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Looking for Mrs Dextrose
Looking for Mrs Dextrose
by Nick Griffiths
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning sequel ... full of surprises, 9 Nov. 2010
I first read 'In Search of' (the 1st book) a few summers ago and fell in love with the characters and story and have been waiting a long time for the follow up.

I am pleased to say that the sequel more than delivers and is a great read. The story picks up from where 'in search of' left off and launches straight into more adventures.
The main characters all take on their own very unique identities and carry the story with pace, twists and some lovely dark humor. There are also some real heartfelt moments in the book which shows a new light to the Dextrose series.

There is so much I want to say about this book but simply cant as they are SPOILERS and I don't want to give anything away for people wanting to read it. But all I can say is there are some massive shocks and laughs along the way.

Its like a very twisted road trip - a real adventure and will open up a whole new world that you can get lost in.


Captain Alatriste
Captain Alatriste
by Arturo Perez-Reverte
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I read this on the recommendation of a Spanish friend. Apparently in Spain this guy is huge, 4 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Captain Alatriste (Hardcover)
I read this on the recommendation of a Spanish friend. Apparently in Spain this guy is huge - like a Robin Hood character or something! Anyway, Alatriste is a seventeenth century swordsman for hire - a bit of a rogue who's frequently penniless and been around the block enough to be able to duke it out with the best of them. This is the first of the series and Alatriste is hired to scare off two travellers and then asked to kill them. These travellers turn out to be England's very own Prince of Wales and Duke of Buckingham (circa 1620) - and Alatriste gets wind that there's something not quite right about the contractors who've hired him to do the job. This provides the action to the plot. As a swashbuckling tale it's a good one, although I couldn't help feeling that at times the story falls a bit flat (perhaps there's an element of lost in translation as it's been turned from Spanish to English) and for that reason it's a good (rather than a great) read
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The Forgotten Soldier (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)
The Forgotten Soldier (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)
by Guy Sajer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Since reading this book I have discovered ....., 4 Sept. 2008
Since reading this book I have discovered that there has been some debate as to the authenticity of Guy Sajer's account of being a young soldier fighting on the Eastern Front in WW2. I must admit, at times the clarity with which he remembers details and events is such that you wonder as a reader how much of it is real or `based' on truth. Those arguments aside, this is a gripping (at times monotonous in the grittiness of the situations that follow on from one another), that conjures up the true horror of what it's like to exist in extreme situations.
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In the Footsteps of Harrison Dextrose
In the Footsteps of Harrison Dextrose
by Nick Griffiths
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.18

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truely Amazing ...., 26 Aug. 2008
I was given a copy of this book a few weeks ago before heading off on holiday. I had no idea what it was about but was grabbed within the opening pages.

Its funny, surreal, well written and leaves you wanting more.

It reminds me of magnus mills meets roald dahl.

I challenge anyone to read this book and not enjoy it.


Q &  A
Q & A
by Vikas Swarup
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars ...wish you'd thought up the concept yourself, 5 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Q & A (Paperback)
Q+A is one of those novels that you start reading and wish you'd thought up the concept yourself! The whole book revolves around the correct answers gien by a gameshow contestant on an Indian version of Who Wants to be a Milionaire. Vikas Swarup not only makes the unlikely scenario seem totally plausible, but manages to weave an excellent plot around these 'correct' questions that ties up very neatly at the end.


The Restraint of Beasts
The Restraint of Beasts
by Magnus Mills
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars From the outset it has a real quirky feel about it...., 5 Aug. 2008
Magnus Mills has written a very funny novel. From the outset it has a real quirky feel about it and the humour is so black you could tar the road with it! He's got a great style - simple and matter of fact but very engaging, and I think you can tell that his 'normal' jobs before becoming a writer have given him a great insight into his characters. The only thing is it kind of finishes a bit too soon and for this reason I felt a bit short changed.. Fortunately, the rest of the book is good enough to make this one of my favourite reads in recent years.


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