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Scandal Takes a Holiday - Lindsey Davis 20/02/2009

Scandal Takes a Holiday

Scandal Takes a Holiday - Lindsey Davis Here is another book review using my 'revised' formatting. Hope you enjoy, comments and guestbook comments highly welcome as always! :-D THE AUTHOR Lindsey Davis was born in 1949 in Birmingham, England. She is famous for her writings that majorly revolve around history and murder mysteries, with some undertones of romance and 'passion crime'. The majority - if not all - of Davis' work is set in a historial period, for example, Scandal Takes a Holiday is set in ancient day Rome. Her novels have won several awards, including New Bestseller and Historial Novel Priza and saw her become President of the organisation Classical Association in 1997. A nineteenth book in her current series was recently published at the beginning of February 2009; it is entitled "Alexandria". Davis studied English Literature at Oxford University before becoming a civil servant for 13 years. BASIC DETAILS ABOUT THE BOOK I only own the paperback version of Scandal Tales a Holiday; it is 368 pages in length which, again like Silver Tower, is a nice amount for something you just want to read as a very short-term 'project'. It took me a little longer to complete than you would probably expect, though - roughly, it took me about eight days. However, that was in between doing university work, working at my part-time job and doing all other sorts of things! I must note, though, that there are other versions available which are either a little shorter or a little longer in length. For ...

Silver Tower - Dale Brown 18/02/2009

Silver Tower

Silver Tower - Dale Brown Well this is my first review for a couple of weeks, been busy busy busy but, admittedly, have also been letting the comments build up on my last book review. I have read all your comments regarding the formatting and style and, whilst some of you like the 'contemporary/different' aspect, the majority of you would prefer continuous prose. So, that's what I'm going to do for the next couple of reviews. I will still slip in the odd review with the bullet points, though! Hopefully this will be easier to read and not so broken up into too many paragraphs, etc. Hope you enjoy and please let me know what you think! :) THE AUTHOR Dale Brown was born on 2nd November, 1956 in Buffalo, New York, United States. He is famous for his writings that majorly revolve around military, action and aviation, not solely that, but the technological details he uses throughout. The majority - if not all - of Brown's work is set in near future periods. His novels have gained him several awards, probably the most notable being New York Times Bestseller! He studied Western European History at Penn State University and had a commission in the US Air Force in 1978. He was awarded many times during his time in the armed forces. This is probably related to his famous hobby and love of space and science! He currently lives in Lake Tahoe, Nevada with his wife and son and even owns a private jet! BASIC DETAILS ABOUT THE BOOK I only own the paperback version of Silver Tower; it is 400 ...

The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy 01/02/2009

The Hunt for Red October

The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy THE AUTHOR Tom Leo Clancy Jr. was born on 12th April, 1947 in Maryland, United States. He is famous for his espionage and military science writings, not solely that, but the technical details he uses throughout his works. The majority - if not all - of Clancy's work is set during the Cold War and its aftermath. Interestingly, he co-owns Baltimore Orioles, a major US Baseball team! He studied English Literature though his chief ambition was to serve in the US military, however, he failed an eye exam. As mentioned above, his keen interest in the military can be seen in all of his novels. His name may sound familiar to you: the video game "Rainbow Six/6" was actually a novel by Clancy. In 2008, Ubisoft bought the right to use his name in video games, and so on. BRIEF INTRODUCTION The Hunt for Red October is a Tom Clancy novel that follows the missions of Marko Ramius - a Soviet submarine captain - and CIA agent and analyst, Jack Patrick Ryan. It is the first book of its particular series and was followed up by the sequel The Cardinal of the Kremlin (see one of my earlier reviews!). The US Naval Institute Press published The Hunt for Red October and it remains their most successful publication! The Hunt for Red October is set in the anxious and difficult time of the Cold War; a top level Soviet submarine captain commits a daring violation of the law and ends up putting the whole world in danger. Jack Ryan - a CIA specialist, as previously mentioned, is thus ...

