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The Girl Who Played With Fire (Millennium Series Book 2)
The Girl Who Played With Fire (Millennium Series Book 2)
Price: £4.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointing Sequel, 2 Mar. 2011
I loved the first book in the Millenium series, but The Girl Who Played with Fire was a huge letdown.

The characters were all very wooden and not especially believable, and the plot turned out to be cliched and almost like something out of a comic book.

Also, for about half the book nothing in particular seemed to happen, and I found it very dull work reading through it all.

The only redeeming features were the quality of Larsson's cliffhangers and description of action scenes, the craft of the first few and last few chapters were certainly very readable.

Overall, a very disappointing read, and definitely not deserving of all the hype.

A Brief History Of Time: From Big Bang To Black Holes
A Brief History Of Time: From Big Bang To Black Holes
by Stephen Hawking
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great content, not great style, 15 Jan. 2010
I am a first year undergraduate physics student and this book is one of the ones that really got me in to physics. The idea covered and the questions raised are deep and interesting, and the topics are covered at a fairly natural pace for somebody who is intelligent enough to be able to understand all the concepts covered.

The reason this book loses a mark is for the writing style. The paragraphs are to long and the writing doesn't really flow in the way that other good cosmology books do. Hawking also neglects to use SI form for his numbers (i.e 10^12 rather than "one thousand billion") which, in all honesty, would be fairly easily explained to somebody who is then going to go on and understand the rest of the book.

He also seems to make a special effort to include God in his theories, which would be alright if it seemed natural, but in this case it seems bolted on so as to avoid controversy.

All in all a cracking book, but let down a bit by the authors style.

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