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Peter James – Faith | Review

Title: Faith

Author: Peter James

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 470

Rating: 3/5

This is another one of James’ lesser hits, which is kind of unsurprising because I’ve never found his standalones to be particularly strong. I guess I’m a Roy Grace fan more than a Peter James fan, although I am still slowly but surely working my way through everything he’s written. It’s just that this definitely isn’t at his best in this one.

Part of that is probably because of the characters. We’re mostly focusing on a manipulative plastic surgeon and his doormat wife, who he basically uses as a walking portfolio. Bad things start to happen to them, but really who cares? If anything, the fun in this story comes from watching their lives slowly fall apart.

Other than that, there’s not a great deal to say about this one. It’s a pretty competent thriller I guess, but I don’t really have much time for competent thrillers because there are so many of them out there and they’re all basically the same. In fact, by the time I was a third of the way through this, I was asking myself why I was still reading. But I’m a completionist and I’m trying to work my way through everything that Peter James ever wrote, and so I had to keep on keeping on anyway or my brain would have hated me.

And that brings us on to something of a problem for me, which is that I need to write another 200 words to finish off this review. But there’s just not much to say, to the point at which my favourite characters were some of the minor ones who didn’t really get as much air time as I think they deserved.

What more can I say? It was competent but not for me, and I feel as though even if you are going to read Peter James, you shouldn’t start with this one. Read some of the Roy Grace books instead, or if you’re not into crime then perhaps it’s worth checking out The House on Cold Hill. I think that one’s even been turned into a stage play, which could be worth checking out.

So would I recommend this one? Not really, I’m afraid. It was just a bit of a filler read for me, and I’m hoping that the next one that I pick up will be more memorable. I can’t say that this was awful or anything like that, but I do think that if you ask me about it in six months, I won’t remember a thing. That’s actually surprisingly common and it’s hardly the first time I’ll have read a book and immediately forgotten it. Shame it happened with an author that I actually quite like though, but eh.

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Don Bachardy – Hollywood | Review

Title: Hollywood

Author: Don Bachardy

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 368

Rating: 8/10


Don Bachardy - Hollywood

Don Bachardy – Hollywood


Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

I’m not normally a fan of large hardbacks, and this certainly fits the bill – it’s huge, and one of the heaviest books that I own. The stiff front cover is further protected by a plastic binding, and the glossy pages are of a high-quality that shows off Bachardy’s portraits at their very best.

Now, I can’t say that I recognised many of the people included in the anthology, but I could still appreciate the way in which Bachardy managed to capture the soul of his sitters by absorbing their expressions in a way that no photographer ever could. It’s particularly interesting when the same people are shown twice, but with a number of years in between them – there’s often still the same something which defines them, and which shows in both portraits despite their years.

The pictures are separated in to three different sections – ‘directors‘, ‘screenwriters and others‘, and ‘actors‘. There’s also an index to help you to look up your favourite personalities, but the beauty of this book is the way that you can flip through it at random and always find something interesting. And, if you want to read it from cover to cover like I did, it’s only going to take you half an hour if you give each of the pictures just a cursory glance.


Don Bachardy

Don Bachardy


You can always look back at your favourite portraits later, and there are a huge collection to choose from – my own favourite is a portrait of Tom Waits, who’s one of my all-time heroes. Don Bachardy must be a fascinating man to speak to – he’s met everyone who’s anyone, and he’s also the former life partner of the late novelist Christopher Isherwood. I’m hardly a scholar of either of them, and I knew very little about them until I read this book, but I have to say that my interest is piqued.

So yeah, I recommend that you go and buy yourself a copy. If only I could afford to buy that Tom Waits print…


Don Bacardy Self-Portrait

Don Bacardy Self-Portrait


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