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Mr. James O. Dearden "technocrat" (Poole, UK)

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Ancillary Justice: 1 (Imperial Radch)
Ancillary Justice: 1 (Imperial Radch)
Price: 3.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Space opera with a twist..., 16 Oct 2013
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If you're a fan of things like Ian M. Banks, you'll enjoy this one. With sentient starships and their humanoid avatars, this story takes a thought-provoking look into what makes a person, in both a figurative and disturbingly literal sense. One of those books I just couldn't put down, I blasted through this one in a weekend. Wholeheartedly recommended!

TekWar (The TekWar Series)
TekWar (The TekWar Series)
Price: 4.10

3.0 out of 5 stars It's a start..., 9 Jun 2013
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It was adequate as books go, very pulpy science fiction. It felt very much like the start of something larger, lots of threads inadequately addressed in here. Good thing there are about a million more books!

The Charm School
The Charm School
by Nelson DeMille
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.39

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable slice of the Cold War..., 1 Nov 2010
This review is from: The Charm School (Paperback)
While certainly a product of its time, The Charm School does a nice job of putting you in the position of outsiders within Soviet Russia. While I initially expected something a lot more "Clancyesque", it's surprising how much you gain from reading about the characters' experiences in Moscow. This, combined with the espionage and intrigue that the story promises, leads to an interesting book - a view of a bygone sociopolitical situation.

One thing that did irk me slightly was how obviously the author was trying to hammer the "Communism = EVIL" idea into the reader's mind throughout the story, but if you can accept this as also a product of the time and place it was written, it doesn't get in the way too much.

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