The Bourne Ultimatum - Robert Ludlum 29/01/2009

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne Ultimatum - Robert Ludlum THE AUTHOR Robert Ludlum was born on 25 May, 1927 in New York City and is known for his large collection of thriller novels. Before becoming a writer, he worked in production as well as a theatrical actor. He had approximately 25 stories published and, today, there are around 290 million copies in print. They have also been translated into around 30 different languages, demonstrating the popularity of his work. Some people may know him by his pseudonyms - Michael Shepherd and Jonathan Ryder - as well as by his most famous writings - the Bourne collection! The Bourne books - Supremacy, Identity, and Ultimatum - have all been turned into films, as you probably already know :) For all of his books, Ludlum carried out extensive research in technology, military forces, and much more, all of which are displayed in the likes of the Bourne series. Another interesting fact that many may not know, is that he chose to use the same pattern for all of his book titles - in other words, "The [Proper Noun, i.e. Bourne] [Noun, i.e. Ultimatum]". Ludlum died at the age of 73, on 12 March 2001 in Naples, Florida. BRIEF INTRODUCTION The Bourne Ultimatum is the third novel from the Jason Bourne collection. It is a sequel to The Bourne Supremacy and was the last Bourne novel to be written by Ludlum personally. It should be noted that the book has a slightly different plot than the film has, as with The Bourne Supremacy. The storyline revolves around David Webb - more commonly known ...

The Janson Directive - Robert Ludlum 19/01/2009

The Janson Directive

The Janson Directive - Robert Ludlum THE AUTHOR Robert Ludlum was born on 25 May, 1927 in New York City and is known for his large collection of thriller novels. Before becoming a writer, he worked in production as well as a theatrical actor. He had approximately 25 stories published and, today, there are around 290 million copies in print. They have also been translated into around 30 different languages, demonstrating the popularity of his work. Some people may know him by his pseudonyms - Michael Shepherd and Jonathan Ryder - as well as by his most famous writings - the Bourne collection! The Bourne books - Supremacy, Identity, and Ultimatum - have all been turned into films, as you probably already know :) For all of his books, Ludlum carried out extensive research in technology, military forces, and much more, all of which are displayed in the likes of the Bourne series. Another interesting fact that many may not know, is that he chose to use the same pattern for all of his book titles - in other words, "The [Proper Noun, i.e. Bourne] [Noun, i.e. Ultimatum]". Ludlum died at the age of 73, on 12 March 2001 in Naples, Florida. BRIEF INTRODUCTION The Janson Directive was published in October 2002, a year or so after Ludlum's death. The story concerns Paul Janson who is an ex-employee of the Navy SEALs (the US Navy Sea, Air and Land Forces) and former member of an undercover government agency referred to as Consular Operations. He is constantly reminded of - and caused distress by - the ...

Consent To Kill - Vince Flynn 17/01/2009

Consent to Kill

Consent To Kill - Vince Flynn THE AUTHOR Vince Flynn is a best-selling American author, born in 1966, in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States. He is famous for his political thriller writings, not solely that, but for serving as a story consultant for the show "24". He studied at St Thomas University, of Minnesota, graduating in 1988 before working for Kraft foods in the marketing field. However, this was somewhat short-lived (or at least not a long-term career) and he left to become an aviator. Approximately one week before heading to Officer school, he was disqualified from the Marine Aviation Program on medical grounds. His interest - and ultimately, his career - in novels began when he attempted to overcome his dyslexia. He has admitted to reading as many books as he possibly could, as well as writing things on a daily basis in order to beat the disorder. So far, six of Flynn's works have been named in the New York Times Bestsellers list. BRIEF INTRODUCTION Consent to Kill is the 7th novel by Vince Flynn, and is the 6th in a series. The series is based on Mitch Rapp, a CIA agent concerned with counter-terrorism. For the past few years (the five Rapp-based novels prior to Consent to Kill) Mitch Rapp has made some very brave and bold decisions which have, ultimately, saved the lives of a large number of American citizens. He has killed with impunity and corruption, tortured in an attempt to avoid disaster, and demonstrated that he will do whatever necessary to prevent terrorists from ...

