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Lockwood & Co: The Hollow Boy
Lockwood & Co: The Hollow Boy
by Jonathan Stroud
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lockwood rocks!, 8 Dec. 2015
This is a terrific series with a very wide age appeal. "The Hollow Boy" is the third in the series and it grabs you from the very first page, throws you straight into the action, and while characters develop and relationships are explored, the action never flags: this is quite a feat for an author to pull off, and Jonathan Stroud does it with resounding success. The story would stand alone, I think, as the background is sketched in, but I can guarantee if you read this one you'll want to read the other two as well. When's the next one coming out? - I can't wait!


Black Lightweight Scarf with Santa Claus Print - Perfect Christmas Stocking Filler!
Black Lightweight Scarf with Santa Claus Print - Perfect Christmas Stocking Filler!
Offered by chuangshengUK
Price: £3.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Dec. 2015
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This is a good quality scarf and drapes nicely. Very good for the price and delivered quickly.


Dancing on the Edge [DVD]
Dancing on the Edge [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Goodman
Price: £14.75

7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding, 1 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Dancing on the Edge [DVD] (DVD)
Stephen Poliakoff wraps you in dark velvet suspense and seduces you with mystery and glamour, while holding you spellbound throughout the whole six hours of Dancing on the Edge. As usual he has assembled a wonderful cast who absorb you totally in their characters. Louis and his band are so charismatic it is absolutely believable that they enchant their wealthy audience. The music is a well-written tribute to `30s jazz, and the settings and costumes are a joy to any fan of this period in time.
Briefly, the story starts when Louis, elegant black jazz musician, asks music journalist Sidney for help to escape the police. We are then taken back in time to the rise of Louis' band, helped by Sidney, from humble beginnings to performances for the rich and the royal. They face trials and discrimination on the way, but a much worse set-back comes when one of the band is attacked and left for dead. The rich patrons gradually close ranks against Louis to protect one of their own, and the suspense builds as you wait to find out if he will be exonerated or forced to stand trial.
The characters of the rich are less vivid than those of the band and the journalists, and their lives seem superficial. This is often the case in Poliakoff's work - the rich are portrayed as superficial, cliquish, and unfulfilled, but they can wield the power of wealth and buy the loyalties of other people, for good or ill. Discrimination also recurs in Poliakoff, and here it is insidious throughout the story, both racial and class. Photography is another familiar theme, and Poliakoff makes sure that this drama is visually mesmerising.
This has to be the classiest drama on TV for a very long time.
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Unrest
Unrest
by Michelle Harrison
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes ghosts believable, 28 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Unrest (Mass Market Paperback)
This is a book for older teens, rather than the all-ages Thirteen Treasures series. It's a satisfying ghost story, with a well thought out ending, sympathetic characters, and a believable (for a ghost story) plot. Elliott, aged 17, has had an accident when he briefly "died", and since then he can see ghosts. At first he is terrified - and so is the reader - but then he decides to confront his problem by actively seeking out a haunted place. He goes to work in an open-air museum, which does ghost tours, and does indeed have more scary experiences, but also falls in love with an enigmatic girl who works at the museum. Gradually he comes to believe that the ghosts want to communicate with him to ask his help, and this leads him to uncover their stories, which are fascinating and plausible. One ghost in particular, though, seems intent on taking over his body - and his girlfriend, and this leads to a nail-biting ending for this well-written book.


The Forgotten Garden
The Forgotten Garden
by Kate Morton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story told in classic style, 1 Nov. 2011
This review is from: The Forgotten Garden (Paperback)
On her grandmother Nell's death Cassandra inherits a neglected cottage, with an overgrown garden, and also inherits the mystery surrounding her grandmother's origins. Found abandoned as a small child on a ship which had just crossed from England to Australia, Nell had never known who her parents were, but the cottage she bought in England seems to hold clues to her past. Cassandra begins to unravel the clues, and while she uncovers Nell's past she also begins to come to terms with her own.
This is a gripping, evocative story, which weaves an enchantment around the reader like the tendrils in the forgotten garden. It takes you back in time to Victorian London, and Edwardian Cornwall, alternating with chapters set in the present following Cassandra as she gradually uncovers the links between the cottage and her grandmother's family. A satisfying ending (neither entirely predictable or too cheesy) consoles the reader for having finished the book, as the last page feels like a spell broken and a farewell to characters and places we have come to know and care for.


