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Dragon
Dragon
Price: 3.81

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4.0 out of 5 stars Gets Better Chapter by Chapter, Episode by Episode., 22 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Dragon (Kindle Edition)
A sci-fi action epic set in a fully realised universe with two well developed and contrasting main characters. Sillow is the roguish, elfish, cigar chomping rebel thief while Bok is the stoic, romantic and invincible warrior. Initially their comradeship is a marriage of convenience, but eventually despite, or perhaps, because of their difference, they become close friends. As the book progresses their growing and changing relationship is one of the hooks that keep you reading. Together the two of them, in their advanced ‘relic’ ship, travel the galaxy on missions and adventures trying to avert a war between the sentient races.

In the background of this is another well realised character and patriarchal figure, General Kane. A man that is a century old by the end of the book, he represents the moral purity and self-sacrifice that the two main characters aspire to. Kane saves Sillow and Bok from imprisonment because he has faith in them, and that faith is rewarded. At the other end of the spectrum is the giant lizard king villain Grax who through the course of the story becomes literally ever more power crazed.

Littered through the book are many much loved sci fi devices such as sentient machines, teleportation, telepathy, nanomachines, transformative contagions and indestructible robots. These all meld together into the plot without too much distracting detail. For Sillow and Bok the odds are often stacked against them, and sometimes they win, and sometimes they lose, barely escaping with their lives. Without giving away plot spoilers, the ending is surprising and satisfying.

Fun and easy to read, the book gets better, chapter by chapter, episode by episode.


Ain't Finished Yet
Ain't Finished Yet
Price: 1.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Staropramen, 24 April 2014
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An enjoyable and almost impossible to put down autobiography. It's like reading from a friend, such is the genuine warmth and regard that the author communicates to the reader. The story, as it is, or should that be 'account' is about a middle aged man who turns his life around after several years on the dole without much in the way of qualifications. In the end he becomes a successful copywriter, author and husband, simply because he dared to try and admittedly got very lucky in the attempt. I enjoyed it immensely.


A Difficult Mirror
A Difficult Mirror
Price: 2.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Horror?, 8 Jan 2014
I've never read a novel by this particular author before so didn't know what to expect when I started reading this. The characters are washed out and damaged, death when it comes is fast and without warning and evil enjoys examining and causing pain.

Horror isn't really my genre, but I encourage would be readers to give this a try and experience something which is different and at times tragic.


Building a Promotional Package: How to Prepare for Your Successful Book Launch
Building a Promotional Package: How to Prepare for Your Successful Book Launch
Price: 0.77

5.0 out of 5 stars Not an Impossible Journey, 15 July 2013
This is a nice little book that offers a practical step by step guide on how to create a promotional package for a new book. It's of particular interest to the Indie crowd who may just publish a book on amazon and cross their fingers. This guide shows that crossing your fingers isn't enough, but the task itself isn't impossible. It's a question of slowly building promotion, getting contacts, getting known and having patience. The author demonstrates this by referring to his own actions and how building a promotional package has helped him not only sell books but create a recognisable brand that has grown with each successive work.


Off to Be the Wizard
Off to Be the Wizard

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Fun!, 23 April 2013
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The world is a computer simulation, we don't know why, who or how, we just know that it is and that certain people can edit it. This allows them to time travel, have super powers and set themselves up as a bunch of wizards in a past that never was. Confused? This is a novel which enjoys exploring its amazing premise and basically shows what happen when a bunch of geeks inherit the earth. Things get loopy, crazy but within a set of parameters that make sense. The characters are lighthearted and funny, and there is a knowing humour that reminds me of Pratchett. Read and enjoy. I'm glad the author didn't try to explore why the world is a computer simulation, in the end it just isn't important and I think any explanation would have been an anti-climax.


Starship Winter
Starship Winter
Price: 1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi about people, 22 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Starship Winter (Kindle Edition)
I find it hard to fault anything Eric Brown writes because he makes it look so easy. His stories are all about ordinary people in extraordinary environments dealing with love, loss and human frailty. I have read all the 'starship' novellas so far and look forward to the fourth. If you like this then read 'Kethani', another Eric Brown book about a group of friends dealing with interesting times.


Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula (Cassidy Jones Adventures, Book One)
Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula (Cassidy Jones Adventures, Book One)
Price: 1.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Effortless, 2 Aug 2012
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I was lucky enough to get this during a free giveaway but will definitely be shelling out on the sequel. Despite it being a children's book I found this incredibly easy to read, and when considering the word count to other books, it is a more than respectable length which I chewed through in 2 days, which for me is an event in itself. (I am not a fast reader)

Cassidy's struggle with her newfound abilities and emotions do a lot to ground this book in reality. There are real consequences to her actions, and all the relationships, with their complicated 'doomed' teenage nature have the ring of truth. I enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed the action sequences, which managed to sing in my imagination without being over described. The villain was a little comic book, but I like to think of that as a nice splash of colour which made everything else fit. Looking forward to reading the sequel.


Ready Player One
Ready Player One
Price: 3.49

4.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like?, 8 May 2012
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This review is from: Ready Player One (Kindle Edition)
The future is harsh, the world is ruined, life is cheap, the only escape is virtual reality, a more detailed version than ever seen before. When you can do anything, why not do anything? That is what the author imagines. Virtual worlds, virtual spaceships, teleporters, schools. When you can create a world so much better than the real one, why not stay in it? Of course one of the subjects the author touches upon is that no matter how good the virtual world is, it is not a substitute for human contact, rather a way of not dealing with real-life problems or even attempting to sort out a rather messed up world. For me, the 80s references were great, having grown up through that time I probably only got a quarter of them, but still, it made the novel feel mine in a way most don't. My only dislike of the novel, is the whole one guy can infiltrate a super fascist company and basically beat it from the inside. That bit of the novel felt forced, just a little bit too much of the author deciding the main character can win despite the odds and not putting too much in his way. Other than that, fantastic, and can't wait until the next book by Mr Cline.


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