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Ship of Magic (The Liveship Traders, Book 1) by Robin Hobb
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly good., 9 Mar 2014
I was given Robin Hobb's Ship of Magic as a Christmas gift from a friend. We'd decided to introduce each other to a new author and series of novels which neither of us had read before. Having been introduced to Stephen King's Dark Tower series through the same friend I knew I could trust her judgment. (I'd secretly hoped that she'd choose one of Hobb's trilogies as I'd suspected correctly that the other option she was considering was Robert Jordan's mammoth Wheel of Time series which I think I would have found too daunting in the extreme.)

Ship of Magic introduces readers to the concept of sentient sailing ships made from the magical wizardwood which the trader families from… Read more
Life Before D: Part 1 by jonesy bare
Life Before D: Part 1 by jonesy bare
"Life Before D: Part 1" is, I presume, the first of a series of short stories chronicling a young man's sexual exploits as he makes it out into the big wide gay world.

As plots go there is virtually none. We don't know the narrator in any way apart from the fact that we know that the incidents which are describes are his first sexual encounters. Whether or not this will change in future instalments is unclear. At just 16 pages this is not a lengthy tome by any stretch of the imagination so anyone wishing to get their teeth into a chunkier hot read with plots galore might wish to look elsewhere or perhaps wait for more instalments to become available.

The writing though… Read more
Under the Dome by Stephen King
Under the Dome by Stephen King
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I have not purposely avoided reading Stephen King all these years but I just have never read one of his novels until this one and I have to say here and now that I am a total King convert.

Under the Dome is a whopper of a novel, at over 800 pages it tells the tale of a community being held prisoner under a mysterious dome and how they cope with it and deal with getting on with everyday life there. There are a lot of characters in his book some of whom are major and others are quite incidental however whether in it for just a page or so or indeed for the long haul each resident of Chester's Mill are wonderfully fleshed out and made real to the reader so much so that as the… Read more