The Prodigal Daughter - Jeffrey Archer 14/01/2009

The Prodigal Daughter

The Prodigal Daughter - Jeffrey Archer THE AUTHOR Jeffrey Howard Archer was born on 15th April, 1940 in London, United Kingdom. He is famous for covering a number of genres in his work; for example, he has written several children's books, short stories and political-type novels. Many will know him as a former politician, having previously been a member of parliament and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. He has suffered many controversies over the years. He initially trained to be in the police force but left after only a few months in order to become a Physical Education teacher in schools. He taught at Dover College, Kent and was extremely popular with pupils; he had "great motivational skills". BRIEF INTRODUCTION The Prodigal Daughter is a novel, first published in September 1993, featuring Florentyna Rosnovski - amongst other central characters - who is driven by success. She is the daughter of Abel, a man born into desperate poverty and who has had a long-running feud with another man, William Kane. The Prodigal Daughter is a sequel to Kane and Abel, a 1979 novel in which the story plays on the Biblical brothers Cain and Abel; the novel was an international success and reached #1 on New York Times Bestsellers list. This book, The Prodigal Daughter, followed in its footsteps and became one of Archer's best works. The novel opens by introducing the long-running feud between Kane and Abel to the readers. The feud then switches as coming from the perspective of the two men's ...

The Cardinal of the Kremlin - Tom Clancy 13/01/2009

The Cardinal of the Kremlin

The Cardinal of the Kremlin - Tom Clancy THE AUTHOR Tom Leo Clancy Jr. was born on 12th April, 1947 in Maryland, United States. He is famous for his espionage and military science writings, not solely that, but the technical details he uses throughout his works. The majority - if not all - of Clancy's work is set during the Cold War and its aftermath. Interestingly, he co-owns Baltimore Orioles, a major US Baseball team! He studied English Literature though his chief ambition was to serve in the US military, however, he failed an eye exam. As mentioned above, his keen interest in the military can be seen in all of his novels. His name may sound familiar to you: the video game "Rainbow Six/6" was actually a novel by Clancy. In 2008, Ubisoft bought the right to use his name in video games, and so on. BRIEF INTRODUCTION The Cardinal of the Kremlin is a novel, first published in 1988, featuring Jack Ryan who is a CIA member. His full name is President Sir John Patrick Ryan, Sr., Ph.D., CPA, KCVO (what a mouthful!): he worked in Accountancy, etc. before the CIA and had received a Royal Victorian Order. The Cardinal of the Kremlin is a sequel to The Hunt for Red October; they are based around Strategic Defensive Initiative and the Soviet's equivalent. The Cardinal novel is known for its quite "crazy" and outrageous conclusion. The novel demonstrates how the CIA works with their field agents in obtaining information. Mary Pat Foley and Ed Foley are introduced as the joint heads of the Moscow ...

The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler 11/01/2009

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler THE AUTHOR Raymond Thornton Chandler was born on 23 July, 1888 in Chicago, Illinois, but, in 1895, moved to Britain with his mother after his father has walked out on them. His first poem was written around 1907 when he was working in the Royal Navy. Chandler disliked his Admiralty job in the Navy and so left to become a journalist. His reviews and journalism in general were unsuccessful, provoking him to leave for the United States. He eventually set up in Los Angeles and continued his poetry and novels. He suffered bouts of depression for some time and attempted suicide in 1954 following the death of his wife Cissy. His death on 26 March 1959 was no related to a suicide attempt, rather pneumonia. Chandler is famous for writing crime stories and novels that have had a large influence on modern private-eye writings. BRIEF INTRODUCTION The Big Sleep is a novel first published in 1939, followed by a couple of film versions - one in 1945 and the second in 1978. This is actually the first Chandler novel to feature Philip Marlowe, the famous detective. This particular novel is notoriously cokmplex and difficult to follow though has been named as Chandler's best works. Not solely this, it was also awarded the TIME magazine award for Best 100 novels 1923-2005. The novel begins in mid-October. Philip Marlowe is hired by the old, ailing General Sternwood to help him "take care of" Arthur Gwynn Geiger. Geiger is a homosexual (has been considered to be bisexual) ...

