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N. K. Fleming "freddie-lemming" (UK)

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His Dark Materials Slipcase
His Dark Materials Slipcase
by Philip Pullman
Edition: Paperback

12 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knocks Harry into a cocked Sorting Hat, 28 July 2007
This is genuinely classic story telling, whether you come at it from a child's sense of wonder and desire for an enthralling tale, from an adult's appreciation of a rich tapestry of philosophy and exploring the human condition, or a glorious combination of the two. If only Joanna Rowling had this gift of language and depth of epic imagination just think how good the Harry Potter series would have been.

Quicksilver (Baroque Cycle 1)
Quicksilver (Baroque Cycle 1)
by Neal Stephenson
Edition: Hardcover

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baroque Masterpiece, 14 Oct. 2003
Going beyond what William Gibson and Bruce Sterling managed with The Difference Engine, yet again Neal Stephenson stretches the boundaries of what we consider to be Science Fiction. The first book in the Baroque Cycle is a deeply compelling read, taking us back to when Natural Philosophy emerged and began its evolution away from its Alchemical roots and into what became modern Science. Starting with Daniel Waterhouse, progenitor of the Waterhouse family of Cryptonomicon fame, Stephenson not only makes history real and also exciting, blending his fictious characters in with the political, social,and intellectual giants of the age, he casts a light on metaphysical and scientific debate which we take for granted almost 400 years on. Despite the apparently serious content, the writing style is once again very funny and extremely witty, creating a marvellous world in which historical facts form only a part of the tapestry, offset by the all too human actions of the protagonists. This book shows that Neal Stephenson is in a different league from his SF contemporaries. I for one can't wait for Book 2

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