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The Orenda
The Orenda
Price: 3.70

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 voices, 22 April 2014
This review is from: The Orenda (Kindle Edition)
First Nations have never felt more real than the brutal and humourous world of 1640's Canada. Shifting between a Jesuit Father, a dis-enfranchised Haudenosaunee girl, and Bird (Osprey) a Huron war-bearer it's a microcosm of the ravaging changes in the America's history. No 'noble savages' or evil whites, just honest, if startling insights into cultures which were different and yet not so... Three characters full of hate, and love, and bewilderment at each other. Taught me more about history than any non-fiction version of events.


Star Surgeon
Star Surgeon
by Alan E. Nourse
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.06

5.0 out of 5 stars love it - early sci fi at its best, 2 April 2014
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This review is from: Star Surgeon (Paperback)
Please read this! Relevant, influential and overlooked. An alien in a racist culture -plus sa change. Any Star Trek fan will recognise the themes here. Dal is up against prejudice from family and establishment in wanting to be a surgeon to a diverse universe. It's a deceptively simple read - I read it nearly 45 years ago. My first sci fi read and it inspired me to love sci fi for a lifetime. Put it into the context of when it was written and yet it still speaks volumes for today.


Star Surgeon
Star Surgeon
by Alan Nourse
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Early sci fi at its best, 2 April 2014
This review is from: Star Surgeon (Paperback)
Please read this! Searched all over for a copy as couldn't remember the author - as I read it as a library book when I was about 9! Loved it then and it set me off on my long love of all science fiction. But I have a copy now. And it's still a social tale of alienation (literally) and an early view of a future any Star Trek fan would recognise. Alan E Nourse is a much overlooked writer and readers need reminding of how good he was.


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S.
Price: 11.39

5.0 out of 5 stars experience a real book journey again, 17 Mar 2014
This review is from: S. (Kindle Edition)
I Kindle. A lot. But any fan of JJ will get this. Layered and laboured and frustrating and something you can't let go of. A mystery as rich and annoying as Lost.
Read Ship first - then the margins, following the Ship tale again. Only way to do it. Then go to the Dorst and Abrams site to see if you got it. A total experience. Made me love books again...


Anarchy (Advent Trilogy 2)
Anarchy (Advent Trilogy 2)
Price: 5.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange..., 28 Feb 2014
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Didn't quite get the rhythm of it. Goose as the First Nation RCMP was a cypher - X-Filed up with British demons; Marina, the naive half mermaid wandering around an apocalyptic England; and a half mother looking for her not-son? A bit all over the place.
Advent had a stronger reasoning behind it - more John Masefield/ Alan Garner - but they were writers enjoyed by adults more than children.
More like 'Lost' and 'Utopia' all mixed up with a hefty whack of pretension - beware!


The Guardians
The Guardians
by John Christopher
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old book, still relevant, 30 Jun 2013
This review is from: The Guardians (Paperback)
Like a lot of others, read this for English Lit exams, and loved it. Why isn't it available on Kindle!? Why doesn't John Christopher get more kudos than he does?


The Emperor's Edge
The Emperor's Edge
Price: 0.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Read and be hooked..., 30 Jun 2013
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Join Amaranthe Lokdon and her gang on their first adventure in Stumps. Just a girl, her gang of eclectics, and an assassin with no scruples. Steampunk with gentle leanings towards magic, set in recognisable but not classic SP Victorian/Goth world. Witty interplay, and a scope of several stories stretching forward. Just see if you don't become as equally enamoured with Sicarius as Amaranthe.

Fast paced, witty and engaging. Loved it, and dowloaded all the other available Emperor's Edge books immediately. Up to number 4...


The Secrets of Pain (Merrily Watkins)
The Secrets of Pain (Merrily Watkins)
by Phil Rickman
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A tale of two pities, 25 Jan 2012
Having read all of the Merrily Watkins books, I have to say I was a bit disappointed with this outing (and how I hate to say that..!). It read as two very separate books: (1)a Merrily bit and, (2) a Frannie Bliss bit. And really, never the twain shall meet in any satisfactory way. Not sure if there was any good 'spiritual' feeling to it either. The Mithras allusions, and the grey 'ghosts' were there, but I never felt it pulled at the ancient strongly enough to justify the two parts of the story. Maybe the series needs a kick up the bum, or Phil's looking to move Frannie Bliss and/or Merrily into different pastures, and although the writing is good, I just don't think the story was. Of late, I prefered John Dee...


The Bones of Avalon
The Bones of Avalon
by Phil Rickman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.27

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History with guts, 8 Oct 2010
This review is from: The Bones of Avalon (Hardcover)
Being a big fan of Phil's previous, didn't know what this foray into history would be like, as he's normally routed very much in the present.
Ignore the dialogue structure in the first few pages, as he renders it more naturalistically a chapter in. The thing with John Dee (and unsure if this is what Phil was after) but he paints him as a reluctant celeb of his day. At the whim of politics and royal moods, John becomes embroiled in a plan to find the bones of Arthur (as in Arturian legend), and place them in Elizabeth 1st care, as part of Arthur's heritage in the royal line of England (something to do with ER1's mother being a witch, and Bess being haunted by her - very Hamlet like?).
There's a grissly murder, accusations of witchcraft, some LSD-druggy sex (well it is set in Glastonbury!)and religious conspiracy. Typical Tudor shenanigans. But John Dee comes across as a victim of the restrictive beliefs of his time, and a naive young man, rather than the shady sorcerer he is painted as in history.
Enjoyed it, and would like to see how John's own history could pan out. But it's a bit like watching 'Titanic' - on the whole you know how it all ends...


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