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El Ocho / The Eight
El Ocho / The Eight
by Katherine Neville
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Like The Da Vinci Code ..., 4 Mar. 2005
... You'll love this! I know that's a cliché but it's true. I first read this book about 15 years ago and have bought countless copies for friends and relatives.
It's the tale of Catherine a very smart and independent woman who finds herself embroiled in the search for a legendary chessboard. The story of the board itself goes back through time to the emperor Charlemagne and then jumps to the French revolution when it resurfaces.
It grips you from the very start with its strong female protagonist, even if she does have a weakness for the obligatory handsome males. The historical flashbacks are superb and intriguing, the story told with a great deal of intelligence and humour. It contains characters you really find yourself caring about and a plot twist in the final pages that you just don't see coming, then you feel you should have.
A must for lovers of mystery, puzzles, history, chess and the odd bit of romance thrown in. In fact it's high time I dug it out and read it again, again.
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The Unadulterated Cat
The Unadulterated Cat
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.98

49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cat Owner's Ultimate Manual, 6 Dec. 2002
This review is from: The Unadulterated Cat (Hardcover)
Forget all the other so-called experts! This is the only book that delivers the absolute truth about cats. I laughed out loud from start to finish and have recommeded it to all my cat owning pals. Heck I even chose one of my cat's names from it (Zut!).
All joking aside this is a very funny book, well observed and honestly delivered. Pratchett fans will enjoy it and cat owners will be able to indentify with at least 90% of the anecdotes within. Buy this book for the cat owner you know and put their mind at rest that the peculiar behaviour they witness on a daily basis is perfectly normal for a 'real cat'. The illustrations too are a treat.
I loved this book, it is well thumbed and I am proud to say that my 3 are 'reals cats'!

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