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Case Histories: (Jackson Brodie) (Jackson Brodie series Book 1)
Case Histories: (Jackson Brodie) (Jackson Brodie series Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A clever interweaving of strands, 13 May 2015
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Kate Atkinson at her best.


The Day of the Triffids (RosettaBooks Into Film Book 24)
The Day of the Triffids (RosettaBooks Into Film Book 24)

5.0 out of 5 stars Still a good book, 13 May 2015
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Just as good as it was when I first read it fifty years ago. There are no mobile phones of course, but then they would quickly cease to be of any use in the dystopian world of Wyndham's imagination.


The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature
The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature
by Daniel Hahn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where are the pictures?, 13 May 2015
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This new edition of the Oxford Companion is a great accompaniment to the original volume, and is clearly needed, since many of the children's and young adults' authors who have risen to prominence in the last two or three decades are not mentioned in the earlier work. Of course this has led to a certain degree of omission, so that biographies found in the first edition are somewhat curtailed in the second, and sometimes omitted completely. I believe that you need both volumes to obtain really comprehensive coverage. The reason why I have onl;y awarded four stars for this edition is the complete absence of any illustration. I think this is a serious lack, considering the importance of illustration in literature for the youngest readers.


When Will There Be Good News?: (Jackson Brodie)
When Will There Be Good News?: (Jackson Brodie)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting follow-up to 'One Good Turn'. Kate Atkinson is a writer who can ..., 11 April 2015
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A fitting follow-up to 'One Good Turn'. Kate Atkinson is a writer who can make incredible coincidences believable (almost) and this story has a lovely twist at the end, just when you thought that all the loose ends had been resolved.


The Shape of Water (The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries Book 1)
The Shape of Water (The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 8 Mar. 2015
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Only recently discovered Camilleri as an author, although I've seen the Insp Montalbano series on TV. You don't get the scenery in the books, but the stories are interesting, if complex. Camilleri makes a few political points which are not obvious on TV, although my lack of Italian may mean that I miss them.


Tchaikovsky: The Symphonies (DG Collectors Edition)
Tchaikovsky: The Symphonies (DG Collectors Edition)
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5.0 out of 5 stars and these recordings seem very good to me, 8 Mar. 2015
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Fills a gap in my collection. I am not a critic, and these recordings seem very good to me.


The Maltese Falcon (Read a Great Movie)
The Maltese Falcon (Read a Great Movie)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 25 Feb. 2015
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Good, but less well written than Raymond Chandler.


Killer in the Rain
Killer in the Rain
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 Feb. 2015
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A good read, and well written.


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 Four Stars, 25 Feb. 2015
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A well crafted thriller. My first Tom Cl;ancy, so I'll try more


The Big Sleep and Other Novels (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Big Sleep and Other Novels (Penguin Modern Classics)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stylishly written with some great one-liners and unmistakable descriptions, 9 Dec. 2014
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Classic Chandler. Stylishly written with some great one-liners and unmistakable descriptions.


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