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The Mystery Box: The Mystery Book Collection
The Mystery Box: The Mystery Book Collection
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly addictive, 30 Mar. 2014
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A surprising book, not what I was expecting, but once I got started, I found that I didn't want to stop - much like the main character with Mona's story about her life. Keeps you guessing right through to the big reveal, and not at all what I was expecting. Certainly worth it for a freebie


Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as the hype, but good all the same, 18 Jan. 2014
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Having decided not to read this book due to reports of it being overblow, far too long, and a bit knowing, I reconsidered after watching the film.

You can see what all the fuss is about - to create 6 stories, and find the voice for each of them from such varied genres is really well done.

The tales themselves, other than Sonmi-451 were actually a little undercooked for my liking, and the links often spurious, but the concept and execution of the novel is excellent.

Yes its long, but I got through this much quicker than King's "Under the Dome". Personally I preferred the film's treatment of the intermingling, as by the time I got to the end of the book, I have forgotten who some of the characters were, whereas the film interweaves things much more - for the better in my mind.

Definitely worth a pop


Under the Dome
Under the Dome
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4.0 out of 5 stars lord of the flies for grown ups, 4 Jan. 2014
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A lot of the criticism of this novel comes from its length, and it is long - really long. But perseverance really will be rewarded here.

The premise is simple - a dome comes down over the town of Chester's Mill, cutting it off from the rest of the world. When it becomes apparent that it is there to stay, the townsfolk have to fend for themselves. As time progresses, their true colours come to the fore, and the town's secrets are slowly revealed.

Get stuck in, and enjoy a great novel by this great writer


King of Swords: (Assassin Series #1)
King of Swords: (Assassin Series #1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller - pulls no punches, 20 Nov. 2013
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King of Swords is a novel about a ruthless assassin operating in Mexico - not tied to the cartels, but freelancing to the (very) highest bidder.

We get a decent bit of backstory to the antagonist, giving some decent depth too him (although by no means enough). The main protagonist was an interesting character, and the story surrounding his drive for work was of more interest to the reader.

As the blurb states, this novel doesn't pull any punches - there is a lot of very graphic violence, and scenes of rape and torture, including of children, so do be prepared if you are going to have a go.

However as we follow the attempts of the local police to piece the puzzle together and catch El Rey before he assassinates the presidents of Mexico and USA, the tension builds to the end and the exciting denouement.

Good solid novel


Nameless
Nameless
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, though brutal and lengthy, 20 Nov. 2013
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This was good - almost very good. The plot was clever, interesting, and constantly moving. The characters were decent, if a little too polished.

However, there was a lot of superfluous work here - it took me a long time to get through this. In addition, some of the descriptions were very graphic - violence, torture and rape were not uncommon, so not one for the faint of heart.

Ultimately, it is worth a go, and worth persevering with, but do be set for the length and nature.

7/10


The List - A Thriller
The List - A Thriller
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Silly, although readable, 26 Oct. 2013
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One of the more ridiculous books Ive ever read. After an intriguing start, the revelation of why the characters have their tattoos is odd, before descending into farce.

BUT, having said that, the book was very enjoyable to read, romped along very nicely, and if you are the sort of person who is happy to suspend disbelief and just enjoy, then you will probably enjoy this book a good deal.

For me, though, just too daft!


Doctor Sleep: Shining Book 2 (The Shining)
Doctor Sleep: Shining Book 2 (The Shining)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 19 Oct. 2013
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There were a couple of ropey reviews after this came out, so I was somewhat nervous to start it. Would it ruin one of the finest horror books of all time? Did it need revisiting?

I think the passage of time has allowed King to really find a new voice to breathe life in to Dan Torrance.

So that there is no misunderstanding, this is not really a horror book, certainly not in the sense that The Shining was. The Shining unnerved me (in a good way), this simply compelled me to read. There are elements of horror, but is more a study of the characters, the nature of "The Shining", and the forces at work around it.

An excellently crafted novel (as you would expect), with a thorough narrative. The echoes of the original were woven throughout, without weighing down on the sequel, allowing the new characters, and the older ones, free reign to forge a new path many years on from the destruction of The Overlook.

Simply a must read


314 (Widowsfield Trilogy)
314 (Widowsfield Trilogy)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A book of 2 halves, 16 Aug. 2013
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Halfway through, I was expecting to give this a much higher review. I was thinking Stephen King-esque, interesting horror, interesting characters, decent back story. It was all going so well.

Ultimately it fell down at the climax - the constant flashbacks were increasingly difficult to follow, and the ending let everything down, leaving too many loose ends (helpfully teeing up the sequel for the author).

The barmaid character was utterly redundant, and was a real let down given the rest of the cast. So near, yet so far


If...: a tale in search of meaning, replete with signs and wonders
If...: a tale in search of meaning, replete with signs and wonders
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute guff, 30 July 2013
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This book is the rambling tale of a tree which people believe is the original tree from the Garden of Eden, and the seeds which it has produced.

This book will appeal to people who consider themselves "spiritual", or who enjoy quasi-mythological tales.

For me, this was appallingly written, sappy, rambling, and verging on blasphemous. If I could have given it 0 stars, I would have done


The Dead Room (Darby McCormick Book 3)
The Dead Room (Darby McCormick Book 3)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted thriller, 20 July 2013
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Ive not read any of the other books from this author, and understand that the protagonist is a recurring character, however that didn't stop any enjoyment from this excellent thriller.

A forensic detective called to a home invasion murder finds herself drawn into a web of deceit and lies, surrounding the Irish mafia, police/federal agents and double crossing.

A really good thriller, with a few twists along the way.

Great stuff


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