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Spider's Web: A Collection of All-Action Short Stories
Spider's Web: A Collection of All-Action Short Stories
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good, 20 July 2013
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A great little collection of short stories, and some good ideas for full novels. Quirky, insightful and a real edge to them. Def worth a read


Floating Staircase
Floating Staircase
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent supernatural thriller, 30 Jun 2013
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A really good atmospheric ghost story, this kept me hooked all of the way through.

This novel wove various threads together, walking a fine line between reality and imagination. As we follow the protagonist's descent into insecurity, uncertainty and worry, we slowly uncover the truth behind the history of the house, and the past which continues to haunt him.

Really good, right through til the end


Alone: The Girl in the Box, Book 1
Alone: The Girl in the Box, Book 1
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all, 30 Jun 2013
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Very interesting novel, along the lines of Hanna and X-Men, but ultimately not enough to persuade me to buy any of the others. However, Im sure many will, especially younger readers.

Continues a modern trend of female protagonists, which will open the genre up Im sure.

Def worth a read, could have been even better


The Book of Deacon
The Book of Deacon
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really good, 30 Jun 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyable, so much so that I was happy to pay for the 2 follow up books to complete the trilogy.

The Book of Deacon is a fantasy novel in the classic vein, but with enough twists to keep things fresh. It noticeably draws from various other sources, but that is often the nature of the genre.

Definitely worth a look


48 Hours: A City of London Thriller
48 Hours: A City of London Thriller
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, shame about the writing, 25 May 2013
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Ive given this 3 stars, but it doesn't really deserve them. The premise and the story are good, its an interesting concept and nicely presented, but the writing style is appalling. I mean, really appalling. The prologue looks like it was written by someone with an adjective generator, the references to brands and explanation of comments (the TV show 24 - who doesn't know what 24 is these days) were just painful to read.

But, read I did. The trick is to forget the writing, and focus on the story, and just enjoy it, which you probably will.

4 stars for story, 1 star for writing...


Deadly Stillwater (McRyan Mystery Series Book 3)
Deadly Stillwater (McRyan Mystery Series Book 3)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 10 May 2013
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This was a cracking read. The pacing of the novel, the plot and the development all worked for me. Sure, the main character was a bit too intuitive - particularly towards the end - but that's not really a problem with a book of this quality.

The novel follows the story of the kidnapping of the daughters of 2 high profile figures - a top lawyer and the chief of police. The FBI send in their top guy to liaise with the local force to crack the case.

As the novel progresses, the potential links between the 2 targets are explored, and with the time pressure, we see the increasingly desperate measures that the force will go to.

I could have done without the "Irish" characters (they are born and bred USA) not ending every sentence with the word "boyo" (has anyone ever actually said that outside of Hollywood??), but other than that, there was little to dislike about this, with both my wife and I enjoyed it immensely.

9/10


Sorrow Wood
Sorrow Wood
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4.0 out of 5 stars A real grower, 7 May 2013
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For the first third, maybe more, of this book, I was frustrated, and on the verge of putting it down. Having finished, I suspect this is more to do with expectations than the book itself, which is beautifully and charmingly written.

I was assuming (from the highly misleading summary given) it would be a murder mystery type book, which it was not (at least not mainly). The book consists of a gentle narrative summarising the lives (in the broadest sense) of its 2 main characters, Wendell and Reva (cop and judge respectively). This follows their childhoods and lives up to and through their marriage, right up to their deaths, focussing extensively on the futility of war.

Interspersed with this is the ongoing investigation into the death of a local "witch" (which doesnt occur until almost halfway through the book), however this is really a side issue for the tale of the 2 principals.

However, once I got used to the style, I was increasingly drawn by the stories, and grew fond of it, hence the good rating.

Certainly not what I was expecting, definitely glad I read it


The Long Black Train
The Long Black Train

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1.0 out of 5 stars Sick and pointless, 6 May 2013
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I have no idea what the author was thinking when he put pen to paper here. This short novella deals with a rampaging madman on a train in the Wild West intent on killing and mutilating everyone on board because "the devil told him to".

And thats it. The only saving grace was that it was short and so over quickly. Sick and pointless, avoid at all costs


Zombie, Inc.
Zombie, Inc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shaun of the dead-esque, 6 May 2013
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This was a great comedic read, with some really well made societal undertones.

In a post-zombie apocalyptic world, Zombie Inc has developed an industry based on protecting home owners from zombie invasion. the story follows Carl who works in their assessment division, as he trains up his new assistant, Dill (?!).

As the book progresses, interspersed with excerpts from the company handbook, showing just how controlling Zombie Inc is, it becomes clear that all is not as it should be.

The mundane setting of the novel, coupled with the dry comic undertones set me in mind of Shaun of the Dead, and the ending had me in mind of those old video games where you have only a gun to stop the zombie invasion.

A great read, wickedly funny, and also quite cutting in its social commentary (whether consciously or not) - must read

9/10


The Strain
The Strain
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars cracking start, not as good as it should have been, 27 April 2013
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For me, this book is a lesson in unfulfilled potential. Whether or not the 2nd and 3rd books redeem them I dont know, as I havent read them, however I finished this feeling slightly deflated.

Which is not to say that I didnt enjoy The Strain - I did. The imaginative opening and interspersing of backstory worked really well, and the wealth of source material with which the authors had to work was used creatively and judiciously. However for all that, there was something missing. Possibly it was the expectation of the genuinely brilliant which you get with Del Toro which was msising (as he did not write much of this by all accounts) - without this level of anticipation, I might have been more impressed.

The characters were varied and well developed, in particular Satrakian, and there was enough in the plot to keep interest up throughout. If anything, the authors could have gone further and been more brutal with the characters, who seemed to lead a charmed life throughout. I am undecided whether or not to shell out for the remainder of the trilogy.

3.5/5


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