The Long Goodbye - Raymond Chandler 11/01/2009

The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye - Raymond Chandler THE AUTHOR Raymond Thornton Chandler was born on 23 July, 1888 in Chicago, Illinois, but, in 1895, moved to Britain with his mother after his father has walked out on them. His first poem was written around 1907 when he was working in the Royal Navy. Chandler disliked his Admiralty job in the Navy and so left to become a journalist. His reviews and journalism in general were unsuccessful, provoking him to leave for the United States. He eventually set up in Los Angeles and continued his poetry and novels. He suffered bouts of depression for some time and attempted suicide in 1954 following the death of his wife Cissy. His death on 26 March 1959 was no related to a suicide attempt, rather pneumonia. Chandler is famous for writing crime stories and novels that have had a large influence on modern private-eye writings. BRIEF INTRODUCTION The Long Goodbye is a novel first published in 1953 and was based around Chandler's famous detective Philip Marlowe. The book contains many autobiographical elements that relate to the author's own life. It has been ranked as one of Chandler's best works. The Long Goodbye was given the Edgar Award for Best Novel two years later in 1955. The novel begins outside a club called The Dancers. Marlowe meets Terry Lennox outside the club; he is a drunk and has many scars on his face. The two men become friends over the next few months, though the friendship is an 'uncomfortable' one. However, late one night, Lennox turns up at ...

The House on Hope Street - Danielle Steel 11/01/2009

The House on Hope Street

The House on Hope Street - Danielle Steel BRIEF INTRODUCTION Liz and Jack Sutherland have been married for 18 years, during which have started a family, established their own law firm and set up home on Hope Street, San Francisco. However, the family suffers a severe blow when Jack dies once Christmas morning. Liz struggles to come to terms with losing not only her husband but the father of her children and her best friend. Months pass and Liz eventually finds the courage within herself to return to work and become a full-time mother again. Another blow hits the family when the eldest Sutherland son is involved in a terrible accident and is placed into the care of the hospital. Bill Webster, a doctor, enters Liz's life and, over several months, a relationship blooms. Liz feels a sense of hope however, there are underlying problems of change and upset as the first anniversary of Jack's death approaches. She must face these issues head on before a fresh start on Hope Street can occur. PLOT A story of courage and loss, of the power of the family and the strength of the human soul. *Subplot* A secondary plot - a subplot - is apparent in this Danielle Steel book. It is based around action and suspense. *Action* A wrecked train/accident progresses into love. *Family* Quite a lot of family focus, some hatred and dislike shown between members. There is also a storyline concentrating on children and pregnancy. MAIN MALE CHARACTER *Age* 20s-30s (not stated in the ...

The Man with the Golden Arm (A Rebel Inc. Classic) - Nelson Algren 10/01/2009

The Man with the Golden Arm

The Man with the Golden Arm (A Rebel Inc. Classic) - Nelson Algren BRIEF INTRODUCTION In The Man with the Golden Arm, Algren tells the story of Frankie-Machine-Majcinek, his wife Sophie (Zosh), his friend Solly-Sparrow-Saltskin, his lover Molly Novotny and his enemy Police Captain Record Head Bednar. There are other characters but these are the major ones throughout. Frankie is a World War 2 Veteran who is addicted to morphine, chiefly due to a war wound he suffered but also because of guilt after having crippled his wife in a drunk-driving accident. He feels hatred towards Sophie because he feels she 'faked' a pregnancy - the one that led to their marriage. He feels he can escape the morphine addiction when he spends time with Molly, the girl he is having an affair with. However, the affair only worsens his guilt and leads to further drug use Louie Fomorowski is Frankie's drug dealer. Louie challenges him which results in Frankie unintentionally killing the dealer. Later on in the story, Bednar - the police officer - attempts to set Sparrow up to name Frankie as Louie's killer, mainly because it is election year and wants to obtain votes. Frankie goes on the run, leaving wife Sophie (who is now going crazy due to morphine), and sets up shelter at Molly's home for a brief time. Eventually, though, the police find him and he commits suicide. The story ends with an inquest and the poem of The Man with the Golden Arm. PLOT *Tone* I found the tone of this book to depressed/depressing for the most part. The "tone" of a ...

Frederic Fekkai Glossing Shampoo 10/01/2009

Frederic Fekkai Glossing Shampoo - Get Glossy!

