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Great insight into a great story teller

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Reviewed: 05-09-19

This book is a great insight into how Philip Pullman imagines and writes his stories. Perfect for literary students of all ages. He gives an insight into how his ideas come to life, how they manage to appear on the page as they should and how accidents in writing makes good stories. A natural born writer and thinker, Philip Pullman gives an honest opinion on his works and methods of writing a good story. Of course, none of us think quite the same and being able to pull off similar masterpieces as he does would be fortunate indeed. Enjoyable.

Enjoyable and educational

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Reviewed: 04-09-19

A great book to accompany Mythos. However, it is very complex and although Stephen Fry is a great story teller and very good at simplifying things to a simpletons level (i.e., Me), keeping up with who's who and where they are in the story and who fits into a particular picture at any time, is difficult.

On the whole the stories are great and will enlighten you as to words, explanations, objects we use every day in understandable meaning.

This is a really good way to introduce children and adults alike to a love of history incorporating the here and now with the past.

Erotica Fantasy - in Ancient Egypt?

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Reviewed: 04-09-19

Not really sure what Mr Smith has done to this story, but I was compelled to get to the end of it. Somehow, the hero of the story is now capable of all sorts of magic. This story takes you further along the pharaoh family line but Tahiata (who is still alive, well and healthy) is able to perform all sorts of sorcery. It takes him through miraculous adventures even managing to grow a new appendage. All very peculiar. There are some good parts of the story, its not rubbish, but it feels as though Mr Smith has been watching (or reading) Game of Thrones and decided, "I want some of that". Very erotic and very fanciful. But hey ho, whatever floats your boat, I suppose.

Fabulous follow up to River God

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Reviewed: 03-09-19

And we are back in ancient Egypt. This is such a great way to get back to the story before it was interrupted by modernity. Tihiata is back with his charges and leading them to greatness. With a young Pharaoh in tow and the love of his life dead, it is now his mission to take Lostris' children on a journey back to their homeland and fight for their land. He certainly is very resourceful. Enjoy his new mission and adventure.

Great follow up to River God

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Reviewed: 03-09-19

Again a much loved book and, well, still sort of following the story of Tiata the slave, but bringing everything right up to date. We find Tiata in a tomb. This book takes on a separate but intriguing story all the same. Finding ancient artifacts, especially those of ancient Egypt can put you in all sorts of peril. Especially when someone else would prefer you to do the finding whilst they reap the spoils. Bringing it up to date, does not mean you are safe in Tiata's world. A great follow up. Enjoy.

Superb - great story telling from Wilbur Smith

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Reviewed: 03-09-19

I love this book. I haven't read it for several years, but it is one of my favourites and I have read it several times. Set in ancient Egypt the story begins with an adventurous young man and a mischievous girl under the care of her slave Tiata - our story teller. The original trilogy, which has since been transformed into several episodes follows his life and trials whilst caring for his various charges. This book has twists and turns taking you through every aspect a slave has to do to survive in ancient Egypt during the course of his daily routine. He has to lie, cheat and put his own life on the line. Great stuff.

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Another triumph - fabulous story

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Reviewed: 03-10-18

these stories are getting better and better - another triumph for Strike. I was hooked from start to finish with this episode. I love how the relationships are developing, although I am not holding my breath for romance - the only thing I found slightly irritating was adding the Henrik Ibsen line at the beginning of each chapter! although it didn't detract from the story it didn't add anything either.

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Unusually enlightening story

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Reviewed: 02-09-18

not what I was expecting - I initially thought I was going to be reading a time hop super hero story of changing the course of history and became frustrated by lack of. However the last chapter opened up the meaning of this story and I was pleasantly surprised by the finish. I want to say it is a feel good story, but it actually is much deeper than that and cuts to true human empathy- I would recommend reading it has a very good finish.

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fabulous - funny-sad and real

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Reviewed: 19-08-18

another fantastic story from Rowling. Full of real life drama, trauma and quirks. empathetically written it will make you stop and think before you make your own crass judgements on others.

Difficult to get through......

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Reviewed: 16-11-15

.....and so I thought I would see if the final episode would turn a corner and live up to the excitement of the first book - however, it marginally managed to get me to finish it, but still with some disappointment - Jean and Locke had turned into a pair of hapless wusses, rather than the mischevious, fearless heroes of daring that I had expected of them - the vocabulary had turned childish and some of the content vulgar - I'm glad to see the back of it - on that note, and as I found the narration totally irritating, I might - at some stage try reading it myself. It may be a better book read rather than listened to. I would not recommend the audio version.