M.A. McDonald

Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (48 of 53)
Location: Scotland


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,272,611 - Total Helpful Votes: 48 of 53
Exchange by Paul Magrs
Exchange by Paul Magrs
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat amazing..., 23 Nov 2006
One of the few books that I've read recently that kept me interested all the way through, really very gripping.

That being said, it wouldn't be a good idea to give this to a teenager you're trying to convince to read; unless you're a reader yourself, you won't click with the characters.
Central Station [DVD] [1999] <b>DVD</b> ~ Fernanda Montenegro
Central Station [DVD] [1999] DVD ~ Fernanda Montenegro
44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
This is brilliant. That's the only way to describe it, and even that doesn't do it justice.

Dora, cynic teacher retirée, writes letters for the illiterate people of her home city, Rio di Janiro, but most of the time reads the letters with her neighbour and apparently sole friend, Irine, before ripping them up and throwing them out, or stashing them in a drawer Irine refers to as Purgatory. Due to unfortunate circumstances, a small boy by the name of Josué falls under her care, and after unknowingly selling him, she gets him back, and they go on a "Sideways"/"Transamerica" type journey to find the boys father.

Hollywood could never do this film: It's far… Read more
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin Modern Classics&hellip by George Orwell
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Set in what was a future time for the author, but with a very modern and very real threat to daily life, 1984 presents the reader with the life of Winston Smith (6049 Smith W). A seeming devotée of his totalitarian state (One of the three countries in existance), he secretly rebels against the state. Along the way he encounters Julia, a woman half his age but who, as a fellow rebel, he starts an affair with.

This book presents to the reader a very real, a really very possible future that we could soon be living, depending on weather or not governments treat it as a warning or a handbook as to how to gain control of people.

This should be read and above all… Read more