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Major Benjy
Major Benjy
by Guy Fraser-Sampson
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I so wanted to like this book more, 9 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Major Benjy (Paperback)
Guy Fraser Sampson was always going to have two very hard acts to follow; The Benson originals and the Tom Holt sequels. It's such a shame that this book fell far from the mark in my opinion.

On the mistakes, well it's always going to be difficult to get everything spot on and basic mistakes such as Diva Plaistow's widow status was a bit irritating. What was really annoying was a basic error about where Lucia's Rolls Royce enters Tilling. In the original book some importance is placed on Lucia asking for directions from the Padre

"'We must ask where the house is,' said Lucia, leaning out of the window of her Rolls-Royce. 'I wonder if you would be so good as to tell me--'

The clergyman sprang forward.

'It'll be Miss Mapp's house you're seeking,' he said in a broad Scotch accent. 'Straight up the street, to yon corner, and it's right there is Mistress Mapp's house.'"

In the Fraser Sampson book the Rolls simply drives straight past. Simple factual errors based on established material is quite annoying. How much more satisfying to have neatly dovetailed them.

What's perhaps most annoying is that it wouldn't have required an encyclopaedic knowledge of all four Original Tilling based novels, nor the two Holt Sequels. All that was required was some fact checking in Miss Mapp and, to an

Asterix And The Falling Sky
Asterix And The Falling Sky
by Albert Uderzo
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.13

26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars By Toutatis!, 15 Oct. 2005
Dear Me, Dear Me, Dear Me. What can one say? Possibly one of the worst of the lot. It starts off with an interesting enough premise but then gets sucked into a dreary story about fighting aliens. The Romans are pretty much sidelined, the pirates get two (count em!) frames and the crowning 'Oh My God' a tribute to Walt Disney on the last page.
One strictly for fans and, given the time it takes to produce a book, if this is the last of the stories then more a Gaulish Famine than a Gaulish Feast
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