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Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander Book 8)
Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander Book 8)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ms Gabaldon writes well and is an excellent story teller, 12 Sep 2014
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Ms Gabaldon writes well and is an excellent story teller. After umpteen books I still enjoy the Outlander series.

However, it is several years since the most recent book and "Written.I M O H B" does not include so much as a list of characters, let alone some reminder of who they are or the story so far. It would have been a basic courtesy to readers to include such a list or a few words of catch up, There are several ways in which it could have been done, and other authors can do it; it seriously distracts from this book that no such effort has been made. I've had to refer back to previous books on many occasions - no easy job when this means searching tens of thousands of pages or chapter headings not designed to be helpful reminders of their content. Curiously enough, most readers have better thangs to do rather than catch up on around a dozen books (if the smaller ones are included) because the author is too lazy to spend a couple of days making things easier for her readers.


Mr Darcy's Struggle: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
Mr Darcy's Struggle: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Barely literate, 5 Jun 2014
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If you want to be an author, please learn grammar and spelling. There are so many errors in this book that they detract from the story.


Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it more than the originals....., 2 Feb 2014
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This book was rather more grown up than the originals. It dealt with many of the subjects - including nits, poo and vomiting - that real mothers, real women, actually have to deal with. It was, of courses, a satirical take - but I found I actually liked the Bridget who, for all her sometimes silliness, cared passionately for her children and was trying hard to deal with grief and loneliness in the often puzzling new world of tweeting and on-line dating. I found myself laughing out loud more often than with the original books, often laughs of understanding and sympathy with the real message beneath the pastiche.


Trust
Trust
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing, 14 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Trust (Audio CD)
I hadn't heard any of this before buying it, and my judgement was based on what I'd heard Mr Boe sing on radio and TV. My mistake: this wasn't what I expected. At times it verged on pop; much of it struck me as very ordinary. Don't get me wrong: it was perfectly nice - but nice is such a bland word for something I had hoped would be extraordinary.


Wine of Violence (Medieval Mystery 1)
Wine of Violence (Medieval Mystery 1)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Badly written, 30 April 2013
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Want to know the secrets of a character in one of Royal's books? Just listen: many of them go around talking to themselves, spilling all their thoughts to the world. In real life very few people do this and its a sign of Royal's poor writing that her characters do it all too often. If they are not talking to themselves then they are usually thinking - chapter after chapter of it until you wonder if the plot will ever progress. And the plots themselves are pretty average.

The books do have some historical interest and I like stories with an unusual background, but I'd say this series is below average in quality. Modern technology makes it easier for writers to publish their work than it used to be but the downside is that, if you buy a book for 99 pence or thereabouts, that is sometimes all it is worth.


Earthsearch II - Deathship
Earthsearch II - Deathship
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cowboys and Indians in Space, 13 Mar 2013
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In my view, the best SF includes thought provoking scientific ideas. The Earthsong series does very litle of this. The books are not bad, and I read them cheerfully enough, but essentially they use SF props - spaceships, androids and so on - for yet another "goodies versus baddies" saga. This series was, therefore, pretty average.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A real blessing, 18 Jan 2011
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These socks were a gift for a friend who works out of doors and spent the recent cold spell complaining about having cold feet. She loves them, having told me several times how warm they keep her feet.


The Shoes of the Fisherman [Region 2] [import]
The Shoes of the Fisherman [Region 2] [import]
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oddly compelling, 24 July 2009
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I've seen this on cable several times and also enjoyed the book, but I find myself still drawn to it long after I would have moved on from most movies. The question is why, especially as religion doesn't usually interest me very much. But there's a real humanity to this film and especially in Anthony Quinn's towering performance as a Pope who has seen some of the worst humankind can stoop to and yet still retains both compassion and strength.


Penmarric: The Complete Series [DVD]
Penmarric: The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patsy Kensit
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Price: £19.78

72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow but sure, 24 July 2009
If you like to watch something that takes the time to be portrayed properly, watch this. Twelve episodes allow the space for the character development required by this multi-generational, many-character story, which follows the original novel pretty closely. The whole production is a visual pleasure, with gorgeous scenery, sets and costumes, although there are times when the acting is hesitant. Overall, though, it's the sort of production the BBC used to do so well before it started targeting viewers with an attention span of 30 seconds.
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Robin and Marian [DVD] [1976] [2002]
Robin and Marian [DVD] [1976] [2002]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
Price: £4.86

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem, 27 May 2009
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This film focus on several relationships: Robin and Marian, Robin and Little John, Robin and the Sheriff of Nottingham - but also a relationship barely there and often overlooked, that of Marian and John, who adores her. Each relationship is different, yet oddly tender: at one point the ageing Robin even helps the equally ageing Sheriff stand up, enemies though they are. And each is acted by a master of the art: Connery, Robert Shaw, Nicol Williamson and the incomparable, incandescent Audrey Hepburn.

Don't bother with this film if you want to see battles, but if you want to see the legend ending in a deeply sad, yet oddly satisfying and human, way then this is well worth watching.


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