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The Way of the Clan  2 (World of Valdira)
The Way of the Clan 2 (World of Valdira)
Price: £4.02

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent despite translation, 31 Dec. 2015
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I normally don't review books as they get so many reviews it seems redundant, but given the response to this one I thought I'd add my two penneth.

The main issue from the comments it that the translation is poor. What does that mean? Well... incorrect grammar, interesting use of language and 'sayings', unusual way of covering when the characters speak (- instead of ") which normally kills books for me, etc. Did this affect my understanding of the storyline or the character development? No. It's not difficult to understand what the author is trying to put across and I actually enjoyed some of the unusual language which gives some sort of cultural slant on the book that UK/US authors would never use. If you enjoyed book 1 you will enjoy book 2. If the author improves his translation/editing and uses " instead of - he will undoubtedly widen his audience.

As Litrpg, the character development, storyline and other litrpg elements were excellent with the book continuing where book 1 left off, moving swiftly along and leaving me wanting the 3rd book to come out quickly. If the translation had been better it would get 5 stars but to lose more than a star for bad translation simply gives the wrong impression of the novel.


The Hungering Saga Complete
The Hungering Saga Complete
Price: £3.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 30 July 2012
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I rarely write a review on kindle books as they tend to be somewhere between hit and miss. In this case it was entirely a hit and i've struggled to put the phone down since i started it. The author has managed to build a clever and unusual world, some way away from generic fantasy, with some very strong characterisation focused on the lead rather than a scattering of characters.

The storyline is excellent and runs along smoothly leaving you wanting more by the end of each book. There are passing similarities to very few other fantasy works - possibly hints of David Farland but I much prefer this author - which leaves you nice and refreshed as even though i do enjoy tried and trusted fantasy it is nice to read something with fresh ideas.

Very, very good trilogy and i'm adding him to my must have for his next set!


The Key To The Grave (The Price Of Freedom Book 2)
The Key To The Grave (The Price Of Freedom Book 2)
Price: £3.82

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent second book, 1 Jun. 2012
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I couldn't disagree more with some of the other reviews I've read about this book. He continues to build a very strong and interesting primary character whilst further developing the secondary characters (Jocasta, Sapphire, etc) as they reveal more about their own personalities, goals and desires. That said, there are plenty of good authors out there who also do great character development and a strong plot line so what is it about this series that grabs the interest?

What the author has done very well is to build a world with a fascinating cultural, economic and social system that he is not afraid to talk about - one of the few others who can do this successfully is L.E. Modessit. This early 'capitalism' and the affect it has on the world and characters around it has been extremely well done and continues in the 3rd book. Action scenes are very well done and I had little trouble understanding the basis of his military organisation etc.

Regarding the ending and to avoid spoilers for those who read Brian Chrisman's review i'd suggest continuing on and reading book 3.

I've read a large number of indies over the last few months and this series rates among the best of those so at the very least try the sample as good authors are very hard to find!


Bitterblue (Seven Kingdoms Trilogy 3)
Bitterblue (Seven Kingdoms Trilogy 3)
by Kristin Cashore
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute gem, 23 Mar. 2012
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I must be honest and say that a little over a week ago i picked up Graceling and read it to cover. About halfway through I ordered Fire (book 2) and got a copy of Bitterblue which i finished reading earlier tonight. All 3 were excellent, well written pieces that sucked me in despite my doubts that the next book couldn't possibly be as good as the one that preceded it.

Bitterblue is a follow up to the first book and touches very little with the second storyline although there is some crossover. The story itself focuses on what happened after Lecks rule and how the kingdom responds to its freedom from his unique reign of tyranny, all seen primariy through the eyes of his daughter, the new Queen. The concept of the storyline is unique and the depth of characterisation and feeling the author is able to communicate about her characters is both moving and enjoyable. Many of the characters from the first book reappear consistently throughout whilst new characters enter the fray and each one adds a new dimension to the storyline rather than simply being flung in at the last minute. It is a quest for truth and understanding that kept its secret well right up until the very end where it finished with a nice dose of realism.

