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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
Price: 2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!!!, 4 May 2013
This is not the usual genre of book I would normally read, but offered at a special rate for Kindle by Amazon, I thought I would give it a go.

I loved it! Whilst quirky and absurd, it is extremely entertaining and I loved the way Allan Karlsson becomes involved in major political events throughout the twentieth century - whilst being thoroughly uninterested in any form of politics.

The characters he meets are at times often likeable but also bizarre and strange, as are the depictions of major political figures e.g Stalin, Kim Jong-Il, Truman, Franco and Mao Tse-Tung.

The book concurrently explores the life history of Allan Karlsson, as well as his running away from a care home at the age of 100 and neatly brings the two together.

It is very well written with witty and funny dialogue and keeps the reader involved from beginning to end.

I would highly recommend this book wanting a witty, funny and entertaining read.


Toward Yesterday
Toward Yesterday
Price: 1.94

4.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Sci-fi Thriller, 4 May 2013
This review is from: Toward Yesterday (Kindle Edition)
This science fiction thriller has a great premise which is immediately engaging - that of the whole of humanity being transported 25 years back in time.

What is even more fascinating is the concept of only the consciousness travelling back in time to inhabit the body of a younger self - e.g. eminent physicists become children and even the dead are revived.

At first seeming to be a post-apocalyptic thriller, the book develops well to highlight the emotional conflicts and struggles of the main characters, whilst exploring scientific efforts to reverse the time-slip. Religious and scientific tensions also add to the drama.

The characters are well rounded and the plot progresses at a decent pace to engage the reader in a thoroughly entertaining and original novel.

There were one or two typing errors in the text, whether this is the fault of Amazon or the author, I'm not sure, but it didn't detract from the engaging, entertaining and thought-provoking story that the book delivers.


Sight Unseen
Sight Unseen
by Robert Goddard
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.03

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent mystery thriller!, 20 Mar 2013
This review is from: Sight Unseen (Paperback)
Having read only one other Robert Goddard book before this one (Borrowed Time), which I thoroughly enjoyed, I decided to try another by the same author.

This is a mystery thriller that has you involved from the start and continues to keep you guessing, and as such, keeps the reader interested, right to the very end. The plot is excellently thought out, moves at a consistent pace and develops nicely. It is very well written, avoiding cliched dialogue and settings that are common in so much of the mystery/thriller genre and has believable, well developed characters.

An excellent buy that will not dissapoint.


The Bones Of Odin (Matt Drake Book 1)
The Bones Of Odin (Matt Drake Book 1)
Price: 0.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written, flawed storyline, cliched dialogue - awful book!, 20 Mar 2013
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It is almost as if this book was purposely written so it could be made into a bad b-movie! It is also easy to see why this book has only been published in Kindle format - given the poor quality of the writing and plot inconsistencies. It really shows why editors and publishers are needed to prevent such rubbish from reaching our shelves.

The dialogue is cliched and clumsy and the writing is overall very poor. The storyline is far fetched and preposterous, which in itself is not a problem, given that it is "fiction". The problem lies with the way the story unfolds and the how the book is written.

The storyline has a huge amount of holes and inconsistencies.

For example; the main characters just happen to be able to find, in what seems like five minutes, the previously unfindable World Tree of Norse mythology; Serbian mafia involvement seems to be thrown into the storyline at random, with no logical or credible reason as to why; the Canadians are in the middle of a gun battle in Hawaii, the story continues elsewhere, and then the Canadians reappear without any indication of how they left the battle. The biggest inconsistency of all, however, is the fact that for about 2 thirds of the book, time is devoted to finding the nine pieces of Odin, which are supposed to lead the way to the Tomb of Odin - only for none of these pieces to be even be necessary to the task being undertaken! I could go on...

I know this book is only 99p - but seriously spend your money elsewhere - this book isn't worth it.


Don't Look Now [DVD] [1973]
Don't Look Now [DVD] [1973]
Dvd ~ Julie Christie
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: 14.58

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Watch this film - but be open minded, 18 Dec 2006
This review is from: Don't Look Now [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
Having watched this film and read several of the previous reviews, it is obvious that opinion on this film greatly divides those who have seen it.

If you are wanting a horror film in the typical Hollywood "blood/guts/gore" tradition then this film is definitely not for you.

The film explores the relationship between a couple after the death of their daughter but also has an element of the supernatural when a psychic reveals that she has seen the ghost of the couple's daughter and also gives a stark warning that the husband is is danger.

The film has a sense of overwhelming foreboding, shot in sombre tones in a rather dreary looking out-of-season Venice, and uses the colour red to create a sense of danger and dread that can be sensed through the whole film. The direction uses a plethora of recurring themes that at first may seem strange and confusing but all becomes apparent during the horrific climax.

