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Sandman Slim: Stories (Sandman Slim Novels)
Sandman Slim: Stories (Sandman Slim Novels)
by Richard Kadrey
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great B-Film Novel, 1 Oct. 2009
This book is a great read for one of those days where you just don't feel like dealing with the real world anymore. Kadrey builds a great little Magic-infused L.A. and provides a hero who isn't too moody and angsty, despite what has happened to him. It's a straightforward story and that's part of its charm, the reader isn't bogged down with theology or teminology and doesn't need to write a list of all the characters that are met. It's this simplicity that allows for an enjoyable read and it still makes you feel like you got your money's worth.


Shinsengumi: The Shogun's Last Samurai Corps
Shinsengumi: The Shogun's Last Samurai Corps
by Romulus Hillsborough
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £21.08

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passion and Loyalty Redifined, 1 Dec. 2008
The Meiji Revolution was a historic moment, in many ways affecting the world as well as Japan. The two sides of this historic moment were both fighting for a cause that was noble and noteworthy. The battles fought in the streets of Kyoto will never be forgotten, especially when one remembers that the side of the incumbent ruling power, the Shogunate, was one of the most feared police forces known, the Shinsengumi.

Hillsoborough's historical narrative of the rise and fall of this samurai police force is one of the most well written of its kind. The writing is clear and easy to follow, even though the situation it describes is not. There are few flaws in this books and none of them are note-worthy. To put it in short, if you are interested in Japanese history or about the samurai, get this book, you won't be disappointed!


The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Ghoulish Delight for Both Adults and Kiddies, 25 Oct. 2008
This review is from: The Graveyard Book (Hardcover)
Gaiman is a master story-teller, there is no doubt about that, but it's very hard to think of him as a children's story-book writer (and yes I know he has written other children's books before, but they always seemed...not quite right). However, after reading through this novel of his one can clearly see that he has the skills necessary to delight and educate the young ones without dulling it down too much or losing the young ones on the way.

The story can be considered to be an homage to Kipling's "Jungle Book" with excellent references being made to Kipling's story that are easily recognizable. The hero of the tale, Nobody Owens, is endearing, while at the same time not a weak character. Except for the fact that he was raised by ghots of the graveyard, he is an entirely believable character, which makes the novel even more enjoyable.

Fans of Gaiman will not be disappointed by this novel, those new to him will definitely enjoy it, and those who are looking for a good book to read to a child will also be well served by this.


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