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Ballerino Nate
Ballerino Nate
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 12 May 2009
This review is from: Ballerino Nate (Hardcover)
A lovely book. Great to introduce the possibility of dancing and especially ballet, for boys. The subject does slightly touch on the prejudices and stereotypes that those boys who do ballet encounter. I would recommend this for any parent who has a boy who might find considerable benefit in the bodily discipline and practice of ballet.

Beautifully illustrated.

Verdi: Don Carlo
Verdi: Don Carlo

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is probably the best recording, 25 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Verdi: Don Carlo (Audio CD)
Don Carlo is my favourite opera and I think that this represents the best recording of it. It is fresh and inspiring, the singing is sublime and the orchestra is magnificently handled.

A great buy and listen.
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Price: £9.11

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Gorgeous, 25 Dec. 2007
I play this CD all the time - I wish a falling star could fall forever - It is great to listen to at any time and it has such a depth to it.

Again I love LOVE love Pink Martini.

When is the next album due....

Byzantium: The Early Centuries: The Early Centuries v. 1
Byzantium: The Early Centuries: The Early Centuries v. 1
by John Julius Norwich
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful read, 25 Dec. 2007
The Byzantium Series is a most wonderful and engaging read, given in an anecdotal style. It does not set out to be a piece of the most in-depth scholarship - though it has all that too, but rather is a magnificent vision of the glory which was Byzantium. No one can approach this subject and not have read the trilogy.

It has inspired me and a colleague to write an Oratorio called "Defeats and Reversals of Byzantine Emperors"

Viscount Norwich's work is simply a must read for everyone!

Kinslayer Wars (Elven Nations)
Kinslayer Wars (Elven Nations)
by Douglas Niles
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read!, 25 Dec. 2007
This is a most useful insight into the background of the psyche of the elves on Krynn, and the fundamental differences between Silvanesti, Kagonesti and Qualinesti. One should read all three of the novels.

At times, the pace is a bit slow and there are quite a great number of spelling mistakes - which tend to distract from the flow.

The whole tale is a lesson in patience and ruling well. There are some very profound issues explored - not the least of which is race, but also family, the wreckage that fate can have, the strange ways of desire and the whole notion of being outcast.

I thnk there needs to be a follow up trilogy to this one, in the sense, now of filling in some of the missing ancient history details connecting this series with the people referred to in the Elven Exiles (mainly the ancient Mages).

This series is well worth reading. I recommend it as an important part of Krynn's Ancient History.

Destiny (The Elven Exiles)
Destiny (The Elven Exiles)
by Paul B. Thompson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 25 Dec. 2007
Thompson and Cook bring to a thrilling close this most wonderful series.

I think I have to say that this series is utterly compelling. I could not put it down. It has cliffhangers galore, but I think the plot is just wonderful, full of twists and turns and immensely rewarding.

Overall this trilogy gives us a very meaningful insight into the lives of the Elves - and also their interactions with humans and monsters.

Clearly the three books parallel the story of the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt to some extent, and I don't think this is lost on the authors.

I think, though, one also needs to have read the main Chaos War trilogies and all of the novels concerning Mina. Also, I would highly recommend that one read "Lioness" about Kerianseray and Gilthanas before reading this and perhaps also the Kinslayer Wars Series also by Thompson and Cook among others.

This is a great series and I heartly recommend it.

Amber and Iron (Dragonlance Novel: Dark Disciple): Amber and Iron v. 2
Amber and Iron (Dragonlance Novel: Dark Disciple): Amber and Iron v. 2
by Margaret Weis
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.87

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, 25 Dec. 2007
I thought this was a great read and I am chomping at the bit for the last book - please hurry!

I am an avid reader of Dragonlance Novels and I like the direction in which this plot is taking us - since this is the main story of Krynn!

Keep it up Weiss and Hickman!

Hey Eugene
Hey Eugene
Offered by Side Two
Price: £4.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outrageously great, 9 July 2007
This review is from: Hey Eugene (Audio CD)
This album, along with all their other albums is one of the best collections of recorded music ever. It is continental, international, totally chic, just spell-bindingly good. I LOVE Pink Martini!!! XXX

Buy it, you could not be disappointed!

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