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Longbourn
Longbourn
by Jo Baker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1.0 out of 5 stars I can't really add anything to the other 1 star ..., 11 Dec. 2015
This review is from: Longbourn (Paperback)
I can't really add anything to the other 1 star reviews. No wit, no style. Very mediocre and an insult to Jane Austen.


Poppy in the Field
Poppy in the Field
by Mary Hooper
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable, 25 May 2015
This review is from: Poppy in the Field (Paperback)
I really enjoyed this book. Excellent on period detail. Obviously a lot of research must have gone into it but it wears its research lightly, weaving it all quite naturally into the story. And the heroine, a young VAD nurse, behaves, and is treated, absolutely in accordance with the mores of the times - not by any means always the case in historical novels. I especially relished all the hospital details, but I'm sure young readers will approve of the romantic aspects of Poppy's life and give three cheers for the ending.


Wolf Hall [DVD] [2015]
Wolf Hall [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Damian Lewis
Price: £9.99

8 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not compelling, 2 April 2015
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This review is from: Wolf Hall [DVD] [2015] (DVD)
Can't really comment on the series as a whole since I stopped watching after just one episode. But I've read the book no fewer than three times and found what I did watch to be a turgid travesty. Uninspired conversations, actors posing rather than being, lots of pretty but meaningless pictures, and, as another reviewer said, slow, slow, slow! Pretty pictures and beautiful costumes (very BBC) are simply not enough in themselves to compensate for lack of drama and lack of real characters. Maybe some of them came to life further on into the series, but I'm afraid I didn't stay to find out. Going back, now, to read the book again...
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Golden Mint Humbugs Gift Box
Golden Mint Humbugs Gift Box

3.0 out of 5 stars These Golden Humbugs have a good basic flavour but are far too scrawny to have ..., 29 Mar. 2015
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Where oh where are the humbugs of yesteryear? Plump and pepperminty, with satisfyingly chewy insides? These Golden Humbugs have a good basic flavour but are far too scrawny to have anything very much inside. Just a little disappointing strip of something or other (not quite sure what) which I dutifully hand over to one of the dogs.


The Blue Flower
The Blue Flower
Price: £5.49

1.0 out of 5 stars If I hadn't known otherwise I'd have put this down as a rather poor translation. Lifeless prose, 11 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Blue Flower (Kindle Edition)
Life is too short ... got about 50 pp in, took me three nights, and come the mornings I simply couldn't remember a damn thing I'd read, or even, roughly, what the book was about. If I hadn't known otherwise I'd have put this down as a rather poor translation. Lifeless prose, lifeless characters.


Being Dead
Being Dead
by Jim Crace
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Dead dead dead, 7 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Being Dead (Paperback)
According to the Guardian this book is a joy to read. Alas, I didn't find it so. My requirements from a book are obviously very different from that of the Guardian reviewer. I look primarily for fully-rounded characters and/or an absorbing storyline. Both together is a bonus and unfortunately quite rare. In BEING DEAD there is neither. The characters remain flat on the page, mere author's constructs, and there is no storyline to speak of. The book only, paradoxically, comes to life when the author is lovingly detailing the stages of putrefaction which a dead body goes through. To begin with this is somewhat gruesomely interesting, but it becomes so obsessive - being, presumably, the main point of the book - that in the end it palls. And since there are no vibrant characters and absolutely nothing happens to them, apart from being clobbered with a rock and given over to putrefaction, there is really nothing left to read about. The putrefaction stuff, I have to say, is well written, hence the generosity of 2 stars rather than 1.


Joules Women's Navy Stripe Wellibob Wellies
Joules Women's Navy Stripe Wellibob Wellies

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 29 Oct. 2014
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Warm and comfortable. And of course waterproof! Just right for dog walking. Fleecy insole makes these a great improvement on previous pair.


Fargo - Season 1 [DVD] [2014]
Fargo - Season 1 [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Billy Bob Thornton
Offered by FILMNIGHT
Price: £9.69

4 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Total travesty, 21 Oct. 2014
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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 & Fall of Thomas Cromwell: Henry Viii's Most Faithful Servant
The Rise & Fall of Thomas Cromwell: Henry Viii's Most Faithful Servant
by John Schofield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

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: £9.48

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.


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