Avis Sheridan

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Captains Outrageous by Joe R Lansdale
Captains Outrageous by Joe R Lansdale
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Violent but good-hearted, 31 July 2005
This book is proof that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Hap (what DOES this nickname stand for?) and his friend Leonard get into worse and worse trouble while helping others. They're not even trying to do good - they're just nice people. And, luckily, good fighters.
The banter between our heroes and their friends and enemies is always witty, though expressed in the ripe language that suits their characters. It's like reading a play: you know it would be better if you could see it acted. This book just cries out to be made into a film or TV series.
The fights are described in detail not for the squeamish, but you're always rooting for our heroes.
One tiny… Read more
Chatterton by Peter Ackroyd
Chatterton by Peter Ackroyd
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead poet mystery, 28 July 2005
This story takes place at several points in time simultaneously. It is based on a famous portrait of the 18th century poet Chatterton, supposedly painted just after he'd committed suicide, aged 17, because of lack of recognition and poverty in London. He'd been successful (though unrecognised) in Bristol by writing in the guise of a 14th century monk.
We are with Chatterton in his boyhood in Bristol and later when he dies in London, though it transpires that he died after all by giving himself, when drunk, the wrong dose of arsenic to cure his VD.
Interfolded with all this is the story of the painter of the famous picture, who had an affair with the wife of the model he used (a… Read more
The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception by Michael Baigent
The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception by Michael Baigent
52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
An entertaining but sensationalised book which contains some fascinating reinterpretations of history. The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered from 1947 onwards in caves in cliffs at Qumran, which used to be called Damascus (not the one in Syria). Since then (the book claims) the scrolls have been jealously guarded by a group of Catholics who got possession and control of them, and only fragments have been published with a distorted Catholic interpretation.
The scrolls are the records of Jewish zealots living around the time of Christ. Zealots believed passionately in three things:
1 - The Law of Moses.
2 - A line of high priest messiahs (the word means "anointed ones" -… Read more

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