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Dragon's Fire (The Dragon Books)
Dragon's Fire (The Dragon Books)
by Anne McCaffrey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars easier to swallow than a mouthful of firestone, 7 Mar. 2010
A great plot revolving around the need to mine the dangerous firestone necessary to supply the dragons of Pern, with the means to destroy the parasitic thread which threatens all life on Pern. A richly detailed world. Dragon's fire focuses on four intriguing characters : Pellar (a mute harpist), Halla (a young girl of the Shunned) and Cristov the son of a disgraced miner, and the evil Tenim ( a thief and worse)...it s about the dangers of mining Firestone and what to do with the Shunned...
I will be looking out for other Pern novels...


To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars it's a sin, 20 Feb. 2010
It's a sin to kill a mockingbird because they don't bother anybody.

This book is the best I've read in a long time, possibly ever. It deals with the prejudices of a small town and the frustrations of childhood. The characters are wonderful especially young Scout and her brave father Atticus, I would recommend this book to anyone.


Abduction
Abduction
by Robin Cook
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was abducted by this book, 16 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Abduction (Paperback)
Wow. From picking it up, to putting it down this novel transported me to another world and held me in its grip until I'd reached the end. I love Robin Cook's medical thrillers but this is different, a modern revisiting of Journey to the Centre of the Earth. We know so little of what lies a few kilometres beneath our feet, its interesting seeing people speculate about what may be there. Taking in the legends of Atlantis on the way.


Murder in Lamut (Legends of the Riftwar, Book 2)
Murder in Lamut (Legends of the Riftwar, Book 2)
by Raymond E. Feist
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2.0 out of 5 stars one dwarf, one magic spell and a firedrake...is this enough for a fantasy tale??, 16 Feb. 2010
Pirojil, Durine and Kethol, look like names created randomly by a computer and sit uneasily next to more familiar names like Tom, Steven and Emma.
I haven't read any fantasy books for a while. This doesn't make me wish to revisit the genre, there is little fantastic here. A token firedrake, a single dwarf and a magic spell on the castle vaults. The murders come late in the book. The two female characters are rather one dimensional objects of male sexual fantasy.
Like the characters snowbound in LaMut I was happy to get out.


One Child
One Child
by Torey Hayden
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars One Love, 10 Sept. 2008
This review is from: One Child (Paperback)
Torey Hayden receives another child for her already full "Crazies" class. Children in her class are those which can't be placed elsewhere. Sheila comes from the migrant camp, she'd been abandonned by mother by the side of a highway. Torey works hard to reach into the troubled six year old, gain her trust and educate her. A difficult journey for both teacher and child but one that would leave all but the hardest of hearts unmoved.


No Time For Goodbye
No Time For Goodbye
by Linwood Barclay
Edition: Paperback

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars page turning mystery that keeps you guessing to the end, 11 July 2008
This review is from: No Time For Goodbye (Paperback)
Cynthia is the usual rebellious teenager, staying out one night with an unsuitable boyfriend, she returns home late and drunk. Next morning, her famil: mother, brother and father have disappeared without leaving a note. What happened to them? Where did they go? 25 years later, Cynthia still doesn't know the answers but clues begin to appear in her and husband, Terry's life. A mysterious phone call, a strange brown car, revelations from an aunt who thinks she is dying of cancer...the mystery slowly unravels but keeps the reader guessing until the end as to what really happened that night.


Marrying for Money
Marrying for Money
by Chrissie Manby
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a page turner of a social satire, 16 May 2008
This review is from: Marrying for Money (Paperback)
I couldn't put this book down, I was up till 5 am reading it. Yes, it is a little contrived but there are some wonderful characters. Two English gold diggers rent a house in the exclusive Hamptons, next door to the uber-bitchy Marcella. The girls try to bag themselves a wealthy man, but it appears the wealthy men targetted are rather lacking in social skills. Some amusing situations and nice twists, as the girls try to bag a catch and the Hamptonites try to find out more about the girls.


Mister Pip
Mister Pip
by Lloyd Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a coming of age in the shadow of civil war, 5 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Mister Pip (Paperback)
Matilda is delightful as the teenage narrator. This is in part her coming of age story. Matilda lives on a Pacific Island, where because of the civil war, the school has been closed and only one white man remains in Matilda s village, the rather eccentric Mr Watts. Mr Watts admits to being no teacher but chooses to reopen the school using Dickens' Great Expectations as his teaching tool. Matilda and the other youngsters are enthralled by Pip's tale, its background so alien to their own. Mr Watts also invites the parents of the children to share their knowledge with the children. Matilda's mother is suspicious of Mr Watts and his lack of faith, her treasured possession being her Pidgin bible. Matilda is torn between her mother's faith and the inspirational Dickensian world of Pip being opened up for her by Mr Watts.
The tale gets darker as the shadow of war comes closer to the village. At first it is tales of the "redskins" (government troops) dropping rebels out of helicopters out at sea or onto the treetops. Then the village is visited first by the rebels, known as rambos, and then by the redskins, with tragic consequences.
The last thirty pages adds little to the story, telling of what Matilda did after leaving the island. A pity, had the book ended earlier it may have merited 5 stars.
If you liked this book you may enjoy Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, which has some very similar themes.
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The Poisonwood Bible
The Poisonwood Bible
by Barbara Kingsolver
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The heart of darkness, 31 Jan. 2008
This review is from: The Poisonwood Bible (Paperback)
I would love to give this book 6 stars, it s that good.

A tale of an American family, a Southern Baptist Preacher, his wife and four daughters, uprooted from Gerogia to the dark heart of Congo (Zaire). Like the seeds they bring from America they struggle to thrive in the African conditions.

The tale is told by the five women: Orleanna, the long suffering wife, who has to perform miracles just to put food on the table. Rachel, the vain eldest daughter, whose dearest possession is her mirror. Leah, the tomboy, who tries desperately to be her father s favourite. Ada, the crooked one, Leah's twin, possessed with an astute intelligence but a deformed body, due to her sister stealing her noursihment from within the womb. And finally the youngest, Ruth May, who is the first to integrate in any way with the African villagers by playing a child's game "Mother May I?" with the local village children.

Throught their stories we learn of how the Congo is and how it came to be. Belgians and Americans complicit in raping her of her treasures.

The Congo is almost the very antithesis of America. Nathan , the father was driven there by his own personal demons trying to assuage the guilt he felt from the war in the Phillippine jungle.

This is a book you won t want to finish.


Taxi 2 [2001] [DVD]
Taxi 2 [2001] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hirata Haruhiko; Tsuyu Shimizu; Ko Suzuki; Yoshi Oida; Kentaro Yuji Yamashita; Hiro Uchiyama; Onochi Seietsu
Price: £3.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Cabulous, 16 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Taxi 2 [2001] [DVD] (DVD)
I d give this 5 stars just for the dozen police car pile up in Paris. If you liked the first episode, this is more of the same blend of action and humour.


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