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[(The Windsor Faction)] [Author: D. J. Taylor] published on (September, 2013)
[(The Windsor Faction)] [Author: D. J. Taylor] published on (September, 2013)
by D. J. Taylor
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written and atmospheric novel, but....., 28 Jan. 2014
A beautifully written and atmospheric novel, which conjures up the confused and uncertain time of the phoney war, after the outbreak of war and before the invasion of France with the twist that Edward VIII is still on the throne. Unfortunately the characters are all pretty unsympathetic or at least that's the side of them we are presented. It is difficult to engage with any of them not least the heroine, who has a tendency to tears, indecision and uncertainty, when any of the very few plot twists involve her.
It conveys, presumably accurately, the mood of the times around the issues of peace and appeasement, but a bit more plot to justify the historical conceit would have helped.


The Road Between Us
The Road Between Us
Price: £4.31

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a bit clunky, 10 Aug. 2013
Well written and I kept going until the end. However plot implausibilites gave me pause along with several minor but annoying factual improbabilities e.g. German's listening to vinyl LPs during the last war. A story hinging on an evil Heidegger quoting Shubert loving concentration camp commandant, a powerful reclusive City based billionaire and the suddenly revealed bisexuality of not one but three characters to round out the plot left me disappointed and gave rise to the title of this review.


Antique PU Leather Book Case Cover Flip Wallet Purse For Iphone 5 & 5S Brown Protector Defender With Free Screen Protector from theUKfactory Ltd
Antique PU Leather Book Case Cover Flip Wallet Purse For Iphone 5 & 5S Brown Protector Defender With Free Screen Protector from theUKfactory Ltd

2.0 out of 5 stars several drawbacks, 15 Feb. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Nice looking, seems well made, but;
Doesn't close properly even with no credit cards in pockets, so it flips open when you put it down unless you always lay it face down.
Very fiddly to switch on silent mode as hole small & doesn't fully align with switch
You need to switch off brightness control as screen starts off dim. OK in the evening, but annoying in daylight (I assume the case must cover the sensor)


Reamde
Reamde
by Neal Stephenson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.19

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars at 900 pages a long slog, 1 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Reamde (Hardcover)
At 900 pages it's a very long slog. As usual well written and full of ideas and original characters, although without the sweep and originality of Cryptonomicon or even Snowcrash, both of which it resembles rather than his last four door-stoppers.
The concluding very extended dénouement in the mountains goes on far too long until it finally runs out of steam and the final wrapping up chapter is positively cheesy. All in all, and very regretfully, at such a length it is not really worth the effort.


The Execution Channel: Novel
The Execution Channel: Novel
by Ken MacLeod
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not vintage Macleod, 21 Nov. 2009
The novel starts off in cracking form as Ken Macleod builds up a credible complex dystopian world of the near future; extrapolating and extending the issues of today, terrorism climate change, world wide web together with a few original ideas of his own. The action switches between four locations and sets of characters and while it occasionally becomes a little difficult to orienteer oneself the plot drives forward and keeps one onboard.
Almost till the end that is, when unlike some of Ken Macleod's earlier novels, which while starling in the complexity of the worlds created are wonderful in that it all adds up and the end makes sense of what came before and gives one something to think about . In this case he doesn't pull it off. The plot is wrapped up rather peremptorily with a frankly over the top and decidedly unfeasible /incredible ending, as if the publishers suddenly gave Ken a couple of days to finish everything off and so he had to pull a magic rabbit out of a hat to close everything down. So much so that the book finishes with an interview with Ken, as if even the publishers realised that the ending wasn't quite enough. So it's OK but not vintage
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Polystom (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Polystom (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Adam Roberts
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An average tale of alternative realities, 5 Nov. 2006
A well written and reasonably enjoyable novel with an imaginative, if slightly derivative, dual reality ending. The problem is that it reads as if Adam Roberts had no idea how the novel would turn out when he started. The denouement when it comes in the form of the two alternative realities, one of which involves a sub-Victorian/Hapsburg alternative future, renders fully a third of the preceding tale redundant or perhaps part of a different novel, which is all slightly frustrating.


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