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Dead Man's Dance
Dead Man's Dance
by Robert Ferrigno
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The return of Quinn and Takamura, 13 July 2006
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In this book we find out much more about Quinn's background from before the events in 'The Cheshire Moon'. He still works for Napatino's SLAP Magazine, but is no longer living in a flat at the bottom of his ex-wife's garden and has moved in with his photographer girlfriend Takamura.

His ex-wife is planning to move to Paris for two years and is taking his beloved daughter Katy with her. Quinn is emotionally torn between his love for his daughter and his relationship with Jen and this is causing him some problems.

A Judge, who turns out to be Quinn's estranged stepfather, is murdered. At the same time a close family friend who Quinn believed to be dead reappears. Are these facts related?

As before Quinn reluctantly gets involved in investigating the events while trying and pretty much failing to deal with his own personal problems.

Another beautifully written deeply absorbing thriller full of twists and turns and memorable characters. Quinn finds answers that he might under different circumstances wish he hadn't.


The Cheshire Moon
The Cheshire Moon
by Robert Ferrigno
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another top class Ferrigno, 13 July 2006
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This review is from: The Cheshire Moon (Paperback)
Quinn is a Pulitzer prize nominated Hollywood investigative journalist who once got a man who was being framed by the police off a murder charge. Unfortunately the man was actually guilty and struck again this time making sure that Quinn knew all about it. After giving up his job, getting divorced and disappearing for a while, Quinn is offered a job on SLAP magazine by its publisher Antonin Napitano, a former Italian tabloid newspaper owner. SLAP Magazine is fantastically described as being, 'a snide trendy monthly known for its insider political profiles and gritty photojournalism, celebrity exposes and holographic liquor ads. The schizoid offspring resulting from the rape of Vanity Fair by the National Enquirer, attack journalism with a manicure'.

Initially planning to involve himself only in covering the various colourful characters that Los Angeles attracts, such as the quite frankly amazing Samsons Musclemen for Jesus or the male Madonna impersonators. The sudden and brutal death of a friend drags him and his photographer (and eventual girlfriend) Jen Takmura into investigating the crime.

The police consider the friends death and the death of a local TV producer as a murder/suicide but Quinn has his doubts. He still resists becoming involved but is gradually drawn deeper and deeper into investigating the crime.

Full of wonderfully drawn characters who are never entirely what they seem, this is a great story that is difficult to put down. Yet another top class Ferrigno book.

Quinn and Takamura also appear in the equally excellent Ferrigno book Dead Man's Dance.


Heartbreaker
Heartbreaker
by Robert Ferrigno
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.17

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem of a book, 22 Mar 2006
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This review is from: Heartbreaker (Paperback)
A first class, well written, pacy, funny and intelligent thriller with an unexpected ending. A hero who is less than perfect but not necessarily in the usual or expected way. Great characters that you will remember. Difficult to put down.
Robert Ferrigno is a real find and if he isn't already will surely become hugely popular. The book is a weird cross between Carl Hiaasen and Robert Crais. Not only is Ferrigno a great writer but he has an extensive back catalogue that still appears to be in print. Read one book and you will look for more.
If you like good thriller crime fiction, give this a try.


Lord Of Light (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Lord Of Light (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Roger Zelazny
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you could make yourself God, would you?, 16 Feb 2006
This book won't change your life but it will make you think. Everyone has there own ideas of what deserves to be a true SF Masterwork but this is certainly one of them. In 1975 I swapped a copy of James Blish, A Case of Conscience, for this book with a guy I met on the London to Paris night train and still think it was one of the luckiest things I've ever done. A fabulous book on many, many levels, worth reading again and again. One of the truly great books.


Monument
Monument
by Lloyd Jr. Biggle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A personal favourite, 16 Feb 2006
This review is from: Monument (Paperback)
First published in 1974 but expanded from a short story published in 1962 this book has a message years ahead of its time. My first copy came from a friends older brother who worked in a local printing works and who knew I liked science fiction. They were printing the book but had run off so many copies with the pages upside down. I had never heard of he book or the author but was hooked within the first few pages. At first look a fairly typical little guy versus big development corporation but on a global or indeed interplanetary scale. Full of twists, good humour and a great ending. A personal favourite and a bit of a forgotten classic.
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Next of Kin (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Next of Kin (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Eric Frank Russell
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Science Fiction, 16 Feb 2006
Quite possibly Eric Frank Russels funniest book. The fact that it is now over 50 years old doesn't change how relevant it still is. Poking fun at stupidity in general and military stupidity in particular this is still a great adventure story. Typical Russell misfit main character who finding himself the prisoner of an alien race uses a really quite unique method of trying to escape. Funny, entertaining and thought provoking in equal measure. One of those books where people who have read it just have to mention the title to each other and they start laughing. Give yourself a treat and read this.


Wasp
Wasp
by Eric Frank Russell
Edition: Unknown Binding

5.0 out of 5 stars British Science Fiction at its best, 16 Feb 2006
This review is from: Wasp
Now nearly 50 years old but still a classic. Typical Eric Frank Russell story of the little man taking on impossible odds. One of his best and a personal favourite since I first read it in 1974. Thought provoking as usual and also very funny. The title and idea comes from a newspaper story about how one small wasp was responsible for the deaths of four comparative giants and their huge machine when it flew through a car window and caused the driver to lose control.


Galactic Medal of Honour
Galactic Medal of Honour
by Mack Reynolds
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A minor sci-fi classic, 16 Feb 2006
It was the highest and most coveted award of all time. It was given to only the bravest of those defending Earth from the mysterious alien Kradens. The bearer became the idol of all mankind - a man above the law, a man who would never want for anything. One man, a scout ship pilot, was going to cheat to win it and live to regret it. A personal favourite for many years. Mack Reynolds slightly curious mixture of space opera and social commentary is a great read and a minor science fiction classic.
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Maxtor 3100 200GB Personal Storage 7200RPM USB 2.0 External Hard Drive
Maxtor 3100 200GB Personal Storage 7200RPM USB 2.0 External Hard Drive

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be easier, 23 Nov 2005
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I'd spent some time searching on the internet for an external back up hard drive for my music, pictures and documents and I decided on this one because of the capacity, price, availability and general recommendations for Maxtor equipment.
It arrived, I unpacked it and plugged it in. My XP Home identified it immediately without any problem and it was ready to use. As simple as that.


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