Paul Lessingham

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Doctor Who: The Last Voyage by Dan Abnett
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story well read, 24 Sep 2010
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At the beginning of this story, it looked as if it might turn out to be a fairly predictable reworking of the "Titanic" Christmas special (you know - the one with Kylie Minogue) Parts of the setup are the same - the action takes place on a long-distance space cruise ship and features one of the ship's hostesses as a major character. I'm pleased to say that it soon moves into more original territory anmd becomes a strong and satisfying story.

David Tennant's reading is excellent. He narrates in his native Scottish accent and performs the Doctor's lines in character, so there's a clear distinction between narrator and character. He also comes up with a good range of distinctive… Read more
Homicide: Life on the Street - Season 1 - Complete&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Richard Belzer
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I came to Homicide: Life on the Street after watching all of The Wire and reading David Simon's books Homicide and The Corner. It isn't essential to have read the book on which Homicide is based before watching the series, but it is helpful as a lot of the storylines in Season One are lifted directly from the book.

Homicide is clearly a forerunner of The Wire, though given the limitations of its network position it isn't really fair to compare the two directly. The series is a departure from the conventions of the network police drama, mainly in showing the darker sides of police work: the familiarity with death, the banality of murder and its investigation, the institutionalised… Read more
Full Circle: The Castings trilogy: Book Three by Pamela Freeman
Having read the previous reviews of Full Circle, I can understand their reservations about the final part of the Castings trilogy. At the same time, I still think it stands well above most other recent fantasy, so for me a five-star rating is justified.

The problems with Full Circle don't really arise until the final 100 pages. Until then, the novel is well up to the standard of its predecessors. Saker's genocidal campaign continues, while those with the power to stop him still have their doubts about whether they should. Characterisation is as strong as ever, with more narrative space given to a wider cast of characters including Leof and Martine. The first two thirds of the… Read more