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The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Book 3)
The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Book 3)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A boyish read, 21 Nov. 2014
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I just re-read this early Jack Ryan novel. The whole life-story of Ryan shows an ability to predict international events, conflicts and changing areas of war and methods of fighting, that is a little uncanny. Okay, this is a bit of a USA hurrah book, but if you accept the fantasy superman element in the genre, it is one of the best constructed ones.
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A Hunger Within
A Hunger Within
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars cliche, 15 Sept. 2014
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I only give this book one star, because I cannot give it nothing and still be able to write a review. This is yet another serial killer book, with boring, poor characterisation. You've guessed it, there is the inevitable criminal profiler psychologist, whose insight into the human mind is on the level of a soap opera. You've guessed it, it is his mother's fault (well, a brutal father taken straight off the 'ready-to-use' character-rack, didn't help either). Cliche, cliche, . . . . .


Armadale
Armadale
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine English, 6 Sept. 2014
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Wilkie Collins is a master of suspense. His greatest two novels are The Woman in White and The Moonstone; but Armadale is still a finely-plotted mystery and written in Collins's beautiful English. And there are others. It is worth reading more than his two most famous books.


Richard III (Special Edition) [DVD]
Richard III (Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Laurence Olivier
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great Richard, 18 May 2014
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The 5 stars are for Olivier's performance. From his discontented winter right through to his surprising jerking death, he gets everything right about Richard. Virtually all the rest of the cast are equally right. Even John Gielgud did not ham it. A great pity about the cuts from Shakespeare's text, and a great pity about Claire Bloom, who seems to think that deep emotion is conveyed by a nothingness of expression, movement or speech.


Hamlet [DVD]
Hamlet [DVD]
Dvd ~ Laurence Olivier
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Laurence, 18 May 2014
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I'm afraid I felt the absence from the play of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. In my view, they are an important part of the whole. I also found Ophelia to be a poor performance, very indulgently filmed; and I object to the pre-raphaelite death-image. The four stars are for Laurence Olivier's performance, which on its own would be five stars. Despite my negative comments above, this is a great 'Hamlet'. Nobody speaks Shakespeare as Olivier did.


Rudolf Nureyev: The Life
Rudolf Nureyev: The Life
by Julie Kavanagh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor, 18 May 2014
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Only conveys Nureyev as a kind of petulant child, and fails to give him any personality. She doesn't dare to really touch his escapades in New York. This is a book about a great artist, who might have been a monster, but surely had more personality than is conveyed in this account.


A Walk Among The Tombstones (A Matt Scudder Mystery)
A Walk Among The Tombstones (A Matt Scudder Mystery)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real quality, 18 May 2014
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Block sustains a really high quality of writing: even when Matt Scudder becomes a little bit of a pain about AA, the story, the interweaving of events and characters, and the high standard of writing, are maintained. I love Lawrence Block's books. There are only a very few like this, and he and Richard Stark (Donald Westlake) are the best currently with us (ie. not in happier hunting grounds), in my opinion.


Travis McGee: Books 1-3: Introduction by Lee Child
Travis McGee: Books 1-3: Introduction by Lee Child
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, 18 May 2014
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Misogynist to the Nth degree. How come he's still in print? Where are you, o legions of the politically correct? How can you possibly have attacked a masterpiece like Huckleberry Finn so effectively, and yet you allow this tripe to remain on the market?
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Pale Grey for Guilt: Introduction by Lee Child: Travis McGee, No.9
Pale Grey for Guilt: Introduction by Lee Child: Travis McGee, No.9
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1.0 out of 5 stars Soft porn, among other equally sinful things, 18 May 2014
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Misogynist to the Nth degree. How come he's still in print? Where are you, o legions of the politically correct? How can you possibly have attacked a masterpiece like Huckleberry Finn so effectively, and yet you allow this tripe to remain on the market?


The Long Lavender Look: Introduction by Lee Child: Travis McGee, No.12
The Long Lavender Look: Introduction by Lee Child: Travis McGee, No.12
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1.0 out of 5 stars Misogynist, 18 May 2014
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Misogynist to the Nth degree. How come he's still in print? Where are you, o legions of the politically correct? How can you possibly have attacked a masterpiece like Huckleberry Finn so effectively, and yet you allow this tripe to remain on the market?


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