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Ok, so I love Jane Austen and have read all her books and watched everything based on them. I bought this ITV DVD boxset and thoroughly enjoyed them all. Whilst Gwyneth Paltrow in my opinion is the best Emma, Kate Beckinsale in this version is really good and yes.. Billie Piper may be a little too bleached blonde for the role of Fanny Price in Mansfield Park but I don't care...I'm no great Austen literary critic , I am happy enough to be entertained by a good adaptation of a great classic story and I loved all three! One criticism of the boxset though is that they missed out on the best one...Persuasion! Rupert Penry Jones is the best Captain Wentworth ever and I had to go and buy it seperately, it would have been a great addition to the set. Any Austen fan will I believe appreciate this boxset while sipping tea and longing for the good old days of heaving bosoms and puffed sleeves!!! Sigh!!
As a huge Koontz fan I have to admit to being a bit disappointed with this one. I didn't feel the magic that I normally do when reading a Koontz novel as the plot and characters hadn't as much to offer as previous books!!! Saying all that it was still a good read, the villian Alton Blackwood is as evil and twisted as any other Koontz baddie and the descriptions of the murders are gruesome enough to please most readers. The book is happily still an optimistic triumph of good over evil with characters faced with doubt and tragedy overcoming their worst fears. Police officer John Calvino is the main character and we follow him as he investigates the recent brutal murders of an entire family by the young son Billy. John soon realises that the muders have an uncanny likeness to the killing of his own family when he was a boy and when he deepens his investigation he finds that things only gets stranger and more supernatural as he realises that he and his family are next on the target list!!! All in all a good read
I have always loved Dean Koontz and although his books are classified as horror this seems a bit narrow a category! His books are widely different, with themes ranging from genetic experiments, psycho killers and the occult but throughout is always seen the theme of good triumphing over evil. Many horror writers give an impression of impending doom and I always worry slightly that the authors are a little mad for their own good but Koontz is an optimist and this is clearly seen throughout his novels. Watchers is my favourite Koontz and my paperback is sadly wrecked with its much overuse!!! Happily I have now bought the kindle version....indestrucible!!!! Golden retrievers play a big role in most of Koontz's novels and in Watchers Einstein is one of the main characters. A love of dogs is not required to be completely engrossed in this tale where scientific experimentation has produced a pair of spookily intelligent animals that change the lives of all who come into contact with them! Everyone has always wanted to know what it would be like to find a way to communicate with their pet and this novel gave me shivers as Travis Cornell after finding Einstein soon discovers that this is no ordinary dog!! Romantics...do not despair, as Watchers includes a romantic interest as well as a very psychologically disturbed assassin just to make things even more interesting!! Enjoy
As an avid fantasy reader I read these books when I was about 18 (I'm 35 now and have read the series 3 times) and have yet to come across a fantasy series on a level with them. The story is epic, you follow heroes and villians across sea and land and are absolutely involved in their lives. The characters are real, no namby pamby heroes or unredeemable villians, and you will very quickly identify pasionately with them. My favourite characters seem to be the underdogs- Jon Snow, illegitimate son sent to guard The Wall and Daenerys Targaryen, the exiled princess owner of three dragons and young wife to a wild warlord. This series is not for the faint hearted!!! There is violence and lust described in graphic detail at times but it adds to the intensity of the series and I promise that you will not be able to read these books without an elevated pulse rate and time off work to calm down!!!!!!