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Ark Royal
Ark Royal
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good military SF with a Brit theme., 12 Feb. 2014
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Decent standard Military SF - set of the last remnants of a sovreign UK space fleet.

Standard but written with great flair, very similar in style to David Webbers Honorverse.

would like to see a sequel.


Far From Home: The Complete First Series (Far From Home 1-12) (Far From Home Box set)
Far From Home: The Complete First Series (Far From Home 1-12) (Far From Home Box set)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very derivative, 12 Feb. 2014
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Didnt really like this - it tried too hard and ended up being too Y.A and reading like a bad budget sf series.
I was expecting standard military space sf. The episodic nature and the frequent flashbacks so you could see the same event from another POV characters viewpoint was repetitive, overused and very cheesy.


Ghost in the Mask (The Ghosts Book 8)
Ghost in the Mask (The Ghosts Book 8)
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent epic fantasy, 4 Nov. 2013
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I thought this series would either fizzle out or go the way many of its ilk do - with the main character becoming so overpowered its no fun to read any more.

Thats been avoided - without giving up on character development. If anything the books have gotten much beter over the last 3 - with the start of a multi book plot arc.

The main charcter is very well done and the series is an excellent addition to anyones bookshelf.


Torrent (Rust & Relics, Book 1)
Torrent (Rust & Relics, Book 1)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good characters and nice pop references, 4 Nov. 2013
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I liked this book all the way to the end.
The build up was good - not rushed and the characters acting fairly realistically.
The main 3 characters are nicely written.

But the actual main plot was lacking in punch.
It just fizzled out to me.
Maybe it was the rather understated space elves -
I like sci fi. I like fantasy. Ive read my fair share of scifi/fantasy. This was pleasant - but not gripping.
I kept waiting for it to take off and it never really did.


Ghost in the Ashes (The Ghosts Book 7)
Ghost in the Ashes (The Ghosts Book 7)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting better as time goes on., 4 Nov. 2013
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J.M has settled very nicely into writing this series. The characters are comfortable. the plots interesting and the world is filling out nicely.
There has been some significant character development and Caina is much more interestign as she has progressed from apprentice spy/assassin to a professional in her own right.
Its nice to see she is more than just a female assassin. I really like the character.

Also the changes in supporting characters made over the last few books is good - theres a sense of growth and progression happening that makes me look forward to the next book.
That and the obvious insertion of a new Multi book spanning arc involving the Jadriga.

Keep them coming. Plently of roads left to travel in this series.


Ghost in the Forge (The Ghosts Book 6)
Ghost in the Forge (The Ghosts Book 6)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent addition to this very underrated series, 4 Nov. 2013
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The ghost series is IMHO the best of Johnathan Moellers works.
The characters are well written and the storylines interesting.

The series does not suffer from the usual problems of epic fantasy works - where the characters become ever more powerful.
In this book we start to see changes to Caina - and not in the way I expected with Jadriga.

A city of mages seek to sell the ultimate weapon to the highest bidder. With the empire and new Kyre embroiled in a mutually destructive war everyone seeks control of the weapon.
At the same time a powerful mage seeks to kill Jadriga and Caina happens to be in the way.

The politics and world is starting to come together quite well and this series i can see going on and on quite happily.


Slab City Blues: The Ballad of Bad Jack: A Science Fiction Detective Story
Slab City Blues: The Ballad of Bad Jack: A Science Fiction Detective Story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Layers and Layers., 28 Oct. 2013
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Unbelieveable conclusion to the series.
Amazing piece of work.

Our hero is reactivated for a last miltiary operation.
Infiltrate the crew of Bad Jack for a mission to secure the peace.

Piracy! Infiltration. Assault against all the odds. Sacrifie. Secret backstory.
Non stop action, suspense, betrayal!

This is the latest (and last) novella in the Slab City Cycle.
And its a very densely written novella that wrings you dry.
Its an amazing read as reveal after reveal is delivered.

Epic space opera condensed into a short novella leaves you aching for a full blown book.
And the ending!