Pick it up, I can't see you being disappointed.


Practise & Learn: English (Ages 6-7)
Practise & Learn: English (Ages 6-7)
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars engaging, 15 Mar. 2012
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My son (7) found this to be intersting and even had him asking to do some more 'tests' when he came home from school, which is more than half the battle. Lots of illustrations, plenty of tasks and tests made it fun for us to do together and i'm hoping my younger daughter will also enjoy it as she has started to show an interest because of the pictures (she is 4 1/2).

Very useful


Servant of the Underworld: Obsidian and Blood Trilogy, Book I
Servant of the Underworld: Obsidian and Blood Trilogy, Book I
by Aliette de Bodard
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good debut, 15 Mar. 2012
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I ordered this novel with no real idea of what it would be like but having an interest in South American ancient history and I must admit I found the background and history grabbed my interest from the off. There has been a large amount of thought behind the world setting in this book - gods, magic, supersitition and the effect it had on the populace at the time, particularly as it is told from the point of view of the High Priest of death and the underworld.

Whilst a mystery novel based storyline is used, the way the author builds that into the world and makes it into a far more interesting storyline than a standard 'whodunit'. The interplay between characters is very well done as is the depth of character given to the main character. The mystery itself is very well finished and the ending was very satisfying. I have no doubt i'll be buying the next!


Tableau Scratch Cover Dark Wood
Tableau Scratch Cover Dark Wood
Offered by A1SONIC
Price: £3.49

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 5 Dec. 2011
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I used this dark version on some of my antique furniture that had taken a few chips revealing the light wood beneath. It is brilliant, matching well with the colour and removing any sign of the light wood without making it obvious it has been repaired.


Halfhead
Halfhead
by Stuart B. MacBride
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent style but not my type, 3 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Halfhead (Paperback)
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This was my first macbride novel and there was much to recommend it. The concept was an interesting one with some nice action sequences and plenty of thrills, but the key to my enjoyment of the novel was the skill with which the plot was threaded together and the way in which it was written. There are two plotlines that run through the novel intersecting in various places and the author manages to build a good understanding of the main characters - both sane and insane. I'm not particularly squeamish but there are a number of gritty, dark torture scenes that are suitable for the context of the novel but a little too... realistic/strong for my taste. In fact whilst being a useful tool to build the readers understanding of the villain i found it made me feel slightly uncomfortable. That said if you like this style then he writes well, the plot is interesting and the characters suitably dark.


EVEN (David Trevellyan Thriller 1)
EVEN (David Trevellyan Thriller 1)
by Andrew Grant
Edition: Paperback

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, action packed start, 8 Aug. 2009
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'Even' sucks you into its mirey grasp within a few pages and refuses to let go. Grant has a clean, crisp writing style that makes the novel a joy to read and is perfect for this type of gritty action. Trevellyan is the sole focus of the novel and the author does an outstanding job of building the readers understanding of his personality - in particular the choice to start each chapter with a small paragraph relating to his past provides invaluable insight. The plot cracks along at a non-stop pace and the reader uncovers the plotline as the hero does which although it makes the novel more one dimensional does create excitement. The only area where the novel loses its edge is the lack of realism - at no point did i feel the main character was under any threat, his skills and abilities getting him out of almost impossible situations... saying that the author sticks very closely to the Trevellyan's personality which given his cold calculation tends to fit the scenario. Overall an excellent novel that i couldn't put down.


Timewalker
Timewalker
by Justin Stanchfield
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars solid (if slow) start, 8 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Timewalker (Paperback)
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For a young adult novel, the starting pace is relatively slow with the first half building a 'real world' life with a few mysterious happening to whet the readers appetite. The second half of the novel is where the action starts and where the novel picks up creating a sense of excitement. Although well written, the main character development is that of the lead character to the exclusion of the others and it lacks the 'set piece' action scenes that tend to provide the stepping stones in this type of novel and create the memories that hold later. Having said that, the plot does hold promise, even if it is lacking in action and could be the start of a good series.


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