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The Drawing of the Three: 2 (Dark Tower)
The Drawing of the Three: 2 (Dark Tower)
by Stephen King
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The dark tower is king at his best, 9 Feb 2004
If you read the first book of the dark tower series and like me were not much impressed, you will be amazed at how good the drawing of the three is.
This is king at his best, with strong characters, a fast pace, and most importantly a story that will leave you guessing until the very end it enbodies all that stephen king should be.
The plot moves along considerably from the first book adding new characters that shape enough story to keep the readers interest for several volumes yet.
If like many you have felt let down be some of kings endings you will not be let down here.
This is a book you can't put down and it will leave you waiting eagerly for more.

Crossroads Of Twilight: Book 10 of the Wheel of Time: 10/11
Crossroads Of Twilight: Book 10 of the Wheel of Time: 10/11
by Robert Jordan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.79

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In defence of the criticism, 3 Feb 2004
It seems that everyone who reviews this book has absolutely nothing positive to say, so here I am to put thigs right.
It is true that the pace of this story has slowed down considerably in the last three volumes, but it is not true to say that nothing happens as two major story lines make great progress towards something big.
Those who are tired of the slow pace should read this again and pay close attention to Egwene and the major development of her character. Fans of the Egwene story line will love this book and anyone who thinks nothing happens should consider the fact that Jorden assures us of closure in 13 - 14 volumes and that this is likely the last of the build up to a huge conclusion.
The wheel of time keeps turning, but rest assured it will stop.

Bully for Brontosaurus
Bully for Brontosaurus
by Stephen Jay Gould
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Praise from a natural science gradualist, 30 Jan 2004
This review is from: Bully for Brontosaurus (Paperback)
I read this book looking to criticize, but instead I gave great praise. This book is perfect for natural science students with an interest in natural history, but is written with enough humour to keep the interest of anyone with even a passing interest in natural science.
There is a great deal of criticism in science journals and popular science books about some of Goulds ideas and I am no exception. As a gradualist I find Goulds ideas on punctuated equilibrium contraditory to what we real find in nature. Despite this everything esle about these essays is brillient. Gould shows a massive amount of knowledge about natural history, zoology and history and knows how to put it over with out needing to give too much scientific detail.
This book is fun and easy to read, you will learn a lot about things you may have thought you already knew about and it will open your eyes to many new lines of thought.
A great book for everyone interested in science.

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