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Dead Man's Walk (Lonesome Dove Book 1)
Dead Man's Walk (Lonesome Dove Book 1)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent...., 14 July 2015
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I've have decided to read the entire Lonesome Dove saga in chronological order which means I kick off with Dead Man's Walk which was actually the third book published following Lonesome Dove (chronologically the third book) and Streets of Laredo (a direct sequel to Lonesome Dove and chronologically the fourth and final book in the series) . I'd previously read the Pulitzer Prize winning, Lonesome Dove but the rest of the series were new to me, though I had seen all the TV movies based on the book. And to be honest now that I've read Dead Man's Walk I can say that the TV mini-series was pretty damn faithful with only a few cosmetic changes.

To clear things up the order of publication for the series:

Lonesome Dove (1985)

Streets of Laredo (1993)

Dead's Man's Walk (1995)

Commanche Moon (1997)

Though in chronological order the series goes:

Dead Man' walk

Commanche Moon

Lonesome Dove

Streets of Laredo

Dead Man's Walk then gives us the very early years of Gus McCrea and Woodrow Call and depicts how the boys first became friends and of how they joined the Texas Rangers. The book starts with Gus and Woodrow signed on as rangers with a road scouting expedition led by the inept Major Chevallier. During the expedition they are repeatedly attacked by Indians led by a deformed commanche called Buffalo Hump. During this early section of the book we get to know the important characters, especially Gus and Woodrow - their personalities are sketched out over a number of brilliantly written set pieces, usually involving the war chief, Buffalo Hump. Gus is the talkative, whore loving easy to get along with type, which his best friend, Woodrow is solid, dependable, serious minded and not all together likable. When Gus visits a whore he is in love with her and treats her with genuine affection, while when Woodrow visits he gets his business done and then gets out of there without a wasted word. The two men are polar opposited but they live and breath as real people on the page and the chemistry beteen them is excellent.

There are several other secondary characters who are equally well drawn - Matty, known as the Great Western, is the whore who throws snapping turtles at them men and generally allows them a poke on tick, Bigfoot Wallace is a mountain man with a fine line in storytelling, Shadrach is another mountain man, an aged character in the final years of his life. Then we have Long Bill Coleman and Johnny Carthage, two everyman types who provide one or two moments of comic relief as well as several truly poignant scenes.

A truly excellent book with a story that is richly drawn and truthful to the period - there is much cruelty that the author doesn't avoid in order to build up this very real story.


Falcon Smokinig Pipe - Special Edition
Falcon Smokinig Pipe - Special Edition
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Price: £29.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant pipes, 2 May 2015
Falcons are superb pipes - one of the best smokers on the merket


Sherlock Holmes and the Queen of Diamonds
Sherlock Holmes and the Queen of Diamonds
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5.0 out of 5 stars I deduce a dashed enertaining fiction, 18 Jan. 2015
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I found it interesting that the authors chose to write this Holmes book in third person, rather than the more usual first person from Watson's POV - After all Conan Doyle used the first person with Watson narrating the story for most of his Holmes adventures. True he did use the third person a couple of times, as well as having Holmes narrating a couple himself but these are oddities and don't stand up there with the best of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes adventures. I asked author David Whitehead why he opted for the third person and he told me that he wrote the novel from an un-produced movie script written by Steve Hayes and that the third person narrative style was the only way to tell the story. After all there are sections of the story that neither Holmes, nor Watson witness. I guess using the third person is also wise because then Doyle's own style doesn't have to be mimicked so closely which is often a failing with Sherlock Holmes tales told by other hands.

The story is a rattling good adventure with a major twist towards the half way mark that I didn't see coming. As soon as we reach this point though the book becomes all out action - think the Guy Ritchie Holmes movies but with much more substance. Excellent stuff. Highly enjoyable.


Doodle Jump Free
Doodle Jump Free
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars messed up game, 2 Jan. 2015
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Love this app but my score is 23681 and my sister's score is 23618 and the score won't come up it's getting me pissed off please sort it out but be sides that fun game never loses there fun


GUESS - IT
GUESS - IT
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1.0 out of 5 stars not worth playing, 1 Jan. 2015
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It doesn't work it's s*** disgusting


BATMAN 2oz GOLD TOBACCO TIN,BACCY TIN,PILL TIN,FISHING TIN,SEWING TIN
BATMAN 2oz GOLD TOBACCO TIN,BACCY TIN,PILL TIN,FISHING TIN,SEWING TIN
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 Nov. 2014
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excellent product - looks really nice and was delivered very quickly and well packaged.


Led Zeppelin IV [Deluxe Remastered CD]
Led Zeppelin IV [Deluxe Remastered CD]
Price: £12.65

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars but the second disc is a waste of time, 16 Nov. 2014
Five stars for the remastering done and five stars for the album itself, but the second disc is a waste of time. If the remastering of the classic album wasn't so awesome I'd feel cheated but more could have been put into the companion discs


Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV

4.0 out of 5 stars I love the device and found it easy to set up with only one gripe, 11 Nov. 2014
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I love the device and found it easy to set up. I don't watch much TV to air but do binge on entire seasons on DVD but now the Fire TV allows me to do this. Dowloading outside APS like Netflix and the BBC iPlayer in a simple process and the voice activated remore control works well. Love this device to bits. After a few week of use I do have a complaint and that is that streaming Amazon Prime content seems to only be available in HD which causes choppy viewing when others in the house are using the interneT. When buying video content Amazon allow downloading in standard definition so why p;rime material can't be also available in standard definition I don't understand. Other than that an excellent box of tricks. Is there a way to alter the settings so I can stream in standard definition? I phoned the Amazon tech people and they didn't think so.


The Big Adios Western Digest (Fall 2014)
The Big Adios Western Digest (Fall 2014)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 Nov. 2014
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Love this new digital magazine...long may it continue


Dexter Season 8
Dexter Season 8
Dvd
Price: £19.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Sad that such a great series went out with such ..., 11 Nov. 2014
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Sad that such a great series went out with such a bland final season. Overall I think this was a great show but this final season was a major let down for me. The series should have ended with the excellent seventh season.


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