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Helpful votes received on reviews: 75% (95 of 127)
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Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
A London criminal-underground caper that reminded me of Mary Poppins, 101 Dalmations, Moorcock's Jerry Cornelius, Mieville's Kraken, with a name-check for The Great Dinosaur Robbery. Not actually as good as any of those though. With some clockwork cyber-punk stuff and some very modern torture scenes mixed in.

This is a long book with some very slow parts and some fun action scenes. The writing is good, and this saves the whimsical. pointless plot from spoiling the experience too much. I'm left unsure as to whether I'd read any more from this author. Probably I'd give him another try on a shorter book - not sure I'd want to take on another one of that size :)
Absorption (Ragnarok 1) by John Meaney
Absorption (Ragnarok 1) by John Meaney
2.0 out of 5 stars A load of old tosh, 4 Mar 2014
I gave up after about 80 pages. Lots of thinly-written, slow-moving threads with forgettable characters set in different times and places. I guess eventually the threads begin to link up into some overarching plot, but I got the impression the author knows he's got three books to write and is pacing the story accordingly. I was quite enjoying the thread about the Pilots, and would have liked to read a book about them, but I just couldn't be bothered with all the other tosh.

No sign of the promised high-tech space warfare. And he seemed to be trying to work in Hitler as a character, or as a tool of the darkness, which I didn't like.

In style this is like a combination… Read more
Iceland, Defrosted by Edward Hancox
Iceland, Defrosted by Edward Hancox
4.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Stories, 24 Feb 2014
Reading this book feels like you're sitting in a pub with the author while he tells you about his holidays. Sometimes he drones on a bit and you get bored and tune out for a while, but that's OK, it's not long before he moves on to something more interesting.

He's not the greatest writer in the world, but he's not bad either, it's an easy read and I found it enjoyable.

In his travels around Iceland he visits some interestingly off-track places which the casual weekend visitor would never know about - I've added a couple to my list for a future trip...

In common with another reviewer, I would have appreciated some photographs!

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