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Good Girl Messages: How Young Women Were Mislead b&hellip by Deborah J. O'Keefe
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Though this book looks at golden-age girls' fiction from a feminist viewpoint, don't imagine it's a reactionary work which dismisses the works in question. Rather the writer regards 'Pollyanna', 'The Secret Garden' et al with great fondness, but takes a sharp-eyed look at the messages these books have been peddling to generations of young girls and how they may have affected us.

Her approach is balanced, thoughtful and often funny.
The Girl Savage by Katherine Rundell
The Girl Savage by Katherine Rundell
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is a lovely tale which is told in pleasingly evocative (if occassionally overwrought) language. Will's life in Zimbabwe is captured skillfully with plenty of interesting detail and the sontrast of it to her new life at boarding school in London is sharply felt.

Will's character, as well as her predicament, is easy to sympathise with. She is as wild as the Wildcat nickname she earns, but what makes her likable is her urge to honour the things and people she deems worthy. She is not a tearaway, she simply has codes of proper conduct and respect learned from her native Zaimbabwen friends and the natural world around her.

The characters are mostly rather flat, and… Read more
Monstrous Regiment (Discworld Novels) by Sir Terry Pratchett
Monstrous Regiment (Discworld Novels) by Sir Terry Pratchett
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Terry's really back on form with Monstrous Regiment. The Amazing Maurice and The Wee Free Men seem to have given him the fresh perspective he needed - now he's writing good new Discoworld books to go in the 'grown-up' section too.
The plot is really strong here, and since I was reading it in installments, in Books Etc, I can assure you the suspense is great - I fretted myself to hell wandering what would happen next.
The lost star is for two reasons. Firstly, some of the characters were a little underdeveloped for the body of the book. I couldn't really remember the difference between Shufti, Lofty, Tonker and Wazzer before the later stages of the book. Its a shame, because when… Read more

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