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The Song of the Underground
The Song of the Underground

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice concept, but spoiled by stylistic problems., 12 Feb 2014
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I liked the idea of this book, but I failed to finish it because of the multiple stylistic issues. The author makes very odd word choices, which at times made me wonder if she fully understands the meaning of the words that she is choosing to use. Sentences are at times grammatically incorrect, as is the use of punctuation. With a good editor this book could have been so much better.
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The Eagle of the Ninth Chronicles
The Eagle of the Ninth Chronicles
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 26 Jan 2014
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Such a well written and interesting book, recommended for anyone interested in Roman history. Period details and facts are, as always with Sutcliffe, excellent. It is hard to believe this was written for children; it's grammar, content and style certainly don't pander to them.


Heart of Dixie
Heart of Dixie
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, but could be written more professionally., 26 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Heart of Dixie (Kindle Edition)
This book is a little amateurish in its writing style, which at times is a little bit laboured, especially when the first person narrator tries to describe her train of thoughts or emotions.
Having said that, the subject matter is interesting, and gives an insight into the Black Indians of New Orleans, as well as the Klu Klux Klan and the Jim Crow laws. If you are interested in these themes, it is worth reading, with a storyline that is engaging if not always fully plausible.


The Hounds of the Morrigan
The Hounds of the Morrigan

3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but could be a lot better, 6 Jan 2014
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As others have highlighted, the background of Irish myth and legend make this an interesting read. However, I found the book very episodic, a series of incidents that were each resolved in a similar manner, by the assistance of outside agents. As such I found it repetitive and a bit tedious in the middle. The characters are humorous, but do not develop or really engage the reader, especially as many are almost like stereotypes from fairy tales.
Overall, not bad, but if you like this sort of book, The Chronicles of Prydain, written by Lloyd Alexander, and starting with The Book Of Three, do something similar but with Welsh mythology instead of Irish, and are infinitely better in terms of structure, character and entertainment value.


The Bitter Kingdom (Fire & Thorns Trilogy 3)
The Bitter Kingdom (Fire & Thorns Trilogy 3)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great trilogy, 2 Dec 2013
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Great trilogy with great characters. The storyline in the third book was stronger than in the middle book, which seemed to spend quite some time developing the angst of the heroine, Elise. The third book felt more like the first, with some great action and interesting and varied characters, plus the strong love story. Looking forward to more from Rae Carson.


Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy 2)
Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy 2)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first, 2 Dec 2013
I enjoyed the first book enough to make me want to read the second, and was pleasantly surprised to find the second book far more engrossing and with more depth. The first book had quite a few 'twilight' moments, with the heroine revelling in the beauty of her vampire, and felt a little bit like a teenage romance at times. The second book allows the author to indulge in her love of history, and I really ejoyed the way that she wove the creatures into history as we know of it. She also gave the main protagonists a lot more depth, which prevented the love story being twee. Overall, it was definitely the middle book of a trilogy, and we will have to wait to see how the changes that Diana and Matthew effected in the past will affect their present once they return, but I am really looking forward to the final book.


The Marriage Plot
The Marriage Plot
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3.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't engage with characters, 29 Jun 2013
This review is from: The Marriage Plot (Kindle Edition)
This book seemed really slow to start, and never seemed to get going. I never really cared what happened to any of the protagonists, whom Eugenides seemed to use merely as vehicles to demonstrate his own breadth of knowledge. It is not that I found this off-putting (I studied literature as a mature student so the subjects he covered are always of interest to me) but they didn't seem to add interest to either the characters (perhaps with the exception of Mitchell) or the plot.


The First 20 Minutes: The Surprising Science of How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter and Live Longer
The First 20 Minutes: The Surprising Science of How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter and Live Longer
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motivational, 16 Jan 2013
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This is a thoroughly readable, informative and enjoyable book to read. Whilst it is true that is written in an informal style, the science is present on every page and is fascinating. Every chapter ends with a useful summary which explains how you can apply the scientific results to your own lifestyle. I found it really motivational, and plan to reread it every January to remind why I should make the effort to get out and exercise.


Dynasty 4: The Oak Apple: The Oak Apple (The Morland Dynasty)
Dynasty 4: The Oak Apple: The Oak Apple (The Morland Dynasty)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, awful kindle presentation., 16 Nov 2012
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As fans of this series would expect, this book is unputdownable, and I read it in 2 days. However, beware that this is a very poor transcription to Kindle, obviously done electronically without anyone proof reading it. Words on virtually every page have been mistranscribed, and the word 'the' is repeatedly written as 'die'. So irritating! As a tip, if you do buy the kindle version, Cynthia Harrod Eagles web page has the family tree which you can print off and keep in your kindle case, as the kindle version is unreadable, and I always find the tree useful at the beginning of her books until you get back into the family relationships.


The Small Hand
The Small Hand
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow and formulaic, 14 Nov 2012
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I have read The Woman in Black, and reading this book gave me a sense of deja vu. Susan Hill uses the same literary devices, such as the narrator repeatedly referring to events being before his life changed so dramatically. Her sense of period also feels muddled; references to email denote a contemporary setting, but other references to lighting etc suggest she is trying to create a sense of events happening in the past. It felt clumsy to me. The poor narrative style is not, unfortunately, redeemed by a gripping plot. It is shallow and fails to evoke any sense of fear. Do not bother with this book.


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