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Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (104 of 112)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 9,410 - Total Helpful Votes: 104 of 112
The Complete Father Brown Stories by G.K. Chesterton
Having watched and enjoyed the Father brown stories on TV with Mark Williams, I expected to enjoy the short stories. I was bitterly disappointed. In many Father Brown is a peripheral character in many, appearing in time to solve the mystery. Many are not set in the fictional village of Kembleford and you don't encounter the characters seen in the TV series.

The writing is turgid and the plots often confusing. Chestertonís delight in purple prose often gets in the way of the story. Itís not often I give up on a book, but I did on this one. Husband staggered through half of the stories before giving up. I managed considerably fewer.
A Brief History of the Knights Templar (Brief Hist&hellip by Helen Nicholson
3.0 out of 5 stars Turgid and long winded, 20 July 2014
The book started off well and I had high hopes. However the further I got into the book, the more turgid I found it. I also found it became increasingly long winded and beginning to get bogged down in minute detail. By the end it was in danger of losing its way and confusing me at the same time.
This is a marvellous book for those who want to know the differnce between perpendicular or decorated, or what the diffrent styles of roof or carvings are called.

It is a very old fashioned reference book which is full of solid fact with simple line drawings illustrating the diffrent styles of architecture, carvings, windows, fonts... It covers everything you could possibly want to know.

They don't write books like this any longer, more's the pity.

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