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Amazing Grace [DVD]
Amazing Grace [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ioan Gruffudd
Price: £8.00

4 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not up to par, 27 Sep 2007
This review is from: Amazing Grace [DVD] (DVD)
I was expecting a whopper of a film considering the subject matter but unfortunately it falls a little flat. Still, it is a decent movie and worth watching just to get an idea of the struggle that went into trying to abolish slavery all those years ago. It focuses on the politics and physical and emotional toll it took on William Wilberforce in his battle. Less time is spent going into detail about what the slaves were going through which may have given the movie more of a *umph*, as it were.


Pride & Prejudice - 2005 [DVD]
Pride & Prejudice - 2005 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keira Knightley
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.37

15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the Bennet's take to the screen, again!, 27 Sep 2007
This isn't a half bad adaptation actually. It's a little more modern as I didn't feel the depth of character that Mr Darcy and Elizabeth have in the book. When I say 'modern' I mean it sometimes tends towards chick flick romance in the dialog and acting. However, it is cute and easy to watch with some of the most beautiful scenery and an absolutely wonderful soundtrack.
I'm someone who loves the book dearly and still manage to enjoy this movie everytime I put it on without feeling any antagonism so don't let that put you off.


Beneath the Bleeding
Beneath the Bleeding
by Val McDermid
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars anti-climax, 11 Sep 2007
This review is from: Beneath the Bleeding (Hardcover)
I am a big fan of the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series and after all the waiting for the latest installment have been left disappointed. Instead of both of them being strong characters who excel in their particular fields 'Beneath the Bleeding' has Carol taking a distinct back seat. She doesn't come up with more than a couple case breaking ideas while Tony seems to have all the answers. It takes away much of the 'when profiling meets police work' feel of the first few novels in the series where both fields got equal weighting and had to learn how to merge.
The cases being worked aren't Ms McDermid's usual blood and guts type stuff but are unusual. I must admit, as much as I don't think the balance was right the psychological analysis stuff was pretty interesting.

A disappointment but I shall still be looking out for the next one in hope of a return to greatness...
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Betrayed
Betrayed
by Brendan DuBois
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars another Dubois 'what if', 11 Sep 2007
This review is from: Betrayed (Paperback)
What an imagination this man has! In 'Betrayed' he explores what may have happened to several members of the armed forces listed as MIA during the Vietnam war.
Roy, a B52 pilot who was shot down just before the end of the war and listed as MIA turns up on his younger brothers doorstep 30years later. He asks that no calls be made but sadly his sister in law does just that and within hours two Russians burst through the doors with some serious fire power.
Turns out Roy has been kept prisoner for the past 30years together with hundreds of others, something many people would rather remain a secret for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, he can't just announce it to the world as not only does he lack proof but the men he left behind would be killed instantly and all trace of them wiped away. But he does have a plan. One that has been thought out and perfected over several years in confinement. He just needs a little help from his brother to unveil one of the worlds greatest scandals.

An interesting plot but for some reason falls a little short of my expectations. A bit too much romantic ideology that Jason would sacrifice his wife and child to help a brother he hasn't seen in 3 decades... following him through thick and thin, even if it means breaking the law.


The Camel Club
The Camel Club
by David Baldacci
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars average, 11 Sep 2007
This review is from: The Camel Club (Hardcover)
I found 'The Camel Club' entertaining in a way. The Camel Club is formed by a group of conspiracy theorists one wouldn't look at twice - a web designer with OCD, a man who calls himself Oliver Stone and camps outside the White House in protest, Reuban the biker and a librarian. Together they collect whatever tidbits they can about their govt in order to keep an eye on them and find out the truth about what is really going on in the country.
Unfortunately, during one of their meetings they witness the murder of a member of the NIC which oversees America's intelligence gathering networks. Determined to find out who killed him and why they embark on a game of cat and mouse only to get caught up in an intricate plot to kidnap and kill the president of the USA.

The book is quite entertaining but far too predictable. It makes up for it with unique, likable characters and some good one-liners.


