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Bourjois Rouge Hi-Tech Water Based Lip Tint 8.5ml - Set Of 4
Bourjois Rouge Hi-Tech Water Based Lip Tint 8.5ml - Set Of 4

1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed., 9 Nov 2014
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Took ages to arrive and 2 pots are the same colour.

Danse Macabre (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 13)
Danse Macabre (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 13)
by Laurell K. Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.05

19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More 'The Shagger' than 'The Executioner', 24 Aug 2006
When this series started, it was a pretty good Vampire/Fantasy series. Then, the problems started - firstly Anita's powers rapidly became so mega that there was this constant thread of Deus Ex Machina, with no baddie too powerful for her to simply reach inside herself and find some new untapped source of power to smeg them.

But now the sex...quite frankly this book, as with the one before, is one big soft-porn book for goth girls. Lots of introductio, penetratio and only occasionally ejaculatio seems to be the order of the day.

There's very little actual plot - it's just a series of even more convoluted sexual encounters after another.

IT's not just the Anita Blake books - the Meredith Gentry novels have fallen into the same pit. And it's a nasty, moist, panting, heaving, pouting pit at that.

Brass Man: An Agent Cormac Novel (Ian Cormac)
Brass Man: An Agent Cormac Novel (Ian Cormac)
by Neal Asher
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not quite Iain Banks yet..., 7 Aug 2005
Good, but incredibly dense. He's obviously wanted to have the Iain M. Banks style multiple plots running, but unlike Banks, he doesn't quite pull it off. Not enough about Cormac, and not enough about Mr Crane to be quite honest.
There was a lot of digression into stuff that never quite seemed important - the fate of the human colonists - I never really cared that much about them, because they were never really developed as characters. Putting them then in peril didn't really grab me that much.
But some excellent technology, and for the first time he explores the motivations of the various AI denizens of his universe, although the Polity is starting to resemble the Culture quite markedly - not bad thing in some ways, but Banks skirts the border of Deus Ex Machine very closely at times, and not many authors could do that without stepping over the line.
This book is at its best when in the hard science mode - some of the technology ideas are excellent and could be explained even further.
Overall an enjoyable read, but not up to the standard of 'Consider Phlebas', or even Asher's early 'Gridlinked'.

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