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Valeddom - Mercury Awaits
Valeddom - Mercury Awaits
Price: 3.37

5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent book for the intelligent reader, 20 Aug 2014
An intelligent book for the intelligent reader. Gibson creates a strange and compelling world on an imagined habitable zone on Mercury, where his main protagonist, Hugh Dent, a British 13 year old, who mysteriously finds himself inhabiting the body of an adult humanoid from Mercury, visits a number of different and sharply different communities on the planet. Gibson manages to avoid sterile good-guy/bad guy dichotomies in this imaginative novel which is packed with ideas on every page. The politically loaded ending is unexpected and, whether you agree with his position or not, is thought provoking. It is a book that would be entirely suitable for the younger reader, but its themes would equally be enjoyed by adults.


A Divided Inheritance
A Divided Inheritance
by Deborah Swift
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant historical novel, 26 Feb 2014
This review is from: A Divided Inheritance (Paperback)
Deborah Swift's latest novel is a tight, complex and wide ranging story of intrigue and family love.

The meticulous research takes the reader deep into the world of 17th Century Spain and explores the cruelty, injustice and iniquity of the treatment of the Moriscos by the authorities. The characters are believable and engaging and the narrative builds to a compelling crescendo. The ending was completely unpredictable, and ultimately I found the book impossible to put down.


Killing Daniel
Killing Daniel
by Sarah Dobbs
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rich and compelling, 8 Mar 2013
This review is from: Killing Daniel (Paperback)
I do not quite agree with other reviewers about this being a "female" novel. Its awareness and depth is of equal relevance to both men and women, as it enlightens the human condition in a raw, effective and moving way. The story moves effortlessly and convincingly between the action in Japan, and in Manchester. The characters of Fleur and Chinatsu are linked in each's memory poignantly and delicately.

The writing is richly poetic, while avoiding the self indulgence that might be evident in a less accomplished writer. Dobbs elegantly and deftly creats a dark, haunting and disturbing story, which will linger long in the reader's mind.

A masterful and absorbing piece of work. I was hanging on every word, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Highly recommended.


The Lady's Slipper
The Lady's Slipper
by Deborah Swift
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read., 8 July 2011
This review is from: The Lady's Slipper (Paperback)
I am not a great follower of historical fiction, but I found this compelling. Swift takes you dexterously and confidently into the world of the Civil War period, and makes you care what happens to the characters - even if that means you want bad things to happen to her villains. This is a powerful and effective first novel. Read it.


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