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A Man To Call My Own
A Man To Call My Own
by Johanna Lindsey
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Not her best work, but not her worst either, 9 Jun. 2014
This review is from: A Man To Call My Own (Paperback)
I read this JL book having read one of her classics, and yes I can tell the huge gap between the tight, cohesive novels of the past and this sometimes confusing piece. It's not terrible, but you can't help but feel that JL has just come out of a bout of writer's block and is just finding her feet. Although, the story isn't the most original in the world, it isn't cliche either. One twin - schemer, gets the guys, the other twin equally gorgeous dorks herself up as a coping mechanism after being betrayed by her sister, one too many times. No surprising who actually gets the guy, but it's a fun ride as Chad gorgeous but a little self-involved takes him a while to figure out the dynamic between the sisters. Charming, witty and of course light romance that keeps you rooting for the girl to get the right guy.

Pride & Prejudice - 2005 [DVD]
Pride & Prejudice - 2005 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keira Knightley
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Price: £3.25

9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bitterly disappointed, 6 Jan. 2009
Having read all the possible works of Austen, I decided to watch the adaptations of her works as well. Some like S&S (the movie and BBC version) blew me away, whilst others like ITV's 'Mansfield Park' left me cursing. I knew when I heard about this version from others I'd either LOVE it to pieces or wish to wipe it from memory. I'm sorry to say, (and no I haven't watched the 95 version yet) this movie left me feeling cold for most of the part. Yes, they had to squeeze the novel into a record 2 hrs and had to compromise but the choice to hack the important parts was awful. Trying to compensate it with a Bronte atmosphere gave me little chance to celebrate as well. The fact, we never see the attraction between Wickham and Elizabeth or Darcy and Elizabeth left so much to be desired. I have nothing against any of the actors, but their intrpretation was just too much to bear. Darcy is as dismal as the British weather, KK is either giggly or pouty (not a layered heroine), Wickham gorgeous but bland, Lydia is loud (but not silly just hormonal) Caroline is snipey (unable to hold herself against Lizzie) Bingely - just a clown and Collins is just plain nasty. Don't even get me started on Mr and Mrs Bennet! First of all, what I can't fathom is, why they even have a functional relationship? They may still love each other, yes but not once in the book is it indicated that Mr Bennet enjoys being around his wife more than necessary - that means they are only likely to see each other at meal times, or at Church! Not in the drawing room having a full-blown debate over the new neighbours without their daughters present. That just meant that the parents had authority in the household, which in fact, they didn't. Thus, Jane and Lizzie's role in the house are significantly diminshed (part of the charm of their characters)

I admit, I expected too much from this movie. Maybe, a more rigid adaptation than what was given. But, I cannot forgive that they have stripped away the story's escapism charm and turned it into a dumbed down chick flick. Yes, Lizzie marries Mr Darcy, but she also marries the guy who is her soul-mate for LOVE not gratitude or the fact he's the only single, wealthy man in a 10 mile radius *shakes head* Maybe, I shouldn't have read the book first, then I would have been able to appreciate this fairytale of a movie - where Lizzie is a character you pray to God, that you are nothing like or you probably see her as a best friend. NO! NO! This Elizabeth Bennet (sorry KK) is beautiful and I won't hold it aginst her, but NOT the woman I read about in the novel or the woman every girl wants to become. Dear Lord, I don't think I can talk much more about this, its so awful. The only good thing about this was Mary, she was such a gem (even tho she's meant to be dull - but she seemed like the sensible apart from Jane) :)
I think I'll try the 95 version next I think. If its any better it'll hopefully remove this version from my memory. If not, I'll just read the book again! =)

Storm from the East: From Genghis Khan to Khubilai Khan
Storm from the East: From Genghis Khan to Khubilai Khan
by Robert Marshall
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An informative, intresting and effortless read, 14 Oct. 2008
Based on the humble beginnings of the nomads that brought the world Genghis Khan, this is a an absolute gem that tracks the fateful footsteps that literally changed the world. After reading one or two of other history texts/guides I was sceptical that this would be any different to the other stuffy takes on history. Imagine my surprise when I found this book to be easy to understand and almost light-hearted, Marshall wasn't content in dumping loads of facts onto the reader. Instead, he broke it down to give a more rounded picture of the pesonalities he was discussing, which was refreshing! Another thing that struck me was that Marshall was happy to roll around in the Mongolian traditions trying very hard to explain Genghis Khan's motivation, his true genius of building an army out of scratch.

Don't be fooled though, into thinking that this book is just about Genghis Khan. It is, but it focuses just as much on the iconic man's legacy - changing the world as we knew it. He was quite literally a storm from the East terrorising the nations of the world but Genghis Khan also left heirs that provided dynasties to countries such as China and India. Admittedly, a step down from his original ambition of being 'the Supreme Ruler of the Universe'! A must read for history buffs.

