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A Man's Head: Inspector Maigret #9 by Georges Simenon
This was the first Maigret novel I read and I enjoyed it a lot. Maigret is one of the great creations of crime fiction. He is the ultimate career policeman, obsessive, routinely rude to colleagues and strangers but with an ability to read people that always leads him to catching the perpetrator.

In "A Man's Head" he puts his career at risk where he suspects the wrong man has been convicted of a murder. Simenon brilliantly describes Maigret's encounters with the other characters, including a fascinating villain nearly as brilliant as Maigret himself!

Some parts of the plot move the story on a perhaps too conveniently but this doesn't really take away from a short but… Read more
The Yellow Dog: Inspector Maigret #5 by Georges Simenon
In "The Yellow Dog" Maigret is called to a Breton coastal town when a local man is shot on the way home from meeting his cronies at the local hotel. While describing how Maigret slowly pieces together the strands of the seemingly motiveless shooting Simenon also takes a very critical look at the behaviour of the middle classes in a small French town.

As usual with a Maigret story Simenon's writing style and an excellent translation makes for a very enjoyable page turning thriller.

Highly recommended but as the book is only around 150 pages long I'd suggest there may be better value in buying it as part of an omnibus edition of Maigret novels rather than on its own.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVD + UV Copy( &hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Hugo Weaving
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
"The Hobbit -An Unexpected Journey" is an enjoyable movie that lives up to the high standards of director Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Some scenes are too long such as the feast near the beginning in which we meet the dwarves and later in the movie when they escape from the Goblins. However this doesn't take away too much from the high quality of the movie.

The story of a comfort loving hobbit joining the dwarf's quest to recover their long lost gold from a dragon is just that - a great story - and Jackson tells it well, with help from a rousing score, New Zealand scenery and CGI effects.

The acting is good though none of the characters has a… Read more