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Tilly's Tale
Tilly's Tale
by Harry Porter
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful story for all ages, 17 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Tilly's Tale (Paperback)
I know from experience what inspires youngsters and the sort of stories that appeal to them. This book has all the right ingredients, including delightful pictures.
Children will enjoy reading this book themselves. And younger children having it read to them. It is inspiring and speaks of the emotions of those who rely on others for their essential needs, protection and comfort. Children can relate to this -- for themselves and their own pets. Teachers would enjoy reading this book to their young pupils. I have no doubt that the children would be inspired to write both about Tilly and their own pet, and to paint pictures too. They could also be involved in drama using the book's theme. I almost wish I was still teaching!
A delightful story for any age.
Well done Harry Porter and Mandy Hedrick

by Robert Blevins Geoff Nelder
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dimensions, a Science Fiction Anthology by Robert-Blevins and Geoff Nelder, 4 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Dimensions (Paperback)
Dimensions, Science Fiction Anthology
Robert Blevins and Geoff Nelder

This is a book of Science Fiction short stories of remarkable variety, not surprising with two authors who have different tastes and styles of writing. Blevins tends to write very short stories of brooding doom, while Nelder's longer yarns have a lighter approach. A good mix.
Each story is interesting and thought provoking, not one of them to be discarded but rather read avidly to the end. An ideal book for those who enjoy having their imagination stimulated during moments of relaxation.

Books by Geoff Nelder:
Escaping Reality
Exit, Pursued by a Bee

Ancient Secrets For Modern Lovers: How to Harness Sexual Energy to Heal, Prolong and Revitalise Your Life
Ancient Secrets For Modern Lovers: How to Harness Sexual Energy to Heal, Prolong and Revitalise Your Life
by Felice Dunas
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A life-changing adventure?, 28 Feb. 2008
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The philosophy within the pages will not appeal to all readers, but I suggest techniques are generally sound and advice for those with certain problems very helpful. There are sections of particular value. This is true for lovers of all ages, including those of riper years.

THE SWAN: Tales of the Sacramento Valley
THE SWAN: Tales of the Sacramento Valley
by Andrew OHara
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Swan, Tales of the Sacramento Valley by Andrew F O'Hara, 10 Oct. 2007
This unique book of tales is written by a man who knows the Sacramento Valley, and its people, in depth. Others have written of the way the book is put together: the excellent writing, the descriptive material that brings to life -- through sight and sound, touch and scent -- the Sacramento setting, and the characters that O'Hara makes real to us.

Here I will concentrate on one of the stories: Dinner at Matthew's.
If readers want a nice tidy 'good defeats evil' and 'happy ever after ending' don't read this story, or most of O'Hara's tales for that matter, because the author writes how life really is, with raw emotions laid bare. However hard a man may strive to do his duty, however moral and fair he may be, good does not always triumph in life. Where hypocrisy is a bedfellow of religion, there are no moral victories to be won, except for a good man knowing he has done his best -- he has strived to do what he knows to be right even if he loses the battle and suffers in defeat.
"He who is without sin, cast the first stone," might easily have been quoted for this story. O'Hara has chosen: "It is not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick." He who came to 'heal' mankind, dined with the outcasts at Matthew's house.

What tension there is in the build up to the climax, as self-righteous, and easily-led people of the town, after many misconceptions and fermented fears, form a mob which prepares to administer their own form of justice on a former priest who had been convicted, and imprisoned, for a sexual assault on a boy. Apparently, this had been his one and only assault for which he had gladly served his time, but that is not the issue here. The story highlights irrational fear, injustice and hypocrisy in so many ways. The officer fights to uphold the law, aided by Alice who cares not what folk think of her. The people of the town revel in retribution as though it is a sport. Bible punching religion has much to answer for as a minister 'uses' the priest for his own aggrandizement, and whips up the crowd. I will not reveal the ending, but it made me angry and brought me close to tears.
Such is the power of Andrew O'Hara's writing.

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