This is not a white knuckle, edge of the seat blockbuster, but rather a more sedate film that builds the tension and brooding foreboding to a climactic end. The sex/dressing scene is intensely personal and intimate but works because of its simplicity and honesty, and is superbly acted by both Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland.

This is not the normal run-of-the-mill Hollywood film but watch it with an open mind and you may just find that you like it.


Lucia Popp - Slavonic Opera Arias
Lucia Popp - Slavonic Opera Arias
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 15.95

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From East to West, 11 Jan 2003
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This CD contains Slavonic opera arias by Dvorak, Janacek, Smetana, Prokfiev and Tchaikovsky.
Popp, noted for her interpretations of Mozart and Strauss, again shows the great diversity of her repertoire with this CD, singing all the arias in their native Languages of Czech and Russian. Being of Slovak birth herself, it is perhaps not surprising that the majority of this CD is given over to the composers of her homeland, with only three arias from Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky.
Always expressive in whatever role she is portraying, Lucia Popp is, however, exceptional on this CD, making the sometimes harsh and gutteral Czech language sound pleasant on the ear and offering emotional intensity to such songs as "Mesicku Na Nebi Hlubokem" (Song to the Moon) from Rusalka and "O, jaky zal" from The Bartered Bride that other opera singers often lack.
Recorded in 1988, at the age of 49, Popp shows that she still possessed a great range and control of voice that had changed little from her early career, with silvery tones, seductive sensuality, clear lyrical expressionism, intensity and emotion. A full range of her vocal abilities is demonstrated on this CD, which must be recommended to all lovers of Slavonic opera and the soprano voice.


Rossini Heroines
Rossini Heroines
Price: 13.09

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Streets Ahead of the Rest, 11 Jan 2003
This review is from: Rossini Heroines (Audio CD)
Made 11 years ago, this disc captures Cecilia at her best. She eases her way through 8 arias that many a more experienced opera singer would have difficulty in performing.
It was with Rossini's La Cenerentola in 1993 that Cecilia had her first great success and her skill in tackling the Rossini repertoire is expertly exemplified here. Every note is perfectly placed and timed and the speed of her colaratura runs is astounding - just listen to the last few minutes of Bel Raggio Lusinghier from Semiramide as an example.
Often accused as having a somewhat frenetic style, Cecilia shows here that she is capable of singing with tenderness and emotion as well as with gusto and passion, producing a well-rounded CD from various Rossini operas, most of which are, unfortunately, little heard of nowadays.
For any fan of Rossini and of great singing, this CD is an absolute must. The arias here are prime evidence as to why Cecilia Bartoli has become the leading, most popular mezzo of the last ten years, and sets the target for which all others must aim!


Lucia Popp - Opera Arias
Lucia Popp - Opera Arias

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Popp on Song, 4 Oct 2002
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This CD contains a variety of operatic arias, all of which show off Popp's voice at it's best.
Noted as a Mozartian soprano, this is reflected in the inclusion of arias from Die Zauberflote and Le Nozze di Figaro, both of which are sung exceptionally well with the great tone and vocal precision expected of Popp.
More interestingly are the other arias on this album, representing Popp's diverse repetoire. From the standard "O Mio Babbino Caro", a mainstay of many a soprano, to the likes of Massenet, Verdi, Charpentier, Weber, Goetz and composers from her homeland, Smetana and Dvorak, Popp delivers exquisite performances throughout.
Highlights, however, must be her hauntingly beautiful rendition of Dvorak's "O Silver Moon", sung in the original Czech, which I am yet to hear bettered by any other soprano, and Agathe's aria from Weber's Die Freischutz, "Wie Nahte Mir Die Schlummer", which shows the great control and range of voice that Popp possesses, whilst still managing to maintain a highly emotional intensity.
This CD is exceptional value for money and with such a variety of composers represented, there should be something to please all those who appreciate the soprano voice.


Puccini: Suor Angelica
Puccini: Suor Angelica

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Popp and Puccini - 2 Greats Together, 4 Oct 2002
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This review is from: Puccini: Suor Angelica (Audio CD)
Having never been a great fan of Puccini, I was amazed at the intensity and emotion that the music on this CD was able to convey.
The opera begins quietly with Suor Angelica and the the other nuns in the convent, building steadily through the confrontation with her aunt, sung superbly by Marjana Lipovsek, to the dramatic, highly charged emotional climax of Suor Angelica's supplications to the Virgin Mother.
My primary reason for buying this CD was Lucia Popp, and as Suor Angelica, she does not disappoint. Her vocals provide the lead character with the necessary sense of emotional vulnerability and desperation, which is so often found lacking in other recordings. Her desperate supplications to Mary in the final scene cannot fail to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck and I defy anyone to listen to this CD without being moved.
An excellent score with excellent singing, a must for all fans of Puccini, Popp and Lipovsek!


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