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by Audie Murphy
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars An oldie but a goodie., 10 July 2015
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This review is from: TO HELL AND BACK (Paperback)
I had read this book many years ago and had no copy for a return visit. The story fully met my expectations. The only fair review I can give concerns the condition of this previously loved paperback.
It smelled musty, which is to be expected, and the glue was dried and brittle so reading it mean loosening pages from the binding. When you take this into account the price asked was probably a tad on the high side.

A Prairie Home Companion [DVD]
A Prairie Home Companion [DVD]
Dvd ~ Woody Harrelson
Price: £4.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must see radio, 30 Sept. 2010
Watching this movie if you are not acquainted with the radio show on N.P.R. (the only broadcaster who could afford to inflict this show on the listening public)is like eating cornflakes without the benefit of milk to smoothen the process.
It is a comedy but without the thigh-slapping, gut-splitting laughs you hope for in a good spoof. That is not to say it isn't funny. It is in fact hilarious but the comedy is driven by a melancholy that borders on depression. The show is doing its last performance, the theater is going to be broken down, Lindsey Lohan's character is gripped by a morbid fascination with all things to do with death, one of the cast dies in the harnass and there is a Virginia Madsen floating through the theater as an angel of death. Doom and gloom everywhere so side-splitting humour would be incongruous with the dark mood that prevades most of the storyline. Garrison Keillor's screen play is well written and he follows Shakespeare in that all is well that ends well. The storyline uses his N.P.R. radio show as a backdrop and the different storylines flow together smoothly to their not so grim conclusion.
This movie is a "must see" for anyone who enjoys intelligent humour and is tired of prat falls, toilet jokes, four letter words and camera work calculated to give you an epileptic fit.

Digital Fortress
Digital Fortress
by Dan Brown
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Drivel, 7 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Digital Fortress (Paperback)
The one redeeming feature of this book is probably that it made Mr. Brown enough money to pay for some airline tickets so he could actually visit the places he wants to write about. Other than that, this one should have been printed on toilet paper. That way it would at least have served a useful purpose.
Mr. Brown shows he understands the craft of writing books but that is not the same as saying this one is actually worth reading. It took me all of 10 seconds to realize that ndakota was an anagram of tankado and anybody with a smidgen of high school physics knows that uranium has two major isotopes, U235 and U238. This makes me smarter than all the geeks in the NSA crypto department if we were to believe Mr. Brown. Some other things that bothered me were:
1)The murders in the book were totally unneccessary and had no function in furthering the story.
2) The "Mary Poppins" nature of his heroes (practically perfect in every way).
3) The severe lack of realism.
Steer away from this one people. I read it while I was on holiday baking in the South of France with nothing better to do and even then I regretted having put it in my suitcase.

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