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Forum: Book Reviews 16th Jan 2018, 8:43
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Posted By Colyngbourne
Re: 2018 Palimplist Discussions

Hiya, yes, I have read his historical novel "The Fifth Queen" which is about Katherine Howard (fifth wife of Henry VIII) - which is very good indeed. Parade's End is a LONG read but really worth it...
Forum: Film Reviews 7th Jan 2018, 14:57
Replies: 4
Sticky: Filmlist 2018
Views: 400
Posted By Colyngbourne
Re: Filmlist 2018

8. Finding Nemo - ****0½ Simply can't stand Marlin....
7. Love's Labours Lost - ****0
6. Beauty & the Beast - live-action ****0
5. Beauty & the Beast - Disney ****0
4. Bambi - ****0
3. War for...
Forum: Book Reviews 7th Jan 2018, 14:53
Replies: 11
Views: 506
Posted By Colyngbourne
Re: Your most recommended read of 2017?

Having failed to keep my book-list, but it's on my Resolutions for this year - I would have to say Tolstoy's War & Peace was my read of the year; but honourable mentions to Sugar Money - by Jane...
Forum: Book Reviews 7th Jan 2018, 14:50
Replies: 9
Views: 609
Posted By Colyngbourne
Re: Palimplists 2018

16. The Female Eunuch - Germaine Greer ****0 Dated in parts but utterly relevant in many other parts.
15. Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen *0000 Bookgroup read - tedious.
14. Cat's Cradle - Kurt...
Forum: Book Reviews 8th Jul 2017, 13:18
Replies: 15
Views: 5,460
Posted By Colyngbourne
Re: Alan Garner: Red Shift

I felt incredibly dim reading Boneland, though I did enjoy it. I was aware I needed probably to re-read the earlier books but I hadn't quite grasped the whole mythos type thing Garner was exploring....
Forum: Book Reviews 8th Jul 2017, 13:15
Replies: 19
Views: 2,542
Posted By Colyngbourne
Re: 2017 Palimplist Discussions

I loved both Possession and The Children's Book, but haven't read any other books by her. I would read both again, actually.
Forum: Book Reviews 25th May 2017, 22:54
Replies: 15
Views: 5,460
Posted By Colyngbourne
Re: Alan Garner: Red Shift

Glad you're enjoying it, lurgee. And after that, you still have "The Moon of Gomrath" in that series. The most recent Garner - "Boneland" - is a finale to the story of Colin and Susan but a book for...
Forum: General Chat 23rd Jan 2017, 8:12
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Views: 64,574
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Forum: Film Reviews 15th Jan 2017, 16:10
Replies: 4
Sticky: Filmlist 2017
Views: 2,648
Posted By Colyngbourne
Filmlist 2017

It begins here

12. Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them - ****0 Great fun in a new franchise.
11. Only Lovers Left Alive - ****0½ Remembering John Hurt; great little film.
10. Verve - ****0½ ...
Forum: Top Tens 8th Jan 2017, 10:55
Replies: 35
Views: 10,373
Posted By Colyngbourne
Re: Top Ten: authors whose new book I would rush out to buy in a heartbeat

I have watched the DVD of "Jonathan Strange...." several times - because it is excellent, but also to ready myself for another tome, sooner rather than later.

I think she will follow Childermass...
Forum: Book Reviews 6th Jan 2017, 12:30
Replies: 12
Views: 3,710
Posted By Colyngbourne
Re: Palimplists 2017

7. Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth - Frank Cottrell Boyce *****
6. The Trouble with Goats & Sheep - Joanna Cannon ***00 Being generous with three stars, I think.
5. The Ocean at the End of the...
Forum: Film Reviews 3rd May 2016, 11:52
Replies: 5
Views: 1,576
Posted By Colyngbourne
Re: Captain America: Civil War

I have no background in comic books so anything to do with Marvel and DC is always all new to me, but I generally enjoy the Marvel films - I've watched Captain America: Winter Soldier, Iron Man (1,...
Forum: Film Reviews 18th Jan 2016, 13:32
Replies: 5
Views: 3,109
Posted By Colyngbourne
Re: Filmlist 2016

And on we go!

