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A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic #2)
A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic #2)
by V. E. Schwab
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Developing nicely, 27 Jun. 2016
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Much better than the first novel in the series with lots more plot development. The next novel should be a cracker


The Nightmare Stacks: A Laundry Files novel
The Nightmare Stacks: A Laundry Files novel
by Charles Stross
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.91

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rollicking stuff, 27 Jun. 2016
Possibly the best Laundry story since the original novella. Stross brilliantly interweaves civil service bureaucracy, high technology and horrors from beyond spacetime. Bob and Mo are absent except as background and our new protagonists are Alex and Cassie and I'm not going to tell you anything about them except to note that the author is a terrible romantic.
The plot gallops along and before you know it you're at the denouement. (Especially if you read it in one go.) I suspect a coalition is being built in anticipation of CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN and I can't wait.
Like some of the other reviewers I shall be rereading it soon


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A Darker Shade of Magic
A Darker Shade of Magic
by V. E. Schwab
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, 25 May 2015
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A bit of a page turner and some nice variants on the standard tropes


Ancillary Justice: 1 (Imperial Radch)
Ancillary Justice: 1 (Imperial Radch)
by Ann Leckie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming, 25 May 2015
All those awards for the one novel! I was expecting to be wowed but I wasn't. It's well written, the milieu well portrayed but ultimately ... I had to make myself finish the book. I just didn't care enough about the protagonists.


The Rhesus Chart: A Laundry Files novel
The Rhesus Chart: A Laundry Files novel
by Charles Stross
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fully Awesome, 29 Dec. 2014
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I've been a fan since reading his Hugo award winning "Concrete Jungle" awhile ago but haven't felt that anything in the Laundry sequence has lived up to the early promise of the novella. Until now. Me and my eldest (another acolyte and no, not that kind of Eldest) have been geeking out about it since we read it. It's a wonderful melange of, amongst other things: organisational bureaucracy, RPG, Lovecraftian horrors (from beyond space and time), James Bond and pleasantly old fashioned romance. Stross neatly sidesteps several clichés to bring the story to a satisfying conclusion while setting the scene for CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN. I can't wait


The Magician King: (Book 2)
The Magician King: (Book 2)
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars a bit arbitrary, 19 Oct. 2014
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The author knows his tropes in spades. Lots of spot on observation. However, there's not a great deal of coherence to the plot. It's readable though and very funny in places - you don't get that often in fantasy.


The Quiet War
The Quiet War
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overtaken by events, 29 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: The Quiet War (Kindle Edition)
It's hard for SF writers to pitch it just right. Some technologies seem to come out of nowhere and turn everything upside down in an instant.
Autonomous fighting drones will be with us very soon and so rendered a third of the plot irrelevant. The notion of piloted fighters seemed quaint.
Apart from that I couldn't engage with the characters. None of them really came off the page.


Angelmaker
Angelmaker
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly as good as it promised, 16 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Angelmaker (Kindle Edition)
Built very well for 95% of its length and I liked it a lot but toward the end I thought it started to veer into Mary Poppins territory - all those trusty Lunnun geezers wiv 'darts of gold. Very steampunk and with a generous dash of Charles Stross' style Cthulhu attitude. Good pace, milieu and characterisation


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