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Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade: Part Four
Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade: Part Four
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great adventure for Tom Swan, 12 Jun. 2015
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Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade: Part Five
Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade: Part Five
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great adventure for Tom Swan, 12 Jun. 2015
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Tom Swan and the Head of St George Part One: Castillon
Tom Swan and the Head of St George Part One: Castillon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Late Medieval espionage and derring-do, 8 Dec. 2014
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This was my first experience of Christian Cameron's writing, and having read this taster I have subsequently read almost all that he has written. As a novice to historical fiction, having finished Neal Stephenson et al's Mongoliad and enjoyed it I decided to hunt out some more. Finding this for 99p I thought it was worth a try, and it definitely was.

Tom Swan is a young man in 15th century Europe. Rescued from certain death at the hands of the French by a Greek cardinal, he sets out on a course of adventures that lead to Constantinople, recently conquered by the Turks.

Christian Cameron brings to life the world of late medieval Europe. If you like your historical fiction with a lot of action, then you will enjoy this series (and most likely his other books.)


The Peripheral
The Peripheral
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5.0 out of 5 stars since William Gibson has been my favourite author for many years, 8 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: The Peripheral (Kindle Edition)
I should start by saying I am biased, since William Gibson has been my favourite author for many years.

The Peripheral is (possibly) the start of new set of books by Gibson. We leave the world of Cayce Pollard and Blue Ant behind and move into the near and slightly further future. Flynne covers a shift for her brother as a virtual secruity guard. What she witnesses opens up a world that is far from her own, where she meets Netherton, the obligatory PR person.

Anyone familiar with Gibson's previous books will recognise his style immediately. The book starts with a confusion of neologisms, but within a few chapters the reader is drawn in to the worlds of Flynne and Netherton. The plot moves along swiftly, and is slightly more Macguffin laden then even Gibson's previous stories, but draws to a satisfactroy conclusion.


Valentine Chocolate Gifts: 22 Belgian Milk Praline Hearts By World-Class Chocolatier Leonidas. (350g)
Valentine Chocolate Gifts: 22 Belgian Milk Praline Hearts By World-Class Chocolatier Leonidas. (350g)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great chocolates, 10 Jan. 2014
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Great chocolates, fast delivery and a good price.
The best thing about this pack is they are all pralines, so I didn't even have to look at a menu card to pick out the ones I like and give the ones I don't like to the kids, not that I would give chocolates this good to the kids!


Memories of Copper and Blood
Memories of Copper and Blood
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new world from Tim Akers, 8 Oct. 2013
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I've been a fan of Tim Akers since I first read his short stories in Interzone. I picked up his Veridon books and his more recent Horns of Ruin. He is a great creator of worlds that mix fantasy and science fiction and this short is another well crafted story of 4 students of magic whose friendship takes them into a difficult situation.


Bones of Veridon
Bones of Veridon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short stories, 23 Aug. 2013
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This collection of short stories collects the previously published stories about Veridon and a couple of pre-Veridon stories, that had appeared in magazines like Interzone. Each of the Veridon stories is well crafted and they introduce characters and concepts that come up in the main Veridon stories in the Burn Cycle.

If you enjoy China Mieville you will most likely enjoy Akers's Veridon books.


The Shining Girls
The Shining Girls
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, 9 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: The Shining Girls (Kindle Edition)
I've only read Zoo City by Lauren Beukes before so this was not what I was expecting, a tense murder thriller! Set in Chicago from the 1930's to the early 90's the story follow Harper Curtis, as he makes a discovery that leads him to become a time travelling serial killer, and Kirby Mazrachi, one of his intended victims, as she tries to track down the man who tried to murder her.
The story loops through time with portraits of each of the women as Curtis tracks and kills his victims, and traces Kirby's life from the time she is attacked to her attempts to find her killer.
I enjoyed the book very much, I'll have to read Moxyland next.


Killer of Men (The Long War Book 1)
Killer of Men (The Long War Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and educating, 14 April 2013
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After reading The Mongoliad by Neal Stephenson et al I decided I would try some more historical fiction, so I picked up Christian Cameron's Tom Swan series, which gave me a taste for more.
The first few pages of Killer of Men were a bit jarring, until I got used to the way the story was told, but once I was over that initial hurdle it very quickly became a page turner. The story of Arimnestos rise from the son of a rural bronze smith to a great Greek hero is fascinating. Cameron packs the story with historical characters, politics and battles, and the details of Greek life, customs and tactics fill it out. I finished the book with a better knowledge of ancient Greece and looking forward to more.


The Complete Rainbow Orchid (The Rainbow Orchid)
The Complete Rainbow Orchid (The Rainbow Orchid)
by Garen Ewing
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great comic for all ages, 4 Jan. 2013
The Complete Rainbow Orchid follows the adventures of Julius Chancer as he searches for the mythical Rainbow Orchid in order to save the fortunes of the Lawrence family and defeat the dastardly Urkaz Grope.

The book is beautifully written and illustrated and well researched. The Complete edition contains an extra 17 pages of design notes and sketches.


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