Profile for R. Bull > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by R. Bull
Top Reviewer Ranking: 414,787
Helpful Votes: 72

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
R. Bull "Story Writer" (UK)
(REAL NAME)   

Show:  
Page: 1
pixel
Ghost Stories for Christmas - The Definitive Collection (5-DVD set)
Ghost Stories for Christmas - The Definitive Collection (5-DVD set)
Dvd ~ Sir Michael Hordern

5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Treat- mostly, 21 Oct 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Great that these have been released as one set. The only problem is that they have included the 2010 version of "Oh whistle and I'll come to you" which suffered badly from an adaptation which made the original story unrecognisable. I watched it at the time and thought it was appallingly bad.
But I'm looking forward to viewing the others,very much.


Berkeley Square [DVD]
Berkeley Square [DVD]
Dvd ~ Victoria Smurfit
Price: £12.43

4.0 out of 5 stars Good but abrupt ending, 14 July 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Berkeley Square [DVD] (DVD)
Very competent period drama,well acted and with largely believable characters. The pivotal plot point concerns the death of a baby being looked after by one of the nannies,although the way that develops stretches credulity somewhat and this is a bit of a jarring note in the later episodes.
Still, much credit goes to this production. It is thoroughly engaging. Obviously the programme makers were hoping to make another series but for whatever reason didn't manage it. A shame,since the myriad loose ends created are now left hanging for eternity! None of the nannies are settled in any sort of happy ending and we can only speculate about the future. That can be kind of fun, but it would have been better if some answers had been provided.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jul 21, 2012 12:08 PM BST


First Boredom, Then Fear: The Life of Philip Larkin
First Boredom, Then Fear: The Life of Philip Larkin
by Richard Bradford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Larkin reading, 13 Jan 2012
This is very readable yet contains most of what you need to know about Larkin in a shorter version than Andrew Motion's epic. The author does not try to shield us from PL's more unattractive qualities yet goes a stage further and argues successfully that it's essential to understand his foibles to understand his work.

I also enjoyed the swipe at the halfwits who wanted to censor their delicate undergraduate's eyes from his poems. PL was a bit of a lecher for all his life (many are but don't admit it) but still was one of the greatest poets of the last century.

I'm sort of proud to admit I had a conversation with him once whilst an undergraduate at Hull, though it was only about an overdue library book.!


Escape from the World Trade Center (Ebook Shorts)
Escape from the World Trade Center (Ebook Shorts)
Price: £1.15

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars escape from this asap, 22 Aug 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Badly written and so full of Biblical quotes its hard to make any sense of it
It was a complete waste of time and seems to be an exercise in therapy for the religiously deranged author


Bramwell - Series 1-4 Complete [DVD]
Bramwell - Series 1-4 Complete [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jemma Redgrave
Offered by 101Trading
Price: £21.99

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Forget Series 4!, 26 Jun 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Very engaging period drama, and the main ensemble cast are excellent. Jemma Redgrave is very good, and so as always is Ruth Sheen.

BUT.... the fourth series is completely off the rails. The characterisation is insane. Jemma's character turns into a complete fruit-bat for no reason, her father disappears form the previous three series with no explanation and the Dr Marsham character has more personalities than a mental hospital. I've no idea what the scriptwriters and production team were doing. Not much in the same room,anyhow.

It utterly spoiled my impression of the series, hence the 3 stars. The first 3 series would rate 4.5 stars, the fourth 1 star if it was lucky. It's still worth watching but I wish I'd thrown away the last disc.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Sep 2, 2011 12:23 AM BST


FTD Complete Fishing Set - Rod / Reel / Tackle / Bag - Ideal Travel Holiday Pack
FTD Complete Fishing Set - Rod / Reel / Tackle / Bag - Ideal Travel Holiday Pack
Offered by FTD Fishing Tackle Direct
Price: £54.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good value, 4 Jun 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Excellent kit for the money- much better than expected. All kit is durable, and the rod in particular is very good.


The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories (Mammoth) (Mammoth Books)
The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories (Mammoth) (Mammoth Books)
by Peter Haining
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good collection, 29 Dec 2008
This is a thoroughly good read. A number of the stories are genuinely shocking- J.B.Priestley's story about the man trapped in an Underground train is brilliant, as is the one from Philip Pullman.
I agree that the synopsis at the front is a bit annoying, but I enjoyed the details provided about the author, which are helpful for further study.


The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories
The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories
by Christopher Booker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.09

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, 27 Jan 2006
Like the previous reviewer, I didn't find the later parts of the book to be as convincing as the first, particularly the explanation of each of the seven plots.
However, that first part is absolutely breathtaking in its scope and originality. I genuiunely felt that "watcher-of-new-planet-in-the-skies" feeling on numerous occasions.
Bearing in mind it took Booker over 30(!) years to write, this is a seminal achievement. It also made me want to read, or re-read a number of the books he refers to.
Well worth the money. Came in very handy on a recent return trip to New Zealand (50+ hours potential reading time ) as aircraft reading.


Page: 1