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The Book of Lost Things
The Book of Lost Things
by John Connolly
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, beautiful and unique, 25 Jun 2007
I found this book completely drew me into the dark, mythical world it creates which is probably what it was intended to do. I read it at Christmas and i still find myself thinking of it from time to time, so i would class this as a complex, imaginative and unexpected read. You come to care so much about the main character and his tragic life that the end of the book is incredibly moving. I found the book stirred up all kinds of emotions in me and i would absolutely recommend it to anyone! Buy it!

The God of Small Things
The God of Small Things
by Arundhati Roy
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of art!, 18 Aug 2006
This is one of the most beautiful books I've ever had the pleasure to read. It definitely deserved its Booker Prize. It is such a joy to read that you need to savour every page and take it all in, and I was genuinely sad to finish the book. The story is constructed very craftily, and the quality of the writing and its narrative, descriptions and analogies are exceptional and totally absorb the reader. Suspense pervades the whole tale and the way in which it jumps from place to place and time to time really sustain the reader's interest. I can't recommend it highly enough!

Braveheart (2 Disc Special Edition) [1995] [DVD]
Braveheart (2 Disc Special Edition) [1995] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mel Gibson
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: 3.98

17 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jolly Scottish?/Irish?/Hollywood? romp, 3 May 2006
Certainly this is a beautiful film, the backdrop and scenes are spectacular (even if most of it was shot in Ireland rather than Scotland). It is very enjoyable and Gibson does a pretty good Scottish accent (the quality of this accent is enhanced if it is watched soon after Robin Hood in which Kevin Costner makes no attempt whatsoever in making a fundamental English legend sound anything other than from California). The only thing that is comical is the way in which every English person in the film is villified. And the way in which Irish and Scottish are portrayed as "best Celtic buddies" at the battle of Stirling which was far from the truth. In reality, William Wallace was as brutal as his enemy the "hammer of Scotland" (longshanks), albeit he was driven to this by many years of hardship and terror. However the quality of the film as a whole and its production prevail and make it fabulous viewing and Gibson lends vulnerability to the character and this yields the viewers sympathy, and by the end of the film, no matter how patriotic an Englishman you might be, you are behind Scotland and bloody pleased that they trounced us at the battle of Bannockburn. Watch this film, i highly recommend it!

Keeping Mum [DVD]
Keeping Mum [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rowan Atkinson
Offered by rsdvd
Price: 5.15

53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant British Comedy, 3 May 2006
This review is from: Keeping Mum [DVD] (DVD)
What an excellent film! I have just watched it and i laughed through most of it- it really epitomised subtle, British comedy. The cast are excellent, Rowan Atkinson shows his talent as a serious actor and Dame Maggie Smith is her usual resplendent self (I'm not sure there are any actors in the new generation who will ever come close to the calibre of her or Judi). I recommend this film to those who like a bit of classic, dark commedy involving village curtain-twitching and making cups of tea. Actually, igore that, i challenge anyone not to enjoy this film. It's such an antidote to the tiresome american blockbusters featuring Tom Cruise and Will Smith saving the world from aliens (again) and I entirely enjoyed it. Even my grumpy better half who did'nt want to see it laughed his way through it. Brilliant.

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