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Star Trek: The Fall: A Ceremony of Losses
Star Trek: The Fall: A Ceremony of Losses
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid.., 29 Oct 2013
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...but moving away from the heart of trek in some areas. While the franchise has always told allegorical stories, never has a tale of the federation seemed so tied into our time now. Some of the characterisation feels a little off, and for a while, the story didn't seem to move too fast. By the end, the pace picks up, and if it doesn't feel quite like tv trek, it does start to feel more like recent literary trek. There's a few formatting errors in the kindle version, and too many references to federation credits for a moneyless society.....it's definly better than the first fall novel, and a very different type of book than the second....so far however this is definitely a deep space nine set of stories, but feel some characters have been unfairly sidelined. Chief O'Brien in particular, really should have had more involvement in this story.


Call for the Dead
Call for the Dead
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5.0 out of 5 stars First time have read a..., 2 Oct 2013
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...book by this author. Fortunately am old enough to be vaguely familiar with the period, and I can see why he is so well thought of. Only thing I don't like is smileys appearance. (Haven't seen the film's either....it just, doesn't seem to suit)


Star Trek: The Fall: The Crimson Shadow
Star Trek: The Fall: The Crimson Shadow
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And with that..., 24 Sep 2013
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Cardassia becomes Berlin in the fifties, and the overall plot thickens. Excellent characterisation and voice of familiar characters, and a decently paced political thriller cum police tale. Despite the cover, it's a Garak book, with Picard a supporting player. One of the twists is easy to see, and the occasional author addressing the reader was...bizarre. but then this is Garak and there are books behind used as framing devices.


Doctor Who: Spore: Eighth Doctor (Doctor Who Digital)
Doctor Who: Spore: Eighth Doctor (Doctor Who Digital)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reminds me of..., 23 Sep 2013
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...when Doctor Who literature was truly excellent and ground breaking in its own way. Very emotive of the eighth doctor in both the novels and his tv appearance. It is, definitely, a very short story. I think it took me about ten minutes to read. Granted I read fast, but just as I was enjoying it, it finished. Can see how it would work longer and would sit so easily alongside the EDAs.


Star Trek: The Fall: Revelation and Dust (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Star Trek: The Fall: Revelation and Dust (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A beginning..., 28 Aug 2013
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And a long one. Whilst it's nice to see certain characters reunited, the two year gap between this and the previous group of stories is all told in brief exposition, and mixed in with what is very clearly a pilot for the new deep space 9. All of this means that nothing fundamentally happens action wise for 60 percent of the book, and that includes a literal retelling of part of the story of 'Emissary'. The B plot involving what may or may not be Bajors past doesn't manage to do much to carry the first half of the book, even though thematically it is very much in keeping with Ds9 in both its television and literary forms. Sadly though, the last third of the book doesn't so much tell a story as set you up for the next book, leaving you with something that whilst it feels like a new pilot episode, doesn't leave you feeling like a story has been told. Character moments themselves also occasionally feel either forced to make you value seeing the characters together on the page again, or to set up obvious future events. The only big twists actually come two pages before the end, but otherwise in some respects, though enjoyable as a ds9 fan, it feels like emissary version 2.0, making it something like ds9' s third ' new' pilot. To get the most out of it, familiarity with the tv show and certainly the previous novel relaunch is a good idea, but there is so much exposition regarding the new station that its not too bad a place to star for new readers. As an old reader though, I feel mildly cheated out of the two years we have skipped ahead, and frustrated that certain threads have not been resolved, and mildly...sad...that there wasn't a big story in here. It feels like an episode, which is a good thing, but it feels like part one of a three part arc. I will be returning for the next book, and no doubt the next ones after that, simply to get the story and enjoy the episodes. But I think a lesson should have been learnt from cold equations, in that each book should also have its own story. Speaking of which, that ended on a set up for things to come, and we will again have jumped two years next time we meet the Tng crew. Whilst I understand the desire for clarity for new readers, I am not sure the two year jump was a wise editorial decision. Final note on this book...long term readers will maybe figure out directions for the future just from the blurbs. I am hopeful for what appears to be a nice 'series' to this year's books, but this year, would like some resolution. You may also want to make that implied love triangle either more obvious or less obvious. Editors and fellow readers know who I speak of I am sure. And I am in camp spots, and hang the consequences.


