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The Android's Dream
The Android's Dream
by John Scalzi
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the title would indicate, 9 Mar. 2009
A much better book than the title and rather daft cover would indicate.

I've read most of his other books and this one is funny, fast-moving and interspersed with satirically violent set-pieces.

A pleasant surprise.


Snuff
Snuff
by Chuck Palahniuk
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, sharp and shocking, 1 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Snuff (Hardcover)
In my humble opinion I think some of the other reviewers are being a little harsh and somewhat missing the point.

Yes, the book is short, almost a novella. But why is this such a bad thing? It is the length it is because that's how long it takes Mr Palahniuk to tell the story and he's not a man to waste words.

To read it in one sitting probably means missing much of the subtlety. I took my time, savouring his mastery of unsavoury scenes and re-reading the tight dialogue and vivid descriptions.

As usual his background research includes obscure facts on a given theme, this time centred on the pain Hollywood's lure can inflict on those who seek the immortality it offers.

OK, so the main story is a little predictable to long-term fans (like myself) as you know he's going to throw blinds and bluffs into the plot, but once again he has explored a different subject in an entertaining way and original way.

When added to his portfolio it fits nicely, following Haunted and Rant and leaving me not one jot disappointed. Who knows what his next book will be but consider that Rant was only released a little over a year ago so he's had little time to write another full-scale novel.

However, when it arrives, I'm sure all the reviewers here, like me, will be pre-ordering it well in advance, sure in the knowledge that there are very few authors in the World today who can write such powerful, bizarre books.


Pushing Ice (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Pushing Ice (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Alastair Reynolds
Edition: Hardcover

19 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A giant leap backwards..., 21 Nov. 2005
I shall not be buying any more of his humongous tomes. This latest effort made “Neighbours” seem action-packed and fast-moving.
There were some interesting ideas regarding alternative methods of FTL travel, which Reynolds’ astrophysics background probably helped to furnish, but apart from that it was…dull.
Absolutely nothing of note happened during huge swathes of the book. The fun, what there was of it, started so close to the end of the book I’d lost the will to live, let alone be all geed up and excited at the prospect of a finale.
Maybe he was trying to go low-key. Maybe he was bored. Even the largely disappointing “Algebraist” had some great twists and turns along the way. “Pushing Ice” had nothing. No suspense, twists, action, romance, philosophy, double-crosses, reveals or even particularly humourous or entertaining characters.
Not recommended. Thumbs and other opposable limbs down.
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Market Forces (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Market Forces (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Richard Morgan
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Stuff, 4 Mar. 2004
A full throttle, ultra-violent, twisting, treacherous tale of corporate killers.
Not for the faint-hearted nor the politically correct. No hero, just varying degrees of villainy. No squeaky-clean Hollywood good-guys here.
It's a superb read, one of the most enjoyable and absorbing thrillers I've read in years.
If you liked Morgan's previous work or maybe Neal Asher then this is for you.


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