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State of Wonder
State of Wonder
by Ann Patchett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Heart of Barkness, 7 July 2016
This review is from: State of Wonder (Paperback)
A good story, compellingly written, with lots of plot twists and unexpected developments.
A few saggy parts. A good book, if not a great one.


The Man in the High Castle Season 1
The Man in the High Castle Season 1
Dvd

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, bar one minor flaw!, 3 Jan. 2016
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Brilliant - quite unlike anything else on TV / film - though nearly lost a star for the last 30 seconds of the final episode which was a bit of a cop-out in my opinion!


The Girl in the Spider's Web (Millennium series Book 4)
The Girl in the Spider's Web (Millennium series Book 4)
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly enjoyable - a worthy successor to the earlier novels, 10 Oct. 2015
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I was in two minds about this, but really enjoyed it. Personally, couldn't tell the difference between this and the previous style of books - thought the style was very consistent. Good story. Slightly anti-climactic at end, but a good read nonetheless. I don't usually read this kind of stuff but there is something about Salander!


Finejo Lady Women's Casual 3/4 Sleeve Loose Solid Pockets Blouse Shirt Tops
Finejo Lady Women's Casual 3/4 Sleeve Loose Solid Pockets Blouse Shirt Tops

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing - the product looks nothing like the picture, 23 Sept. 2015
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We took heed of the previous review and erred on the side of generosity by buying a "large" size for our quite small daughter, but even she would struggle to fit into the fairly tiny garment that arrived.
Also, as the previous reviewer notes, the material is inferior.
Avoid.


I Saw A Man
I Saw A Man
by Owen Sheers
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - and I am baffled by negative reviews elsewhere on this page, 23 Aug. 2015
This review is from: I Saw A Man (Hardcover)
This is a great psychological thriller; and I found it extremely hard to put down. For me, it was absolutely riveting - a real page-turner, and the skill of the author is shown by the fact that it is not until quite a long way into the book that the pivotal event on which everything hinges is unveiled. The characters are believable (especially the suburban types!), the dialogue well observed, and the human emotions well caught.
Alert readers (of which sadly I was not one) may pick up on a key clue fairly early on in the novel - the rest of us just have to read until the riveting final section to discover, well... you will find out!
Rarely do authors surpass their first novel with a subsequent one but this is even better than Resistance.
Some readers may detect an interesting parallel with a novel by Ian McEwan.
At the end of the novel there is plenty to reflect on. It's a book that will stay with you. Highly recommended.


The Life You Never Expected
The Life You Never Expected
by Andrew and Rachel Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb read for all Christians and all who suffer (whether or not you have children with autism), 12 Aug. 2015
This is simply superbly helpful. A wonderful book on living as a Christian in a suffering world; for all who experience hardship and difficulty, whether great or small.
This book is warm-hearted, well (yet simply) written, wise, down-to-earth, empathetic, and packs in a lot of very practical theology. We are reading it in the midst of our own trials and have found it very helpful indeed.
Can't really recommend it highly enough.


The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
by Rachel Joyce
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written, in many ways charming, 12 Jun. 2015
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This is a wonderfully-written and mostly delightful book.
There are some beautiful descriptions of Harold's journey as he walks to visit a terminally-ill friend who he has not seen for 20 years.
There is also some deftly-written and wry satire on contemporary English life, and some insightful comments into the human condition - if you read it as an e-book on Kindle you will see the bits that many people have underlined.
I must admit I found the tone became considerably darker at the end and that the book finished quite bleakly. While I'm not one to insist on "happy endings" for everything I felt there was an underlying hopelessness in the final chapters which I reacted against.
Nonetheless, a great read and a very moving and evocative book.


Station Eleven
Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written; haunting, lyrical, clear, 22 May 2015
This review is from: Station Eleven (Paperback)
A wonderful novel. To describe it as "post-apocalypse" would be simplistic as it is so much more. Really it is a meditation on what matters in human life, and the fragility of our existence. The prose is dreamy, and, as someone once said of Cormac McCarthy, "smooth as pebbles". Beautiful.


Leaving Berlin
Leaving Berlin
Price: £0.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 26 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Leaving Berlin (Kindle Edition)
Having recently read "Istanbul Passage" by the same author and enjoyed it I was looking forward greatly to this.

However, I was disappointed. In particular, I struggled with the extended blocs of dialogue in which not much happens apart from characters speaking to each other, often at some length with minimal description of any other kind. In fact, too often it read to me too much like a script.


Christian Basics
Christian Basics
by John Stott
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, 2 Jan. 2015
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A long-time classic - covers so much so helpfully.


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