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Echo (Alex Benedict)
Echo (Alex Benedict)
by Jack McDevitt
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Well up to the authors high standard, 12 May 2012
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I have to confess that American author Jack McDevitt is one of my favourites. It should be noted that he is not often published in the UK. As far as I am concerned he has never written a poor novel and some are excellent. This is his last but one in the Alex Benedict series of SF/Mystery novels of which there are now six. Set in a far future where humanity has colonised numerous star systems but lost much of its history the series concerns the activities of a future dealer in antiques of humanities past looked upon by some as a grave robber. The stories are narrated by his female assitant Chase Kolpath. There is always a mystery to be solved that frequently leads to a surprising conclustion and as usual it is a good satisfying read. I should also add for new readers that each book is complete in itself and can be read in isolation without any real problems of continuity. I look forward to reading the next in the series 'Firebird' when finances permit


Angels of Vengeance
Angels of Vengeance
by John Birmingham
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable but predictable and limted, 12 May 2012
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Australian author Birmingham has concluded the saga begun in the excellent 'Without Warning' now seemingly titled the 'Disappearance' trilogy. However it shares similar faults to his earlier 'Axis of Time' series. The last in that seemed to be rushed and unfinished. With the conclusion of this trilogy one feels that he missed the chance to really examine a world without the Superpower USA. The action is limited to the USA and Australia with hardly any mention of the rest of the world and there does seem to be some padding as the story over 500 pages drags rather, compared with the earlier volumes. Read it for completeness but dont expect too much. However there is a tiny hint that there may be more to come.


Supervolcano: Eruption
Supervolcano: Eruption
by Harry Turtledove
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.61

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than some have said, 23 Feb 2012
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I like disaster novels. This by an author out of his comfort zone is not too bad. Story focuses on a LA cop and his friends and family scattered across the US who all make it to the end of the book. However the disaster doesn't begin till a third of the way through and the rest of the book covers only the first few months afterwards with plenty of hints that there is much worse to come, thus answering those critics who complained that life seemed to go on much as normal. So it demands a sequel. Whether there will be one will depend on sales and the author who is prolific and may prefer to go back to his comfort zone of alternate history. Will I buy it? Yes but I will probably wait for the cheaper paperback.


From Hell with Love (Secret Histories (Roc))
From Hell with Love (Secret Histories (Roc))
by Simon R. Green
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.92

4.0 out of 5 stars Well up to standard, 31 Jan 2012
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This fourth volume in Green's Secret Histories series featuring a Bond like agent tackling paranormal and similar threats on behalf of the human race and his dysfunctional family is well up the this somewhat underrated authors unfailingly inventive standard with several surprises and a cliffhanger ending that makes one want to buy the next book Well when I can afford it anyway it will be on my list.
Plenty of action and some emotional content. For those who like Green it is a must buy and for others who like action oriented and inventive Sci Fi novels that harl back to the Golden Age and haven't tried this author they should check out his work including the splendid Deathstalker series and the Blue Moon and Nightside sagas. The only problem perhaps is that few of Green's numerous books seem to be published in the UK which is a shame meaning that Amazon is the best place to find them


White Sox Pink Lipstick & Stupid Cupid
White Sox Pink Lipstick & Stupid Cupid

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Fifties and Sixties pop, 7 Dec 2010
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If you are a fan of Connie Francis this is both an unmissable and essential buy even though it will cost you a body part perhaps. A five disc compilation of her earliest recordings including the deserved flops before 'Who's Sorry Now' plus radio transcriptions which are interesting but flawed by her attempting to copy other singers up her Christmas album of late 1959. Included are the complete tracks listings of hard to find early albums including the 'My Thanks to You' album with both different versions of the song 'I'll Close My Eyes' which were issued on the British and US versions seperately. Also includes all the tracks on her first album which was only issued in a 10 inch version. From Bear Family and includes a comphrehensive booklet and discography of the sessions and a few alternate versions and duff takes if you like that kind of thing. The only drawback is that is does not include any of the songs on the virtually unobtainable 'Fun Songs For Children' LP. However it does include the songs featured on the album of singalong trad songs that was given away by the Brycream company. And if you buy it you should also look out for the following equally expensive box set 'Kissing Twisting Going Where The Boys Are which continues the story up to 1962 and is possibly even better. In both cases you get plenty for your money with well over 20 tracks per CD. Bear Family promised another collection but it does not seem to have turned up.
If you are not a fan then why have you read this?


Time Travelers Never Die
Time Travelers Never Die
by Jack McDevitt
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.08

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fast moving read, 7 Dec 2010
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McDevitt is one of the best of the current US SF writers always reliable in telling a good story with no fancy literary flourishes. This time travel tale is well up to standard and flew by. I did perhaps wonder at times if it is set in a parallel universe as what seemed to be an IPod became in the book a QPod. But perhaps there were copyright problems. But it also takes place a few years into the future so perhaps Apple have changed the name or issued a new gadget


The War After Armageddon
The War After Armageddon
by Ralph Peters
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better, 7 Dec 2010
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A tale of war in the near future. Perhaos too American oriented for UK readers and predictable with a downbeat ending. Some have commented that the premise of a far right Christian rise to power in America is not realistic. That is for the reader to judge


The Power Of Illusion
The Power Of Illusion
by Christopher Anvil
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.90

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old SF, 7 Dec 2010
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22 stories and a novel (a short one) from this recently deceased author in his usual reliable style. Nothing to live forever but nothing really bad either. In addition there is a useful bibliography of his work included. A pity there will be no more from this author as Baen have now finished their compilation of his work. But the earlier volumes in the series are all worth looking for by readers who grew up with the classic SF writers such as Sturgeon Dickson Anderson and others


501 Movie Stars: A Comprehensive Guide to the Greatest Screen Actors
501 Movie Stars: A Comprehensive Guide to the Greatest Screen Actors
by Steven Jay Schneider
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good concept flawed by the omissions, 21 Nov 2007
First the good points. Concise articles, lavish illustrations, good lists of notable films, worldwide coverage, brief star qualities lists. But and it is a big but the restriction to 501 stars and the in many ways admirable covereage of character actors such as Edmond Gwenn, George Gabby Hayes, Hume Cronyn, Buddy Ebsen and others has meant that many major names have been omitted. To name but a few Oscar winners Janet Gaynor, Wallace Beery, Marie Dressler, Ronald Colman, Robert Donat, Paul Muni, Paul Henreid, Victor McLaglen and more up to date Emma Thompson, Renee Zellweger, Kim Basinger, Helen Hunt, Glenda Jackson, James Coburn and Peter Finch. Then there is also no place for the likes of Leslie Howard, Robert Taylor, Jean Simmons, Danny Kaye, Kenneth More Glenn Close, Merle Oberon Albert Finney, Dorothy McGuire Miriam Hopkins, Mickey Rooney and Deanna Durbin, silent icons John Gilbert and Ramon Navarro and more recent stars such as Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze, Meg Ryan, Sandra Bullock, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, Toby Maguire, Kirstin Dunst Matthew McConaughay, Viggo Mortensen,Christian Bale, Jude Law and more Not to mention continenal stars such as Anouk Aimee, Capucine, Senta Berger, Horst Bulcholz and Maximillian Schell. Sorry to go on but many of these omissions are baffling and annoying reducing ones pleasure in an otherwise well produced book. So this is the main reason the book only gets three stars. Memo to the editor: please produce an updated edition and expand it to 601 Stars.


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