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Before I Go To Sleep
Before I Go To Sleep
by S Watson
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.87
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars you'll struggle to stay awake, June 3 2012
This review is from: Before I Go To Sleep (Paperback)
Do not believe the rave reviews on the book cover, or you'll be sorely disappointed. Oh, it's a "page-turner" alright, but you're turning them with speed hoping that the story will improve. But it doesn't. It goes along in a simplistic, uneven way up until the last 20 pages, when it becomes a haphazard flurry of explanation spelling out the rhyme and reasons. And by then you don't care, because the characters are like cardboard cut-outs, so there's no emotional investment right up to the end. Believe me, this is no 'thriller'.

The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.16
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, June 1 2012
This review is from: The Kite Runner (Paperback)
One of the best books I've ever read. A remarkable, and often heartbreaking story that stays with you. Highly recommended.

The Swallows of Kabul
The Swallows of Kabul
by Yasmina Khadra
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.24
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5.0 out of 5 stars incredibly haunting, June 1 2012
This review is from: The Swallows of Kabul (Paperback)
Don't judge this book by its small size, because it packs a gut-wrenching punch. This story haunted me long after I finished it. It's a harrowing tale of four very real people trying to survive under the brutal tyranny of the Taliban. Highly recommended.

The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse
by P.D. James
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.16
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1.0 out of 5 stars long-winded, and deadly dull, May 31 2012
This review is from: The Lighthouse (Paperback)
oh my goodness. this book was not what i imagined from ms james. it was like swimming in soup. run-on sentences that left you breathless and the characters were stodgy, and dull. all in all an exhaustive, tiresome read that left me unwilling to see it through to the end.

Girl With a Pearl Earring: A Novel
Girl With a Pearl Earring: A Novel
by Tracy Chevalier
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.36
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book, May 31 2012
I bought this book at a second-hand book sale, as I'd heard of the movie but never knew the author...and what a lovely surprise! Thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end, and would definately recommend it. I'm about to read The Virgin Blue (those reviews not the greatest, but I'm still curious as this one impressed me so much).

The Boleyn Inheritance
The Boleyn Inheritance
by Philippa Gregory
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.54
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining, May 29 2012
This review is from: The Boleyn Inheritance (Paperback)
This is a great follow on from The Other Boleyn Girl, and the three main characters are captivating. Such an interesting read, a thoroughly enjoyable book. Definately recommended!

The Red Queen
The Red Queen
by Philippa Gregory
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.71
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but a bit repetitive, May 23 2012
This review is from: The Red Queen (Paperback)
Margaret is a cold, calulating person, focused on securing the throne for her only son. While passionate in her devotion to God, she also is a most devious and brutal woman. Her personality was interesting, the storyline was somewhat repetitive, as it's just the opposing viewpoint of The White Queen. Also in this one the battles are more detailed and never seem to let up, which gets a bit monotonous. And there is certainly no 'romantic' theme in this (unlike the passionate Elizabeth of York). A good read though, and look forward to the continuation of Henry & Elizabeth's marriage and reign.

The White Queen: A Novel
The White Queen: A Novel
by Philippa Gregory
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.71
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great insight to these lives and times, May 13 2012
Really enjoyed this book. The characters were so interesting and well developed through the story. It gave a glimpse of what life was like in this time, the instability and terrors facing women, and how they had to be master manipulators and schemers just to survive. So far the only book by PG I thought was disappointing was The Other Queen (storyline was way too repetitive.) Now on to The Red Queen...

Cross Bones
Cross Bones
by Kathy Reichs
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.69
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3.0 out of 5 stars A convoluted tale, April 7 2012
The storyline had glimpses of intrigue, but it was so jammed with excess characters and unecessary detail that it became tedious. It was also very repetitive, as though the author knew she was constantly losing her audience and had to keep reminding them of the plot. I kept going hoping for an exciting and satisfying ending, but it was not to be. In fact, the main story got sidelined and it all ended with a pitiful wimper. To me the best part was the sweet and sassy relationship between the two main characters.

Jane Eyre (2011)
Jane Eyre (2011)
DVD ~ Mia Wasikowska
Price: CDN$ 8.00
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull as dishwater, March 11 2012
This review is from: Jane Eyre (2011) (DVD)
If you read any reviews that mention "sparks fly" don't believe a word of it. This is the most canned adaptation of any of the great novels, anywhere, in any language. Jane was stony-faced and grim, and slept-walked through the entire thing. And while Rochester showed a bit of character, it was gone before you could get fully awake to enjoy it. The couple love scenes between these two were unbearable to watch, a lot of pushing (him) retreating (her) and fumbling (both). Just awful. Dame Judi Dench needs to chose her roles more carefully to avoid going down with a ship like this.

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