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Restaurants of Paris (Everyman Guides)
Restaurants of Paris (Everyman Guides)
by Everyman
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide to eating in Paris, 22 Aug. 2014
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An excellent guide to eating in Paris, unfortunately now quite dated (1994). Of course, a good restaurant in 1990 is likely to be a good restaurant now - if it still exists! Taken as a more general guide to eating out in Paris, the guide is well worth the miniscule investment it involved (1p plus postage!). Excellent service from Awesome Books; the book arrived in time and in very good condition, pretty well unmarked. I would buy other books in this series, and I would buy from Awesome again.


A Memory Of Light: Book 14 of the Wheel of Time
A Memory Of Light: Book 14 of the Wheel of Time
by Robert Jordan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag, 7 Aug. 2014
I was disappointed in this finale to the series. For the most part it was well paced, and difficult to put down. I was thoroughly enjoying it, and finding it difficult to put down. So why the disappointment? After 14 long volumes, all of them substantial books, it felt that the series had been finished just too quickly, in something of a rush. Yes, I know that Robert Jordan had planned the last three books to be just one volume; I don't think that was ever going to happen. But even splitting them into three parts seems to be a rush job.
The outcome for Rand is just sloppy. Walking away in a new body, leaving everyone behind him? The Rand al'Thor who had regained his humanity in the last two books? Not very probable. He could have died in humanity's cause, or lived on to rebuild the world, but not this! What becomes of Elayne and her two realms? What of Mat? Is he to rule Seanchan with Tuon? Perrin and Faile? Surely not retirement to a provincial forge! Will the Aes Sedai, the Kin and the Wavefinders find common ground? And Cadsuane as the Amyrlin Seat!!! Moiraine or Elayne would have been fine, but a woman who has spent several hundred years avoiding responsibility taking the post at such a crucial time?
All these questions and many others demanded another two to three hundred pages, or even another volume. I suppose there was pressure to finish the series, but it does feel like a missed opportunity. On the positive side the writing was good, with a scarcely noticeable transition from Jordan to Sanderson.
All in all a concluding volume which delights and disappoints in equal measure.


The Definitive Guide to the Da Vinci Code: Paris Walks
The Definitive Guide to the Da Vinci Code: Paris Walks
by Peter Caine
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Blinkered, 23 July 2014
A rubbish concept, but a moderately interesting guide. Far too blinkered to serve as your sole guide (unless you're a Dan Brown fanatic on a Da Vinci exploration). There are interesting places and sights in here, but don't place too much trust in the book.


Access Paris
Access Paris
by Richard Saul Wurman
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Offbeat and decidedly eccentric guide to Paris., 23 July 2014
This review is from: Access Paris (Paperback)
An offbeat and decidedly eccentric guide to Paris. The Musée Jacquemart-André falls between a Chinese art gallery and a decent enough brasserie in the Boulevard Haussmann. This higgledy-piggledy approach is quite endearing, and leads to a random 'see what comes up' approach. It can be frustrating if you're looking for something in particular - but, hey, that's what indexes and conventional guides are for.


Paris Inside Out (Paris Inside Out: The Insider's Handbook to Life in Paris)
Paris Inside Out (Paris Inside Out: The Insider's Handbook to Life in Paris)
by David Applefield
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Living in Paris, 23 July 2014
A guide to Paris designed for those living in the City of Light, but of interest to anyone who loves the French capitol.Not recommended as a guide for a first (or even second or third) visit to Paris, but a good source of information if you want to know more about Paris and Parisians.


The Food Lover's Guide to Paris
The Food Lover's Guide to Paris
by Patricia Wells
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great, 23 July 2014
This is a good guide to food in Paris, but not, I thnk, the best. In fact I have an earlier edition, from 1984/5 (second edition) in which I find the writing superior. On the other hand, of course, the new fifth edition is pretty much up to date. Accurate as far as I can see, with a decent style of writing. Definitely more a guide book than a book about Paris and its eating places.


Paris: 500 Photos
Paris: 500 Photos
by Maurice Subervie
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Picturesque Paris, 23 July 2014
This review is from: Paris: 500 Photos (Paperback)
The book does just what it says on the lid - 500 photos of Paris. Most enjoyable, a good selection with plenty of variety. The only drawback is the small size of the book; with a great number of pictures reproduced two to a page, many excellent pictures lack impact. Compare and contrast to the Taschen book, Paris - Portrait of a City with its immense pages and many full page pictures.
Recommended nonetheless to lovers of good pictures and of Paris.


Hilary Hahn - Original Album Classics
Hilary Hahn - Original Album Classics

5.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of concertos, 17 Jun. 2014
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A fine collection of the most popular violin concertos, plus a couple of unexpected ones, played by one of today's finest violinists with an assortment of the world's great conductors and orchestras. What's not to like?


Smetana - Complete Orchestral Works
Smetana - Complete Orchestral Works
Price: £11.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Scintillating music, 14 Jun. 2014
My five stars are mostly for the symphony, which I had not heard before. Kuchar's Ma Vlast is as good as most, and considerably better than many, as are the more familiar overtures and the 'Bartered Bride' pieces. The remaining overtures and dances are all worth hearing, and are all well played by the Janacek Philharmonic and Kuchar. But the piece which thrills me every time I hear it is the Festive Symphony. It's not great music, but it has got a terrific opening, and it swings like few other classical pieces I've heard. It's one of those pieces that just make you feel better after listening. Each time I listen to it, I end up playing it seven or eight times in a row! Classical quality - 2 stars. Feel Good factor - at least ten stars!


Dorati: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2
Dorati: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2
Price: £14.51

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging Modern Music, 14 Jun. 2014
Antal Dorati was a very famous Hungarian conductor, best known for his wok with various orchestra including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra through the 1960's and 70's. He was the first conductor to record all of Haydn's hundred plus symphonies, and his version is still highly regarded. His own two symphonies are unashamedly modern, but tonal in style. Both symphonies are quite difficult on the ear at first; they share much in common with the style of Bartok, but they are certainly well worth persevering with. Don't make your mind up after one hearing; try them several times. If you like Bartok and Stravinsky, you'll like Dorati's symphonies; if your preference is Dvorak and Rachmaninov, you may struggle. I enjoy them more with each hearing.


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