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Dangerous Inheritance (Duke de Richleau Book 11)
Dangerous Inheritance (Duke de Richleau Book 11)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fitting end, 19 Nov 2014
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A fitting end to the Duke de Richleau's adventures and, amazingly, DW manages to write a story in "furren" (sic) parts that isn't mind bogglingly racist (still racist but much less than some)!


The Sultan's Daughter (Roger Brook Book 7)
The Sultan's Daughter (Roger Brook Book 7)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Different times and different morals..., 30 Oct 2014
One of the more troubling Roger Brook stories for the modern reader especially when it comes to the ethical aspects of sexual relations and should be read with this in mind.


Professor Branestawm Up the Pole (Puffin Books)
Professor Branestawm Up the Pole (Puffin Books)
by Norman Hunter
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Further fabulous adventures, 15 Oct 2014
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The Branestawm books are a sheer joy it is such a shame that they've been allowed to go out of print.
I read this as a child and now read this to my 7yr old niece.


Soho Slasher: Jack Is Back: A Harbinger Crossover Novel to International Hunters, Inc.
Soho Slasher: Jack Is Back: A Harbinger Crossover Novel to International Hunters, Inc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK... but it smells a bit, 15 Oct 2014
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I'm a big fan of Ripper speculative fiction so will probably finish this book, however the irritatingly cliched image of the UK and Londoners grates horribly.
From the chirpy cockney graduates of the Dick van Dyke school of realistic accents, to the slightly misused slang, the blatantly wrong slang, to the Basil Rathbone weather these have driven me away from this book although I suspect I'll be back.
These I can put down to the effects of Hollywood (see www.tvtropes.org for more) the xenophobia is a bit more troubling however this and the Mary Sue principle character (Kent) are probably not going to stop me reading the rest of the book but they do make it an effort.
One last thing: it's the London Eye not the Eye of London for £7'?'s sake!


Your Baby Week By Week: The ultimate guide to caring for your new baby
Your Baby Week By Week: The ultimate guide to caring for your new baby
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book... and burn it, 16 Sep 2014
I'm only giving this one star as I can't give it no stars.
There is a famous quote "even bad books are books and therefore sacred" I would make an exception for this book. It should be burnt.
The advice relating to Cry It Out reads like a proposed experiment on how to traumatise your child:
"don't get his hopes up allowing him to think that he's going to be cuddled and fed"
"if your baby is sick ... you will have to be strong minded not to scoop him into your arms to comfort him"


The Elder Ice
The Elder Ice
by David Hambling
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting take on HPL's æsthetic protagonists, 2 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Elder Ice (Paperback)
This was a very enjoyable, and sadly brief, story in the tradition of H. P. Lovecraft's Yog Sothery but with a pleasant twist. The central character rather than being a cloistered and sensitive intellectual is a retired boxer and former debt collector now working for a firm of solicitors.
Without going into too much detail the story centres on the search for an unknown treasure brought back from a failed expedition to the Antarctic. The period detail is well balanced without becoming either laboured or containing jarring anachronisms and the story moves smoothly forward to a satisfying conclusion. In style it is similar to the Teddy London stories of C. N. Henderson but set in south London of the twenties rather than the world of the hardboiled private eye.
I would recommend both this and the author's short story collection Shadows from Norwood.
I won this book in a competition and I must say I'm very happy with my prize!


Equoid: A Laundry novella: A Tor.Com Original (Laundry Files)
Equoid: A Laundry novella: A Tor.Com Original (Laundry Files)
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4.0 out of 5 stars So that's why HPL had those problems!, 17 April 2014
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A distinctly creepy addition to the Laundry Files, more dependent on body horror than some of the other stories but without the reliance on shlock over story that characterises much body horror.


The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm
The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm
by Norman Hunter
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious, deranged and quite marvellous, 17 April 2014
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Bought to read to my six year old niece as a bedtime story.
She is adoring it as am I.
The only problem that might be encountered is the need to explain such things as half Pennies, meat safes, and phones where you press buttons A and B!!


The King in Yellow
The King in Yellow
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have you seen the Yellow Sign?, 17 April 2014
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A interesting collection by a writer largely forgotten because of his laziness. Chambers could write well as stories like The Repairer of Reputations shows, but he could sell the stories that he didn't take any effort in writing, so he did!


Ouroboros Ouzo: A Johannes Cabal Story
Ouroboros Ouzo: A Johannes Cabal Story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have a drink?, 17 April 2014
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Cabal has a chat with someone he respects.
Another very brief story but enjoyable and good value.
Cheers, bottoms up.


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