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Nova War: The Shoal trilogy: Book Two (Shoal Sequence 2)
Nova War: The Shoal trilogy: Book Two (Shoal Sequence 2)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book yet in the series, 28 Sept. 2011
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It's hard to write a review where so much has already been said so I won't bother saying too much now. This is book two in the Shoal Series and as such builds on from the first book, Empire of Light. The book is well written and keeps you wanting to read the next page: you just do not want to put it down. In this book, the story has moved on and we now find that the Shoal, the FTL-capable species from the first book are at war with another FTL species. There is a dark, or rather light, secret that threatens to tear the galaxy and possibly the universe apart. What will be the outcome...?
A better book than the first, but then it has more meat to the story so that helps. You would do yourself a favour if you bought this book.


Stealing Light (Shoal Sequence Book 1)
Stealing Light (Shoal Sequence Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Humans are expanding. FTL is the key, 28 Sept. 2011
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I took a gamble. This was the first Gary Gibson book I bought and I was very pleasantly surprised. Humans are in space, an FTL-capable species comes along and offers them a ride. We then learn, that they are the ONLY species to have FTL capability. Intrigue ensues. The search for our own FTL drive, unbeknownst to the alien species, ensues. This is the story of that search and the discoveries that there might have once been other species with FTL capability...
A great book. A great read. A nice way to be introduced to the author. I really liked it. Buy it.


Pornucopia
Pornucopia
by Piers Anthony
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Drivel, 28 Sept. 2011
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This review is from: Pornucopia (Paperback)
I agree with another reviewer that you have to be careful with Mr Anthony as his work does indeed cover a wide range. You never quite know what you are going to get until you take the plunge. Well, the title certainly hints, but doesn't adequately describe what is going on. I really am no prude, honest, but even I found some of the writing a little over the top. It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't presented in such a form as to goad offence. It is nonsense. Saying the words, postulating the situations for childish delight. Sorry, Mr Anthony, but this one is hard to swallow. No pun intended. Just awful.


Time's Eye: A Time Odyssey Book One: Time's Eye Bk. 1 (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Time's Eye: A Time Odyssey Book One: Time's Eye Bk. 1 (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Arthur C. Clarke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2.0 out of 5 stars It was ok., 28 Sept. 2011
I have long been a fan of Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter and expected good things from them as a team. I realise that the writing was probably done by Mr Baxter and that Mr Clarke might have taken a back seat, or it was written from notes. In any case, the writing style was clear and concise, but I feel the subject matter had been visited before. I'm sure I read something similar years ago. The characters were interesting, but never really gelled as I can't imagine the varied souls engaged in this book to have actually coexisted even in this state without massive disruption to each other. Humans, for all their cleverness, aren't smart enough to get along. In short, I liked the yarn, but you really had to suspend the disbelief. Book 2 is awful, but that's another review.


A Newbies Guide Joomla! A Beginnings Guide to the Free and Open Source Content Management Systems
A Newbies Guide Joomla! A Beginnings Guide to the Free and Open Source Content Management Systems
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific! A must read!!, 28 Sept. 2011
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If you are starting out with Joomla and have next to no coding familiarity, then YOU REALLY NEED THIS BOOK!! It explains everything you need to know from the basics up to more complicated usage. I found it invaluable as a companion when formulating my website. It is well written and informative. A real backgrounder.


Orn
Orn

2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, 28 Sept. 2011
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As a Piers Anthony fan, I was deeply disappointed with this book. Piers Anthony writes in an easy and accessible style, but sometimes it goes too far. I found it to be so, well, childish, that I struggled to finish it. Not a masterpiece. Shame really.


Spectra Magazine - Issue 3
Spectra Magazine - Issue 3
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good start, now where's the rest?, 28 Sept. 2011
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This magazine was supposed, I think, to be a bi-monthly effort. Only three have appeared so far, and this one was some time ago. The magazine itself showcases new talent and has a refreshing approach to SciFi at the pointy-end. The unpublished author who has some great ideas and is trying to break out and it covers what is going on in scifi generally. A must read, even if there are no more coming out.


Coalescent: Destiny's Children Book One: Homo Superior (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Coalescent: Destiny's Children Book One: Homo Superior (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Stephen Baxter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it, but it didn't grab me., 28 Sept. 2011
I was going to write a long review, but most of my predecessors have covered the salient points admirably. The Roman empire was described with a slant that was refreshing and appeared to be quite plausible. It was an interesting way of looking at things. The rest of the book seemed to drift, and the latter parts just didn't hold my attention. I don't like writing about plot points, so all of this is generality, but suffice to say, I felt a little let down. Don't get me wrong, the book is good, just not one of his best. I wish I could give it 3.5 stars as it quite doesn't rate a four.


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