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Beginning of a Hero (Legends of Windemere Book 1)
Beginning of a Hero (Legends of Windemere Book 1)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Irritating..., 28 Dec 2013
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I find books written in the present tense irritating, particularly when there is little reason to use it and it's not sustained throughout the narrative either.


Neon Gods Brought Down by Swords. (Neon Gods. Book 1)
Neon Gods Brought Down by Swords. (Neon Gods. Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Neon Gods Brought Down by Swords, 28 Dec 2013
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The first part took a bit of getting used to as the time sequence skips back and forth, but I enjoyed the whole book. Gilach Mac Gilach is an engaging character, and I look forward to meeting him and his Berserker colleagues again...


Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidons Children 1)
Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidons Children 1)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well up to standard, 18 Oct 2013
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Took a while to get started, but kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. Must get the next one!


Port Mortuary
Port Mortuary
by Patricia Cornwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

2.0 out of 5 stars Real let-down, 14 Jun 2011
This review is from: Port Mortuary (Paperback)
Very disappointing. Muddled, skimpy, resting-on-its-laurels kind of writing. Messy unconvincing plot, minimal characterization, gives the impression of being quickly scribbled as a fund-raiser. Don't waste time reading this.


Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days: Tales from the Revelation Space Universe (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days: Tales from the Revelation Space Universe (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Alastair Reynolds
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond Dogs; true Gothic horror, 21 Nov 2009
The second story in this pair of novellae I would describe as being worth a read; Alastair Reynolds is always elegant and never fails to impress. However it is the first tale which is truly a gem.
Diamond Dogs is a demanding, thrilling read from start to finish. The plot and characterizations owe much to Victorian Gothic horror novels, while the setting is pure contemporary science fiction. The denouement is truly spine chilling and the ending stays with you a long, long time. Possibly one of the best short stories I have ever read.Go on, give yourself a treat!Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days: Tales from the Revelation Space Universe (Gollancz S.F.)


The Mirror of Her Dreams (Mordant's Need)
The Mirror of Her Dreams (Mordant's Need)
by Stephen R. Donaldson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.74

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His finest work, 21 Sep 2006
Of all of Donaldson's work, these two volumes are the best. He creates a vibrant, incredibly 'real' world, peopled with fascinating, complex and compelling characters. The plot is tight and well thought-out. Well worth re-reading several times over the years.

Truly deserves five stars.


Across the Roman Wall (Flashbacks)
Across the Roman Wall (Flashbacks)
by Theresa Breslin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.99

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Support material for 'Invaders & Settlers', 24 Jan 2001
As a brief introduction to Britain in the last days of Roman rule, this is quite useful. It doesn't go into a great deal of historical detail, but gives an indication of life for relatively ordinary citizens of late Roman Britain. The travels of Marinetta and Lucius give children a good idea of the sheer size of the Roman Empire, and the children's conversation with Stilicho (a historical character)in Chapter 12 illustrates some of the pressures Rome was experiencing in the 5th Century AD. As literature, it's short, punchy and more suited to lower Key Stage 2 than Upper. It lacks the complexity of narrative and lyrical descriptive passages which would stretch Upper Juniors( Try Rosemary Sutcliffe or Henry Treece for this). The only glaring anachronism is the map in the illustration in Chapter 12 (the Romans' skills in cartography weren't quite up to this standard!) although this is actually quite useful as a graphic representation of the breadth of the Empire. All in all, I would be happy to recommend this as a short serial story for Years 3 or 4 in support of the Invaders and Settlers Unit of Work.


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