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A Disturbance of Fate
A Disturbance of Fate
by Mitchell J. Freedman
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars if you are into Bobby Kennedy + WHAT IF's --......then...., 27 Aug. 2006
This review is from: A Disturbance of Fate (Hardcover)
what if Robert F. Kennedy had not been whacked by Sirhan Sirhan?

This 700-page political & oddly alterno-nostalgic, idolatrous monsterpiece....a la Forrest Gump, will give you another take on fate. Bobby Kennedy defeats Nixon, withdraws from Vietnam and solves the Cold War. Much too bulky!


Infinity's Web
Infinity's Web
by Sheila Finch
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars Ho-hum - about women's lives in parallel universes (1985), 27 Aug. 2006
Each life is the result of an infinity of choices that separate who we are from our would-be selves. This is the tale of the multiple parallel lives of Anastasia V. Stein which overlap due to a twist in the fabric of spacetime. Ann, Val, Stacey and Tasha, join to confront a force that manipulates their worlds.


Dawn Crescent
Dawn Crescent
by David Dvorkin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £27.95

1.0 out of 5 stars Politically slanted alternative history (HARDBACK), 27 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Dawn Crescent (Hardcover)
THIS PLOT IS NOT A MILLION MILES FROM WHAT HAS ACTUALLY OCCURRED!!

At the beginning of Desert Storm in 1991, things go terribly wrong. A secret organization inflames an anti-Western uprising. American troops at the Battle of Khafji and throughout the Middle East are faced with a much bigger war than the one they had been sent to fight.

What was supposed to be a safe war designed to ensure the reelection of George Bush turns into a disaster that destroys his presidency, puts Dan Quayle in the White House as the puppet of right-wing elements in the intelligence community, and imperils the West. The consequences are widespread and frequently grim: a resurgent Soviet Union, a seemingly endless war in the Middle East, and the growing threat of tyranny in America.


Lovecraft Chronicles
Lovecraft Chronicles
by Peter H. Cannon
Edition: Paperback

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Alternative history linked to early 20thC. SF writer, Lovecraft, 27 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Lovecraft Chronicles (Paperback)
Cannon speculates what would have happened if H P Lovecraft had, in 1933, agreed to accept the Knopf award.

You really have to be a Lovecraft fan to address this.


A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories
A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories
by Ray Bradbury
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

2 of 59 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars just short stories by Bradders!!, 26 Aug. 2006
Thunder is merely a short, not so great, 'jurassic park type of story.....

i.e. this is basically a collection of short stories.....
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The Trinity Paradox
The Trinity Paradox
by Kevin J. Anderson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars 1991 - plot is not 100% plausible - tense alternities book, 8 Feb. 2006
Elizabeth Devane is an anti-nuke activist. She dismantles a secret weapon & is blasted back to 1944 Los Alamos. This is a re-run Manhattan Project but in an alternate timeline.
After a German missile attack on NY, Elizabeth guides the Los Alamos scientists to plutonium implosion. Imaginative and well-written, switching between USA and Germany.
The authors wanted to see how a modern-day anti-nuke protester would fare when faced with the ordeals of World War II.


The Year Before Yesterday
The Year Before Yesterday
by Brian Wilson Aldiss
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars A so-called Novel in 3 Acts ----time warp ramble---messy, 8 Feb. 2006
Three of his least popular, & disordered works...published (culled from earlier reject "shorts") in 1987.
Nazis win WW2. Nordic composer finds female corpse + 2 odd books, meets Wyvern, a telepath fleeing from Nazi scientists & "Tyne" a government spy in love with an alien; both players in humanity's alternative futures. The 2 nested stories are irrelevant to any plot in the composer's timeline. Frankly there's little or no plot.


The lost steps
The lost steps
by Alejo Carpentier
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars An odyssey back to the origin, 30 Oct. 2005
This review is from: The lost steps (Hardcover)
An anthropologist flees his vacuous lifestyle in New York and travels to South America. Venturing into the jungle, the unnamed protagonist immerses himself in another world and finds peace among the primal societies there.
If you like the Mexican feature film: "CABEZA DE VACA", then you'll love this novel, which is full of literary allusions.
The language is tediously over-elaborate at times.
However, this work has elements of Proust + Conrad's Heart of Darkness woven into an allegory which retraces a mystic history of Spain & la conquista back to the innocence of the pre-conquest.


Cautionary Verses (Public Library)
Cautionary Verses (Public Library)
by Hilaire Belloc
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Python-esque limericks. Children love them!, 16 Oct. 2005
One of the most delightful, gory Victorian poetry books for children..gloriously tongue-in-cheek macabre poems about premature death, mutilation and pythonesque self-annihilation by over-naïve kids, frequently those sired by toffs. A very great favourite of many 20th century children in the British Isles.
The poems are dirge-like limericks, and their cathartic advisory tones stick inexorably in the memory...like a fishbone in the gorge.
Children are whimsically eaten by lions, die from compulsive cord-ingestion or are consigned to life as a bootblack for their sins.


Th: Toujours Humble
Th: Toujours Humble

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very mediochre, 12 May 2005
This review is from: Th: Toujours Humble (Audio CD)
The first extra-long track is good. However Tracks 2 to 12 are just a mish-mash of mediochrity.


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