Suite Francaise
Suite Francaise
by Irene Nemirovsky
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WW2 novel, 11 Sep 2007
This review is from: Suite Francaise (Hardcover)
This isn't the typical WW2 story that focuses on the troops and various battles etc. Instead it looks at the effect of the German advancement into France from the perspective of several different characters - rich and poor, young and old, men and women, in the city and countryside. What is fascinating is how most of them are connected in the story in the most innocuos ways - they pass each other on the street, stay in the same house etc. Worth noting is that the story doesn't build up into any grand climax. It just details the day to day affairs of living in a country at war from the perspective of people like you or I who unwittingly get caught up in it. It's emotional and thought provoking as opposed to gripping and action packed. If you're easily bored this may be one to avoid.

The book is divided into 2 parts, the first deals with the panic surrounding the news of the Germans entering France and heading towards Paris with ease. The second part is about the occupation and examines the peoples reaction to it. The book also contains an appendix with the authors notations and diary extracts about the 5 part book she was hoping to write but couldn't. Finally there is a bit sbout the authors as a life before and during the war and how the book got to being published 60 years later.I thought this was a good touch as it is a moving tale in itself.


The Dead of Night [UK Version of the US title Twilight]
The Dead of Night [UK Version of the US title Twilight]
by Brendan DuBois
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best, 25 Aug 2007
I absolutely loved this book. It's been a long time since I stayed up till 4am reading and 'The Dead of Night' has managed to do just that.

Narrated by Samuel, a Canadian journalist, who has joined the UN to document war crimes and is on his first mission. Part of a small team of specialists and with one Marine for protection they are on a mission to find a mass grave in order to find enough evidence to prosecute a group of criminals at The Hague. However, with the clock ticking not everyone seems to want it found. Braving heavily armed malitia who see the UN as the enemy and traitors within Samuel is forced to come to terms with the horrors of a civilisation collapsed.

The writing is superb and I could actually picture every scene. Mr Dubois does a fantastic job of describing how the country was brought to its knees and why the people of America have turned on each other. Very emotive and there's no Hollywood ending where everything and everyone is ok and happy thus keeping it very real and believable. Brilliant book and can't wait to read more of his stuff.


The Painted Veil [DVD]
The Painted Veil [DVD]
Dvd ~ Naomi Watts
Price: £4.00

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous, 23 Aug 2007
This review is from: The Painted Veil [DVD] (DVD)
This is one of the best movies I have seen all year, if not the best.

The story is captivating and beautifully told. You feel both for the young woman (Naomi Watts) who cheats on the husband (Edward Nortan) she has never loved as well as the man who loves the wife who doesn't care for him. His revenge on her adultary is unconventional - seperating her from civilisation to head into the Chinese countryside ravaged by a Cholera epidemic in order to work as a doctor. However, among the suffering, death and magnificant countryside they manage to slowly find in each other the love they seek. The chemistry between the two is portrayed so well by the actors and I do wonder if award nominations are on the cards.

Lovely movie, do watch it as you won't be disappointed.


Gray Matters [DVD]
Gray Matters [DVD]
Dvd ~ Molly Shannon
Price: £3.60

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars average, 22 Aug 2007
This review is from: Gray Matters [DVD] (DVD)
I've seen worse but definitely seen better movies than this. It is unbelievably cheesy and some of the lines just made me cringe. I suppose if you like chic flicks this might be right up your alley. There's just no magic and the end is a bit 'in the air'. I felt the best bit of acting was from the cabby who befriends Gray and tries to help her on her road of self discovery and also her therapist... both of whom are actually funny.


Bloodstream
Bloodstream
by Tess Gerritsen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.45

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sci-fi / reality, 22 Aug 2007
This review is from: Bloodstream (Paperback)
I'm not a big fan of horror/fantasy books as I find it hard to enjoy a story unless I can picture it happening in the real world. I was initially unsure in which direction 'Bloodstream' was heading with all the talk of satanic cults and the likes but was releaved to find that it was realistic enough. What I mean is, with my understanding of science what Ms Gerritsen describes is entirely plausible.

Essentially, it's about a city doctor who moves out into the countryside with her son to try and keep him out of trouble. Unfortunately, he's a young teenager and very angry about being yanked away from his life and friends. Soon he's not the only angry kid around with school shootings, family massacres and general violence erupting among the youth for no apparent reason. Dr Elliot decides there is more to it when she finds out the same thing happened 52years ago in the town of Tranquility... but will she find out what the cause in time to save her son?


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