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Fool's Assassin (Fitz and the Fool, Book 1)
Fool's Assassin (Fitz and the Fool, Book 1)
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Mature thoughtful writing, 17 Jun. 2016
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Readers thinking of buying this book will already be fans but may be wondering, as sometimes happens, whether the author has become a bit complacent and is just phoning the next book in, confident of a committed readership. Do not worry, this is a mature, thoughtful piece of writing dealing with real world worries and concerns but placed in a fantasy environment. I was so moved on several occasions that I took to keeping a tissue handy and we are introduced to a second wonderful character following Nighteyes with the arrival of Bee. I am so disappointed that after the next in the series I will have to wait until next year for the third part. Lucky folk who are just starting the Farseer trilogy.


The Rain Wild Chronicles: The Complete 4-Book Collection
The Rain Wild Chronicles: The Complete 4-Book Collection
Price: £22.99

5.0 out of 5 stars More brilliance, 3 Jun. 2016
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Yet another great read, the only disappointment being that I am coming closer to the end of complete series to read. I am hopeful for even more in this series as towards the end a reference is made to an event in Liveship Traders involving a character also in the Farseer Trilogy which is partially explained but may indicate future happenings with the dragons. I found these books a worthy continuation and look forward to more.


24: Season One DVD Collection [DVD]
24: Season One DVD Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kiefer Sutherland
Offered by DALTON'S DEALS
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying, 25 April 2016
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Anyone thinking of buying this set will probably be looking for a long series to really get into as we were. We have now finished watching all nine. You can pick up the earlier series for next to nothing so this first is worth a try. They start good and get better with some excellent characterisation along the way. The only thing that really appears dated are the mobile phones, it is interesting to see how they change over the years. Jack also changes, becoming more brutalised by the people he has to deal with over the years. Perhaps it is a sign of the times but the last two series were very graphic but possibly no more so than many other series around now. If you like the format and characters in this first series, all can be recommended


Meadowland: the private life of an English field
Meadowland: the private life of an English field
by John Lewis-Stempel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kites and tractors, 13 April 2016
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Having read this book I would like to make a couple of points. Firstly, it is well established that red kites are too light and their claws are not strong enough to kill a lamb. In this book the author implies that one killed a lamb without his usual naturalists gaze being employed as to whether this had happened or whether the kite was scavenging the dead lamb. Secondly, whilst safety cabs and roll bars on tractors do remove the farmer from direct interaction with the environment, it should be noted that they save lives. Before 1974 there were approximately 45 deaths a year from overturning tractors.


Ship of Magic (The Liveship Traders, Book 1)
Ship of Magic (The Liveship Traders, Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars More magic, 6 April 2016
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I would expect most readers will come to this trilogy after reading the brilliant Farseer books and will rightly expect more from this master storyteller. Whilst that is absolutely true there is a different slant here. As most reviewers have pointed out, this trilogy is more obviously written by a woman with complex relationships and characters explored in great depth within an evolving action plot. They become very real and are not just pawns where the battles or a leap in imagination is the primary goal. Again, as has been noted by other readers, if you were living in the world represented here you might well feel hard done by if you are a man and not handsome as most of the primary characters seem to be. It is a good feeling to be just starting out on the three long books of the trilogy knowing you have a guaranteed great read ahead. I have now bought The Tawny Man set, then there will be The Rain Wild Chronicles and after them hopefully all of Fitz and the Fool will be on sale. It took a while to find this author but I am very pleased I did.


Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1)
Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1)
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Fantasy, 7 Mar. 2016
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The first book of the next series was available for free on Kindle so I downloaded that and decided to start with this first trilogy. Having read quite a few Fantasy series I do not know how I missed these but I am always on the lookout for another book like Magician. This genre tends to repeat similar themes and, whilst many are enjoyable, they do tend to blend together in the imagination on hindsight. I did think "Oh no, not another map" on opening but it became obvious fairly soon that here was a master story-teller at work. I have finished the trilogy and will undoubtedly read all her books now. The characters are very memorable and really, I cannot believe anyone who reads this genre could fail to be thoroughly impressed. A memorable read.


The Elven
The Elven
by Bernhard Hennen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.04

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4.0 out of 5 stars A three dimensional Fantasy Tapestry, 9 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: The Elven (Paperback)
This is a mighty fantasy tome indeed. The book begins as a seemingly old fashioned Norse-style epic/fairy tale with a mix of unlikely mythical beasts and more usual fantasy beings in a rather two dimensional setting. However, there are a rich mix of threads available here which are woven together very skillfully and slowly a three dimensional tapestry evolves. The threads of love, friendship, faith, humour, courage and sadness amongst others bring the characters to life and I found genuine moments of emotional resonance with Mandred and his comrades on their quest. Having read quite a few modern fantasy novels they tend to blend together in memory but here the scope of the story and the real characters lift this out of the ordinary. If I was asked by someone who had not read anything from this genre before for a recommendation the Elven would stand close to Lord of the Rings and Magician, blending the vision of the former with the strong characterisation in the latter. Perhaps occasionally the translation may lose some of the gravitas of the original German but, as I am unable to compare, this is only a feeling, and mostly the flow and emotion generated inspire long reading sessions. I didn't find the meetings with Noroelle particularly convincing but the epic journeys through time and place more than compensated and I would certainly recommend this novel.


Enchantress (The Evermen Saga Book 1)
Enchantress (The Evermen Saga Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read, 28 Sept. 2015
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I have just finished reading the four books in the series which have proved to be a good read with the pace increasing right up to the finish. They are set firmly in the Fantasy genre world and I almost expected Pug/Milamber from The Magician series by Raymond Feist or Karigan from Green Rider to happen by, one battle scene being almost a duplicate of one from these other books. Of course, if you had recourse to illusion creation it would become a standard battle tactic so scenarios could well enfold in similar ways. Just because there are familiar elements it does not detract from the stories which are filled with strong characters and plots. I would hope that Mr Maxwell continues the series which I will buy to help fund his globetrotting activities.


Green Rider
Green Rider
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Four stars for the whole series. More please., 19 July 2015
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As this is a series of five books so far I decided to read them all before posting any sort of a review. Some series run out of steam with the author just phoning in the next installment and some get better as the storyline develops. This series falls into the latter category. My pace of reading them increased, the final book branching out into various genres of writing, leading to an end where I was wishing I had waited until there had been more written before I had started to read them. Some complain the series is derivative of, for example, Lord of the Rings, well, yes there is a ring and something like elves but in any genre there will be some overlap, and here I would perhaps say that readers who enjoyed the Magician series by Raymond Feist should enjoy Green Rider, but these are interesting stories with characters you care about even those who make fleeting appearances. Reading other reviews it appears that it is either love or hate the change in direction in Mirror Sight. I think it better to change and develop rather than plough the same furrow over and over again. So I will definitely be amongst those who look forward to the next book in the series.


Ryobi RPT4545M Pole Hedge Trimmer with Extension Pole, 450 W
Ryobi RPT4545M Pole Hedge Trimmer with Extension Pole, 450 W
Price: £99.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job., 11 July 2015
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This is a well made piece of kit primarily designed for high and thin or low and wide hedges. Unfortunately, mine are high and wide with access only from the front. However, I could cut a significant area before having recourse to the much lighter extending manual lopper which I have had to use for the whole hedge previously, cutting in very small sections. It is quite heavy but is the right tool for the job.


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