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Christopher Paolini 07/08/2008

Excellent fantasy author

Christopher Paolini Christopher Paolini's books have been worshipped by lovers of fantasy all over the world. His Inheritance Cycle (formerly trilogy before he decided to extend the series) has made him famous and has resulted in a major motion picture. But what of the man (or boy, at some stages) behind these works of genius? Well, Christopher Paolini was born on the 17th November 1983 in Southern California. He was raised by his parents, Kenneth Paolini and Talita Hodgkinson, and was raised and still lives in the Paradise Valley area of Montana. He was home schooled through a correspondence course at American School, Chicago, Illinois. He graduated at 15 years of age. He has only one sibling, a sister called Angela, whose name he also gave to the kooky witch in his novels. The first book in the series, Eragon, began when he was still only 15. Once completed, it was published by an on demand printing company and Christopher toured school and libraries to promote it, dressed in a medieval get up. Finslly Paolini got his big break when Knopf (part of Random House) came to hear of the book and had it published. Eragon debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list, and quickly moved to #1 on the children's bestseller lists nationally, with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at #2. Between them, Eragon and it's sequel (Eldest) have sold over 12.5 million copies worldwide. I found his books captivating and the fantasy aspect appealed to me as I am a massive fantasy ...

Philip Reeve 07/08/2008

Great author who can write up a storm...

Philip Reeve Philip Reeve is an author as well as an illustrator and has written a number of award winning books. Reeve was born in Brighton in 1966. He wrote since he was five years old, however he didn't follow this passion immediately, and instead worked in a bookshop for a number of years before becoming an illustrator. He illustrated for famous books such as the Horrible Histories series - a series which tells a side of history which appeals to younger children, as well as a similar series called Murderous Maths. His first published book was Mortal Engines. The gripping tale of traction cities, a scarred young aviatrix called Hester and a niave trainee librarian of London called Tom captured the hearts of many, including my own. This won the Gold Award at the Nestle's Smarties Book Prize 2002 and won Blue Peter book of the year in 2003. Mortal Engines' sequel, Predator's Gold was equally successful. The continuing story of Hester, Tom and their travels in an airship called the Jenny Haniver enraptured fans of the first book. This sequel was selected for the YA Best Books by the American Library Association 2005. Following these were Infernal Devices, in which Tom and Hester have settled down with their daughter Wren and have seemingly abandoned their lives of adventure. But for how long? The, the final book in the series which wraps up Tom and Hester's story, called A Darkling Plain, won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. He has also written a series of other ...

Fox`s Rocky Bar 06/08/2008

Cheap and great tasting!!

Fox`s Rocky Bar I really like Rocky bars for a variety of reasons. They're in constant supply in our house because my Mom made a very groundbreaking discovery a few years back and would not let it go. The simple fact of the matter is, she was paying far too much for chocolate which was, in every sense of the word far too expensive. Of course, if there are only one or two people living in a house, then it's probably fine to splash out on Dairy Milk or Heaven or Thorntons, but when there are six and three of those need something for their lunchboxes, I am afraid cheap and cheerful are the only option. After a little research I have found the following facts. At Asda, they sell a 5 pack of Dairy Milk bars for 1.41. They sell a 4 pack of Galaxy bars for 1.00. They sell a 10 pack of Rocky bars for 1.15. Any Mom's out there who hate shelling out for over expensive chocolate - this is an alternative. Of course, just because Rocky's are cheap does not mean that they are not attractive nor tasty. They taste sweet, with an outer chocolate coating and a crumbly biscuit interior. They may be too sweet for some adults, but for children this little treat will satisfy without costing the earth. The wrapper is also an attractive red colour with the words ROCKY in purple on the front. Now, I hear what you are saying. When you pay for a multipack of dairy milk bars which works out as 28 and a bit pence each instead of 11 and a half pence for the Rocky bars you say you are paying for ...

Skulduggery Pleasant - Derek Landy 06/08/2008

And he's the good guy......

