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Cauldron of Ghosts (Crown of Slaves)
Cauldron of Ghosts (Crown of Slaves)
by David Weber
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Hits the spot nicely!, 4 Feb. 2016
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Another fine book in this ongoing side series. If you have read the others in this series rest assured this is more of the same, well written, engaging and sometimes properly dramatic or funny. In the current long absence of more "Honour Harrington" this along with the orther side series are holding of my cravings for more, and my fury "WANT MORE NOW! NOW NOW NOW"

Deap breath, I did indeed enjoy this book and commend it to others


A Fall of Moondust (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
A Fall of Moondust (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Arthur C. Clarke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling tale of disaster and daring recovery, 28 Mar. 2015
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This was one of my favorite reads when i was a wee thing, i re-read the words right of the pages going over it time and again, and its been maybe 25 years since i even owned a copy. I saw the new edition here and thought i would risk a trip down memory land and i am so glad i did it was just a fine read.

Its utterly boggling to think this was written years before the actual moon landings. The imagination and the technical brilliance displayed here by the author makes this a stand out story from the Golden Age of Sci Fi. The depiction of life on the moon with all its attending features of low gravity dust, extremes of environment and distance from the earth is i think the best feature of this book, also the most startling because of the date of its creation. As always in a Clarke story the people are a little wooden, this author does tend to focus more on plot and environment, but its not a fatal flaw here.

I have one thought i want to share, and that is how life can copy fiction, this is a simple story of engineers and scientists working to overcome disaster, less than ten years later the Apollo 13 incident is so similar its eerie

i am so pleased to have enjoyed rereading this old favorite again, i recommend this as a fine book for the young adult audience, but also for those of us who still get chills and tear up when we hear the words "Huston, Tranquility Base Here. The Eagle has Landed."


Live Free Or Die (Troy Rising)
Live Free Or Die (Troy Rising)
by John Ringo
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Redneck Fantasy for all the family, 25 Nov. 2014
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I Want to first say that i am for all relivant purposes a redneck boy. I am a farmer from the back of beyond, i am suspicious of goverment, and i literaly have a redneck from working outside. So no fury please, i say Redneck with affection, own your label boys and girls. Now to the Review.

Its a brilliant story of how just one man can save the world. Much better than that pesky goverment, for Dam..d sure, better than those limp wristed bureaucrats in Washington, they are probably Commies mutter mutter, Obamacare! mutter Mutter.

I Mock but its Brilliant! A wish fufilling fantasy for the Libertarian heirs of Heinelin, after all if one man can sell the moon, one man can save us from alien invaders with nothing more than Maple Syrup and an iron will. It gets progressively sillier as it goes on, books 2 and 3 go from wish fufilling to absurd, but its a crackaling good read, just dont take the politics too seriously.


Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures)
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures)
by Lois McMaster Bujold
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Good! But not great., 29 Oct. 2014
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So nearly a five star knock it out the park success, but its not. I want to be clear i like this book, laughing out loud more than once. But it falls away as it goes on, moving from the accidental marrage to a hiest gone wrong. The first of these is great, funny and totaly the only way that "Ivan you idiot" was ever going to get hitched, five stars. The second of these just feels forced, added on for length, not very funny, a smile sometimes not hilarious, three stars. so in all four, and a recomendation to buy if you like the series.


Horus Rising (The Horus Heresy)
Horus Rising (The Horus Heresy)
by Dan Abnett
Edition: Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars LUPERCAL!!!, 9 Aug. 2014
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First up, i have never played Warhammer. Never. I will however confess to a smidge of D&D back in the 80's BG (before girls). I want you to know this not to save my unredemable reputation, but to tell you that this book, hopefully this series, is good going on great. And more importantly for me, and maybe for you, it is a great read for the many of us who had to think hard, and then wiki, warhammer to understand what it was.

This is full on well written Space Opera. Of course it is, But i want impress this point. That it is better written, more imaganitive and less reliant of big hairy space weapons and battle than most Space Opera. There is a suatable array of such hardware, a balenced array of gleaming futureistic boys toys for the machinary fetish intrested,so dont worry if thats your thang. But it also has characters to get intrested in and intreguing plot possabilities for the future.

