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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 29 Oct 2014
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Fargo - Season 1 [DVD]
Fargo - Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Billy Bob Thornton
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1 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Total travesty, 21 Oct 2014
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This review is from: Fargo - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
I found this to be a total travesty. Completely lacking in the quirky black comedy of the movie, which had so many great characters and so many memorable lines; just random acts of violence without any redeeming humour, and Billy Bob Thornton like a big black hole at the centre. Whoever wrote it - whoever OK'd it - should hang their heads in shame at the caricature of the nagging wife at the beginning. How unsubtle and uninspired can you get? And this was what set it all off??? The only character of any interest was Molly, and now they're doing a second series and she's not going to be in it. .


The Rise and Fall of Thomas Cromwell: Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
The Rise and Fall of Thomas Cromwell: Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
by John Schofield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

4.0 out of 5 stars John Schofield's writing style is direct and engaging.. ..., 23 Aug 2014
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John Schofield's writing style is refreshingly direct. Gets straight to every point with no frills or furbelows, handling all the political and religious complexities with deft lucidity. Most unusual and extremely engaging.
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Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to savour, 17 July 2014
This review is from: Wolf Hall (Paperback)
My first time with this book I took it at a gallop and consequently found much of it muddled. Couldn't always make out who was speaking and had to keep going back. And, like some other reviewers, I found the constant use of "He, Cromwell" an irritant. For all that, the book stayed with me. I recently read it again, taking it slowly this time and savouring it. Absolutely no problems at all identifying speakers and "He, Cromwell" no longer an irritant. It's a wonderful, haunting read, and I would urge anyone who had trouble with it initially to go back and try again. It's well worth it.


The Daughter Of Time
The Daughter Of Time
by Josephine Tey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor stuff, 30 Mar 2014
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This review is from: The Daughter Of Time (Paperback)
Vaguely recalled this book from my teenage years and thought I would re-investigate. A sad disappointment. Good idea but appallingly executed. I grew increasingly irritated by the inferior quality of the writing. None of the characters - save potentially Richard himself, though he scarcely figures as a real person - held the least bit of interest, mainly because from the Inspector downwards they are all stereotypes, including lots of funny lower class folk talking in their funny lower class voices. Par for the course, I guess, in books of that vintage, but the storyline, plodding as it is, can never rise above the prejudice. Bewildered how Josephine Tey ever came to have any sort of reputation.


The Unknown Bridesmaid
The Unknown Bridesmaid
by Margaret Forster
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.20

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 11 Nov 2013
This review is from: The Unknown Bridesmaid (Hardcover)
Sadly, I found this book almost unreadable. Partly it was the unrelenting ghastliness of the main character, for which I could find no real explanation; partly it was the general weakness of the storyline - the unsatisfactory succession of damaged children with never any resolution - the secret of Reginald's gift to Iris, which turned out to be nothing but a damp squib - the continuing malevolence of Julia's behaviour, which ultimately became both unrealistic and tedious. But mainly, and most upsetting given the author, I found the quality of the writing to be irritatingly clunky. To give a couple of examples:

"You're looking pale," this woman, a university lecturer said, staring straight at Julia.

There was then, because of her clipped tone, what her mother would have called 'an atmosphere', and afterwards, when they had a particularly tricky case to consider, Julia felt this atmosphere influenced the other woman's decision to go with the opinion of the third member of their panel and not with hers.

I could have picked other random samples from practically every page. Very poor stuff.
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Killing Rachel: The Murder Notebooks
Killing Rachel: The Murder Notebooks
by Anne Cassidy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, 23 Feb 2013
Excellent follow up to first in the Murder Notebooks series. A subsidiary mystery enclosed in the central and ongoing mystery set up in Book 1. Follows the successful pattern of TV series in having separate stories within an overarching theme.


We Danced All Night: A Social History of Britain Between the Wars
We Danced All Night: A Social History of Britain Between the Wars
by Martin Pugh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read, 23 Feb 2013
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Informative and entertaining. But I do wish the author's editor had told him that exclamation marks in profusion are not a grown up way of punctuating. Exclamation mark!


The German Money
The German Money
by Lev Raphael
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.36

1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, 25 Jun 2012
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This review is from: The German Money (Paperback)
This book was all back story, horned in at every opportunity, at every other paragraph. Most irritating. You just wanted to get on with things - except that there wasn't anything to get on with. It ultimately centred on a revelation revealed not by any detective work but simply by exposition from a minor character, and thus fell very flat. Cannot understand why author chose this method. Told with a proper front story - the growing suspicions of the family that all had not been as it was purported to have been - it could have proved a most gripping tale, but as it was had sadly little going for it. A real missed opportunity.


Alone in Berlin (Penguin Modern Classics)
Alone in Berlin (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Geoff Wilkes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Terrible translation, 18 Feb 2012
I have just struggled through this long book, fighting the translation every inch of the way. I suspect in the original German it may indeed have been the masterpiece claimed on the cover but it is very badly let down by its translator - as foreign books so often are. The proliferation of exclamation marks would alone have been enough to make me grind my teeth, but the banality of the language, the total lack of rhythm in the prose, plus the constant irritating intrusion of modern slang into the Berlin of the 1940s had me almost climbing the wall. Having recently tossed some Flaubert into the charity box on the grounds that the translation rendered it virtually unreadable I had some hesitation before attempting this one. What finally persuaded (misled?) me was the fact that the translator is a poet ... am I pathetically naive in expecting poets to write decent prose?


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