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The Red Knight
The Red Knight
Price: 6.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, elegant, relentless, 19 April 2014
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Couldn't put it down, several late nights to finish. Always the sign of a good read...

I'm a big fan of Erikson's Malazan series (Up to about book 4/5 at least, before the complexity just got too much) and IMO "The Red Knight" stands up to the best moments of that series. Great characters, a story of battling in the face of insurmountable odds, a fascinating world - what's not to like?

In the author's afterword I discovered he takes part in historical re-enactments, and that really came through. I don't think I've ever read anything which presents "Arthurian" knights, complete with plate mail, warhorses and lances, in such a realistic and compelling way - which really did add to the book.

Given the current popularity of ultraviolence from authors like Abercrombie, I thought this was just a bit of a refreshing step back. It didn't sugarcoat the reality of how nasty warfare actually is - but neither did it revel in the violence inherent in the story; a delicate balance but nice to finish a book without feeling nauseous.

Forget the details though, fundamentally Cameron's managed to put together a non-stop, relentless plot together with characters who draw you in, and who you want to read more about. I've just ordered the next book in the series but will be saving it... until I've got the time to finish in one sitting!

The Tattered Banner (Society of the Sword Book 1)
The Tattered Banner (Society of the Sword Book 1)
Price: 2.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Plot & action OK, everything else? Meh., 19 April 2014
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I enjoyed the swordfighting & action parts of the book. And overall - yeah, it was a reasonably fun read so don't regret purchasing.

That being said...

Soren starts off a reasonably sympathetic protagonist but from about 1/3 of the way through his POV veers wildly between making him likeable and making him appear an absolutely infuriating muppet. It's no so much that the author shows his negative side, more that the author can't decide who the character should be - which was immensely frustrating.

Worst of all though was the dialogue - oh my. For goodness sake, cut down on the exclamation marks... It just threw me out of the story in a big way; very stilted and not at all as how people actually talk.

Some promise - quite a bit, actually - but goodness, a lot of room for improvement too.

Mighty Bright MiniFlex Clip-On Reading Light for Kindle (White)
Mighty Bright MiniFlex Clip-On Reading Light for Kindle (White)
Price: 15.99

156 of 161 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight, bright, adjustable - great little light!, 21 Feb 2011
Bought this for my new Kindle so I can read at night without waking up my OH; does the job perfectly! If anything it's too bright - I have to adjust it so the light doesn't shine back off the screen. Luckily the flexible neck makes this very easy and it's the work of moments to get to a comfortable reading position.

The light is perfectly good for reading normal books at night - although probably better with hardbacks or decent sized paperbacks than slimmer volumes. It's also a great utility light for DIY, model making, crafts or any other situation where you need both hands free.

The clip is clearly specifically designed for the Kindle as it is shaped to fit the device securely without quite overlapping the screen. However, if you use a Kindle case then the light will also clip securely to the open part of the case.

All in all, great little product, very happy with it!
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