Skulduggery Pleasant - Derek Landy I first heard about this book from my little brother, who is, at twelve, four years younger than me. At the time, I assumed that the book was for that age group exclusively, and would not appeal to my terrbile fantasy addiction. However, one day I was bored and bookless, and so decided to give this book a chance. It turns out I am very glad I did. Firstly, let me tell you a little bit about the author. On his website for the book Sluduggery Pleasant and it's sequel (Skulduggery Pleasant - Playing with Fire) it says that Landy wrote screenplays for a "zombie movie and a murderous thriller in which everybody dies." This vague description of Landy's writing is followed by the fact that he is a blackbelt in Kenpo Karate and has trained children to defend themselves in the hope of creating a munchkin army. I paused when I read this, and thereafter knew that this man could not have written a book I would not enjoy. Landy lives in Dublin and Skulduggery Pleasant and it's sequel are his first books, which are soon due to be made into a film. However enough about the author. More about the book. Well, it is a very striking looking book, which I like. If a book has a boring outer shell, I tend to be disinterested before even reading the blurb. However, the Skulduggery Pleasant book is definately one that would attract even the lover of the weirdest and kookiest kind of book covers. The front cover is titled with the author's name, the name of the book and the caption "AND ...

Anastasia (DVD) 06/08/2008

An animated tale which isn't all cutsie pie....

Anastasia (DVD) Okay, okay, so the first thing I thought when I received this last christmas from a relative who obviously thought I was in fact 8 and not 16 was "Oh Dear." I am not the consummate Disney fan, as I find most of it too twee for words. This is not a Disney movie, but the style is pretty similar. However, the first thing I noticed about this DVD was the cover. Althugh the images are not lifelike, and are indeed, not meant to be, there's something about the confused face of Anatasia (voiced by Meg Ryan) and the cheeky look of Dimitri (voiced by John Cusack) that made me just think "What the hell." So, I opened it up, played it, and was drawn into a world of fantasy. The film begins with the scene where Rasputin aids a rebellion to gain entry into the palace and, although for obvious reasons it is not know in the film, capture and kill them. All except Anastasia and her grandmother, who escape, but get seperated. So, Anastasia is a Russian Princess. Of course, she doesn't know that. She calls herself Anya and she's grown up in an orphanage, dreaming of who her real family could be and gleaning what comfort she can from a necklace that was found with her when she was taken to the orphanage. It has on it an engraving which mentions Paris. Therefore, when she's old enough, she sets off to try and find out if she does have a family after all accompanied by her dog as her only companion. Meanwhile, Dimitri is trying to find a girl who looks like the lost princess. ...

Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson 04/08/2008

This album is a Breakaway hit!!

Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson This is a great albulm for Kelly Clarkson fans. I first got into Kelly's music when I heard her song Behind These Hazel Eyes. I found it a great power ballad and her voice is so powerful and easy to listen to. I ended up buying the albulm just so I could listen to it again. The front cover is simple, with just a picture of a windswept Kelly, her name, and the name of the albulm. The back has on it all the information. It tells you that it was produced by Clive Davis / A & R : Stephen Ferrera / Magagement : The Firm. It is a Sony BMG albulm and was released in 2005. There are 12 tracks on the albulm and 2 bonus tracks. The most well known of the songs are Breakaway, Since U Been Gone, Behind These Hazel Eyes and Because of You. The bonus tracks are Miss Independant and Low. Breakaway has a sort of country feel to it. It's all about breaking away from her small town roots and wanting to achieve her dreams. It's not a ballad but then not really a pop song. I have described it as a heart warming country ballad with hints of pop to my friend, and that is the best way I can sum it up. Kelly's voice is mellow and warm throughout. This is one of my favourite tracks on the album. Since U Been Gone is totally different. It's a much more rock style song about feeling freed by the ending of a relationship. There's a contant guitar with a sharp, looped rhythm, and the chorus is a full band playing. This song is mixture of bitter and relief and Kelly's voice is a lot less ...