The Mango Season
The Mango Season
by Amulya Malladi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.44

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tired and a lacking plot, 22 Sept. 2008
This review is from: The Mango Season (Paperback)
After reading a quite a few books on arranged marriages in Asian families especially the excellent "(un)arranged marriage", I found this book unable to provide a fresh angle as it fails to connect with the reader, even though, Priya is sympathetic to less rigid beliefs than her traditional family.
Arriving in India in the mango season, Priya's former assumptions about her homeland evaporate in the scorching heat, as her family is she admant she doesn't escape from India single.

Rigged with sterotypical characters which the author makes full use of - not to mention the overbearing mother, this book is unlikely to draw sympathy on any level as frankly, the lot of them deserve each other. Near the middle, you just wish they put Priya in a strait jacket and marry her off. It's not completly bad though, with the introduction of granny who is a lifeline at appears the only character that reflects some flexibility for the roles of women in the household. Other than that... well, the writer doesn't bother implementing the changing face of Indian society, I mean for wealthy/middle class families arranged marraiges are becoming more of a rareity, this is something that the writer has left out for obvious reasons. Still, if you can go as far as to describe the squeamish activities of the shopkeepers in the market place (now THAT was good writing) you can go realistic on the communities too, I mean after all they aren't choking they daughters into marriage anymore. It's a shame really, that could've added a whole new dimension to the thing, for example, introducing charcters that were actually happy with their arranged marriages would make not only Priya pause but to us and make the ending less predictable. Oh well. What's done, is done. One thing is for sure though, this book isn't going to be winning any literary awards. Ever.
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King Lear [DVD]
King Lear [DVD]
Dvd ~ Laurence Olivier
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £5.85

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utter Shakespeare, 6 Sept. 2008
This review is from: King Lear [DVD] (DVD)
As I was studying this book so as you can imagine that I kind of needed all the help I could get, especially as I had to accept a 80 or so year old man being pushed to the brink of insanity. It was hard to imagine when reading the play that any of this could possibly happen but when I watched Oliver on screen I was absolutley certain it could. Oliver brings to life firstly a self-conceited and deluded King who by the gods plotting is humbled by the hands of his two eldest vicious daughters. The passionate scenes that were very important - i.e. those of the storm where Lear (Oliver) questions everything in the universe even his own existence were absolutley amazing to behold. I came to truly appreciate why many critics call Oliver 'the greatest interpetor of Shakespeare in the 20th century.'
Nonetheless, I couldn't help but think that without such a strong supporting cast, this production would have surely have slumped, that is why it's important to recognise that the cast understood Oliver's Lear and built themselves around it. You would understand what I'm trying to say, if you watched Regan and Goneril butt heads, their natures are 'wolvish' because the actors have understand how to deliever lines to wound their arrogantly hurt father that Oliver was trying to portray. All in all each actor was spot on and the production very good, but after two years of having watched it 2 or three times, I don't understand. Why Stonehenge?
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Mansfield Park [DVD] [2007]
Mansfield Park [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Julia Joyce
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.71

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A garbled mess, 6 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Mansfield Park [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
A poor, innocent and sweet girl by the name of Fanny Price is fostered by her wealthy relatives. Her family consists of an uncle and 2 aunts as well as 2 cousin sisters who are the epitome of beauty, grace and glamour but are spoilt brats. They along with her eldest cousin Tom (James D'Arcy) pay her little attention but fortunately she suffices herself with the company of cousin Edmund (Blake Ritson). Fanny seems content and happy even though she is continuously reminded of her roots but things become really prickly when the fashionable Crawford`s move into the neighbourhood.

For those who have read the book and were anticipating a high standard production were least to say very disappointed. This adaptation for Jane Austen purists (they make or break an adaptation) would have been nothing short of hellish. This adaptation manages to strip away a lot of Jane Austen society values in an attempt to appear more modern. For example, Miss Crawford attempts to seduce if you like Edmund in front of the whole family by revealing her ankle and inappropriate parts of her body. As you can imagine the kiddies had their eyes firmly shut at that point. Billie Piper herself was I think miscast as Fanny and I suspect mainly because of her celebrity status being established - thus it was a ploy for ITV to wrench away one of BBC's most popular stars. Even Billie Piper hasn't got over the transfer (and don't get me started on ZoŽ Slater), indeed, it seemed as though I was watching Rose in a corset - she was too feisty (I half expected David Tennant to come bursting through the door). Her performance could have been saved if the chemistry was good, but instead it was oddly lopsided at times and even Edmund looked bewildered as to why he fell in love with her. And no wonder, she seems incredibly independent of him, not the understanding and knowing girl as in the book. Fanny was irritating not sweet as in the book, where the reader is quite disgusted by Mr Crawford's proposal to her, they are a mismatch! In this adaptation though, it seems that they would make a very good couple (gasp!)