2. Ruby Sparks - ****0 Really very cute with Paul Dano
1. The Revenant - ****0½
Forum: Book Reviews 18th Jan 2016, 13:28
Replies: 10
Views: 6,566
Posted By Colyngbourne
Re: Palimplists 2016

2. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins ****0
1. The Mythology of Richard III - Dr John Ashdown-Hill ****0
Forum: Other Reviews 13th Apr 2015, 11:31
Replies: 1,675
Views: 160,116
Posted By Colyngbourne
Re: Decent Telly

I like Mark Rylance a lot but I am a little worried that there is a danger that he is a bit samey in his acting. A recent review of Farinelli & the King suggests his quiet brooding face (serious...
Forum: Film Reviews 12th Apr 2015, 18:00
Replies: 0
Views: 1,384
Posted By Colyngbourne
Little Women (1949)

I last saw the 1949 Little Women when I was a very "little woman" myself, possibly as junior as six or seven years old, at my own mother's knee. June Allyson, Janet Leigh, Liz Taylor and Margaret...
Forum: Book Reviews 25th Feb 2015, 8:00
Replies: 1
Views: 1,643
Posted By Colyngbourne
Re: Ash by Malinda Lo

Oh dear. Admittedly it was several years ago that I read it and the style does seem quite feeble there. I hope other books are more enjoyable and stylistically more impressive.
Forum: General Chat 19th Feb 2015, 10:47
Replies: 5
Views: 2,264
Posted By Colyngbourne
Re: Recent Purchases 2015

I've been avoiding spending on books recently (waiting for a bunch to come out in paperback still) but a trip to York yesterday brought some treats - books I've not spotted anywhere else plus one...
Forum: Other Reviews 2nd Feb 2015, 11:07
Replies: 1,675
Views: 160,116
Posted By Colyngbourne
Re: Decent Telly

I think it is tremendous - the production values are top notch and the acting too. I particularly like Mark Gatiss and Jonathan Pryce (though no more of him now :-( ) and Mark Rylance naturally...
Forum: Film Reviews 12th Jan 2015, 12:56
Replies: 0
Views: 1,551
Posted By Colyngbourne

Darren Aronovsky apparently called it the ‘least Biblical film ever made’: it’s a few verses from Genesis slathered in Rabbinic midrash, and expanded sideways and upwards into an apocryphal but...
Forum: Book Reviews 12th Jan 2015, 11:32
Replies: 0
Views: 1,417
Posted By Colyngbourne
Allan Massie: The Evening of the World

In December 2014 I gave The Evening of the World *0000; in January 2015 I am giving it ****0.

Was it the mid-Christmas malaise vs. New Year invigoration that made the difference? Or that I...
Forum: General Chat 2nd Jan 2015, 17:54
Replies: 5
Views: 2,264
Posted By Colyngbourne
Recent Purchases 2015

Well, Christmas yielded some nice things:


Prelude by Beverley Nichols
The White Boar by Marion Palmer
Richard III: A Study of Service by Rosemary Horrox

Forum: General Chat 2nd Jan 2015, 17:48
Replies: 6
Views: 2,509
Posted By Colyngbourne
Re: Highlights of 2014

New Book of the Year – Probably either The Bunker Diaries by Kevin Brooks (despite my misgivings over it) or The Hunted by Charlie Higson, who is sustainably good at delivering a top-notch read.
Forum: Film Reviews 31st Dec 2014, 0:25
Replies: 10
Views: 4,325
Posted By Colyngbourne
Re: Filmlist 2015

16. Little Women (1949) - TV **000
15. Gone Girl - DVD ****0
14. Metropolitan - DVD ****0 Very odd but satisfying in a cute way
13. Boyhood - DVD *****
12. The Mummy - TV ****0 Oh Brendan...
Forum: Book Reviews 28th Dec 2014, 21:23
Replies: 18
Views: 7,794
Posted By Colyngbourne
Re: Palimplists 2015

8. The Darkest Part of the Forest - Holly Black ***00½ A re-run of Tithe in many ways, but very satisfying. Severin your servant indeed....
7. Captive - A. J. Grainger - **000 The frustration...
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