The book is one that works totaly as a novel, fun to read for itself. It works as a single and as the opening work in what seems to be a gargantuan body of related work. Much of what will follow will vary in quality, of this i am sure, but for now this book is worth your time if you like say Honour Harrington or Miles Vorkosien books, i cant say better than that


The Letter for the King
The Letter for the King
by Tonke Dragt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Goodness Wins!!!!, 2 July 2014
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What a lovely book, just great.

So many familiar tropes about growing up, and fantasy worlds and stories, but written in a refreshing winsome way. A story which relies upon finding trust and the belief in honour as the method for success. No martial prowess or trick special talent as a way to glory here just proper endevour and right behaviour. We can all behave like this and maybe we might win too.


Protector (Foreigner Novels)
Protector (Foreigner Novels)
by C. J. Cherryh
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.53

5.0 out of 5 stars A series finding its feet again, 5 Jun. 2014
I have read this book twice now, the second time afer going back and rereading the whole series and i feel that this is a strong book that significantly moves the story forward in a positive way for the first time in while.

I have read the reviews that are less positive, and they mostly complain about so much of the focus being on, and towards Cajerii, well yes and no. I agree that when it started happening it jarred and changed the series in a fundimental way, but now i think it has found a better balence and the plot points surrounding him are moving towards the fore, they no longer feel like added extras that get in the way of the main story.

I like that the story is linking back up towards the ship and station, it feels like the plot starting fo fold back inwards to a conclusion, and there are some nice teasers to suggest where everything is going next, we shall see.

To conclude, this is another 5 star book in a series that is composed of almost all 5 star novels, i love Cherryh's writting, and this is her best series of all.


Redshirts
Redshirts
by John Scalzi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Not as clever as it thinks, 5 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Redshirts (Paperback)
I have read several of John Scalzi's books and liked them very much, positivly revueing them here, but this book i did not like.
Let me explain, i thought the central idea was intresting enough, if a bit precious, unfortunitly i found the exicution dull and ploding.
Thats it, mores the pity Redshirts is a good idea for Terry Pratchet like micky taking of Star Trek, but its not intresting enough to function at the length of the text. The whole exersise read like an idea tossed off in the pub after a few to general chucles, it might have sustained a good short story, but a novel needs more meat, more energy, more ideas to chew on.

better luck next time Mr Scalzi


Midnight Nation - New Edition
Midnight Nation - New Edition
by Gary Frank
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book with massive heart, 31 Jan. 2013
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I read this book last night for the first time, liked it. liked it a lot. Then this morning i read the bit after the apparent end and was left breathless. I read a lot of graphic novels, so many i have to hide them to avoid looking like the geekeiest boy in the village, which i totaly am buy the way. Few, very few are this good, near none have this amount of heart and what used to be called bottom to them(look it up its somat like guts but more...), then when you read the history of how the writting came about i defy you not to be affected by that knowlage.

Many of us have, or will, feel like we are, or deserve to be, a part of the midnight nation. Its a desperate place to be, lonley and voiceless are those so placed. it takes monumental luck or serious compasion on the part of another to leave this part of society, and join the daylight nation as its put. In this book with one fantastical bound they are free but in the real world it takes more, the devise in the book and in real world is the same, kindness, compasion, love for your fellow people. we all need to be cared about, and that is well hamerd home here. soapbox dismounted.

please read, enjoy it, it is fun, but also i hope you take more from it.


Freakangles Volume 6 (FreakAngels)
Freakangles Volume 6 (FreakAngels)
by Warren Ellis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A fine end to a great series, 31 Jan. 2013
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Sadly even the best of serials come to an end, its just to be hoped that they leave us with a feeling of a satisfactory resolution, a job well done. This book does this to my satisfaction.

My only complaint about Freakangels is that it was always going to be too short, i want more please sir... and as complaints go i think this is a desirable one. The whole story is not tied up nicely, you will be left asking "what about xxx", well i guess thats just life. And thats just one of this serials great strenghts, that despite the fantastical mind powers its just a story of 12 very young and confused people just as F....ed up as the rest of us. And this book resolves thier situation properly and thats what it absolutely had to do.

I want more please.


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