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CTRL ALT Revolt!
CTRL ALT Revolt!
Price: £0.99

1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This promised to be a corker, but ......, 9 Feb. 2016
This review is from: CTRL ALT Revolt! (Kindle Edition)
Up until 80% into this novel, I was all set to give it four stars. It's fast-paced, the characters feel real (with a couple of exceptions), and several parallel strands are neatly interwoven; mixing real world / gaming / internet / AI is no walk in the park. Kudos to the author for setting the scene, and taking us into all these separate but interlinked worlds. There's a fair amount of paranoid fiction about these days, and this is certainly among the best I've found.
There are failings, as you'd expect; the tone is homophobic, misogynistic and generally fearful of anything that could remotely be termed 'progressive' – but that's fine; the cliched whines are just so much filler these days, we've heard them so many times.
Interestingly, one female character, and one with multiple disabilities, is a key character, and is treated with respect, and a degree of understanding I certainly didn't expect. There is, of course, a reason for that, as you'll see.
The serious downer is that the author really doesn't get robots. And it's hard to believe in a robot uprising that reads much more like an 'evil human controlling robots' uprising; because these robots forget, they get confused, they have anger issues (duh!); imagine how much better it would have been if the author could see that a real robot rising would be cold, extremely efficient, and genuinely terrifying.
But about four fifths of the way through, the whole thing comes apart.
SPOILER ALERT:
We have two of world's leading developers (one from the past; one set to be a future genius of coding) holed up the Worlds's most advanced software complex, being attacked by a massive, coordinated horde of robots, all armed to the, er, teeth, and ready to die for their cause. So what do Our Heroes fight back with? Laser weapons? Computer viruses? Web hacking? You got it; World War Two rifles and sub machine guns. Weapons chosen to prove that The Second Amendment MUST BE protected at all costs (even though the defence is - inevitably - feeble, futile and fails). Paranoia trumps all human logic, as the genre insists it must.
The world is saved by our disabled heroine, gaming amazingly, who is then able to be cured, in the New World, because, it is revealed, corporations simply want to help people, and though they've long had the ability to do so, government red tape has been the only thing that stopped them (creaming off the profit for the 1% really doesn't get a look in). The governments of the world, of course, run by some 'illuminati type' organisation that fell apart, just like that, when the world went back to cave dwelling. We all know, of course, that when society crumbles, people with disabilities are raped and murdered - or at the very least, left to starve with the elderly - there's ample historical evidence of that. They certainly don't meet doctors who cure them (for free? what? socialised medicine? In a future America? I suspect that was an error!) and then marry them.
Sheesh. Armageddon out of here!
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The Master Falconer: A Penguin eSpecial from G.P. Putnam & Sons (Joe Pickett series)
The Master Falconer: A Penguin eSpecial from G.P. Putnam & Sons (Joe Pickett series)
Price: £2.02

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This a VERY GOOD short story, 19 Jan. 2016
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I can't give it more than three stars, because - as everyone else has said - it's a publisher ripoff. They should collect these stories in one volume at a fair price, or sell 'em as trailers for a fair price (max 99p). But enough of that ...

This a VERY GOOD short story, it features Nate Romanowski playing a pivotal role, and Joe Pickett related to support; but that's OK. Nate is a fascinating character, and it's good to get to know him better. And it's worth reading at one sitting. Very satisfying, good fun, and always good to see justice done neatly. If you've enjoyed previous stuff, swallow hard, curse Penguin, but buy the book.


The Tom Dugan Boxset: Books 1 - 3
The Tom Dugan Boxset: Books 1 - 3
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nerve-Needling Nautical Narratives, 14 Jan. 2016
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One of the great strengths of these novels is that they're all nautical narratives, and if you're not familiar with matters maritime (as I'm not), it's good to know that you'll be given an unusual setting with enough detail to be comfortable, and to know where you're going, but he hasn't spent all day copying and pasting Wikipedia; he knows his stuff so you don't need to.
There's big variation in the plots, including piracy, people trafficking and terrorism, all horribly believable, and an overlapping cast of characters based around Tom Dugan, who has a knack of being sucked into events, and a fair skill at being knocked out too; these yarns aren't devoid of humour, and while the endings aren't happy for all his characters, they've always been pretty satisfying for me!
If you enjoy international, fast-moving suspense, buy now!
Three novels in one go will almost certainly save you money, and will last for a good chunk of your holiday: if you try a 'look inside', you'll soon get a flavour of the kind of page-turning suspense that Mr McDermott brings to his work.


Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike Book 3)
Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike Book 3)
Price: £4.99

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Cowbell?, 11 Nov. 2015
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First, I have to say that £9.99 is a ripoff price for an ebook - especially one that will sell millions. The marginal cost is about 0.5p; and the processing costs, shared among the millions - are about 1p. For comparison, the hardback is £9, and paperback £7.99. I note 'price set by the publisher'; Sphere should be ashamed; they can't blame their greed on Amazon, or on VAT. It's Sphere's greed.
Having got that out of my system, I really enjoyed the book. Like the two predecessors (Not mention Harry P and the Casual Vacancy), JKR tells a great story, and her characters are real. Even the 'walk on parts', like someone's girlfriend and Robin' mother have personalities, in the way Scandinavian novelists make that extra effort. Too many British writers, like their Hollywood-targeted brethren in the States, invest in the leads, but leave a trail of stereotypes in support.
The story, cleverly keeping three interwoven lines until the end, is slowly but brutally told, with twists right up to the last few pages.
I really enjoyed this one, but I'm genuinely hurt by the price - I really, really, don't like being ripped off. Any more than Strike would.


You Are Dead (Roy Grace series Book 11)
You Are Dead (Roy Grace series Book 11)
Price: £3.66

4.0 out of 5 stars you thank everyone and their mother for their good advice, but not one of them knows anything ..., 25 Sept. 2015
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Roy Grace on top form in this latest outing; dealing with awful crimes and frustrating family life in his calm, long-suffering way, and also dealing with police politics and the ghost of Sandy (don't ask!). This would have been a five star review but for one really irritating plot point [Spoiler alert!].
Mr James; you thank everyone and their mother for their good advice, but not one of them knows anything about diabetes ... in untreated diabetes, a disease featuring low or absent natural insulin, blood sugar tends to rise, not fall. Extra sugar is the last thing they want (or need); they need something to drive the sugar out of the blood, into the places it should be. Either insulin or antidiabetic drugs (for type II).
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Under a Tell-Tale Sky: A Post Apocalyptic Journey (The Disruption Series - Book 1)
Under a Tell-Tale Sky: A Post Apocalyptic Journey (The Disruption Series - Book 1)
Price: £2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Take In A Crowded Genre ...., 25 Sept. 2015
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There's been a fair number of post-apocalyptic novels recently; many with zombies, some without. Most, alas, tread the same well-worn path and are difficult to finish, let alone enjoy. Mr McDermott manages to avoid the worst of the cliches, and brings us a page-turner of a tale with several separate, interwoven threads, all involving very much alive characters. As always, he enables us to suspend reality by simply knowing what he's talking about; he doesn't bore you with details about boats and navigation, he simply shows through the story that he knows these things, with neither bluster, nor guesswork, and always without the breathless over-explaining that marks out the guy who just spent three hours in Wikipedia. This makes his characters feel genuine, and enables you to immerse yourself in the tale, leaving mundane reality behind in exchange for the awful unknown that lies ahead for the large and varied cast of characters. The only downside, for me, is that he's clearly not so familiar with bad guys, and feels the need to warn us in advance who not to trust; relax, Mr McD, let them give themselves away in their own good - bad? - time.
But this really is a minor point, an occasional niggle in a cracking good yarn. I look forward to episode 2 in this series.


How To Live For Free: The Definitive Guide
How To Live For Free: The Definitive Guide
Price: £2.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ironic that 'how to live for free' costs 99p; ..., 20 Sept. 2015
Ironic that 'how to live for free' costs 99p; I'll bet few of the buyers realised they'd been conned from page 1. The book probably says "Publish a kindle book called how to live for free and sell it on Kindle'. You've been mugged folks, you've been mugged.
NB - prices on Amazon change. This was free (apparently), now it's selling for "£8.99 reduced to 99p". Double scam.


Our Endless Numbered Days
Our Endless Numbered Days
by Claire Fuller
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

3 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rip off the customer, and it's authors who suffer ..., 1 July 2015
Hardcover £10.49
Kindle - £9.02

Absoloute ripoff; not the author's fault, she's just won a great prize - Well Done - so the publisher is cashing in.
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Go-Ahead Group
Go-Ahead Group
by Mark Lyons
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but should have been better ...., 13 May 2015
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I enjoyed this book, which can be found at significantly better prices now (it's approaching three years old).

It offers an overview of one of England's leading transport operations; arguably one of the most successful in terms of expansion (organic and by acquisition), and by customer satisfaction (except Southeastern, which stinks).

A book of this size couldn't hope to do justice to the rich and lengthy hostory of some of the companies that make up this group, but it could do rather better than this.

1. It could just have well have been written by the comapny's marketing department.

2. It is inconsistent, with some sections giving excessive detail on individual buses, others skating over fleet details

3. While it discusses most of the acquisitions, it ignores the organic growth in many areas, and doesn't give much of a picture of how the company - and its aspirations - have developed over the years

But while it is imperfect, it does give a flavour of the company, and it makes interesting reading; lets hope there's a new and improved second edition!


The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary edition
The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary edition
Price: £5.55

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dawkins at his best, 27 Dec. 2014
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Hadn't read it for 30 years, and it's even better than I remembered it. This is the book that made Dawkins; written before his god-obsession became so irritating that he became almost unbearable (and I'm an atheist). His discussion of the various aspects of evolution is clear, logical, and a great read for students and the lay public alike. The selfish gene is the ideal perspective on the subject, and the book deserves a place on the shelf beside Hawkins' 'Brief History of Time', as a book that demystifies complex issues for us mere human beings.


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