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My Boy
My Boy
by Anthony James
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Bring a box of tissues, 27 Jun 2012
This review is from: My Boy (Paperback)
This isn't an easy read simply because it will break your heart to see such love and grief and self awareness, however, it is beautiful. This little book is simply beautiful and the tragic love a father and son share while the son is dying is so personal, yet strangely uplifting. This is not a depressing book in any way, but it is a window into a world of grief so many of us go through but have few people in our lives with which we can share and who understand these things. If you are suffering under such burdens, read this and know you aren't alone.


Love Kills
Love Kills
by Catherine Green
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Just love vampires, 27 Jun 2012
This review is from: Love Kills (Paperback)
I love vampires, can't help it and this series is building wonderfully. There is love, there is adventure, there is spookiness and danger. It is everything you want from a vampire book, with just a hint of werewolves and dose of witches. The Redcliffe stories are exciting and the characters are lovely. They are flawed enough to remain interesting and scary enough to remind you that men with fangs aren't always the good guys! I recommend this new author to the vampire genre.


The Guardians of the Rainbow
The Guardians of the Rainbow
by R. S. Freckleton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.81

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun and safe for everyone, 27 Jun 2012
This is a lovely story. It's exciting, action packed and intelligent. It also tackles young gay relationships in a way rarely seen, with sensitivity and tact. There are NO sex scenes, which means it is safe for young adults, though I'd class it as an adult book simply because it never compromises on intelligent language, depth of character or the complex social issues it tackles. I really enjoyed reading this story. It is poignant and thrilling.


Lancelot And The Grail
Lancelot And The Grail
by Sarah Luddington
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and refreshing, 26 Mar 2012
This review is from: Lancelot And The Grail (Paperback)
As a fan of these books from the beginning I've been desperate to know what happens in the book three. With Lancelot and the Wolf and Lancelot and the Sword, building on the story arc I've been trying to imagine what would happen next. I could never have imagined what actually occurs. The author deals with the aftermath of Arthur's betrayal with such care you worry about her own sanity, never mind Lancelot's. The love and compassion that saves Lancelot is heart wrenchingly tender. I don't want to give spoilers so I'm not going to go into detail but this book is far more about heart of the savage inside Lancelot, rather than the sword of savage. He is so clearly struggling to fight for a new life and when it comes to him, he can't seem to quite let go of the old one, which just makes you scream in frustration!
He is wonderfully flawed and easy to access. Arthur is a great medieval king, manipulative and just a little too self serving.
The unique take on the Grail myth is great. The author has clearly done some research into the old Celtic myths of magical cauldrons and linked the two together, the way she deftly turned the traditional love story on its head. When Lancelot returns to Camelot and then travels to the Land of the Dead, then on into Albion, it becomes a story of myth and legend in truth at last. There is a freedom to these stories, which isn't contained by the traditional legends. The Arthurian myths are still apparent and strong, but twisted like a Celtic knot and given new life.
I can't wait for book four, although the first three clearly finish the first part of the series. I have the feeling they are just going to continue to grow and move in their own fluid way.


Hell's Secrets
Hell's Secrets
by F.R. Jameson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read, 23 Jan 2012
This review is from: Hell's Secrets (Paperback)
Hell's Secrets is a great horror story. Fast paced, complex, intelligent and good strong characters. You can really feel for the protagonist and his disastrous decisions. It's great fun and makes you realise that clicking on emails might not always be a good idea!


A History Of The Devil
A History Of The Devil
by Adrian Briggs
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, 23 Jan 2012
This review is from: A History Of The Devil (Paperback)
I love a controversial read and it doesn't get more controversial than this novel. I don't want to put any spoilers in the review but truly, WOW! If you are interested in reading a complex, intelligently written, fiction novel then this is it - honestly. Lucifer is just wonderful and how the author has spun the Old Testament, and the new is really going to upset people but what a spin!


The Casting of Einstein's Dice
The Casting of Einstein's Dice
by Geoffrey Owen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, clever!, 22 Dec 2011
This is a book of vast ambition and scope. Science fiction is the only way the author could convey the complexities of the ideas contained in this novel. Everything is covered from the need we have to balance science and religion, the dangers we have of viewing them as enemies; to the subjugation of women and the collapse of the environment.
The dialogue is dense and the exposition complex but the author conveys such complicated narrative ideas that you find yourself drawn into the story as it rides the wave of the new worlds he creates.
It begins with a perfectly ordinary family of mother and son, who live in a rambling old house in England. Nicholas is a young man who finds himself on a mission to save the family home but soon ends up having to consider saving an entire world. The alienness of that world, joined to ours through a quantum link, is very well conceived. The intelligent beings are wonderfully different and reminiscent of some of the work China Mieville and Stephen Baxter produce. This novel combines the science fiction of one author with the fantasy of the other.
A story full of brave ideas and concepts, it is definitely one I'll make a note of in order to buy the next instalment. A new author worth watching.


James Blond - Stockport Is too Much
James Blond - Stockport Is too Much
Price: £2.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I'd hoped, 19 Sep 2011
I enjoy a good laugh and was very hopeful of this book. However I found the humour a bit too obvious and contrived with the references to James Bond and the films feeling shoe-horned in. Terry Ravenscroft is a good writer but this seems a bit 'By the numbers'. Take the micky out of a successful film franchise, set it in a real northern town and throw in some VERY contrived names. Austin Powers did this far better! I've just recently read The Money That Never Was which is in a similar vein but much warmer and way funnier.

I'll try him again though, as it did make me laugh and that's always good!


Confessions of a GP (The Confessions Series)
Confessions of a GP (The Confessions Series)
Price: £2.49

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A huge disappointment, 19 Sep 2011
I read this a little while ago but have only just got round to putting up a review. I found it cringeworthy in the extreme. He comes across as very condescending and full of his own self importance. There are many books of this type which are really funny and genuinely warm in nature, try Doctor in the House for a start to see how it should be done.


A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
by George R. R. Martin
Edition: Paperback

4 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn!, 27 Aug 2011
After all the five star reviews I was hoping for something better. The best thing about it is the writing which is great but the story is just littered with overly convoluted political nonsense. I read fantasy to escape real life not to see a supposedly, though way too obvious, allegory of the world today. Boring. If I want a treatise on the politics of the world I'll read The Times!


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