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The Leopard
The Leopard
by Jo Nesbo
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A broken Harry Hole on three continents, 20 Jan. 2011
This review is from: The Leopard (Hardcover)
"The Leopard" is the eighth book by Jo Nesbo about Harry Hole, in my eyes the longest, most complex, most personal, most violent and darkest of the series.

Harry Hole is hiding in Hong Kong, in opium dens, trying to forget his last case and some other things. This is where his colleague Katja Solness finds him and has a hard time getting him out of there, not only because Harry's father is seriously ill and Harry owes money to some triads. Back in Norway Katja needs his support for several very strange and extremely brutal murder cases - which will lead them to Africa...

"The Leopard" tells the readers a lot about Harry's complicated relationship with his father while the man is dying, giving the book a very dark atmosphere. The story-line dealing with the murder cases is just a depressing, not only because of the detailled descriptions of the torturous methods the murderes choose. Harry and his colleagues are trying very hard to find the people behind the murders and the story always takes new and mostly convincing twists and turns.

Five stars for juggling the numerous layers of the story and tying them to a convincing finale. One star taken off because some parts are too long-winded for my taste and some bits too brutal. Hopefully Harry Hole will get a chance to recover after this case, otherwise there might not be another book with this very special policeman.

P.S. I read the German translation, that was published last year.
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Agatha Christie's Poirot - Complete Series 1-11 [DVD]
Agatha Christie's Poirot - Complete Series 1-11 [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Suchet

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great present - nearly perfect, 3 Jan. 2011
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Bought this as a present for my mother who loves the series with David Suchet. Watched several episodes during the Christmas holidays and all the discs worked perfectly. Packaging is great, just sturdy enough and very space-efficient, considering that the collection includes 28 DVDs. (Only series 12 is missing.)

Everybody was quite annoyed by being forced to watch the anti-piracy videos at the beginning of each disc, however. We bought this collection, so obviously there was no intention to watch pirated versions and once would have been enough, thank you, got the message!

David Suchet does not play Poirot, he must just the Poirot that Agatha Christie had in mind when writing the books. His acting is perfect, just as the other actors who are all pushed aside by his presence on the screen. Wonderful entertainment by ITV at a great price. One of the few times I like the movies better than the book.

Paladone Space Intruder Heat Change Mug
Paladone Space Intruder Heat Change Mug

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect present for nearly-grown-ups, 3 Jan. 2011
Works perfectly with hot drinks and was the perfect present for two good friends, both 30+ and avid gamers. Both got a lot of laughs from colleagues at work fondly remembering the old computer games, too.

The carton protected it wonderfully from any damage and advises not to put it in the dish washer. Rinsing it by hand every day now, most popular mug by far!

Guinness World Records 2011
Guinness World Records 2011
by Guinness World Records Limited
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly perfect gift for a 15-year-old, 3 Jan. 2011
Bought this as a present for my 15-year-old nephew who had enjoyed reading last year's edition. He also liked the 2011 edition but said that it was not quite as interesting, too similar to last year's. So I guess it would have got five stars if he did not own the other one already.

Personally I would rate it 3 stars maximum because to me it seems an unorganised jumble of more or less useless information, trying to be most spectacular, not matter how meaningless the record is. Yes, I know, it is the "Guinness Book of Records" but having grown up with the older editions I do not really like the new design and the chaotic structure.

To the new owner it is like a big magazine with a jumble of colourful photos and lots of amusing and/or faszinating information.

But on the whole it was worth the money, because it managed to get a 15-year-old boy to read for hours. For this reason only I rate it four stars.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! 2011 (Ripley's Believe It or Not (Hardback))
Ripley's Believe It or Not! 2011 (Ripley's Believe It or Not (Hardback))
by Robert Leroy Ripley
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book for the whole family, 3 Jan. 2011
Never visited "Ripley's" but saw the book when buying the "Guiness Book of Records" and added it to my order.

What a great present for my 15-year-old nephew and the rest of the family. He actually liked it better than the "Guiness Book", with its great collection of bizarre facts and photos and sat down to read in it for a long time - quite unusual for him. Everybody else also spent some time browsing through the different sections, some pictures are a little disgusting which probably make it even more attractive for younger readers.

Good quality paper, lots of photographs and interesting information. Perfect present!