The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next)
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next)
by Jasper Fforde
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ffantastic!, 1 Aug. 2011
In an alternative England, where the Crimean War is still being fought, Dodos have been re-created from DNA as fashionable pets, and book characters have a life of their own, the Literatecs investigate crimes against literature. Literatec Thursday Next fights against an arch-villain who has kidnapped Jane Eyre, while sorting out her personal life with the man she has loved for ten years.
Thursday is a strong, sympathetic character, and Fford is adept at drawing even the minor characters vividly, with an economy of prose that is a pleasure to read. The off-beat humour is subtle too, but can give you laugh-aloud moments in the middle of cliff-hanging suspense and un-cheesy romance.
Suspend your disbelief; this is fantasy you can believe in while you are inside the book. And in Fford's world, you really can be inside a book....
This novel stands alone, but there are currently four more in the series if you want to read on.


Castle of Shadows
Castle of Shadows
by Ellen Renner
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gormenghast for juniors, 4 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Castle of Shadows (Paperback)
A faded castle, a King who spends his time building huge towers from playing cards, the sinister disappearance of the Queen, the old butler living in the dusty basement out of sight, and the heir to the throne running wild and uncared for, all controlled by a sinister housekeeper: this is a gripping story that will appeal to a wide age range, from juniors to adults. The sinister atmosphere and sense of mystery are maintained right through the novel: is the Prime Minister what he seems? What did the scientist-Queen find out that made her run away? Are the rebels to be trusted? All the questions are answered with a very satisfactory ending, but you will be sad to reach the end and leave these characters and their alternative world behind.


Kenwood CH180 Mini Chopper, 300 Watt - White
Kenwood CH180 Mini Chopper, 300 Watt - White
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just the right size, 1 Oct. 2010
I don't generally use gadgets much, but this one is proving to be a really good buy. I prepare fresh ginger, garlic, and herbs for curries etc. and this really does save time. It's easy to wash and doesn't take up much room in the cupboard. You can't use it to grind spices or coffee, or to turn caster into icing sugar, so it won't replace a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle, but for softer chopping it's fine. One quibble - the lid is a bit temperamental to fit, but maybe that's just me!


Runemarks
Runemarks
by Joanne Harris
Edition: Paperback

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a let down, 12 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Runemarks (Paperback)
I am a great fan of Joanne Harris, but this, her first novel for young adults, is a bit of a let down. Her interest in magic and signs to ward of evil, which is subtly handled in Chocolat, runs rampant here, and the result is a confused narrative, full of allusions to Norse myth, in which most characters, runes, and many objects and places, have more than one name, and often more than one shape. Although it starts well, and plot is good, it becomes increasingly self-indulgent, and is definitely over-long for the intended market. Maddy, the main character, is a feisty village misfit with a runemark on her hand and exceptional powers which her fellow villagers see as a threat. An enigmatic mentor, known as One-Eye, becomes her teacher, and for him she takes the risky path to World Below to recover the mysterious Whisperer, an oracle from the time of the Old Gods, who are sleeping, but ready to be awakened again. The characters are well drawn, especially Loki, the trickster, who is both attractive and dangerous, and the cynical Whisperer, and there are cliff-hangers, moments of humour, and an exciting climax - but it's really too much effort to cope with so many characters and so many names, sub-plots, disguises, mixed loyalties and secrets. A shame, really, but perhaps Joanne Harris needed to get it out of her system. I hope she returns to her wonderful, clever, subtle stories in future.
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Enchanted April [DVD]
Enchanted April [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alfred Molina
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll be enchanted..., 19 Jan. 2009
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This review is from: Enchanted April [DVD] (DVD)
You'll be enchanted, whatever month you watch this film. The setting is glorious and the acting superb - with a cast this strong how could it fail? For those who have read the novel, the film alters the plot very slightly, but makes the story stronger and more satisfying. All the characters, male and female, develop and improve by the end of the film, brought to life with humour and affection, and a subtlety that characterises really good British film.


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