On a positive note, they are performances that should be credited especially the three young males - Edmund, Henry and Tom. If this had a better script (perhaps with the BBC) then they would have most definitely been praised to the skies. All three of them play their characters with precision, and get under the skin with the short time that they had. I considered them the lifeline of the whole thing (I would buy it just to watch them again :). If Mansfield Park, however, is one of your favourite works then STAY AWAY.,

Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves [1991] [DVD]
Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves [1991] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kevin Costner
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining stuff, 4 Sept. 2008
Let's be honest, modern adaptations of old folk tales in Hollywood equal ugly twists. However, this movie was surprisingly funny, clever and just plain entertaining! The twists means that our Robin (Costner) is actually an international prisoner before he rushes back to England to be in tights. His stint doesn't go down well with him and he ends up picking up a Moor (Freeman)along the way. They waddle back to England only to find Robin's land seized by the Sherriff (Rickman) due to serious religious accusations. Now with a fresh aim in mind (to get back land & win Marian's love/support somehow) the Moor and Robin set out the Merry Men. And boy do they find them! There is much fun, laughter, and merry making particularly on the part of the Moor (played brilliantly by Freeman) who enjoys himself especially when his new friends have never seen technology such as the telescope or gunpowder. But be beware of taking sides in this movie! It's a close call Robin and the Sherriff play dirty as each other. Now that's saying something particularly if the Sherriff's is upto his eyes in lust, hag & cousin troubles.

Eastern Promises [DVD]
Eastern Promises [DVD]
Dvd ~ Viggo Mortensen
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £2.40

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a cult classic, 19 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Eastern Promises [DVD] (DVD)
A 14-year-old girl dies in childbirth at Christmas whilst attended by Anna, a sensitive midwife (Naomi Watts). Unfortunately the girl dies and leaves behind a baby girl and a diary in Russian. Disturbed, Anna takes home the diary to trace the girl's family. But typically all is not what it seems. Anna soon realises that the diary she has is a glimpse to the Russian Mafia underworld...

Indefinitely linked but yet unaware, Semyon (Armin Mueller-Stahl) appears as charming, restaurant manager but is in fact an aging yet steely and cruel mobster who has problems of his own. When his son Kirill (Vincent Cassel) kills a "soldier" it seems he recognises no authority. Increasingly, rebellious, drunk and unsuitable, he is a disappointment who has come to develop an unhealthy obsession with Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen). Nikolai is the dark and charismatic driver who has his eyes set on the top job but as you would expect nothing goes to plan in the underworld, especially when distraction in the form of Anna comes knocking...

Brutality, grittiness, blood and great acting is what sets this one apart from the rest (and the naked fight in the Turkish bath :)This came out around about the same time as American gangster but it was a no-brainer for a lot of the critics. After a series of supposed gangster films, Eastern promises appears to be a movie that relies less on ammunition and more of its plot to tell the story. And hell, does it do it well which is refreshing! There is however, an imbalance in the movie. Viggo Mortensen's presence is so strong that even the viewer is likely to develop an obsession with him. A lot of people I talked to who hadn't even seen previous Viggo Mortensen performances were least to say blown away. Hypnotic and charismatic it was a new experience to see Viggo like this and you were almost begging him not to leave the screen, he was I think robbed of that Oscar (I still have to watch Daniel Day-Lewis yet). Not to say that the other actors aren't up to the job, they are very good but there is just something about Nikolai that draws you towards him. It's not hard to see how and why Kirill is in love with him, who is portrayed incredibly by Vincent Cassel - his mood swings, drunkenness and emotional outbursts. It seems that Seymon is the only one who can say no to Nikolai with his icy demeanour and purists methods. Nonetheless, as much as I felt this was about Viggo's character, I felt Crohenberg was the genius who aimed to try explore the dark side of human nature which he does, through themes such as murder, bribery, corruption, rape, sex trade, prostitution, love/lust, mafia (heavily entwine with the plot). Crohenberg and Mortensen for that matter, show, that there are no such things as fairy tales and they certainly don't try to give a forced happy ending. Not one for the kiddies.

(5 stars for Viggo)

The Heart Never Lies
The Heart Never Lies
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £10.29

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, 19 Mar. 2008
This review is from: The Heart Never Lies (Audio CD)
Not a fan of McFly but I think that this one song that they got right. Sounding uncannily like Snow Patrol at times, the vocals strong, the beats are great, suiting the strong lyrics strangely. It doesn't sound like a cheesy pop song but a song a great band like Lifehouse would sing. It is quite beautiful, probably a tad bit loud for those who don't listen to rock songs but for young people it is an amazing song. One to add to the song collection for everyone.

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