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The Death of Faith
The Death of Faith
by Donna Leon
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Below par for a great series, 23 Mar 2008
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Big fan of the series but this is the most disappointing I've read so far. The last 70 pages are quite gripping but its very slow starting, the plot isnt as good as usual and the ending is a bit crow barred. Death at the Fenice and Acqua Alta are much better reads for anyone getting into this fun Venetian series


Exit Music
Exit Music
by Ian Rankin
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A good conclusion, 2 Mar 2008
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In recent years I've read the full Rebus saga and this is a great final novel. The way ther series is concluded is done well - although the epilogue rather spoils a great book (hence only four stars) - an unnecessary final twist to a book that warranted a low key retirement party.

Whilst the early Rebus stories had superb plots, it was the character development and interaction that become more engrossing than individual storylines as the series unfolded. The plot in this novel isnt the best but the characters are great and this is what makes the Rebus novels well worth reading.

Recommended


Queen - The DVD Collection: Live At Wembley Stadium (Two Disc Set) [2003]
Queen - The DVD Collection: Live At Wembley Stadium (Two Disc Set) [2003]
Dvd ~ Queen
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £24.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome, 19 Jun 2007
Revisited this after quite a few years and had forgotten quite how good a live Band Queen were. Over 20 years old now, this show seems as relevant today as it was groundbreaking then. A year after LiveAid, Queen really let rip at Wembley - they raised the bar on what a live show should look like and nothing and no one have come close since.


MARILLION / SOMEWHERE ELSE
MARILLION / SOMEWHERE ELSE
Offered by MasterDVD
Price: £8.26

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grows on you, 14 April 2007
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Really disliked the album when I first played it but now growing to respect it. It's the follow up to Anoraknophobia and Marbles which makes the bar high! It's Marillion doing more a "sports casual" album, but its OK. Not their best, but it does hang together in a rough kind of way. Stand out tracks - "thank you" and "faith".


Eddie Izzard: Live At The Ambassadors [VHS]
Eddie Izzard: Live At The Ambassadors [VHS]
VHS

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the best of the Izzard releases, 30 Nov 2006
This is the first stand up Izzard video/DVD in a series and the only one not available on DVD. Over the years the Eddie stand up releases have got more glitzy and showbizzy but not necessarily funnier. For me the first two - Live at the Ambassadors and Unrepeatable are the best two. They are spontaneous, fun and silly and come over as natural. Many of izzard's classic gag territories are on these first two releases, the shame is perhaps that in more recent releases the material hasnt moved on.

Whilst unrepeatable has the classics on advertising and cats and dogs, live at the ambassadors gives a great glance at early Izzard. It may lack the glitz of circle or sexie, but it is natural, if raw, and funny.

With the new 6 dvd box set of eddie izzard material soon coming out, I think its a great shame that ambassadors wasnt included.

For anyone that has a vhs copy of this, Hold on to it!!

Great stuff


Robert Johnson's Tombstone
Robert Johnson's Tombstone

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock solid!, 14 Nov 2006
A good, energetic album. Thunder really are a PROPER rock band - it's powerful, fun, doesn't need to be too clever, and its music made for a live show.

Over the years, Thunder have established a staying power which is great in an age of mass produced pop. They are certainly under-rated, sometimes overlooked.

This album has some great stand out tracks - bautiful day is a good'un for the car.

I've purchased this album on the back of the Bowes and Morley albums - offerings from Thunder's singer and guitarist which really are surprisely great CDs and also worth a try. Moving Swiftly along really is a five star album - every track a great one!

I've often felt that Thunder should experiment a little more. They're one of the great British rock bands and with one of the best vocals in the business. Sometime I sense their albums play safe a bit too much - although that said, this album is classic Thunder.


Cell
Cell
by Stephen King
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Stand with Mobile Phones, 14 Nov 2006
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Good King is back writing. Prior to this I'd been disappointed with some of his more recent offerings, but to me this marked a return to the classic King era. Lots of echoes of "The Stand" here and the mobile phone twist is good, topical and has that great mix of one minute seeming far fetched and the next all too real!

The book ends in a bit of a Silly way, but I've often felt King isn't the best at ending the stories he starts. That said, the magic in his storytelling is in the story not just the ending - and on this count the read is great - great pace, great characters and a style of writing that simply draws you in!

A good read!


This New Day
This New Day
Offered by 101Trading
Price: £3.68

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars best of 2006 so far..., 14 April 2006
This review is from: This New Day (Audio CD)
Embrace CDs seldom stray far from their formula, but it doesn't matter if the album's a belter - which this one is. After a couple of quite ordinary albums, this one raises the bar. One of the best albums of 2006 so far.


Secret Army: The Complete First Series [DVD] [1977]
Secret Army: The Complete First Series [DVD] [1977]
Dvd ~ Bernard Hepton
Offered by adfilms
Price: £44.95

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hidden treasure found, 13 Mar 2004
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Sadly, the Allo Allo series put Secret Army into the shadows. The reissue of series one is long overdue. Secret Army has stood up well to the test of time. The series develops well as characters are built up and plots thicken. In contrast to many contemporary dramas that run for 6 or 8 weeks, series 1 of secret army ran for 16 episodes and each episode gets better and better. The series has an authentic feel about it and truely captures the tension in occupied Europe. Strongly recommended!


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