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The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite
The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite
by Beatrice Colin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

71 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A luminous look into the histroy of German movie making..., 21 Jan. 2009
This books displays the short but heady days of film making in the Weimar Republic and the climb of Hollywood into its golden age, all foreshadowed by the coming horrors of war. This is accomplished by following the life of Lilly Nelly Aphrodite, orphaned as a baby after both her parents are killed in a lovers quarrel. Her early years are spent in an orphanage and finds herself under the wing of stern Sister August. Here she befriends, Hanne Schmidt teen prostitute. The two woman form a sisterly bond that will last them through their lives from Germany's tawdry night clubs through failed marriages, Lilly's rise to movie stardom in silent films and her love affair with a man who could cost her everything. The Author does a wonderful job of breathing life into his characters and the time period. It was also obvious the author has done extensive research on his subject. I was fascinated to learn about the glamour days of German movie making after World War I through the rise of the Nazi's. German films of the 20's and early thirties were free from censorship and explored sexual themes including homosexuality. It was further interesting to learn how German film making eventually effected American Cinema. In the end however, this is the story of Lilly and the author is able to portray her rough and tumble life that never flounders in sentimentality. Highly recommended! For more excellent historical fiction about the movie industry I also recommend "Misfits Country" Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable brilliantly portrayed in there final movie rolls.


Canon EOS 400D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Canon EOS 400D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use and takes tgreat photos!, 24 Feb. 2008
I am not a professional potographer, But for the layperson this camera is easy to use anad takes phots of great quality. I highly raecommend it!


Playing for Pizza
Playing for Pizza
by John Grisham
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SOMETHING DIFFERENT....., 25 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Playing for Pizza (Hardcover)
I really enjoyed this book it is not the typical Grisham thriller Which really do not interest me any more. This the story of Pro quarterback Rick Dockery who has become the laughing stock of the NFL. The team his agent can find him is an Italian team that plays in a European league. This is a fish out of water story, Rick Has never been to Europe and knows nothing about Italy and all he knows about Italians is from watching American gangster movies. This of course makes from some cute and funny situations. While not a thriller the book does have some surprising twists. Good entertaining, feel good read! For aother fish out of water story I highly recommend "Across the High Lonesome!" it will have you laughing and crying!


Exit Music (A Rebus Novel)
Exit Music (A Rebus Novel)
by Ian Rankin
Edition: Hardcover

19 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The end is near...., 6 Sept. 2007
I have been a fan of the Rebus series for years, so I was quite excited to come into possession of an advance readers copy of this book a few weeks ago. I have to keep mum as to how this happened but it is kind of cool to get to read it before the general public! I won't give anything away other than to say this is a fitting end to the series, and another great read. The story starts out with the death of a Russian poet who at first appears to have been the victim of a mugging. However after a little digging there is more here than meets the eye. Rebus soon fears he may have dug a little too deep. Its sad to see the career of Inspector Rebus come to an end, but what a ride!


The Road
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
Edition: Paperback

19 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A metaphorical look into a dark future. . .,, 14 Aug. 2007
This review is from: The Road (Paperback)
This is one of those books I can't stop thinking about long after I have turned the last page. The writing is pure pleasure to read and the message is like a punch in the gut, though still not fully understood... There is more to life than what we see....READ THIS BOOK! And when you finish this you will need to read something a bit more light hearted, so do try "Across the High Lonesome" a book about the modern west that I think deserves better know!


Relentless
Relentless
by Simon Kernick
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For adrenalin junkies only!, 9 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Relentless (Mass Market Paperback)
This is the MOST EXCITING thriller book I have EVER read! No it is not going to win any literary awards but for breathless, pulse pounding suspense, it is hard to beat! Take this book, on your next holiday, and you'll have all the High octane reading you'll need.


Skin Privilege
Skin Privilege
by Karin Slaughter
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, 22 July 2007
This review is from: Skin Privilege (Hardcover)
I'd never heard of Ms. Slaughter before but I heartily agree with the other reviews of this book, it is awesome! I finisahed it one night which is unusual for me. Now I can't wait to read her earlier books!


The Tenderness of Wolves
The Tenderness of Wolves
by Stef Penney
Edition: Paperback

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder mystery in the frozen north, 31 May 2007
Good read that is not easily inserted into any genre. This book is not getting any play in the States and this is one reason I am always on the look out for best selling UK books. The Central theme of the book is a murder mystery, but it is much more. The setting is Canada's far north in the second half of the 19th century. The author does a wonderful job of describing the people, The Scottish immigrants and the native people. She is also is in command of the country, the frozen north, which is especially amazing as she has never been there! As another reviewer commented, the book is a bit hard to get into with it myriad or characters, and it does drag in a few places, but offer all this is a worthy four star read.


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