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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [Blu-ray + UV Co&hellip <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Hugo Weaving
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
After waiting for years to see this, I was not disappointed. It really is worth seeing more than once - or twice - and more - because of the loving detail that Jackson has put into his film. I enjoyed all the extra stuff from the Appendices and the insights into the dwarven kingdom. I even liked Azog and could perfectly understand why PJ elaborated on this character and made him into a nemesis: he helps to give a purpose to the early chapters of the book which are otherwise very linear and episodic. Loved the singing (how could some critics pan the Misty Mountains song?); loved much of the CGI (Gollum, of course, and the beautiful eagles scene at the end); loved the NZ scenery; loved… Read more
Weathering the Storm by Kate  Forrester
Weathering the Storm by Kate Forrester
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The first part of this novel, with its delightful hero and heroine, went down a path I expected it to go.....And then it took an unexpected turn and I was left not knowing how things would turn out. It was very difficult at this point to put the book down. Told with compassion, insight and realism, this lovely romance should please all readers who want to fall in love with the protagonists and who hate getting to the end of a great story, well-told.
A Heart for Milton: A Tale from North and South by Trudy Brasure
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I clearly remember, after watching the marvellous BBC production of Pride and Prejudice, taking down from a bookshop shelf and reading the first chapter of a novel which continued the story. It was by a famous novelist who was cashing in on Darcymania - and it was absolutely dreadful. She had tried - and failed - to imitate Jane Austen's style and her characters bore no resemblance to their originals. Completely cringeworthy. In fact, it made me wonder if she had even read Austen's book.

In Trudy Brasure, we have a new writer who knows her stuff. She is obviously entirely familiar with Gaskell's North and South and is able to give us a continuation where we immediately… Read more