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review 2016-10-05 16:16
Read with tissues
Poppy Lane (short story) (Great War Centennial) - Jordan Taylor

A good story about a dog in WW I. I liked the idea of Poppy being different the stories of her heroism.

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review 2016-03-19 15:25
Pratchett Reread #4
Johnny and the Dead - Terry Pratchett

Death makes an appearance, but in many ways this is look at community and togetherness.

Old Review - In Johnny and the Dead, Terry Pratchett takes a serious topic and makes it funny while keeping it serious. Pratchett teaches the reader about life and death, and about how what might be an insignificant action can change things. He does without preaching.

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review 2016-01-14 16:10
I enjoy this series
Tommies: 1915 Part 2: Five Episodes of the Powerful BBC Radio 4 Drama - Nick Warburton,Full Cast,Indira Varma,Lee Ross

This continues the story from Part One.  All the action takes place in 1915, so there you go.


It's quite a good radio drama and I wish NPR would have something like this.  I really enjoy the different characters - from those on the front lines, to nurses, to those at home.

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review 2015-12-16 22:11
Tommies: Part One, 1914 by Nick Warburton (2014-11-13) - Nick Warburton; Michael Chaplin; Jonathan Ruffle;
This is a collection of 45 minute plays following the same group of characters as they took part in World War I in 1914.

More importantly, Indira Varma, an talented actress, does not play a character that dies. I am shocked. Usually she dies in the first episode or first season, which is sad because she is usually the reason I am watching.

The voice acting is fine, in particular Varma's role as commentor who guides the listen though the history. The play actually includes the Indian regiment that fought.



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review 2015-12-06 20:52
Gossip from the Forest: A Novel - Thomas Keneally

Disclaimer: Arc via Netgalley.


                Thomas Keneally is most famously known, at least outside of his homeland, for his novel Schindler’s List.  This is re-issue by Open Road Media is a Keneally novel set in another World War I.


                Keneally focuses Petain and Matthias Erzberger as they journey to history and the Treaty of Versailles.  He reminds that not only are the men human but that perhaps history has been unfair to them.  For if anything, Erzberger comes across as the better man. 


                The title of the book comes from the style, for the story is relayed in an almost chatty tone with little asides.  The central characters themselves are more focused, in some cases, on their personal lives.  There is an also a disturbing trend of how some of the characters think about war.  The Second World War also hovers overheard, and nowhere is this more haunting than in Keneally’s portrayal of Petain – who comes across as almost dislikable.


                Yet, there is something about the novel that is cold.  It is an anti-war novel, an anti revenge novel, retreading in some degree the conclusion about the treaty.  It is powerful, but slightly off putting. 

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