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Dead And Buried (Cooper and Fry Book 12)
Dead And Buried (Cooper and Fry Book 12)
Price: 3.50

2.0 out of 5 stars A great disappointment, 5 July 2014
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I was new to Stephen Booth and was initially impressed by his evocation of place, deft page hangers, endless twists and the emblematic shroud of evil conveyed by the ubiquitous heath fires that culminate in the final inferno. Nice work! I was preparing to buy all the novels in this series. Then... the final episode. Amateur night! Sloppy craft technique. Had this been a hard-cover book rather than a Kindle version, I would have thrown it hard at the wall. I felt angry, disappointed and cheated. (And no, I do not normally leave bad reviews here.) I won't be reading any more of his work, and that's a great shame for both of us.


The Scars Beneath the Soul (Archer and Baines Book 1)
The Scars Beneath the Soul (Archer and Baines Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant debut novel, 17 April 2014
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This is a spectacularly good debut novel. The pace never slackens, the twists are inventive and, just when we think we've tagged the killer, Dave Sivers shows us just how wrong we were. The denouement is brilliantly unpredictable. Star quality all the way. It's worthy of the New York Times Best Seller list which I'm sure it - and Mr Sivers' subsequent novels - will soon attain.


Joinings (A Seared Sky Book 1)
Joinings (A Seared Sky Book 1)
Price: 3.08

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic novel and a classic of an epic, 13 April 2014
This is an epic novel and a classic of an epic. Those who love to immerse themselves in a fictive universe - whole, ingenious and meticulously worked out - will find plenty here to love. It works, and it's wholly brilliant. Perhaps its only small defect is that there are so many named characters that the reader almost needs a database to track them all. No matter. I've rarely read an epic novel of such power and I write as a PhD in creative writing!
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Lowcountry Bribe (Carolina Slade Mystery)
Lowcountry Bribe (Carolina Slade Mystery)
by C. Hope Clark
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.42

5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant achievement, 27 Dec 2013
This is a superb story with the pace and crackle of an early Raymond Chandler. It sucks the reader in with great finesse, keeps us hooked with a powerful structure, and rewards us with a cleverly worked denouement. A brilliant achievement.


Proof of Death
Proof of Death
Price: 3.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Frederick Forsyth?, 17 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Proof of Death (Kindle Edition)
This is a startling good thriller and it's remarkable that it hasn't been picked up yet by a major imprint. I can't believe that it's self-published! It has all the plot ingenuity of Frederick Forsyth but is more intelligently written. After an admittedly slow start, the pace picks up and the story becomes impossible to put down. The sheer novelty of the plot concept is overwhelming. (And yes, this is an independent review. I stumbled on Chris Pearson wholly by accident.)


The Art & Science of Google+
The Art & Science of Google+

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Padding and cod psychology, 5 Mar 2013
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There are a few good links and tips here but far too much padding and cod psychology. An okay buy at $2 but not at its published price.


Fire up Your Fiction: An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Stories
Fire up Your Fiction: An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Stories
Price: 2.18

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book packed with real-world advice, 23 Feb 2013
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This book packs in a wealth of tested how-to advice. Clearly, the author has a depth of personal experience in the writing craft. As a university tutor in fiction writing I now recommend it to all my students. Unlike so many writing manuals it doesn't patronise the newbie author with babyish language or ideas. It's written for the serious writer and goes quickly to the heart of what works, with plenty of real-world examples. Highly recommended.


I, Claudia: A Mystery, 13BC
I, Claudia: A Mystery, 13BC
by Marilyn Todd
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit froth?, 29 July 2011
Chick lit froth? Yes but... this lady can write! Her command of language and structure is awesome. If she blew away the froth and set her sights on the Booker prize, she'd walk it. (Or perhaps not. The Booker is inhabited by pseuds and bores. This lady is anything but!)


Little Infamies
Little Infamies
by Panos Karnezis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cameos drawn with a subtle brush, 19 Jan 2008
This review is from: Little Infamies (Paperback)
When I began these stories I expected to find fables of Greek village life, steeped in local atmosphere, with strong plot twists not unlike those of Guy de Maupassant. Indeed, the stories are well plotted with clever, indeed bizarre, surprises. However, Karnezis's style is more akin to that of the self-effacing, author-invisible, reticence of Hemingway. The characters are often enigmas, cameo portraits, limned with a light brush: the reader must fill in the gaps, not least those in the psyche of the characters. Personally, I yearned at times to have these gaps filled, for the psychology to be clearer, for the moral to be more emphatically spelled out. But then Karnezis is not re-writing O Henry. His little stories abound with pointillist descriptions that are a joy - like the villagers rushing out of their houses after an earthquake with the most absurd little treasures in their hands, and not least the old man trundling his (even more aged) parents down the street to safety on a bed.

Karnezis's tragi-comic tales are more gossamer than grand guignol, and certainly not O Henry, but all the better for it.


Self Reliance: A Recipe for the New Millennium
Self Reliance: A Recipe for the New Millennium
by John Yeoman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.48

59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A vital survival guide for the millennium crash - and beyond, 25 Sep 1999
I am greatly impressed! It's a vast encyclopaedia of tested , unusual but practical ideas to help any individual or family become self-reliant (even self sufficient) and free of the consumer rat-race - while still working 'within' the consumer society.
It's clear that Mr Yeoman has great experience in doing this himself, and his research is awesome. What's more, the book is entertaining, easy to read, irreverent and guaranteed to give you plenty of mind-provoking ideas to save money, make money and live better.
Highly recommended.


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