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Archive | Reviews

Review of The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

The House of Silk

There can be no doubt that writing a Sherlock Holmes novel, as endorsed by the Conan Doyle estate, must be accompanied by the kind of pressure and expectations that only first term American presidents must be familiar with. Not only is it a series with over a hundred years of uninterrupted popularity, but it also […]

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Review: X-Men First Class


It has definitely been the year of the comic book and super hero movie, with Thor, Green Lantern, Green Hornet and Captain America rocketing to the top of the bestseller charts. Next year we will get to enjoy The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. There are also rumours of another Superman movie called The Man of Steel due in 2013 after the […]

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Review of My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher

My sister lives on the mantelpiece

Besides having a charming cover (the paperback one is nowhere near as good as the trade paperback), My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher may be one of the best books of this year, an especially noteworthy achievement since it is ostensibly geared towards teens. The story starts with the line ‘My sister lives on […]

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Nomu reviews Modern Classics 2 by Donna Hay


    Every month on the NOMU blog Paul and Tracy review one of our stunning cookbooks. This month they took a look at Donna Hay’s Modern Classics 2. What we loved about this cookbook is its effortlessly unfussy layout, everything is so clearly presented, each recipe detailed in perfect precision and the uncomplicated photography […]

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k.d. Lang Recollection

Recollection is a two-disc compilation of some of k.d. Lang’s most wonderful songs. Lang’s rich, smooth vocals and her seduction of the guitar are showcased only too well in this collection. I remember hearing Miss Chatelaine as a child, and it was on the strength of that one song that k.d. Lang’s voice has been a part of […]

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Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

About the Book: Set in a Johannesburg not unlike our own, the novel features Zinzi December, an underclass tough-chick with a witty mouth, a sloth on her back who pulls 419 scams for a living. She also occasionally finds lost things, for a fee of course. When she is hired to do her least favourite […]

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Seal’s Definitive Hits

After more than two decades in the music industry, genre-defying singing sensation Seal has released a collection of his hits, simply titled ‘Hits’.  Available in two editions (one a single disc, the other a double disc set), ‘Hits’ is perfect for both new and long-time followers. Seal’s voice, husky and soaring, is one of the […]

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was probably one of the most anticipated games of 2009, so I guess I am a bit late with this review! This will have to be for those who have not picked it up yet and are looking for something to play. Seriously though, if you have not paid attention […]

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  Jakhalsdans, the new film by Darrel James Roodt and written by Deon Meyer, features some well known South African names. Theuns Jordaan, Elizma Theron, Neil Sandilands, and Christina Storm heads up this film’s cast in a story about love, passion and music. Mara Malan (Elizma Theron) and her 6 year old daughter Mia (Janke […]

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