Just Rewards - Barbara Taylor Bradford 04/08/2008

Great romance with bite.

Just Rewards - Barbara Taylor Bradford This is the final book in the Emma Harte saga written by Barbara Taylor Bradford. Taylor Bradford was born in Leeds and by the time she was twenty years old was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. A Woman of Substance was her first novel and she has written many others. Her books have sold more than 75 million copies worldwide in over 90 countries and have been translated in 40 languages. As a result some have been made into mini-series and even TV movies. I have to say, I am not normally a fan of books like this. I am a fantasy fan through and through, and the only reason I even picked this up was because I had nothing to do and my mom said this would be the perfect distraction. And it was. The cover is attractive in a girly sense (which I suppose matches the book. I would be surprised to see a man reading Taylor Bradfords!) The photograph on the front is by Jean Francois Talivez and is accompanied very simply by the title, name of author and caption "The Story Of A Woman Of Substance Conclude" at the bottom. At the top its says "THE INTERNTIONAL BESTSELLER". This is however, a complicated story, and it follows a lot of people's lives. If you haven't read at least the previous book in the series (Unexpected Blessings) you will most probably be lost with all the characters you meet. Taylor Bradford writes it as a sequel in the way that she doesn't re-introduce old characters, as it isn't necessary if you've read the other books, so I'd recommend you read up ...

Ark Angel: Bk. 6 (Alex Rider 6) - Anthony Horowitz 04/08/2008

Teen boy turned spy - a recipe for a bestseller

Ark Angel: Bk. 6 (Alex Rider 6) - Anthony Horowitz This is the sixth book in the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. Horowitz is a prolific writer of both children's books and of other projects. As well as writing the Alex Rider series, he has also worked on another series called The Diamond Brothers series which is hugely popular with younger readers. His TV work includes writing for popular dramas such as Poirot and Midsomer Murders, and he has won awards for the series Foyle's War starring Michael Kitchen. Currently, he is writing a new series called The Power of Five which is a teen book filled with magic and adventure. Ark Angel is an attractive looking book, as are all the Alex Rider books, and it certainly stands out with it's shiny gold cover and silver insignia on the front. This is accompanied by the author's name in dark gold, the title in white and the phrase "Alex Rider is back - and this time there are no limits" in white at the bottom of the cover. I am always attracted to a book if the cover looks good, which is probably shallow of me. However, I think that if a writer can't be bothered to make sure the cover is right, how good can the book be? I'll include a picture of the cover with this review. The story begins where the last book (Scorpia) left off. Alex is in hospital after being shot by a sniper. However, the first chapter is not about Alex at all. It is a chapter which follows a man called Max Webber who is speaking at an International Security Conference about the dangers of terrorist ...

Michael Cordy 04/08/2008

An author who reeels you in again and again

Michael Cordy Michael Cordy is an exellent author whose work follows the same sort of trail as that of Dan Brown - except without the crazy grail theories! He's written four books, however, just to complicate things a little, the names of the books varies. I think they were re-titled to higher the sales figures, as the second time they were released they wer given more commercial names. Cordy worked for ten years in marketing before deciding to become an author and he then wrote his first book originally called The Miracle Strain but then renamed The Messiah Code. The Messiah Code, following the story of Dr Tom Carter who's wife has just bee killed by an assasin's bullet which was meant for him, is struggling with his grief whilst at the same time trying to save his dying daughter. He has only one hope, and it lies with the blood of a man who died two thousand years ago. The Messiah Code is now sold in over twenty five countris andis a huge success. This other books are The Venus Conspiracy (previously released as True) about a Professor who unlocks the biochemical key to falling in love, niave to the fact that there are people who will misuse his discovery for their own ends. The Crime Code (previously released as Crime Zero) in which gene therapy is used to try and stop people from committing crime. However there are some who want to take Project Conscience a step further and turn it into Crime Zero, a sinister plot to stop crime dead, with terrible ...

