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The Great Silence
The Great Silence
by Juliet Nicolson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 14 Aug. 2011
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This book was an interesting idea - examining the two years after the Armistice - and parts of it were interesting. But the book was spoilt by the way the author made generalisations about what people were experiencing based on quotations (often with very little context)from some fairly untypical people. Whilst the people she chose to use as examples were quite interesting, I couldn't help feeling they'd been chosen because they were family connections, rather than because they shed illumination on the period as a whole.
The book felt very lightweight, and was a disappointment.


Secret Horse
Secret Horse
by Jane Smiley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Horse, 14 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Secret Horse (Paperback)
This is a fantastic story for pony obsessives. As well as engaging and unusual characters, Jane Smiley packs the story with lots of detail about training and riding horses. If you're not pony-mad, this might get in the way of the story, but if you're not pony-mad you probably wont pick up this book. True enthusiasts will learn lots about horses, including the hard work that's involved.
Don't let the dreadful twinkly, twee cover put you off!


Moon Pie
Moon Pie
by Simon Mason
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moon Pie, 6 April 2011
This review is from: Moon Pie (Hardcover)
Martha, aged 11, cooks, sews and generally looks after her increasingly odd father, and her little brother Tug. In her spare time she helps her flamboyant best friend Marcus to remake classic movies. But Dad isn't just eccentric, he's alcoholic. Simon Mason manages to pull off the difficult trick of keeping the story light and quirky, whilst not flinching from the consequences that this brings for Martha and Tug.
Don't be put off by the seemingly dark side to this story. It's a really enjoyable read, and one that will make young readers think, too.


Long Lankin
Long Lankin
by Lindsey Barraclough
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cave Bestiam, 5 April 2011
This review is from: Long Lankin (Hardcover)
Two sisters are sent to stay with their great-aunt in an old house where all the windows are nailed shut, and long scratch marks scar the doors. Nobody wants to talk about the children who have disappeared in the past... Murder, witchcraft, revenge and the terrifying Long Lankin are at work.
The author evokes a grey, post-war world as well as reaching back into the past, and the haunting, watery landscape adds to the menacing atmosphere.
This is a seriously spooky novel for thoughtful readers.


I Shall Wear Midnight: (Discworld Novel 38) (Discworld Novels)
I Shall Wear Midnight: (Discworld Novel 38) (Discworld Novels)
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner, 3 Sept. 2010
This is every bit as good as previous stories about Tiffany Aching, although possibly darker in tone. The novel starts with domestic violence and a dead child, and the mass hysteria of witch hunts through the ages is a constant theme. But this is balanced by all the usual humour (never far away with the Feegles), and Tiffany's strength and resourcefulness make her an inspiring heroine.
I found the plot of the book made it hard to put down, but it was also a very thought-provoking and humane book - a very satisfying read.


Aquarium by DS dt
Aquarium by DS dt
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Price: £3.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kids review, 17 July 2010
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At first i really liked this game, the graphics are great! You have to design fish tanks and breed fish. Fish breed when you have got them 100% happy. The sound on it is rubbish and it gets verry boring after a few days. It takes ages to complete and once you have completed it you have to start again. It is a good game but it goes on for way to long. I would spend your money on something else!


Tiger Moon
Tiger Moon
by Antonia Michaelis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Magical story, 16 April 2010
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When thief Farhad picks up a locket from a stranger's garden, he lets himself in for more than he bargained for. The locket has been left by the god Krishna who needs a hero to rescue his daughter from the demon king. Farhad must become that hero, or he will be condemned to be reborn for ever. So, helped by a 1000 year old white tiger who is petrified of water, he sets off on a quest to steal the deadly but hypnotic bloodstone which will allow him to bribe the princess's guard.

This story satisfyingly combines magic, action and adventure with vivid and warmly drawn characters.

Highly recommended.


City of Ghosts
City of Ghosts
by Bali Rai
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars City of ghosts, 3 Aug. 2009
This review is from: City of Ghosts (Hardcover)
If you like a good story you will enjoy this book. The action races along as the relationships of the 3 main characters unfold, and there's a sense of impending disaster as the city heads towards riot and massacre.

This was a period of history I didn't know much about, and I hadn't realised that Indian soldiers had fought in the First World War. Although the novel is set in the past, you never feel that you are getting a history lesson. There are a lot of contemporary resonances, which make the reader wonder what forms of civil disobedience can be justified.

My only criticism is that the characterization sometimes seemed a bit thin. Having said that, the story moved at such a pace that I was happy to fill in the gaps.


Tender Morsels
Tender Morsels
by Margo Lanagan
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gritty fairy tale, 27 July 2009
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Although it's based on the story of Rose Red and Snow White, this is not a twee fairy tale for younger readers. It's tough and thought-provoking, and doesn't spare the brutality. But it's also a gripping read which allows you to completely believe in a world where an abused girl can escape to an alternative reality, and where men can become bears.


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