Richard Ireland

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The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better, 18 Feb 2013
I really enjoyed this - at first. The set-up, sea voyage and battle with the Portugese is really good and entertaining. But then it just seems to get bogged down in exploring the politics and culture of India at the time, and I became frustrated, not by any desire for shallow action sequences, but by any lack of forward momentum in the onward journey of the main character. At another time I might have been willing to give it more time to develop. It almost seemed that the author had done so much research or knew the subject so well, he just had to cram it all in to the detriment of the actual story.
The Left Hand of God: 1/3 (Sanctuary of Redeemers &hellip by Paul Hoffman
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
In a world of me-too, unoriginal, plastic, cliché ridden fantasy, this stands out as something rather fresh and special in the genre. It is quite simply superb.

Ignore the poor reviews on this site. Quite often the real strengths of this book are what others have criticised. There is a sense of dislocation, true, such as using real world city names. And also true, the religious institutions mirror our own at certain points in history. I think this is intentional. It is our world twisted just enough to be disturbing, in the kind of culture shock way often experienced by the British visiting the USA for the first time - it's like home, but not...

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