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Gentlemen & Players
Gentlemen & Players
by Joanne Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars really not 4!., 28 July 2006
This review is from: Gentlemen & Players (Paperback)
This is a very enjoyable summertime read. The style of the writing of the author is enjoyable and very readable, it reminds me in the setting and portrayal of the school of C.P.Snows " the Masters". I agree with other reviewers that it is a little confusing to start with as it flits between two different individuals narrating the story, but you get used to it and the chess piece on each page is a give away !!. It is a little annoying at the end as it has a fairly predictable outcome and two people supposedly locked in a mind game without any great evidence of superior intellect. But this is s small gripe.


Viking: Odinn's Child: Odinn's Child No. 1
Viking: Odinn's Child: Odinn's Child No. 1
by Tim Severin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, slow to start., 7 July 2006
This is eventually a good read, very slow to start and filled with a huge amount of detail on people and places which can be quite hard to follow in Icelandic/Norse/Greenalnd names!. The first half of the book is filled with childhood experiences which to be honest I was getting a little bored of, but for me it hugely improves in the second half with a little more action. In terms of fiction/history it is very good, bringing a lot of detail to 1000AD Viking and Norse lives.


Excalibur: A Novel of Arthur (A Novel of Arthur: The Warlord Chronicles)
Excalibur: A Novel of Arthur (A Novel of Arthur: The Warlord Chronicles)
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good end of trilogy., 1 Jun 2006
This trilogy from Cornwell is the best of his books I have read. The action is well paced and Post-Roman early Britain is brought to life well. The characters are well constructed and the action believable. In the absence of decent historical accounts on Arthur this fiction-history ( with heavy emphasis on fiction !) is a decent read as to what might have happened!.


The Winter King
The Winter King
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Paperback

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cornwell does Arthur !, 30 May 2006
This review is from: The Winter King (Paperback)
This is the first of a trilogy on Arthur written from the perspective of one of his loyal oath bound warriors. This is the best Cornwell I have read, so if you like the Heretic series or Sharpe I think you will love this. Cornwell really fleshes the characters out in this trilogy. It is written in the fiction history style and whilst we know little of the 'real' Arthur Cornwell does well to fill in the numerous gaps to provide a credible possible story. Also the back drop of the crumbling of Roman provincial rule after 400-500 years and the effects on Britain are fascinating.


The Eagle's Prophecy (Roman Legion 6)
The Eagle's Prophecy (Roman Legion 6)
by Simon Scarrow
Edition: Paperback

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another ripping yarn!., 13 April 2006
Cato and Macro and their experiences is a very rich seam for the author!. These books are very readable and gripping and I await the next installment, which I probably will buy in hardback!. This series is broadly on the lines of fiction/history but much more on the fiction side than say Iggulden. The character development is good and stories very interesting.


Caesars Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome
Caesars Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome
by Stephen Dando-Collins
Edition: Paperback

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reads well, big on detail, 13 April 2006
This is a very interesting read if you are fascinated by Rome and Roman legion activity. It has a tremendous level of detail - which in some cases may be wrong. It also in places seems to wander of in tangents as the author looks to explain things !, often taking a long time to get back on track. Also the last few chapters feel rushed, as if the author feels the book needs wrapping up!. Despite this I thoroughly enjoyed it for the detail and the insights. It is not a heavy textbook.


The Traveller (The Fourth Realm Trilogy)
The Traveller (The Fourth Realm Trilogy)
by John Twelve Hawks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok read, 13 April 2006
This book is a goodish fictional read. It is is not as claimed the new "da vinci code" - whatever that means. The writing reminds me of a childrens book and indeed it could be if it were not for the occassional heavy violence. I would recommend it as a light hearted read and I will probably buy the next installments, it is to be the first of a trilogy.


The Death of Kings (Emperor Series)
The Death of Kings (Emperor Series)
by Conn Iggulden
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good!., 5 Aug 2005
This book got me into the the Emporer series. This is one of the finest examples around of fiction/history ( for me one of the others is Philippa Gregory). Iggulden stays as close as he can to 'known' history whilst creating a fantastic story. Rome its armies, politics and empire building are bought to life and fleshing out a human Julius Caesar is fascinating. For me of the three published so far this is the best - but I eagerly await the fourth installment. Literally unputdownable !.


The Lord of the Rings (3 Book Box set)
The Lord of the Rings (3 Book Box set)
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read., 22 July 2005
An excellent trilogy. Tolkien's fantasy story is worth the long read, and his attention to detail on location, history and relationships is amazing. For me the best of the three is the second book, The Two Towers. Slight quibbles?, well Tolkien's treatment of females is supsect and why is there only one dwarf after the first book? - but these could not possibly dent the 5 stars !.
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Anna Karenina (Wordsworth Classics)
Anna Karenina (Wordsworth Classics)
by Leo Tolstoy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £1.99

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best Tolstoy, 22 July 2005
This for me is the best Tolstoy. The story is excellent and Tolstoy's description of salon society in Tsarist Russia is fascinating. In a way Anna's fall from grace is similar to bonfire of the vanities. Tolstoy does tend to set up each chapter with about 5-10 pages of desriptive prose on agricultural woes or other countryside news, but once we get back to the story it is excellent.


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