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All the magic of Christmas's past

Advantages: A lovely book containing letters Tolkien wrote to his own children
Disadvantages: Mini Book does not contain all the letters

FATHER CHRISTMAS LETTERS - J.R.R. TOLKIEN Before I get on to the review, please let me apologise, this review is not an audio book as suggested by Ciao, but a physical book. Ciao, in their wisdom, required me to post my review here. The Book ...

Elysia2003 31.12.2011 · Read full review
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Review of Letters from Father Christmas - J. R. R. Tolkien

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such a wonderful story, a definite must read!

Advantages: wonderful cute story, very funny in places thanks to polar bear!
Disadvantages: older words used sometimes, may be confusing for young readers

...Please note this review is actually of the physical book, not the audiobook, sorry but there is no physical book option on Ciao! Letters to Father Christmas was both very cute and yet also very seri ...

Raimy_Readaraptor 07.01.2012 · Read full review
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Magic, mystery and some very odd Dead things

Advantages: A 'lose yourself' story
Disadvantages: Too much for young children

...12 months ago I read a book by Garth Nix called Sabriel about a young necromancer in a fantasy land who fought adventures with the Dead (and even the Greater Dead) by going into Death itself. It was a good book, not great, just good. Lirael is the ...

Fruity_Tart 09.06.2004 · Read full review
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Review of Lirael - Garth Nix

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Back Beyond the Wall

Advantages: Stronger characterisation than part one, same incredible world
Disadvantages: No real resolution, finishes rather sharply

Although Lirael is the second part of the Old Kingdom trilogy, it is much less a continuation of the first Sabriel, than it is its own book. Or, perhaps, half of one; unlike the self-contained story of Sabriel, this effort ends fairly abruptly and without ...

Puggers 17.06.2007 · Read full review
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Magic, Premonition and Necromancy

Advantages: Easy read and captivating
Disadvantages: Someone's bound not to like it, however much I do

I acquired Lirael by accident really, but the story has got me hooked on Garth Nix's writing. As it is the sequel to Sabriel, I was initially unsure about reading it before first reading Sabriel; but then I didn't want to buy Sabriel and find that ...

Ankes-un-amun 25.05.2005 · Read full review
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Review of Lirael - Garth Nix

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