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The Shining Girls
The Shining Girls
by Lauren Beukes
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nasty but highly readable, 31 Oct 2013
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Its not that I am easily shocked, but there is no getting away from the style of this writing as being decidedly shocking at times. Yet as the characters develop in the opening chapters and the story unfolds, the fascination and love for the central heroine and the distaste for the villain make this a compelling book and one you will struggle to put aside to do anything as mundane as work.


Hell's Angels (Penguin Modern Classics)
Hell's Angels (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Hunter S. Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting observation on bikers, 31 Oct 2013
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As a biker for over 30 years this book was a serious omission from my catalogue. Ultimately the book is as difficult to read as a motorcycle repair manual especially in the first quarter. However once the characters are developed the observations on the cult and descriptions of the events during the mid 60's become fascinating reading.


A Sport and a Pastime
A Sport and a Pastime
by James Salter
Edition: Paperback

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2.0 out of 5 stars An over rated period piece, 31 Oct 2013
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I chose this book after being recommended it as a "must read." I find it easier to read a dictionary. If you are interested in France you are better off reading a guide book, and if you like eroticism there are much better Books.


The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy)
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy)
by Suzanne Collins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book, 31 Oct 2013
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From the earliest chapters you develop an understanding of the world and an interest in the characters. Whilst the outcome of the book is scarcely unpredictable, the story unfolds in a dynamic and compelling way that keeps you reading - I kept wanting to read more every time I tried to put the book down and found myself finishing it over 2 days on holiday. And when you finish - you want to read more. The best new fantasy series I have read in the last 20 years.


Galactic Patrol (Classic Lensman)
Galactic Patrol (Classic Lensman)
by E.E. Smith
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Space saga, 28 Mar 2010
A book that forms part of a series that is a must for all SF fans. If you want to be critical, then the stories could be said to lack true literary depth, and the authors handling of the relationship between the hero and his love can best be described as "twee." But the overall book and indeed the whole Lensman saga is a rip roaring deep space adventure that takes scientific speculation from the 1930's and presents them in a way that is still believable in the 21st Century. It really is a superbly fun story about Kimball Kinnison (the hero) who is a kind of Super Space Cop fighting the villains (Boskonian Pirates) in one gripping encounter to the next. The authors imagination runs riot in speculation of non-human species inhabiting our galaxy, and the inspiration for the subsequent Star Wars movies of the 1970's/1980's is clear (although I have yet to see an admission from George Lucas to that effect).

I recommend that SF fans start with this book rather then the 2 earlier books (Triplanetary and First Lensman) because the original inspiration for the series was the exploits of Kinnison, and it makes it more enjoyable to follow Kinnisons exploits and the true core theme of the series first (the adventures continue in Gray Lensman, Second Stage Lensman and Children of the Lens). Then the reader can read the preview books to complete the series (remember that Isaac Asimov did this with is brilliant Foundation saga and it made it more interesting to read the books in the order they were written). True Lensmen addicts can then dip into Masters of the Vortex (also called Vortex Blasters) which is as relevant to the main stories as The Horse and His Boy was to the C S Lewis Narnia Chronicles (i.e. just a sub plot filler).

So whilst not a perfect literary work, this is a hugely readable, unputdownable, essential SF Space Opera for SF fans everywhere and deserves the full 5 stars for being the first and ultimately most original Space Saga.


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