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The Dragon and the Jewel (Dell Book)
The Dragon and the Jewel (Dell Book)
by Virginia Henley
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars trash... at its finest!, August 4, 2007
classified as 'historical romance' i must say that the 'dragon and the jewel' is pretty much void of any historical fact, the only thing ringing true is that Simon de Montfort and Eleanor Plantagenet were real people. however we are talking about Virgina Henley and although she's rather good at writing housewife porn in an historical setting, she does tend to stray from fact (if you are at all interested about Simon's life and want to read something with abit more substance try Sharon Penman's "Falls the Shadow"). DATJ is basically your typical, formulaic romance, complete with stubborn, insolent heroine and ruggedly handsome, narrow minded, oh-so-good in bed hero. the exception: the bedroom scenes in this book are switched on to overload (to the point where it just gets ridiculous). the dialogue between the two lovers is both crass and corny. there were times where i just found it so trying to read this book because i was either laughing too hard at all their ridiculous attempts at declaring their love for one another (for example Simon telling Eleanor "i plan to f*ck" as a way of making ammends after one of their many superficial arguments) or just rolling my eyes ( eleanor calling simon her "black-eyed devil"). also i found Simon's tendency to lick bodily fluids before and after their love-making to be most distastful... its was almost gag worthy - i mean, sure they like getting on the hobby horse, but is it really necessary to go into such unnecessary detail? by the way, there are also some weak battle scenes, a deceitful bishop (who also happens to be a kiddy-fiddler), some verbal sparring with the king and a horny helper which act as filler between Simon and Eleanor's bed hopping.
so if you are looking for some brain candy with a plot that is not complex and doesn't require alot of thinking with a hero who's looks sound way to be good to be true (perhaps this should be catergorized as fantasy?), this book might be for you. just don't take anything from DATJ as educational.


A Twist In The Myth
A Twist In The Myth
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3.0 out of 5 stars and then there was... a twist in the myth?, August 4, 2007
This review is from: A Twist In The Myth (Audio CD)
although its almost been a year since i bought the cd, it's only recently that i've given it a decent spin and realised it's not as bad as i first thought (although i still maintain it's not their greatest effort). the problem with "Twist in the Myth" is the inconsistancy of the songs. for instance 'turn the page' is classic Blind Guardian - soaring vocals combined with a celtic feel and 'otherland' is also quite epic. other songs with merit include 'fly', 'carry the blessed home' (although the synth is a tad much), 'dead sound of misery' (which is really just a darker version of 'fly') and 'this will never end'. i'm still sitting on the fence in regards to 'skalds and shadows', it has a great medieval guitar feel and hansi sounds awesome, but it just doesnt take me to the same heights of 'the bards song' or 'lord of the rings'. as for the rest, in my opinion, it's just filler lacking pretty much all the majestic, epic sounds that define blind Guardian. if you are looking to get into this band, start with "nightfall in middle earth" or "tales from the twilight world". for those who are long time BG fans, don't expect another "night at the opera"


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