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Mel Powell

I should get out more
Helpful votes received on reviews: 72% (26 of 36)
In My Own Words:
Since owning a kindle, Amazon has become my browsing library and main bookstore, along with the odd DVD and ad-hoc items. I love reading other reviewers contributions and adding my own thoughts on books/films I like or feel strongly about. An easy convert to e-books as I my bookcases were becoming rather crowded. Reading for myself hasn't always been a passion so there are gaps in my repertoire bu… Read more

Interests
Reading Pretty much any genre as long as it engages me but NOT chick-lit! Films, old & new - but NOT chick flicks & finding new food combinations that benefit from the addition of cheese &/or chilli & garlic, which happily, includes quite a lot.
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 31,048 - Total Helpful Votes: 26 of 36
Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure Live [DVD] [2013] <b>DVD</b> ~ Eddie Izzard
If you like Eddie Izzard, you should enjoy this DVD. I did but found it lacking the breadth and edginess of earlier routines. Still a clever, funny man but a bit on the tame side; nothing too thought provoking; steered clear of anything too contentious. Getting ready for politics maybe?
The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain
The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain
Really good writing although that's a given. It's a short story set in medieval Europe. Three friends meet an Angel who shares the same family name as his outcast brother, Satin. A short engaging read, It's really a vehicle for venting his obvious frustration at the way humans conduct themselves; some pretty radicle ideas about religion, faith and the nature of life and in the end solipsism is offered as a possibility. This fella died in 1910! Way ahead of his time. Worth reading for that alone.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontė
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontė
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I have read and re-read Wuthering Heights more than any other book I own. I always find the first three chapters dull but they do form an essential contrast to the lives and loves of the Earnshaws and the Lintons. The stories are told by our narrators, Lockwood and Nelly Dean and populated with memorable, if not always particularly pleasant or likeable characters.
There is so much passion, cruelly, angst, love, betrayal, damnation and ultimately redemption that I find myself suffering from a period of withdrawal every time I finish reading it. Incidentally, it is due to the power and skill of the writer that even though matters of a carnal nature are never directly alluded to at all,… Read more