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Hidden Empire (Saga of Seven Suns 1)
Hidden Empire (Saga of Seven Suns 1)
by Kevin J. Anderson
Edition: Paperback

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Turgid, 18 Aug 2007
The Saga of Seven Suns series popped up as a recommendation because I enjoyed Peter Hamilton, Alistair Reynolds, Iain M Banks, Richard Morgan and Neal Asher. Well, those guys know how to write; Kevin J Anderson appears not to.

One of the first rules of good writing is "show don't tell". Hidden Empire ignores this rule with ream after ream of dull flat exposition. There's no character development, no sense of involvement, nothing to care about at all.

Devil's Advocate
Devil's Advocate
by John Humphrys
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.09

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Big on opinions, shorter on evidence, 13 Dec 2001
This review is from: Devil's Advocate (Paperback)
I enjoyed much of this book's description of the modern state of the UK. However, too often I found myself irritated by Humphrys' more subjective outbursts. He has a lot to say that is interesting and diverting (if not always wholly stimulating) but when he enters one of his tirades against the latest modern malevolence he becomes almost unreadable. In fact, the incoherent and randomly argued opening pages almost made me give up on it.
I'm glad I didn't. When he gets to his own turf - journalism and TV news in particular - he has a lot more of substance to say; and a lot more evidence for his views.
Humphrys states in his book that teenagers have treated sex as though they are the first ever to discover it since time began. He ought to remind himself that old codgers have bemoaned the state of things for almost as long.

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