J. Gardner

Helpful votes received on reviews: 73% (64 of 88)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 21,696 - Total Helpful Votes: 64 of 88
Game of Thrones 10cm Pop Vinyl - Daenerys Targarye&hellip by Game of Thrones
A great item. I bought it for a friend's birthday and it was a lovely novelty thing to give someone. However, I would note that the quality of paintwork on the model was not altogether impressive. There were smudges around the eyes and on the nose, and it looked rushed elsewhere too. Even so, the model itself is great, and these defects aren't very noticeable unless viewed carefully. In all, a great present.
Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I had this book recommended by a friend, and, upon first starting it, didn't actually realise that Paver was the author -- I really enjoyed her 'Tale of Ancient Darkness' books for children/young-adults. 'Dark Matter' is a very different story, albeit set in fairly similar Arctic locations, which Paver so brilliantly describes. The overall tone of the book is decidedly darker -- appropriate given its genre.

It's been a long time since I was last properly scared by a book (not since first reading M R James in fact), but 'Dark Matter' most certainly did the trick! Not only does Paver masterfully capture a sense of creeping dread - taking her time to build tension, and layering… Read more
Legion and The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson
Legion and The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I'm a rather devoted Sanderson-fan -- despite not having read all of his impressive line-up! Hearing that 'The Emperor's Soul' had won the 2013 Hugo for best novella, I decided to give this small collection a shot. It must be said that I'm keen on short stuff. I read slowly, so having a story pan out over a hundred or so pages makes a pleasant change to the usual 500-700 pages most fantasy comes in!!!

Note: this volume is made-up of a short story and a novella -- it is not a full-length novel!

'Legion' is a break from the epic fantasy Sanderson is best known from. The 75-page story is a first-person-narrative following Steven Leeds, a rather remarkable character. "I am… Read more

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