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The War of the Worlds
The War of the Worlds
by H.G. Wells
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic, 22 July 2010
This review is from: The War of the Worlds (Paperback)
I actually discovered The War of the Worlds through Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds when I was a nipper. I heard it once and was utterly transfixed. I then sought out H G's original text and I'm so glad I did. Ever since first reading it at about 13 years old I have re-read it every couple of years or so without fail. It is truly a timeless classic.


Maxwell's Silver Hammer
Maxwell's Silver Hammer
by Andy Rivers
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Get Carter for the Noughties!, 22 July 2010
This is a cracking gangster novel by up and coming Geordie author, Andy Rivers. It's set in the north east too, which is a plus for me. It's gritty, wise-cracking and bone-crushingly good. Rivers does not pull any punches - he tells it how it is.


Dead Beat
Dead Beat
by Iain McKinnon
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.99

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies invade Britain!, 29 Jun 2010
This review is from: Dead Beat (Paperback)
I was lucky enough to read a pre-release copy of this after seeing lots of hype about it around the various Zombie forums. It certainly doesn't disappoint! The central character is a Bobby on the beat in a sleepy coastal town and when the preverbial hits the fan he desperately tries to maintain some semblance of order. This is more than a Zombie horror though - it has a deeply ingrained social commentry much like the best of the Romero films. The Zombies are far from the worst to be feared in Haven. It's fast-paced and hard to put down with buckets of gore. This is most definitely a must for Zombie fans (and for fans of good horror).


Sinistrari
Sinistrari
by Giles Richard Ekins
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.88

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, 29 Jun 2010
This review is from: Sinistrari (Paperback)
If you like dark and atmospheric Victorian thrillers you will love this! AND this has the added bonus of including Jack the Ripper! This is a sinister novel that really conjours up those dark fog-clad streets of Old London Town. It's vividly written and the author is clearly an expert on the era and in particular Jack the Ripper. The appendices on the victims and suspects are detailed and very well researched. Anyone interested in the era or Jack the Ripper should read this.


Rhone
Rhone
by John A Karr
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Adventure, 29 Jun 2010
This review is from: Rhone (Paperback)
This is a cracking adventure story set on Mars with the hero tackling the very gods themselves. It's a real page-turner - full of action and bloodshed. It's violent and gritty, but also has more than a couple of twists along the way to keep you guessing.


Full of Sin
Full of Sin
by Karl Vadaszffy
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.99

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Disturbing, 29 Jun 2010
This review is from: Full of Sin (Paperback)
Beautifully written, this debut novel is extremely dark and disturbing. The book's central character is deeply flawed in a way that makes the story very realistic. The violence and agony throughout are contrasted against a plea for redemption and hope. The social issues highlighted are all too relevant and all the more disturbing for it. It is at times difficult to read (because of the themes, not the writing), but impossible to put down. Highly recommended.


I Am Scrooge: A Zombie Story for Christmas
I Am Scrooge: A Zombie Story for Christmas
by Adam Roberts
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious!, 13 Feb 2010
I stumbled upon this book quite by accident and bought it just out of curiosity. It turned out to be a wonderfully subverted story akin to Blackadder. Witty, original and really intune with Dickens and A Christmas Carol. It's not long, but well worth a read if you like intelligent humour and the occassional brain-eating zombie thrown in for good measure.


Pandaemonium
Pandaemonium
by Christopher Brookmyre
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.21

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant!, 13 Feb 2010
This review is from: Pandaemonium (Hardcover)
This has got to be one of the best books I have read in years. I had high hopes for it after reading Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks and I was not disappointed. As has been mentioned in some of the other reviews, I found the best part of this book the totally enthralling characterisation of the kids - he 100% nailed it. Yes, it was a fantastical plot, but he managed to get away with that and keep it pretty grounded through the wonderful and utterly believable teenagers - all with their own problems, neuroses, hopes, fears, loves and hates. I felt for every single one of them, including the more obnoxious ones. Big Kirk was a fantastic stand out character and I felt I got a real and believable insight into bullying. I'm amazed that some reviewers were disappointed and can't even imagine what would excite them.

Superb!


Bully
Bully
by A J Kirby
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.41

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and nasty - great stuff!, 4 Feb 2010
This review is from: Bully (Paperback)
This novel gripped me from the start to finish - from the explosive opening in Afghanistan to the grisly climax in Newton Mills. Breathtaking stuff!


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