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Igby Goes Down [VHS] [2003]
Igby Goes Down [VHS] [2003]
VHS
Offered by qualityfilmsfromuk
Price: £5.90

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Igby Goes Down, 16 Oct. 2003
This film (although not mainstream, big bugdeted or starring Hollywood superstars exactly) was exceptional and featured strong leads on behalf of Culkin and Sarandon. One for your collection.


Martyn Pig
Martyn Pig
by Kevin Brooks
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good - but not great., 3 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Martyn Pig (Paperback)
This book is about a boy named Martyn Pig who lives in a town which he hates, has a snobby aunt and a father who is a drunk. His only friend is a girl named Alex who lives across the street and had a boyfriend named Dean. One day just before Christmas, when Martyn accidentally kills his father and the untrustworthy Dean finds out, Alex and Martyn have to carry out a drastic plan to save their own skins. Later on the book there is a twist in the tale which was well - planned and enhances the story.
I personally liked how the book was outspoken and original and how the author (Kevin Brooks) conveyed Martyn's inner thoughts and dreams. The final twist was almost genius of the author and because of that I can imagine this becoming a cult teenage novel.
Yet some parts of the story were slow and unrealistic. I also noticed that it did not contain much descripton in places meaning that it became loosely constructed.


The Edge
The Edge
by Alan Gibbons
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant., 3 Aug. 2003
This review is from: The Edge (Paperback)
The main charcters in this book are fifteen - year old Danny and his mother Cathy. Cathy is white, while Danny is mixed race. (His mother became pregnant a sixteen with him by a black man named Des who is introduced later on). In the beginning they both run away from Cathy's violent and abusive boyfriend Chris Kane to Cathy's Northern hometown, Edgecliff. When they arrive, they are made to feel unwelcome by Cathy's father who disapproves of mixed - race relationships and regards Danny as a 'mistake'. Elsewhere in the town, racism is a major issue and Danny starts to find himself in complicated webs; especially when he starts the local high school. And then Chris starts to track them down...
This book is FANTASTIC. Its characters are well-formed and fully believable, its plot is meaty yet easy to follow and it is consistently fast paced and exciting, which is rare. It investigates the capacities of humans for love, emotion, violence, prejudice and stereotypical behaviour amazingly well, and allows further expression for the different characters's views as the book is told in mini - sections, each titled with the name of the character concerned. Congratulations to Alan Gibbons for writing such an excellent book that in my opinion should win every award going.


Ruby Holler
Ruby Holler
by Sharon Creech
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite perfect, yet a very good book all the same., 3 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Ruby Holler (Paperback)
This book is about two naughty young twins named Dallas and Florida who look set to stay in Boxton Creek Home forever with the 'putrid' Mr. and Mrs. Trepid until an old couple (Tiller and Sairy) foster them. Their home is a remote part of the country named Ruby Holler.
The twins settle in soon enough, and begin preparing for the separate journeys that the pensioners are planning to take them on.
But when they bump into Mr. Trepid again during a shopping trip and accidentally mention Tiller and Sairy's secret understone funds (boxes with money inside them, hidden in the holler), things start to get very complicated...
In my opinion, this book deserves plenty of praise. It is heartwarming, slightly comic and an entertaining read.
It reminds me of such classics including 'The Secret Garden' and 'A Little Princess' as it has a realistic yet 'fairytale' feel.
The only part of the book which one could suggest is unsatisfactory is the final chapter, as two aspects of the story are not concluded. Usually a story like this has a totally resolved ending and the rest of this book is traditional in narrative.
However, Sharon Creech (the author) is a deserved winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal for this book.


The Shell House
The Shell House
by Linda Newbery
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What could have been a book of the century., 3 Aug. 2003
This review is from: The Shell House (Hardcover)
This book is about a normal teenage boy named Greg who all of a sudden, because of a stately home, finds his life being turned upside down.
In the story, he is forced to confront religion, abuse, prejudice and sex due to his two new found friends (one of which he meets at the house) and a younger bully at his school. We also find out about the previous owner of the Shell House who fought in the First World War and also had to deal with thought-provoking issues.
Linda Newbery (the author) writes the book elegantly and descriptively yet manages to include realistic modern day dialogue and terms of speech.
This book is definetly not suitable for anyone under the age of twelve as it contains a number of sex scenes and terms of profanity and really should be classified as adult. Yet it still has a huge amount of artistic merit.
The middle parts of the book are so outstanding and page-turning that when I was reading it I became very unsociable and annoyed if anyone interrupted me.
However, the beginning is slow and contains unnecessary amounts of description and the ending is imcomplete, confusing and spoils what could have eventually turned out to be a modern day classic.


The Hours [VHS] [2003]
The Hours [VHS] [2003]
VHS
Offered by qualityfilmsfromuk
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most amazing film of my generation thus far., 3 Aug. 2003
This review is from: The Hours [VHS] [2003] (VHS Tape)
This film is beyond praise - it is totally 100% immaculate. Absolutely outstanding performances form a moving, powerful and gripping story of love, death and overwhelming emotion that will change you and your soul forever. Should have won Best Picture Oscar, and all the awards it was or will ever be nominated for as a matter of fact. The music score is fantastic, as is the wonderful direction. This film should never be criticised - in my point of view it is wholly perfect and is credit to the late Virgina Woolf and her ongoing public memory - may she rest in peace forever.


The Hours [VHS] [2003]
The Hours [VHS] [2003]
VHS
Offered by qualityfilmsfromuk
Price: £12.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most amazing film of my generation thus far., 3 Aug. 2003
This review is from: The Hours [VHS] [2003] (VHS Tape)
This film is beyond praise - it is totally 100% immaculate. Absolutely outstanding performances form a moving, powerful and gripping story of love, death and overwhelming emotion that will change you and your soul forever. Should have won Best Picture Oscar, and all the awards it was or will ever be nominated for as a matter of fact. The music score is fantastic, as is the wonderful direction. This film should never be criticised - in my point of view it is wholly perfect and is credit to the late Virgina Woolf and her ongoing public memory - may she rest in peace forever.


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