The Ruby in the Smoke - Philip Pullman 04/08/2008

An excellent piece of Victorian drama

The Ruby in the Smoke - Philip Pullman This is the first of the series of Sally Lockhart books Philip Pullman has written. The cover shown with the description is the newer one which was released after the TV adaptation was aired on the BBC. It stars Billie Piper as Sally and was a massive success, hence the new bookcover. However, I will include a picture of the more common old cover with this review so you don't miss it in the shops!! The original cover is in keeping with the book's Victorian setting and is in an old, deep red colour with an illustration of two men, one a gentleman and one a rougher looking man, preparing for a fight. This illustration is by David Hopkins. Also on the original cover is the name of the author and the book (obviously!) along with the phrase 'A GRIPPING MYSTERY FROM THE DEPTHS OF VICTORIAN LONDON' which I believe sums up this book pretty accurately. There is also a positive review from the Observer. The story itself is following Sally Lockhart, an orphan who until recently had lived with her Father, who was a shipping agent. However, his ship went missing at sea and all aboard are presumed dead, Sally is forced to go and live with her Aunt. Yet when a note written by her Father before his death arrives for her, Sally embarks on an adventure. She knows only that she must find a man named Marchbanks and that she should be wary of the seven blessings. However she has no idea what this badly written, nonsensical note could mean, and is forced to do some detective work. ...

A Darkling Plain (Mortal Engines Quartet) - Philip Reeve 03/08/2008

Not the best of the series...

A Darkling Plain (Mortal Engines Quartet) - Philip Reeve To be brutally honest, I felt ever so slightly let down by this book. It's a shame, because I thoroughly enjoyed Mortal Engines, Predator's Gold and Infernal Devices. Also, if you haven't read the other books in the series, this review may not make a lot of sense to you, for which I apologise in advance. I think what clinched it for me is Hester and Tom splitting up in the last book. Noooooo!! Hester and Tom are the couple where Tom is patient and kind, and fairly good looking (although ageing) and Hester is the deformed, violent, fiery one, making the match a good one as opposites attract. However, for me this started on a downer and rarely picked itself up. The cover is good though. It's by David Frankland and is of a tatty looking airship making quite a bad landing with a backdrop of a yellow/gold sky. It promises much, but this book to me just doesn't seem to deliver. It's set six months after the last book and Wren and Tom are now living in the Jenny Haniver and Wren has got what she wanted and no longer lives on the ground, but instead is an aviatrix haunting the skies. However Tom is troubled, both by his heartache of loosing Hester and the pains he is getting from an old bullet wound which are getting progressively worse. The story is split into different sections, and follows not just Tom and Wren but also Wren's friend Theo whom she met in the last book. The has now gone home to Zagwa. a static city which he left when he went to join the ...

Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics) - Jane Austen 03/08/2008

A wonderful piece of a forgotten time...

Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics) - Jane Austen First of all, I have to say, I am a massive fan of Jane Austen. So, you will have to forgive me if I ramble on about how great she is. This is one of the two better known of her book - the other of course being Pride and Prejudice. This isn't because of the writing quality being better in these or worse in the others. In my opinion, it's because Pride and Prejudice and this have been made into popular motion pictures. Anyway, this Penguin classics version is great as it not only looks good from the front with a portrit from Thomas Sully but also has some useful bits and pieces inside. On the fist page is a short biography of Jane Austen, and following that is a bit of information on the other editions of Jane Austen's works Pengiun have published and what is involved in creating a Penguin classic. There is then a chronology of Jane Austen's life and the events that occured during her lifetime, for example the breakout of the French Revolution etc. and a lengthy introduction to the book, about why Austen wrote it, and indeed, wrote any of her books. At the end is a note about all the changes made from the original text, and finally, in my opinion, the most useful section, which is a sort of glossary. This was great, as I didn't understand all the words, and this would have ruined the story for me if there hadn't been a way for me to find out what everything meant. The story is about two sisters, Marianne and Elinor Dashwood, and how after their father's death ...

