S. Urbaniak

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (20 of 26)
Location: Manchester, England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,632,381 - Total Helpful Votes: 20 of 26
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable But Fun, 28 Aug 2009
Fat Charlie Nancy's father dies, and when he flies to the USA for the funeral and to sort through the effects, he learns some strange things about his family. Firstly, his father was actually the African Spider god Anansi, and secondly, that he has a long-lost brother who seemingly inherited all of their dad's power. Fat Charlie doesn't really believe, but on his return to London, he encounters a spider and tells his brother to drop in and see him. His brother, Spider, promptly appears and ruins Fat Charlie's life. He is everything Fat Charlie isn't, and Fat Charlie has no way of fighting him. Until Fat Charlie calls on some ancient terrible powers...

This book is whimsical… Read more
Across the Universe [DVD] [2007] [2008] <b>DVD</b> ~ Evan Rachel Wood
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All You Need Is Love, 28 Aug 2009
Across The Universe is a love story set in the late 1960's which follows Jude and Lucy as they experience some of the key events of this time, set to the music of the Beatles. This is a double-edged sword as it can alienate the kind of fan who believes that the original version is the definitive version. Someone actually said 'why mess with perfection' when slating this film to me. Another flaw/strength is how visually rich and experimental it is, this makes it stunningly beautiful to watch, but can be too 'trippy' for some viewers. This film is highly reccommended to everyone but I would advise watching it twice, especially those who didn't enjoy it first time around, as it may just… Read more
Five Little Pigs (Poirot) by Agatha Christie
Five Little Pigs (Poirot) by Agatha Christie
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Five Little Pigs, 27 Aug 2009
Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her philandering artist husband Amyas, she raised no defence against the claim and died in prison. She is evidently guilty. Sixteen years later her daughter recieves a letter from her mother assuring her of her innocence, and she entrusts Poirot with the task of finding out what really happened all those years ago...

This is an excellent novel, and has a very different kind of plot to other Christie books. It keeps you guessing up until the last minute and though you know Caroline Crale can't be guilty, you can't see how she could possibly be innocent. It can get a bit repetetive, particularly when reading the five suspects' written… Read more

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