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Gone Girl [DVD] [2014]
Gone Girl [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Ben Affleck
Price: £6.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Not great. Pike in particular fails to breathe life into character., 28 April 2016
This review is from: Gone Girl [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
Very poor, the book is quite good, at least until the implausible ending, but this just feels like a tour of the main plot developments with no engaging with the characters involved at all. Affleck is fairly sympathetic, despite the character faults in Nick. I have a major problem with Pike, however. Amy is supposed to be beautiful and charismatic and Pike is neither (she is probably the plalnest looking woman ever to be a bond babe). There are more scenes with Affleck so perhaps he has the easier job, but Pike never convinces on any level, particularly dramatically.
Don't waste nearly 2 and half hours of your life on this.


25
25
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A grower - after initial scepticism now rate it alongside 21, 15 April 2016
This review is from: 25 (Audio CD)
First couple of times I heard this I thought there was nothing anywhere near 'set fire to the rain' or 'someone like you' and it was a good, but not stunning, album. On repeated iistenngs it has really grown on me and I now think it's almost on a par with the earlier work. Admittedly none of the tracks are quite as good as two named above or 'waiting for you' (my other big fave off 21) but then again there is nothing as (relatively) dull as 'Don't you remember' or 'Walk that mile' off 21, both of which seem to go on for ever.
Favourite tracks are 'When we were young' , 'million years from now' and 'River Lea', to which the football loving amongst us in our family sing 'blame it on Franc Ribery' (amuses us anyway). Everything else is fairly good too, although the penultimate track has been somewhat ruined for ever by the 'pitchy' (i.e. woefully out of tune) rendering she gave of it at the grammys.
Anyway highly recommended. not sure it was necessary to photoshop the picture on the front to the extent that it's completely unrecognisable as Adele though. She is a supremely talented singer-songwriter who we love whatever she looks like, not some bimbo shifting product on the basis of her looks like Cheryl Cole.


Anne Boleyn and Me (My Royal Story) by Prince. Alison ( 2010 ) Paperback
Anne Boleyn and Me (My Royal Story) by Prince. Alison ( 2010 ) Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Bowdlerised Philippa Gregory for 11 year olds., 5 April 2016
Anyone who has read the Tudor court or Cousins War novels by Philippa Gregory will recognise the format they know and love here. The format (diary of someone close to the action) is absolutely identical to, say, the Queen's Fool in which a fictitious courtier plots the rise and fall of Queen Mary 1. In this case we are following the well worn tale of the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn. As in Gregory, Catherine is mostly pretty saintly while Anne is a scheming bitch who gets a lot of what was coming to her, although here too Prince follows Gregory in maintaining that Anne was innocent of most of the charges laid against her.
The tone of the novel doesn't change as the narrator ages a decade, she seems to be permanently naive, not o say bland, even after a decade at court. Having said that, it seems to be at about the right level for my own 11 year old, and anything that gets my kids reading (rather than watching pop videos on youtube) can't be all bad. I just hope Philippa Gregory got a cut though, as what we have here s basically a rewrite of The Other Boleyn Girl with some of the adult bits taken out, or at least glossed over.


The Boleyn Inheritance
The Boleyn Inheritance
by Philippa Gregory
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best of Gregory's historical fiction novels., 5 April 2016
This review is from: The Boleyn Inheritance (Paperback)
I've read all the cousins war books and all but one of the tudor court ones and the was one of the best and most enjoyable.

Anne of cleves and Catherine Howard are often the least written about Queens so it was good to redress the balance a little. The latter here comes over as a younger, sluttier Bridget jones, forever counting up how many gowns she has. Vacuous as she was though, she hardly deserved the end she faced here given the real villains are her uncle the Duke of Norfolk and of course, the mad king of England. (At least she deserved it more than her cousin who was beheaded on trumped up charges because Henry wanted rid of her). Anne gets a pretty sympathetic hearing, although once she has escaped from Henry with he life two thirds of the way through, her contributions are purely to give plot relevant background info (who is being executed this week etc) rather than to detail her own influence on the intrigues that result in the deaths of Catherine and Jane. The latter is one of the baddies in 'the other Boleyn girl' and continues in similar vein here, so no readers will be too upset at the loss of her head at the end.
This one of the best of Philippa Gregory's books though, better than the more famous Other Boleyn Girl and indeed most of the books in either series. I find the Cousins war series rather variable, with the heroines either bland (Jacquetta), irritating (Anne Neville) or irredeemably obnoxious (Margaret Beaufort), although the two focussing on Elizabeth Woodville and her daughter are quite good.


