16 March 2008

Review: The Angel of Death by Paul Doherty

The Angel of Death by Paul Doherty book cover
This is another medieval mystery by Paul Doherty in his series featuring the lead character Hugh Corbett. I'm slowly working my way through this series, and I'm thoroughly enjoying this literary journey.

Based on historical fact during the reign of Edward 1 of England in 1298, the plot captured my attention from the first page and the investigation into the poisoning of de Montfort during mass was riveting. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a medieval mystery or historical fiction.

My rating = ****

Carpe Librum!
09 March 2008

Review: Embers by Sandor Marai

I'm often influenced to pick up a book based on the cover and the novel Embers was no exception. With a picture of a misty wrought iron gate and fence opening up into a leafy overgrown pathway (shown left), I was drawn to this book straight away.

Upon reading that this story is set in a forgotten castle I was sucked in immediately by the setting as well as the cover. Originally published in Hungary, it has now been translated into English. I won't spoil the story except to say it's about friendship and betrayal lasting 40 years. This isn't my usual preferred subject matter as I usually steer away from 'family drama' but this was a great read.

Embers is a quick and easy read, and I enjoyed it immensely.

My rating = ****

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Review: 10,000 BC Movie

I just came back from seeing the new movie 10,000BC at the Jam Factory and I loved it!!! It was even better than I was expecting and the CGI was very convincing.

It had me on the edge of my seat a number of times. Go along and see it!

My rating = ****

That's my four bucks!
02 March 2008

Review: Duma Key by Stephen King

Duma Key by Stephen King book coverI was really looking forward to the release of this book and now it's everywhere! I bought mine at Borders for $12.95 but some book stores are selling it for over $30, what's going on there?

Needless to say I really enjoyed this book. It has the staple Stephen King supernatural theme, and there was one point in the book when I got such a fright, I exclaimed out loud!! The story follows the plight of a recovering accident victim who moves to Duma Key to make a new start in life. The book is a little long, but this only serves to build the story to an even greater climax.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to any Stephen King fans out there!

My rating = ****

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