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Small Gods: (Discworld Novel 13) (Discworld Novels)
Small Gods: (Discworld Novel 13) (Discworld Novels)
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still my favourite Discworld book!, 15 Feb. 2004
This is one of the funniest and *deepest* discworld stories and definately has a lovable hero in Brutha the novice. He's certainly not Mort though I would say in his pigheaded determination to be and do the right thing he has something in common with Sam Vimes of the nightwatch. Brutha has to help his god to regain his strength and stop being a tortoise and at the same time Brutha must confound plots by humans and the greater gods to let the situation descend into full blown and bloody war. With a few cameo's from Lu-Tze the sweeper and some great philosophy (its a funny old world and no mistake), this is the standard against which I measure the rest of the discworld novels - and I always find them wanting. Fantastic.


Five Fall Into Adventure: Book 9 (Famous Five)
Five Fall Into Adventure: Book 9 (Famous Five)
by Enid Blyton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite famous 5 book ever!, 15 Feb. 2004
This is one of the darkest and most entertaining 5 book there is! For the first time the 5 meet Jo, the scruffy ragamuffin that is to feature in other 5 books, and they are thrust headlong into an adventure that they find it hard to escape from.
George's scientist father has news that his daughter might be kidnapped as a way of blackmailing him into revealing some valuable scientific secrets. The five think they will be safe, but can they keep the kidnappers at bay or will Quentin have to choose between his daughter or science?
Well written, always moving and exciting, this book stands out from the other 5 books as one of the best childrens books Enid Blyton ever wrote. A must buy!


Five Go To Billycock Hill: Book 16 (Famous Five)
Five Go To Billycock Hill: Book 16 (Famous Five)
by Enid Blyton
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great!, 15 Feb. 2004
It is true that this story in the 5 series stands out from the others as different - there is less contact between the 5 and the baddies and the type of mystery is different.
Something strange is happening at the butterfly farm, and there's a secret at the air force base? What's with Benny and his little pig? And is Jock's cousin as great as he seems?
This is a great book and has an extra character that is, next to Jo, the most easy to identify with and that has a huge emotional presence. This book is a little darker than the others, as well, and it is not so clear cut - of course, the 5 win the day in the end, but it is not a case of 'baddies go to prison and we all forget about it' - the events of this one are pretty serious, and overall it's a much more sombre tale. Still great though!


Five On A Hike Together: Book 10 (Famous Five)
Five On A Hike Together: Book 10 (Famous Five)
by Enid Blyton
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The strangest in the series!, 15 Feb. 2004
This is one of the two of the famous five books that I have always thought of as strange. It's very atmospheric and in places a little frightening. On an unexpected weekend away from school the 5 meet up and go on a hike - but a storm and an escaped convict conspire to make this a very strange and exciting weekend indeed! But by following a map and using an old raft the gang try to beat the crooks to a haul of stolen goods.


Mr. Norris Changes Trains (Modern Classics)
Mr. Norris Changes Trains (Modern Classics)
by Christopher Isherwood
Edition: Paperback

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming, 15 Feb. 2004
When William Bradshaw first meets Mr Norris on the train home, we are introduced to a character that makes us feel strangely protective and who is delightful and impossible to dislike. By the end of the novel though it is clear that Isherwood is truly representing through Mr Norris one of his ex boyfriends who he came to regard as a 'rogue laced with poison'. Such a character arc is an amazing feat and one that Isherwood handles well. The book is well written, easy to read and full of delights. The big reveal is a little predictable and the ending a little unblievable but despite that this is well worth a read and I would be interested to read more of Isherwood's work based on this book. Many authors must wish they were this good!


Official Motorcycling: CBT, Theory and Practical Test (Driving Skills)
Official Motorcycling: CBT, Theory and Practical Test (Driving Skills)
by Driving Standards Agency
Edition: Paperback

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars dont bother, 15 Feb. 2004
what else is there to say? get 'the official theory test for car drivers and motorcyclists' instead. This one is totally useless, tells you nothing that prepares you for the theory test and if you're taking the cbt you can get all this information elsewhere anyway. Completely and utterly useless.
I didnt want to give it even one star but they made me!


Invisible Monsters
Invisible Monsters
by Chuck Palahniuk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Palhaniuk's best, 15 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Invisible Monsters (Paperback)
This has some good moments, and if you're a Palhaniuk fan then you'll read it whatever I say and probably enjoy it...but if you are new to Palhaniuk or not yet convinced of his genius, then steer clear at least for the time being!
The story is, a model gets shot in the face and has to cope with life as a mute behind a veil, and she and her new friends get into a web of deceit and revelation that ends up (or rather, 'begins' since Palhaniuk tells his stories in any damned order he likes thanks very much!) with people lying about in a burning building bleeding and not getting the attention they think they deserve. Some of it is very well written and in places it is extremely visual and striking - it might be a bad Chuck Palhaniuk but it is still Chuck Palhaniuk after all! But don't bother unless you are a fan. Go straight to Fight Club or Survivor.


Survivor
Survivor
by Chuck Palahniuk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars slick, clean sometimes depressing look at post/modern life, 15 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Survivor (Paperback)
To anyone who didn't understand the ending - I notice some reviewer's didn't - think Cassandra!
This is one of Palhaniuk's best, and has some unexpected and truly heart stoppingly awful moments (which is why he's so great!) such as when Tender is dealing with the lobster's for dinner. If you have never read Palhaniuk before, this is a great one to start on (I did!) and if you have, well, you'll read it anyway!


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