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The Road to Bedlam (Courts of the Feyre) by Mike Shevdon
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
On the good side, the world is well imagined, the fey and the way their magic works, as well as the overall atmosphere, are very enjoyable.
However, firstly the whole plot hinges on the protagonist (Niall), who spent pretty much all of the previous book getting into places he shouldn't have, just accepting it when a doctor tells him his daughter is sick and he can't see her. After that, throughout the book the he is mostly whining and dithering when action would be required, and is unbelievably patronizing towards his daughter Alex.

I really hope the author kills him at the next opportunity, and returns to this world with some better protagonists - Alex perhaps?
A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book&hellip by George R. R. Martin
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No plot to speak of, 9 April 2012
The first several books of the series held such a high promise, but in this and the previous one it feels like Martin has run out of ideas. For 500 or so pages, all the many characters blunder around, make mostly pathetic decisions (why is it all the 'nice' characters such as Daenerys can't seem to think strategically at all, letting their emotions make decisions for them instead?), and are being tortured and mutilated at no clear advantage to the plot that I can see. The high point of the series was when we learned about Littlefinger's genius scheming, two books ago. Since, we haven't even heard of him, and after enduring two thick volumes waiting in vain for anything interesting,… Read more
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Bre&hellip by Guy Adams
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One smaller annoyance was that the writing style was rather different from the original stories, with lots of different narrators. My bigger gripe however was that the plot just didn't work. One half of the mysterious things happening was quite obviously down to hallucinations due to poisoning, and the other half (the 'Breath of God' proper) was never explained at all, neither in spiritual nor materialistic terms. Overall, a very sloppy and haphazard attempt at a detective story in my view.