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The Twelve Children of Paris
The Twelve Children of Paris
by Tim Willocks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to love this..., 18 Nov 2013
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...but I just couldn't.

The Religion is still, for me, one of the best books I've ever read, and I have a signed copy no less, but I sense that Tim has tried too hard here, and Tannhauser, without Sabato and Bors, has become a cartoon character.

I found the book dull, to be honest, with the gratuitous violence and long narrative leading me to lose interest. Some of the atmosphere is excellently realised and there are some good moments, but they're few and far between. Perhaps it was a mistake to kill off both Bors and Sabato, as they were very good foils for Tannhauser in my view, and their own relationship I found very interesting. But they were strong, deep characters who you cared for. Though Gregoire is a decent character, it's a shame that the others are just not engaging.

Hopefully, the next Tannhauser book won't take so long and will hopefully see a return to form for a superb character and a wonderful author. Disappointing.

Power Play
Power Play
by Joseph Finder
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, rushed and cliched, 21 July 2008
This review is from: Power Play (Paperback)
Oh dear! Joseph, what have you done? Perhaps it's the pressure of having to crank books out quickly but after the brilliant Paranoia, this latest novel is very disappointing. The cliched office politics are really just padding as they have no real relation to the kidnap plot; the paper-thin characters are actually cartoonish and cringing at times. Even Jake Landry is not a particuarly likeable character and I ended up not caring if he and the office staff survived or not. The 'quiet action hero' has also been done to death, as has the 'getting back with the pretty but tough ex' plot device.

The flashbacks are clumsy and hackneyed.

Joseph Finder has far, far more quality than this, which makes Power Play even more disappointing, especially when you read at the back how much research was done for this book. A great shame, but I will read the next Finder and hope for a return to form.

Garden Your Way to Health and Fitness
Garden Your Way to Health and Fitness
by Bunny Guinness
Edition: Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for so many reasons!, 27 Jun 2008
As an experienced, fully-qualified Personal Trainer and gym class instructor, 'Garden Your Way to Health and Fitness' offers the crucial elements of exercise for people of all fitness levels: safety, effectiveness, enjoyment and exercise adherence; all of this in your own outdoor space!

Bunny Guinness is a top gardening author, but by enlisting the help of a qualified pilates expert, there is advice on optimum posture, core muscle activation, balance and ergonomic considerations to make not only your garden healthy but you as well.

By following the clear, concise and well-laid out advice in Garden Your Way To Health and Fitness, gardeners will get fit (or even fitter!) by default, so even those who love gardening but not structured exercise WILL benefit from reading it.

For those who do enjoy more conventional exercise, there are many examples of how to utilise your garden and garden furniture to have a safe, effective and intense workout - for example, working on your tricep (back of your upper arm) muscles by performing dips on your steps or garden bench.

With wonderful illustrations and truly lavish photographs, combined with simple to follow advice from two real experts, Garden Your Way to Health and Fitness is a terrific idea that can offer those vital, functional 'real life' results. Highly recommended!

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