Ahhhhhh!!! amazing.


Slab City Blues: A Hymn To Gods Long Dead: A Science Fiction Detective Story
Slab City Blues: A Hymn To Gods Long Dead: A Science Fiction Detective Story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Sci fi detective story, 28 Oct. 2013
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No 3 in the Slab City Cycle.

Do not pick this up without reading the previous 2 stories in the cycle.
No 1 and 2 are available from the authors web site for free and are unmissable.
Much of the impact of the story is lost if you aren't familiar with the setting and characters.

Our now suspended detective takes teams up with a neovampire to solve a series of murders staged to fit ancient myths.
Somewhat out of place on an orbital.

This series reminds me so much of the best parts of the best sci fi.
Walter Jon Williams Hardwired meets Peter Hamiltons Greg Mandelson.

No 4 is a total change of pace and a massive andrenaline rush.

In the 4 short stories the author has done as much as some authors manage to do in a full epic trilogy.
Fantastic characters and really packs a visceral emotional punch.


The Black Guard (The Long War Book 1)
The Black Guard (The Long War Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars One to watch, 25 Oct. 2013
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A good start to new fantasy series

An interesting setting with a good religion/magic belief system.

I did notice a few hints from H.P.lovecraft sneaking in but thats got no bearing on the feel of the book - its not horror its definitely aimed at fantasy.

An eons old religious conflict erupts into life as the sisterhood of the seven switch from support of one god to another long dead god seeking ressurrection.
As nations fall under their sway men die and nations crumble - all to kill the last few with the blood of the gods in their veins.

An interesting fantasy debut - and one to watch.


Gotrek and Felix, the Second Omnibus (Warhammer: Gotrek and Felix)
Gotrek and Felix, the Second Omnibus (Warhammer: Gotrek and Felix)
by William King
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting better., 18 Oct. 2013
Collecting books 4-6 in the Saga of Gotrek the doom-seeking dwarven Slayer and his Human companion and chronicler Felix.

Continuing on the arc Started in DemonSlayer :- the continuing journey of the pair accompanied by mad dwarven inventors, sorcerors, lovers and fellow slayers.

The distinguishing feature of the second omnibus is that though it collects 3 books together - the narrative arc is at this point far better developed than in the first series. The books flow naturally from one to the other and the supporting cast is by this point fully delevloped and in many places far more interesting and compelling than the main characters. Which from a dramatic point is far more interesting. Obviously the main characters won't die - but the supporting characters can and do die - lending emotional depth and some suspense the series needs to continue to compell.

The main point of view characters continue to be Felix, Ulrika and Max - a trend started in Demonslayer. Their romantic triangle continues to be a major plot device which continues to drive the main arc over these three books. So much so that though the battles are dominated by the slayers - this omnibus could be retitled as the tragic love story of those three characters.

The characters of Max Schreiber Imperial mage and Ulrika Magdova - Kislevite noblewoman play as much of a role in these books as Gotrek and Felix. Also of note are Malakai Makaisson - mad dwarf inventor, Snorri Nosebiter - another mad dwarven slayer, Bjorni Bjornisson - an insatiable sex obsessed dwarven slayer and numerous others of note - all of whom add depth , humor and much needed distraction from the one dimensional Gotrek - who is by far the least interesting character in the series.

DragonSlayer - returning from their quest into the chaos wastes their airship is attacked by a dragon and one of their number is slain - the group seeks vengance - the beast must pay.

BeastSlayer - The second great Chaos war has begun! The city of Praag is under siege from an immense army of chaos warriors and beastmen. Trapped in the city they must hold out or perish. In concept this is similar to Skaven slayer - since both books deal with a city under siege , but the format of the two books is entirely different and the presence of the larger character group adds more depth to the book.

VampireSlayer - Ulrika is kidnapped by a vampire seeking an ancient artifact and Max and Felix - dragging the slayers with them race to rescue her. Can they rescue her or will their tangled love triangle end with a vampires bite.

Well worth reading - and again derserves a far wider audience than just those interested in Warhammer.


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