Le Creuset Classic Cast Iron Square Grillit, 26 cm - Cerise
Le Creuset Classic Cast Iron Square Grillit, 26 cm - Cerise

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product, 3 Jan. 2011
Very happy with this pan, cooked/grilled/stir-fried a variety of dishes during the last two weeks and had no problems at all. Heat seems to be evenly spread and best of all is being able to use it for gratins in the oven, too.

Cleaning was easy, too, soaked it with warm water and some washing-up liquid and everything came off quite easily.

As others have already mentioned, it is very heavy and it takes some days of getting used to it, but after that it was no problem handling it, not even with the hot handle.

Splinter: A gripping, chilling psychological thriller
Splinter: A gripping, chilling psychological thriller
Price: £1.89

52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced Thriller, 25 Dec. 2010
"Splinter" is a fast-paced thriller based on a frightening idea: If somebody could erase the worst memories from your brain, would you let them do so? Marc Lucas is offered this choice and to him it sounds very tempting. His wife and his unborn child died in a car-accident caused by himself, the memories haunt him. After leaving the hospital his life is turned upside down and he realises that he cannot trust his own memories.

Sebastian Fitzek's "Splinter" is one of those books you cannot put down anymore before having read the last page. "Splinter" is told from the perspective of the main character Marc Lucas and after a few pages I suspected that there must be more than the "reality" of Marc Lucas. He is desperately trying to get to grips with this strange life of his, attempting to find clues about what happened to him in the clinic (that apparently does not even exist).

The characters are well-drawn, psycologically very interesting and the story-line with its many twists and turns extremely convincing - except the end. The end seemed a little too far-fetched, but did not ruin the book too much.

"Splinter" is a book to read in one sitting, a chilling account of what might happen if it really was possible to tamper with people's memories, deeply unsettling and haunting me long after the last page was finished. Four of five stars because of the disappointing end.

Young Victoria [DVD] [2009]
Young Victoria [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Emily Blunt
Price: £3.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, 7 Dec. 2010
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This review is from: Young Victoria [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
Bought this because of the positive reviews here as a present for my mother. She was as suspicious as I had been at first but quite quickly we agreed that the reviewers here are right.

"Young Victoria" at the surface is a wonderful love story about a young couple happily in love with common goals, with convincing actors and great costumes.. Rupert Fiend is perfect in his role as Prince Albert, just as convincing as Emily Blunt playing Victoria, if maybe a little too pretty for the role. Solid research into politics and costumes makes "Young Victoria" even more enjoyable and we were both astonished how many little details were crammed into it. I just wish history lessons at school had been this interesting...

The musical score fits perfectly and made it a real joy to watch.

Considering the current price, it was a bargain for great evening's entertainment.

The Double Comfort Safari Club (No 1 Ladies Detective Agency)
The Double Comfort Safari Club (No 1 Ladies Detective Agency)
by Alexander McCall Smith
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, 6 Dec. 2010
Bought this for my mother and had not planned to read it myself. But she was so enthusiastic about this latest installment that I had a loooong look myself and finished it in record time to confirm my mother's judgement.

"Thte Double Comfort Safari Club" is one of the best books of the series, with well-drawn old and new characters. The development of Mma Ramotswe and the others is - as always - very realistic and sometimes makes me smile.

A wonderful feel-good novel, not really a crime novel, which offered me new insights into life in Botswana. The safari made a great change of setting with vivid descriptions. Just as good as expected if not even better.

Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy)
Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy)
by Ken Follett
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainment, 6 Dec. 2010
Read "Fall of Giants" while on holiday and was impressed by the obvious amount of detailled research. Ken Follett makes the time around WW1 come to life with memorable characters and incredibly many little details and anecdotes.

Two Russian brothers represent the working class of Russia, a Welsh miner's family that of Great Britain. The aristocracy is represented by the British Fitzherberts, the Russian wife of Earl Fitzherbert and the German-Austrian von Ulrichs. Another story line shows a wealthy American family.

This clever set-up enables Ken Follett to show the readers several very different perspectives, mostly without appearing preachy. After a few chapters I was completely lost in this long lost world and finished the book within a few days, having learned a lot about European and American history.

One star taken off because some meetings appear too forced and the part about the Russian revolution too detailled for my liking. Looking forward to meeting the main characters again in the next part of the trilogy.

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