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Hair of the Dog (Part One) (Gallaetha Book 1)
Hair of the Dog (Part One) (Gallaetha Book 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Author with a strong voice, 17 Sep 2012
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First, the disclaimer. I've known the author for a good decade or so, and watched this novel form over time. He's reviewed me, and I'm reviewing him, so take this review with as much salt as your constitution can handle.

Having said that, it's a good book. It's a rare author that starts his career with such a unique voice. Holland's ability to turn a metaphor is truly extraordinary, and I envy him that skill.

Hair of the Dog introduces us to the world of Gallaetha and a few of the colourful key characters. We see a world of multiple factions, all clashing in some shape or form. Magic is workmanlike, an integral piece of technology rather than stars and fireballs. Monsters are more pests than an army of darkness.

There are some things that could use fleshing out, but this is a trilogy, and Holland can afford to take his time. What does come across, loud and clear, is the bleak emptiness of Galleatha. Holland uses violent, profane metaphors to jerk us out of any sense of complacency about this world. There is little honour, less love and no gentleness.

A good read and a bargain at the price.


Bait Dog: An Atlanta Burns Novel
Bait Dog: An Atlanta Burns Novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pulls no punches, 18 Aug 2012
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This is a hard book to read. Heart-wrenching. It isn't fluffy and it isn't feel good. At some points you feel like you are drowning in everything nasty and wrong about people. You keep reading even though you don't want to, even though you can see that is no way out that isn't going to be uglier and more horrible.

This is not escapism. It is not sparkly vampires and unicorns and a world where being the hero is just about picking the side of light and good. This book is hard, because there is no right answer and because it is real.

This is the kind of story that stays with you, that makes you angry and sad in equal measure. It forces you to look at the terrible things in this world, and then issues a challenge: do something about it.


The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy)
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy)

4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping page turner, 15 Mar 2012
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Like many others, I found these books addictive and compulsive. I read all three of the Hunger Games trilogy in about a week, unable to put the books down. The suspense and violence carry you forward, and the strength of the female main character, Katniss, is a refreshing change of pace from many young adult novels. Truly a story of 'survival against the odds' as well as a David & Goliath triumph over the Capitol, the book is immensely satisfying and fun to read. Although it is neither complex or deep, in many ways it is the simplicity of the story and the strength of the heroine that make this book such compulsive reading.

Although the dystopian future and 'battle royale' set-up is nothing new, the book carried it off with such flair that it doesn't matter. Buy it for your teenager, or for yourself -- everyone will get a kick out of this great story.


The Door
The Door
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful writing, 15 Mar 2012
This review is from: The Door (Kindle Edition)
The Door is beautifully written, with a slow, contemplative pace that slowly builds into a final scene of great force. The history of Hungary is hinted at, but it is the complex relationship between the writer and Emerence that is the real subject. We see the morals, wisdom and peculiar traditions of the past crash headlong into those of the present, and loyalty, betrayal and the need for love are examined in painstaking detail.

I read this book slowly, and it is one that will stay with me and that I already know I will return to. Highly recommended.


Face the Winter Naked
Face the Winter Naked
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotive book about a family caught up in the Great Depression, 26 Feb 2012
Bonnie Turner captures the heartbreak and despair of this period of American history. This emotional story is a harsh reminder of how luck can change the lives of an entire family. The central characters are engaging and sympathetic, sucking the reader into their lives.

This author does not shy away from the harder subjects; the after-effects of war, a family torn apart, the vulnerability of people when they are on their own. Yet she manages them all with deft sympathy, making you long for a little happiness to come into these people's lives.

She reminds you, also, of the importance of friendship and of love, and the human urge to reach out and help those less fortunate. A timely reminder.


Under the Scotch Broom
Under the Scotch Broom

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short story, 19 Feb 2012
Scotch Broom is a fast and engaging read, well written and with an interesting plot. Indeed there is not much I can criticise; Scotch Broom does everything a short story should do.

Will definitely look out for other books by this author.


The Science Fiction Megapack: 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories
The Science Fiction Megapack: 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic sci-fi, 19 Feb 2012
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If you like classic sci-fi then you will like this. Some of the stories are great, most are good, and there's one that is so dreadful it nearly becomes a parody of itself. Considering the price, however, the book is more than worth it.


Adrift: A Short Story
Adrift: A Short Story
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well-written but unsatisfying, 19 Feb 2012
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This short story feels like the start to a longer story; it begins well with a strong premise and instant hook, but then it fizzles out at the end. The story was technically well done, the writing flowed well and the dialogue snapped along. However the structure is not quite right, and it takes a strong character to hold together an entire story with no interaction. As I say, this feels like the opening to a novella, or at least like it's missing a 'twist in the tail' and I would like to see the author develop his ideas more completely next time.


Shotgun Gravy (Atlanta Burns Book 1)
Shotgun Gravy (Atlanta Burns Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast, high-octane read, 18 Feb 2012
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Wendig paints a harsh picture of teenage life, but one that many will recognise. The writing speeds along, and the escalating situation pulls you along. I do wonder how the author will maintain the action over several books, and how long Atlanta can get away with her particular brand of justice. Fingers crossed that the next one is as good as this one.


Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas
Price: £5.98

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the effort, 18 Feb 2012
This review is from: Cloud Atlas (Kindle Edition)
This is not an easy book; not a quick summer read or a bit of fluffy escapism. But it's well worth the effort, as the final half of the book weaves things together in a satisfying and surprising way. It makes you think, and the narrative threads are strong enough to hold the book together.


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