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The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad:  5 (Dublin Murder Squad series)
The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad: 5 (Dublin Murder Squad series)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious psychological crime thriller, 28 Mar. 2016
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Since discovering the Dublin Murder Squad series, Tana French has become one of my favourite authors. This is as wonderful as the others, with an intriguing paranormal-flavoured central mystery, insightful and believable characterisation, and absolutely compelling relationship between both the detectives and the teen suspects/witnesses. A triumph, and I cannot wait for the next in the series.


Liesmith: Book 1 of The Wyrd
Liesmith: Book 1 of The Wyrd
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved this. Superbly entertaining urban fantasy romp that cleverly ..., 28 Oct. 2015
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Absolutely loved this. Superbly entertaining urban fantasy romp that cleverly meshes Norse myths with modern geekdom and throws in a fantastic romance to boot. The writing style is fast, funny, and emotionally engaging -- the author's love for her world and characters clearly shines through. Highly recommended.


Arcadium
Arcadium
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent voice, 10 July 2015
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Really good post-apoc action tale with excellent pace, characterisation and voice, and a refreshing non-US setting. Highly entertaining.


One Blood
One Blood
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grippping, 5 July 2013
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Compelling dark tale with a twisty plot that unravels at breakneck pace through different characters and timelines. A great read: fascinating and entertaining.


Aberrations: Horror Stories
Aberrations: Horror Stories
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting set, 10 Feb. 2013
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Good set of stories, with my favourites being Goat Boy by Jeremy Shipp (freaky but highly entertaining) and From Hamlin to Harperville by Kealan Patrick Burke (an interesting spin on an old tale, and one I've not seen 'remixed' before).


Writers of the Future 26, Science Fiction Short Stories, Anthology of Worldwide Writing Contest (L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future)
Writers of the Future 26, Science Fiction Short Stories, Anthology of Worldwide Writing Contest (L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection, 15 July 2012
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My favourite story was easily 'The House of Nameless' by Jason Fischer. Madcap energy, intriguing mythic underpinnings, amusing use of mundane details and a bouncy, joyful weirdness over a solid quest/chase structure.

Other faves:

'Seeing Double' by Tom Crosshill -- an interesting idea, the joined consciousness was well shown and the were characters intriguiging

'Living Rooms' by Laurie Tom -- the manifestations of the rooms was a great, novel idea, and the world building and plot held up well. the love story was sweet and all the better for being only implied rather than stated.


Triangulation: Last Contact (Triangulation Anthologies Book 5)
Triangulation: Last Contact (Triangulation Anthologies Book 5)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection, 26 Jun. 2012
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A very enjoyable collection.

Personal favourites:

Zafir, the Saudi Superhero by Madhvi Ramani: great voice, artfully constructed and achingly sad.

A Lack of Charity by James Beamon: the kind of loop story I love, with a solid, logical and horrifying central premise and a well realised good guy turned bad guy character. Clever and chilling.

God in the Machine by Charles Patrick Brownson: an enthusiastically energetic romp through a wonderfully drawn steampunk world with windup laptops and scholarly marmots. Great fun.

Honourable Mentions:

Boll Weevil by Nathaniel Lee: a nice sense of impending doom with an unusually lighthearted narrator and a nicely drawn apocalypse-by-infestation. Simple but engaging.

City of Bones by Deborah Walker: good voice, a nice otherwordly vibe and an interesting take on the 'wanting to be human' idea.

Lord God Bird by Sarah Frost: great premise and sweet, sad tone.

Norms by Cynthia Ward: interesting world, engagingly described.


Drive
Drive
by James Sallis
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but definitely not sweet, 27 Nov. 2011
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The literary equivalent of being mauled by a rabid chihauha, this brief but fanged story is compelling. The choppy prose and non-linear style take a little getting used to, but once you adapt, this is a breathless, viseral ride that still manages to be a terrific character piece. It's easy to see exactly how and why they made an action movie out of it -- Driver is a classic outlaw updated for modern Hollywood. Simple but not necessarily straight forward, this stays with you far longer than the surface indicates it has any right to.


Results Not Typical
Results Not Typical

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4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining romp, 27 Nov. 2011
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There are some implausible plot elements, but this is a hugely entertaining romp with a pace that never lets up, some hilarious scenes, a clever underlying critique of the slimming industry and a totally superb larger-than-life villain in Marianne. A swift, fun read.


Florence and Giles
Florence and Giles
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling, 22 Oct. 2011
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Quirky, amusing and clever use of language gives Florence a strong voice (reminiscient of a kind of classical Joss Whedon with its noun-as-verb-y style), in a wonderfully gothic Creepy House With Secrets story. The clevery unreliable narrator allowed for lovely touches of the supernatural in a story that laid just the right amount of clues for the reader to understand what was really going on. A fresh take on a vintage type of story. Loved it.


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