A Midsummer Night's Dream [DVD] [1999]
A Midsummer Night's Dream [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Kevin Kline
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £3.62

3.0 out of 5 stars beautiful female leads but lacking something dramatically, 19 Mar. 2016
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it has Anna Friel, Michelle Pfeiffer and Calista Flockhart in it, what more you could you want?
Actually for it to be a bit more dramatically convincing, I'm not a great fan of the piece to start off with and this never seems to quite take off, although Pfeiffer is particularly good.
Still, nice scenery.


White Oatmeal Soup Cereal Bowl Crockery Set - 153mm 6" (Box 6)
White Oatmeal Soup Cereal Bowl Crockery Set - 153mm 6" (Box 6)
Offered by Bar Equipment Direct
Price: £8.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted, 19 Mar. 2016
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Exactly what i wanted, right size, fit in dishwasher Ok, microwaveable and bargain price. 5 stars.


The Dead Wife's Handbook
The Dead Wife's Handbook
by Hannah Beckerman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Well written but full of unbelievably perfect living characters and one self-indulgent dead one., 14 Mar. 2016
An interesting concept and very well written, but I eventually found it glutinously self-indulgent and the perfection of everyone involved rendered it unbelievable. Rachel and Max had a perfect relationship, seemingly. Ellie is perfect, Max comes pretty damn close to it and all his speeches seem to be written by a professional speechwriter without a syllable out of place and crafted painstakingly to achieve the desired effect. Eve is also perfect - visually too it seems - teenage indiscretion apart and it is the sheer unbelievable perfection of everyone involved that eventually turned me off, along with page after page of Rachel's emotions. The last 20 pages - Rachel's philosophy on life and death with particular reference to herself - are particularly glutinous and I was pretty glad to get to the end of the book.
The plot - such as it is - is predictable to say the least and by half way through I was hoping that sudden death would strike one of the principal surviving characters, just for a break from (a) the perfection of everyone in the living world with their impeccably articulated dialogue and (b) Rachel's emotional outpourings. The angel/sweetheart/munchkin epithets for Ellie were also pretty nauseating.
I have this theory that everyone is so perfect because the author sees herself as Rachel and all the characters are based on her husband, friends etc, which is why she has made them all so nice.


The Lady of the Rivers (COUSINS' WAR)
The Lady of the Rivers (COUSINS' WAR)
by Philippa Gregory
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended, 4 Mar. 2016
This is one of the better books in the Cousins' War series, if only because it has no overlap with any of the others (Gregory has a habit of recycling her research/writing the same story several times over from different perspectives in some of the others) and being a bit earlier than the others (much of it before the Wars started), covered a period I knew less about, at least until we got to the battle of Towton. From references to Jacquetta in the other books I was expecting rather more in the way of witchcraft, but there is remarkably little. The protagonist comes out of it rather better than some of the other women in this series (notably Margaret Beaufort) and her husband is bit too perfect to be true. Even Margaret of Anjou is reasonably likeable until the end, and although she is often cast as the baddie in the other books, she did in fairness have quite a lot put up with.
The book finishes slightly abruptly, but I guess that was to tie in with where the White Princess started.
Recommended


The Other Boleyn Girl
The Other Boleyn Girl
by Philippa Gregory
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.83

3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read although Anne's perspective would have been more interesting than Mary's., 25 Feb. 2016
This review is from: The Other Boleyn Girl (Paperback)
This is a rollicking good read, even if the characterisation is a bit one-dimensional (Mary good, Anne bad). Mary herself - the narrator - is a lot less interesting than her sister and I think to have written the book from Anne's perspective would have been more rewarding than reading about Mar's soppy love story with Thomas Stafford, particularly in the closing chapters when Anne's downfall and demise is dealt with very perfunctorily, especially given the acres devoted to less interesting events earlier in the book.
Makes for good read but I can't help wondering how much of what Gregory gives us is true. Did Anne really stoop to sex with her brother to procure the final pregnancy? And did that failed pregnancy really result in a stillborn 'monster'? More prosaically, it seems more likely to me that Mary was in fact the elder sister, given her earlier adventures at the French court before she arrived at the English one at age 13. Finally, the story comes to an abrupt end with the death of Anne. What happened to Mary afterwards? Presumably she live doit her life in marital bless with Stafford, although she died relatively young?
Anyway, an enjoyable read.


Dark Places
Dark Places
by Gillian Flynn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but with un-credible denouement., 10 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Dark Places (Paperback)
This is well written but, like sharp objects, full of unlikeable unsympathetic characters that it's hard to care too much about. At least, until the scene with the bull near the end, it steers clear of the gratuitous unpleasantness that permeates Sharp Objects. Like Gone Girl, however, it has a rather weak ending, exacerbated in this case by being completely unbelievable. I also found my attention wandering between half way and three quarters of the way through and I think the book is about 20% too long.
I'm glad Flynn is a woman, if a man had written three novels full of psychologically damaged unsympathetic women there would be hell to pay.
All that said, I still enjoyed it.


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