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Dracula (Penguin Classics)
Dracula (Penguin Classics)
by Bram Stoker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dracula - A real Horror Creation, 6 Oct. 2006
`Imagine a loved one, not the family pet but a brother, or sister, maybe a parent and then imagine them dead...' I don't mean to completely deflate the happy feeling you have currently achieved by reading the previous articles in this paper but I need you to understand, unlike, `A Series Of,' not so very, `Unfortunate Events,' this story is written to tear out your most horrifying fears and hold it dripping before your eyes.

I'm dreadfully sorry but now that I have warned you its time to go on. `Imagine stepping through the marble doors into their catacomb, then, looking down you notice the coffin is ajar and staring up with blind eyes is the dead, closer still and there is a trickle of sapphire running from the corner of its mouth and bending over, gently lifting its upper lip pointed tips rest purely in front of an open throat.

This may be too dramatic, scenes from an overly zealous horror story, but then imagine having to saw through your loved ones neck and place that head, the smile long gone now, in a sack and ram a stake through its heart so that he can finally be at peace. I warned you, this is not a novel for those that like a gentle thrill, a mild spine tingling sensation. This is Victorian death, all too normal then. Exploring the nightmares of those that did not fear the mindless journalier of death. It is an insight into how we feel in the most horrific situations and brings our most ghastly nightmares back from our sleep. Unlike an unrealistic, `Series of Unfortunate Events,' or even a mindless mockery like the movie, `Van Helsing,' all of which are as scary as Monster Inc, Lord Farcwade or some such Pixar creation. Unlike all of these this novel is generally quite horrific. A blood red ruby amongst as many fakes.

The Five People You Meet In Heaven
The Five People You Meet In Heaven
by Mitch Albom
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.74

7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful..., 29 Sept. 2006
This novel examines the theme of death, life and what comes after, society's greatest faux pas, the unspoken mystery that people avoid. Life, Death and Heaven. This is only one man's view of life after death but I believe it's the most comforting, and ends with a feeling found so rarely in books, a warm and blindingly content finale.

Eddie (our semi-sober lead character) dies in the same place he was born. Having, he believes, wasted his life, wishing he had done something more worthwhile, wishing that he had made a difference. He dies trying to save a small girl's life. Some people might believe that to be worthwhile, but the fact that he dies not knowing whether she lived, tears him up inside and extenuates his belief that his life was utterly meaningless.

The five people he meets in Heaven are people he had known, people he had loved and in a few cases people he had never met before but they all have something in common. Eddie altered their lives in some way, and they are there to explain his life to him.

Albom has singled out the one question we all want answered: why are we here? And the response, at least to Eddie, makes tearfully perfect sense.

The Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set (The Chronicles of Narnia)
The Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set (The Chronicles of Narnia)
by C. S. Lewis
Edition: Paperback

24 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, 14 Nov. 2005
C.S.Lewis has created a world that will obsess the imaginations of any child who sees it. Narnia is a world where the magical becomes real, fantastic beasts, heroes and people rule a world right out of your imagination.
C.S.Lewis when he wrote these stories wrote as he would when he himself was a child. His life in the country had given him a beautiful setting to place his most famous creation.
The world of Narnia is a marvel to read. C.S. Lewis can be seen writing by candellight in a dark mahogany room, pen in hand and the most glorious tendrils of golden light flowing from his pen onto the page. Talking animals, people, giants, mermaids, heroes and the great Aslan himself melting into the story and with a snap closing the book with a small sence of regret at the story finishing but also his body coarsing with a wild excitment at the wonder and the magic he has just written.
For those with a craving for excitment, tremendous battles, willowy figeurs, beasts, wonderful and beutiful people, for those that long in their heart of hearts for an adventure above anything else you can possibly imagine read these and prepare to be thrown into Narnia.

The House of Windjammer: 1
The House of Windjammer: 1
by V. A. Richardson
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 10 Nov. 2005
I had the honour of meeting Mr Richardson at a talk at The Oratory School in Berkshire. He immediately struck me as a man that had a wild and keen imagination stored up inside of him like a beast ready to errupt onto the page at any moment.
During this talk he struck me as a very very clear writer and so it was that very night i began to read The House of Windjammer.
This is a story full of magic, cunning and mystery. The plot is absolutely mind blowing. With little twists and turns so much like the alley ways in the great city he writes about. The story line fascinated me, i won't give too much away but the idea of a tulip being so madjestic and expensive was pure genious.
This story will have your heart racing and thudding with as much life as he gives this story that i gaurantee that you will not rest until with a heart renching break the last page is turned.

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