simplistic plot and very predictable ending.

Not what one expects from David Ellis. In order to avoid any spoilers I will restrict my comments to stating this book lacked depth in many ways. Very disappointing effort.

The ending after the ending was very predictable, although there was no proper foundation upon which such ending could be reached.

As an aside, it strikes me as remarkable how the murderer (Tom Stoller) of a young innocent girl an be treated as a victim. Tom Stoller is the guy on trial for murder. A murder committed in the USA. Stoller having murdered a young innocent girl in Iraq, as part of an illegal invading force no less, makes him eligible to be viewed as the vitim in that particular scenario. Strange that Stoller does not appear to have been censured for the killing of an innocent child. Perhaps it is because the child is to blame as she very selfishly and without a thought for poor Tom Stoller got in the way of the bullet, leading to our poor victim Tom suffering from PTSD. I could barely control the tears when reading about the plight of poor Tom. Reminds one of the news coverage of Sgt Robert Bales: the murderer of 17 innocent civilians was treated as a victim by the BBC, CNN, etc. How odd that when you commit mass murder whilst wearing the military uniform of the USA excuses are put forward for your behaviour and you are treated as a victim almost, but if you happen to be wearing a mass murderer wearing a militray uniform of, for example North Korea or Nazi Germany, then you can be viewed as erm, let me guess...a stab in the dark...a mass murderer?!

The pernicious American exceptionalism which pervades our media and culture should be seen for what it is.

In the Company of Liars
In the Company of Liars
by David Ellis
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 5 Dec. 2013
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I generally very much enjoy books written by this author. This book however failed to meet expectations. There is a lack of genuinely surprising twists and I would describe the plot as rather weak. Writing a book in reverse chronological order will not serve to hide such deficiencies. Not what one expects from David Ellis.

Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty
by Phillip Margolin
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, 14 Aug. 2013
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I have read many books by Margolin and this ranks as second bottom.

I guessed the ending. Too predictable. Am struggling to see the need to write 450+ pages for what is essentially a one dimensional mystery. The cast of charactes is so limited that the identity of the murderer is in reality glaringly obvious.

Further, the manner in which the book has been written differs from the usual Margolin style. This is much more difficult to read than other books by Margolin that I have read.

Not a book I would recommend - even for die hard Margolin fans.

The Guardian
The Guardian
by David Hosp
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a work of fiction - but a very poor read., 22 July 2013
This review is from: The Guardian (Paperback)
I have read all of the Scott Finn books, so can count myself as someone who generally enjoys the work of David Hosp.

This is by far the worst book by Hosp I have read.

The 'Islamic' aspect of the book is laughable. The references to Allah, Muhammad and Muslims in general are generally, if not exclusively, very negative. The worst possible image of Islam is being portrayed when the author describes a relic that is linked to Muhammad going into battle or when a character beseeches Allah just before or after committing a heinous act. I cannot recall any positive comment being made about Islam or Muslims.

I also did not realise that Farsi was a language widely spoken in Afghanistan, as spoken by the main bad guy. Pashto or Dari are the languages that are most commonly spoken in Afghanistan. Perhaps it is the non-existent research on Islam, Muslims and Afghanistan that led to this childish error?

Good news for American readers: the book is full of American exceptionalism. The USA is the good guy. The horrors of Abu Ghraib are virtually excused/dismissed in one paragraph. Strangely there is no mention of drone attacks, Sgt Robert Bales or that the USA invaded Afghanistan despite the Afghans willingness to hand Bin Laden to a neutral country, an offer the US refused as they were cleearly hellbent on invading.

Putting aside the above, the book is easy to read but does not contain much of a story. The book is entirely predictable. A disappointing read. Perhaps the author should stay away from Islam/Muslims (another of his books opens with a terrorist attack by Muslims - if I recall correctly another gratuitous example of linking Muslims to acts of violence) and stick to writing legal thrillers.

Old City Hall
Old City Hall
by Robert Rotenberg
Edition: Paperback

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2.0 out of 5 stars An ending would have been nice, 16 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Old City Hall (Paperback)
This book does not contain an ending. I have no idea who the murderer is and why. Vey disappointing.

This is not a legel thriller as there are no real twists and turns. The book plods along to an end without an ending.

I would give normally give one star but have decided to go for two, only because of the way the book describes Toronto, a place I would one day like to visit.
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Alias: Complete Season 1 [DVD]
Alias: Complete Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Garner
Offered by movielovers786
Price: £7.91

6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably poor, 26 Feb. 2012
At time of writing I have only watched 7 episodes of season 1.

I have to say I agree with the review by Brian J.

I spent good money on buying the complete series on the strength of reviews posted on Amazon.

Having watched 7 episodes I have come to the following conclusions:

1 - To say the plot is incomprehensible implies there is a plot. There is no plot.
2 - We see Sydney on a series of missions (each mission has no link to the one before or after). Without any trouble she is able to break into high security facilities and carry out her missions. The missions do not have any link to any plot - as stated above there is NO plot. She is able to physically beat all her opponents even when she is tied up to a chair, for example, and her opponents outweigh her in terms of strength, being armed and in number.
3 - There are NO cliffhangers. With 24 and Prison break the viewer is lured into watching yet another episode. With Alias there are no cliffhangers, at the beginning, middle or end of any episodes. There really does not appear to be any purpose behind the whole programme. The programme essentially consists of mission after mission (the missions are not connected to any plot)and Jennifer Garner physically beating all her opponents. It is like watching a poor martial arts movie consisting of fight after fight with absolutely no plot.
4 - It is without doubt the worst programme I have seen. The only saving grace (as a male) is being able to see Jennifer Garner. There is no other benefit in watching this programme. The depths to which the writers (LOL calling them 'writers') plunged involved a storyline as to whether the boyfriend of Sydney's best friend was having an affair or not. Who cares? How does that impact on the spying activities of Sydney? Unbelievably poor.
5 - Lost is another creation of JJ Abrams. Lost, similarly, had no plot, but at least in viewing Lost there was scenery and the viewer was able to take a liking to some of the characters. In Alias all you see is one mission after another and another and another. There is a total disconnect between the viewers and the characters.

A total waste of money.

Van Wilder: Party Liaison [DVD] [2002]
Van Wilder: Party Liaison [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Ryan Reynolds
Price: £2.93

3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but not worthy of 5 stars, 15 Feb. 2012
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Enjoyable in parts but not consistently funny to merit 5 stars.

I watched this last week and can only recall a few scenes. I last watched White Chicks months ago but can remember many more scenes.

Would recommend watching this movie, but please don't expect non-stop laughter.

White Chicks [DVD] [2005]
White Chicks [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Shawn Wayans
Price: £5.44

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic!, 15 Feb. 2012
This review is from: White Chicks [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
A very funny movie.

I can watch this movie over and over again and still laugh out loud.

So many memorable scenes. Terry Crews is hilarious.

Rather crude at times, but extremely funny.

Guaranteed laughter from the Wayans Comedy factory.

5 out of 5 without a shadow of doubt.

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