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Drakenfeld by Mark Charan Newton
Drakenfeld by Mark Charan Newton
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Who doesn't love a great murder-mystery? It feels like the author's been able to take all the best elements from historical and fantasy and detective fiction and smooshed them all together to create something that's a bit different and really enjoyable to read for a fan of any of those genres. Drakenfeld combines a good old detective story with a wonderfully well-constructed history-fantasy setting. It's a bit like Ancient Rome, but an Ancient Rome where an author's imagination has played around and had fun with it and turned it into a place that feels so real it's almost tangible.

Lucan Drakenfeld is called to investigate the (locked-room, Jonathan Creek style) murder of the… Read more
The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit
The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit
This book is absolutely perfect for those who subscribe to the 'seat-of-your-pants' school of cookery. I tend to forget about recipe books and knock up week night suppers from whatever needs using up in the fridge. This can get boring after a while, but this book gives me so much inspiration to make the most of my ingredients and try new things and new flavours.

It really, really is more of an inspiration than a cookbook or a step-by-step guide, and those who are looking for more strict and structured guidance on flavour combinations may wish to look elsewhere. One entry, for example, mentions a New York restaurant that famously makes a pie containing bacon, roquefort, thyme and… Read more
The Book of Transformations (Red Sun 3) by Mark Charan Newton
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very engaging read, 4 Sep 2011
Summary: go and read the book, it's flipping awesome. It has all of the best things from Newton's previous novels (great characters, great setting, weird stuff you'd never imagine, twists and turns and surprises) plus the writing is way better and there are superheroes.

This is my favourite in the series so far, mainly because Lan is such a kick-ass character and the writing style has got really good - in the Book of Transformations Newton seems to have found the right mix of wordiness and simplicity and landed on a really readable style to go with the fantastic (literally) settings and characters. This book is pretty much stand-alone - obviously there are tie ins to the other… Read more

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