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The Power of Five: Oblivion by Anthony Horowitz
The Power of Five: Oblivion by Anthony Horowitz
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
It's a long time coming, Oblivion, and by heck is it worth the wait. Horowitz proves once again that he is a master of his craft, providing a chilling tale of the end of the world. His prose is, thankfully, far less "and now we'll pause for some irrelevant information that the character isn't going to know but I'm putting it in to show that I do my research", a personal bugbear of mine that carries over from his previous series, Alex Rider, and far more tense for it. There will be reviewers that comment on some things they don't get (I'm pretty sure we'll never get all the answers to this one, like just how the hell they managed to jump 10 years ahead) but in the end, they don't matter… Read more
The Hunger Games (2 Disc) [Blu-ray] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Jennifer Lawrence
The Hunger Games (2 Disc) [Blu-ray] Blu-ray ~ Jennifer Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hunger Games, 8 Sep 2012
This is one of the best adaptations of a novel I have seen in years. It's as simple as that. I have reservations about the rating - the violence is very much in The Dark Knight territory, implicit, yes, but brutal all the same, but as a whole, this is a fantastic film. Beautifully acted by a cast that, if you watch the brilliant bonus features, clearly cares for the project (just listen to Donald Sutherland read his letter, it's beautiful stuff). Directed fantastically by a director that knows what he's talking about in every frame he's in, and written by the author herself! This is not a family film. This is not the kind of 12A flick that you can put on and not feel something about. This… Read more
Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Now here's a task that one could describe as impossible. Write a follow-up series to the ridiculously popular Percy Jackson series.

But Rick Riordan has taken up that challenge, and he has succeeded.

Yes, he has changed styles, and he has, by quite a considerable margin, written the longest Percy Jackson story, but the length is justified as Riordan begins his epic odyssey, and the characters are each different and likeable (come on, who didn't howl with laughter at Piper's putting down of the former cabin councillor?). It's also interesting to go into more detail about the other cabins, and certain developments that won't be mentioned here do make sense in… Read more

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