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Uhtred fights on...again

Advantages: Storytelling, flows through, characters, entertainment
Disadvantages: So repetitive of the previous books, gets a little tedious due to this

Bernard Cornwell's series covering the end of the 9th Century and the beginning of the 10th is now 6 books in the making I believe, and shows no sign of stopping. This is the latest, released in paperback this year, and I am now satisfied that I have fina ...

pmcds 28.12.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Death of Kings - Bernard Cornwell

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Approach with Caution!

Advantages: Quite a good story overall
Disadvantages: Chapter III

I wanted to read Caligula by Douglas Jackson, as I am a big fan of the 1970s television series I, Claudius which introduced me to the brutal Emperor Caligula, there played brilliantly by John Hurt. Reading the book, it was John Hurt's face who popped into ...

KarenUK 20.10.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Caligula - Douglas Jackson

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Advantages: Portrayal of the inner strength of women
Disadvantages: Delves a little far from reality

The portrayal of Deeti inspired me to the core. I loved her strength and admire the way the author spins the tale around the ships voyage. Though the appearance of the untouchable does remind us of a bollywood flick yet the book relives the times when wo ...

ashagrover 29.08.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Sea of Poppies - Amitav Ghosh

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Not so elusive anymore

Advantages: great read, wonderful character, brilliant adventure
Disadvantages: I still don't have the rest of the series

...now, a friend found a copy of The Scarlet Pimpernel in a charity shop. She bought it and loved it. She lent the book to me to read and did a tour of all the charity and second hand book shops in the area, finding two or three others i ...

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Review of The Elusive Pimpernel (Scarlet Pimpernel) - Baronnesse Orczy

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An Alternative look at the Arthurian Legend

Advantages: Good characterisation, a more realistic representation of Arthur's Britain.
Disadvantages: Bit slow at times, confusing place names

...I've never read anything by Bernard Cornwell before but picked this up as I am fairly interested in the Arthurian legends. "The Winter King" is the first book in the Warlord Chronicles Trilogy. "The Winter King" is narrated by Derfel, an ageing monk look ...

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Review of The Winter King - Bernard Cornwell

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