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Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic production, 12 May 2001
This review is from: Bag of Bones (Paperback)
I was very impressed with this book and I'm so glad that even though Stephen has written himself into history, he continues to produce titles like this. The originality and different storylines taken made this an easy to read, well developed and quality read. Kings recent works will probably never reach the popularity and acclaim of his earlier ones. This is a great disappointment as leaving that line was 100% necessary. King would have been finished had he attempted to submit and try to write a new 'Stand' or a modern day 'Shining'. He has a new style, which benefits from experience and which doesn't feel pressurised into writing another SK classic. As with all immensely popular artists (including musicians and actors), preoccupation with living up to past success is the usual downfall. Avoiding this, King has created another deserved bestseller and it is my expectation that there are a few more years of the same to come.


The Green Mile
The Green Mile
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Without flaw, 12 May 2001
This review is from: The Green Mile (Paperback)
I first read the green mile as it came out in a six part series. At the time I was disappointed as I was looking for a typical King novel and this, being in such an enclosed environment, didn't contain quite the diversity I was hoping for (eg. The Stand). A while later however I began again and finished it off and now I believe it to be one of the best stories I've ever read. The characters are powerful and well designed and emotionally charged. The storyline itself is excellent and SK capitalises on it excellently. I can't imagine much that would improve it. Even the film is fantastic, which is truly rare in even the greatest of King's works (see 'It', or rather, don't). I would recommend this book to anybody, even those unaccustomed with any type of modern fiction.


War and Peace (Penguin Popular Classics)
War and Peace (Penguin Popular Classics)
by Leo Tolstoy
Edition: Paperback

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deserves its acclaim, 12 May 2001
War and peace is without doubt one of the best novels of all time, and though admittedly I began reading it just to say I had, it soon gripped me and took over a few weeks of my spare time. The history was new to me as was the country and period so that was very interesting, as was Tolstoy's unashamed cheek in attacking historians and opposing theories. The only let down was that it felt a little too prolix, especially as time went on. The second epilogue is the peak of that effect where a good fifty pages are taken to cover a topic Tolstoy spent most of the novel trying to prove. It is indeed a great shame that the excellence of the battle descriptions and family storylines, had to be diluted by Tolstoy's attempts to outwit and mock historians of his time. All in all, with enough effort this is a great novel, though I can't see myself picking it up again!
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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (New English library)
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (New English library)
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic, 11 May 2001
This is a really excellent story which I recently advised a friend to be the best introduction to King's work. The story is really very simple and compelling and above all, extremely easy to read. It's refreshing to find a short story complete with SK writing skills as most of his good work is very lengthy. I read this faster than any adult novel I've ever read and still recommend it completely. It helps to have an understanding of the discomforts and pains the girl had to go through in the story, but I know for a fact that almost anybody can identify with her character. Fantastic.


Hearts in Atlantis
Hearts in Atlantis
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work, 11 May 2001
This review is from: Hearts in Atlantis (Paperback)
I can see why some were disappointed with this new novel. Many of Kings more recent titles have shown a lot of promise and although the days of the Stand and the Shining might be lost, most new works demonstrated a new and equally entertaining direction. This was more detached however and expecting a full novel this came as somewhat a surprise. I did really enjoy this book, especially 'Low men in yellow coats' which showed a lot of promise. It's a shame that there is no continuation of that section but the rest of the book was very good and I enjoyed it despite looking for a more conventional full length story.


'Salem's Lot
'Salem's Lot
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best, 11 May 2001
This review is from: 'Salem's Lot (Paperback)
For a few reasons this isn't one of Kings best. Aside from the lack of originality in the vampire tale there are a few flaws, which bring it down from his usual level. That said there are some excellent aspects and the small sections away from Salem's lot work very well in creating atmosphere and interest. An enjoyable title but one more for those who know they like all of his work than those unfamiliar with it.


Silence Of The Lambs: (Hannibal Lecter)
Silence Of The Lambs: (Hannibal Lecter)
by Thomas Harris
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the film, 10 May 2001
Silence of the Lambs is by far the best of the Lecter series. Harris realised the value of the character he created in Red Dragon and capitalised superbly to write the novel that brought him the fame he deserves. Not unusually I had seen the film before I read the book, but I have to say that contrary to usual trends this improved the book rather than detracted from it. The book brings the events in the film to life and it is one of the few that I could enjoy as much on a repeat reading. The story is exceptional and the two main characters are of the best in the literary world. Fantastic.


Red Dragon: (Hannibal Lecter)
Red Dragon: (Hannibal Lecter)
by Thomas Harris
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A good novel in its own right, 10 May 2001
When reading red dragon it is important not to expect a story of the birth of Hannibal Lecter or a story of his past at all. It is an excellent book thanks to Harris' ability and understanding of the criminal genre he uses. It's soon to be made into a film and with confident backing from the film industry after the success of the other two parts in the trilogy, it will be an excellent film. I would like to have found in place of Red Dragon some of the past of Lecter which is what most readers would expect, but viewed on its own terms Red Dragon is a great story that feels accurate throughout.


The Hobbit
The Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Edition: Paperback

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality is far more than just being conventional, 9 May 2001
This review is from: The Hobbit (Paperback)
This is an excellent book and when read with an open mind will amaze any reader. Two things annoy me in complaints of this fantastic work. Firstly, yes it's childish, but to be fair that is a familiar trait of the majority of children's books. Don't discount it just for this fact, accept it and you'll forget about it, I promise. After all, what is a child but an adult who has made fewer mistakes in his life? I know that the book isn't realistic and that makes it difficult for readers of popular fiction to adjust to the genre. I can't say at times that I wasn't struck by the reluctance of Tolkein to explain the eccentricities of the world he creates. What makes this book realistic is that the characters are real. Their emotions, actions and reactions are well designed and fit with their profiles and so it doesn't matter if the story is far fetched. So prepare for a childrens book and a marvel will be revealed to you. Really.


The Sicilian
The Sicilian
by Mario Puzo
Edition: Paperback

17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sequel?, 9 May 2001
This review is from: The Sicilian (Paperback)
The sequel to the better known novel 'the godfather' can be somewhat disappointing to somebody expecting the same relationship as the two films. In reality this second book drops the story begun previously and begins on a totally different plot. I can't help thinking that 'the Sicilian' was a story Puzo was going to write, and decided to introduce the Corleones to boost popularity. Viewed on it's own merits however it is still an excellent read. Puzo's storytelling ability is as good as ever and the storyline itself is intriguing and involving. It's exciting to see Corleone in a new environment and meet yet another hero of the same quality as Vito himself in Guiliano. Another side to the world of the mafia, especially interesting if you haven't learnt of the Sicilian people in any other media.


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