Angus, Thongs and full frontal Snogging - Louise Rennison 03/08/2008

Funny, mad and weird - Georgia has landed!!

Angus, Thongs and full frontal Snogging - Louise Rennison This is the first in the hilarious series by Louise Rennison. When I first picked up the book, I have to admit the cover was the thing I was most transfixed with. The picture above must be a newer cover, because usually they have cartoon drawings on them and are in eye watering shades that attract attention. I'll post a picture of the better known, more common cover with this review. This particular book in the series has a flourescent orange cover, with the title in pink and cartoon style pictures ofahandbag, heart and a kiss on the front, and a cat on the back alon with the blurb. I thought as soon as I saw the book "This is going to be fun." And guess what. It was! I tells the story of loveable teen Georgia Nicolson, who is convinced the world is conspiring against her. Rennison's writing style is hilarious, and I really think it was a good move to write this book in diary form. It allows her to do things like this.... 10:30 p.m Heard Mutti and Vati arguing. Oh perfect, now they'll split up and they'll both want custody of me. 10:40 p.m If I go with Mum I will have acess to make-up, clothes, and so on, and I can usually persuade her to let me stay out later. She laughs at my jokes and goes out a lot. On the other hand there is Vati. 10:42 p.m Ah well, bye bye, Vati... The book follows this comic pattern, and the storyline is mainly based around her group of friends called the Ace Gang and their search for boys and to complete different stages of ...

Eldest - Christopher Paolini 03/08/2008

Is the sequel as good as it's predecessor??

Eldest - Christopher Paolini This is the sequel to the smash hit book 'Eragon' by Christopher Paolini. The book's cover is simple yet interesting, with a red border and a red dragon pictured on it. At the top in small letters is written 'The Sunday Times bestseller' which is, I am told, a good thing to be. All in all, I really liked the appearance of the book, but there again, you're probably more interested in what was written in the 600 + pages as opposed to the colour and picture on the cover. I love the way this book is presented inside. On the first double page spread there is a map of Alagaesia (where the story is set) and the detail allows you to imagine what it would be like to be there. I found myself referring back to this map when any journey was made throughout the story, just to see what areas of land the characters would have to cross to reach their destinations. It really fired up my imagination. Also, after the contents page, there's a summary of the first book in the cycle, Eragon. I liked this feature, as it meant I didn't have to re-read Eragon to familiarise myself with the story before I began. The summary is only four and a bit pages long, but I found it really deatailed and defiantely helpful. The book begins with the aftermath of the battle that occured at the end of the last book. Eragon is walking through the battlefield, amongst the dead bodies, trying to offer help to those still alive. It's a harrowing scene, and the way Paolini writes about Eragon's feeling of ...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) [Children's Edition] - J. K. Rowling 02/08/2008

Book of the year - or a waste of parchment??

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) [Children's Edition] - J. K. Rowling I bought this book with more than a little trepidation. After the mega media hype it has been getting, I was sure that J.K.Rowling couldn't have written a book as good as it was imagined to be. Another major issue is the fact that everyone has their own views about Harry Potter and what should happen in the books. Some think he should get it together with Hermione, others think Ginny, some think he should die, others that he should live. When I opened the book and began to read, I was pleasantly surprised. It barely includes Hogwarts, which in my opinion, is a shame, but apart from that this is a great story. Voldemort is back,and the Ministry are having to come to terms with the fact that Dumbledore was right all along. Worse, there's no longer any Dubledore to fight along side them, and he was branded the only one Voldemort ever feared. The order of the Pheonix are banding together to try and stop a dark takeover, but with Death Eaters and Dementors at every corner, they're finding it harder and harder to face the enemy. However, despite all of this, Harry has more on his mind.He must complete the task Prof. Dumbledore has left him - find the hocruxes which contain the parts of Voldemort's soul and destroy them. Througout the story Rowing tries to impress on us a feeling of more than just friendship between Hermoine and Ron, going against everything fans have always said (that Harry and Hermione should be a couple) but strangely you can see how it would ...
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