Frederic Fekkai Glossing Shampoo What is the product? The Frederic Fekkai Glossing Shampoo is primarily a remedy for dull and/or lifeless hair. What does it actually do? As previously stated, the shampoo restores vivid shine and life to lifeless and dry hair. Not solely that, but it also cleanses the hair very gently whilst nourishing it at the same time. Another great benefit is that it contains numerous vitamins and proteins helping to create a smoother finish to your locks! Immediately, this shampoo generates a gorgeous, luxurious lather and really does give the intended and desired results. I wash my hair on a daily basis and many shampoos (teamed with conditioners) have left my hair dry and straw-like and really didn't help my heat-damaged hair at all. This, however, is perfect and is a little gem! My hair type Long length, thick, naturally wavy (including some spiral curls/ringlets). Blow dried straight, followed by straightening routine using GHDs. My hair is rather dry due to excessive styling and heat use. Has not been coloured for nearly 18 months. How I used it To begin, I applied quite a generous amount of shampoo to my palm; I have long, thick hair and so require more shampoo than most people. Next, I rubbed the shampoo between both palms to create somewhat of a lather and applied it to my scalp using my fingertips. I worked the shampoo vigorously into the scalp for appromximately one minute. I followed this by rinsing my hair properly, to prevent product build-up ...

Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream 10/01/2009

Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream - Get Glossy!

Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream What is the product? The Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream is a leave-in cream with the purpose of creating shiny, manageable hair. What does it actually do? It provides light control and provides lasting shine. Another great benefit is that it protects the hair from typical and common damage brought about by styling tools and the like. Furthermore, it guards the hair from the environment with UVA- and UVB- type sunscreens. It absorbs quickly and does not make your locks greasy (which is a big plus for me!). Despite the non-greasy claim, I have doubts as to how effective this product is on thin, limp and/or oily hair. Nevertheless, it has won various awards, for example "Best of Sephora 2008", so it may be that this works well with oily-prone hair and the like. I never applied this product to my roots, in order to prevent greasiness; as the scalp is a naturally oily area of the body, it is of course somewhere to avoid when it comes to using styling creams, etc. (or at least excessive use, anyway!) Applied to the ends of thick, wavy-ish hair it works a treat, though. My hair type Long length, thick, naturally wavy (including some spiral curls/ringlets). Blow dried straight, followed by straightening routine using GHDs. My hair is rather dry due to excessive styling and heat use. Has not been coloured for nearly 18 months. How I used it To begin, I applied the cream to my wet - sometimes simply damp - hair; I applied to the ends first as these ...

Sony KDL-40W4000 08/01/2009

BRAVIA KDL-40W4000 - my second BRAVIA

Sony KDL-40W4000 This is my second BRAVIA review. I was so impressed with my v4000, that I bought the newest of the range - the KDL40W4000 - for my living room. It is one of the best purchases I have ever made - not solely electronic-wise - and arrived in good time for Christmas. I am having so much fun watching films on it and have been itching to write a review...so here it is! Enjoy, and feel free to ask questions in my guestbook! THE TELEVISION ----------BASIC SUMMARY OF FEATURES--------------- --------------- Resolution 1920 x 1080 (6.2 Mega Pixels) Dimensions (with table stand) 98.6cm (width) x 68.4cm (height) x 27.9cm (depth) Dimensions (without table stand) 98.6cm (width) x 64.6cm (height) x 11.0cm (depth) Weight (inc. stand) 21.5kg Weight (without stand) 18.5kg Swivel? Yes Swivel range 20° left/right Logo illumination? Yes Screen Aspect Ratio 16:9 ----------SERIES--------------- --------------- Bravia. Bravia - or "BRAVIA", rather - is a brand that Sony uses to market its high definition LCD televisions, in addition to projection televisions and projectors, and mobile phones in countries such as Japan. The original name was WEGA and some BRAVIA advertisements can still be found where the item in question carries the WEGA logo. The name is actually an acronym for "Best Resolution Audio Visual Integrated Architecture". ----------PRODUCT TYPE--------------- --------------- This product is an LCD television, where "LCD" is the commonly known abbreviation for ...
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