Robots Took Over My House! (Robot Picture Book and Bedtime Story for Early Children Readers)
Robots Took Over My House! (Robot Picture Book and Bedtime Story for Early Children Readers)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but..., 17 Aug 2013
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...heavily Americanized so not so good for international or British English speaking children. This is particularly true for the thinly veiled PlayStation game that children outside of America would not be legally allowed to play.


Playtime
Playtime
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 15 Aug 2013
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For the little ones it's just right. Maybe skews a little complicated for my little one (about 2) on tree fu tom game, but mister tumble was just right. Now link it into iplayer and allow downloads of episodes and its perfect.


Steampunk Erotica
Steampunk Erotica
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1.0 out of 5 stars Only part way through chapter two..., 26 Jun 2013
This review is from: Steampunk Erotica (Kindle Edition)
And am bloody close to getting a refund. Only promising thing is its long enough to maybe get better. Total failure as steampunk (everything seems to run on 'electrostatic' which is basically just electricity after all, computers have software an monitors an keyboards, so....that's just normal then, no matter how much brass you plate it with) as erotica....Well, aside from silly exposition in its opening scene which flies from stripshow to names and dates backstory infodump then back in a paragraph, it also has magic corsets than seem to be confused with a bra, a room full of teenage girls who can be magically brought to orgasm (all with moisture an moans aplomb) merely by watching our heroine almost masturbate. She even appears to 'breathe through her labia' shortly before her silk underwear defies laws of physics and gets weaker when wet, tearing itself off. useless as underwear then. Speaking of physics, apparently venting steam down also produces downward thrust, and painting a bullet shaped zeppelin (German for airship natch it's the villains) black is the done thing, heat or aerodynamics be damned. Will force myself on as there's possibly a story under here. This author perhaps needed a very good editor more familiar with the basics of these things in the real world as well as history and the genres being attempted. Oh, and I agree with the other review...definitely not a female writer it seems so far.
Edit: Will be getting a refund. Was hoping it would be 'so bias worth reading to laugh at' but it's awful. Bike powered showers, electronics advanced enough to be totally impossible, 12 shot revolvers (they don't hold that many in the real world because it's basically impossible to be a revolver/handgun and be that big) really really bad characters and plot, and ...Well its two chapters without a shag so suddenly two characters 'abruptly want each other like they always had' which is about as bad as I could stand before giving it up. Bad erotica (I am not sure the author has actually had sex. ) Bad story, bad dialogue, badly written. You cannot brass plate badly written at and call it I steampunk. I could probably write better even on this backhanded kindle fire HD keyboard that is making writing this review almost as much of a chore as reading the book has been. But potential buyers beware, and author...you clearly have...a great passion. Go get the skill to match it, and a bit of knowledge please, then rewrite this. I might make it to the end of that version.


A Twisted Bard's Tale
A Twisted Bard's Tale
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nope, 28 May 2013
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Shakespeare himself would have liked a bawdy tale, but there is no tail here. Just one sex scene, mildly entertaining with almost no story to back it up, nor any real link to the original. Basically, Romeo's mum shags Juliet' s mum. That's it. The end. No story, bad grasp of Shakespearean english, and anachronistic corsetry. And some samples from Mr or Ms Kitt' s other sheet tremblers.


Star Trek: The Next Generation - Hive
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Hive
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tripe, 24 May 2013
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Variable artwork, some of decent quality, other bits clumsy, sexualized technofetishistic scenes that aren't integral to the story....and the story itself is terrible, plainly derivative from voyager episodes, totally ignores the characters history and motivations.....it seems almost designed by brags to contradict deliberately things done over in the novels, but has to ignore film and tv canon just as much to do so. Picard and Vash? Really? After all this time? Seven returning to the Borg? A character named Kira Archer just to get some names in? I am considering getting a refund on this even at 2 pounds, it's genuinely offensively bad, even misogynistic


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