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Broken Homes (PC Peter Grant Book 4) by Ben Aaronovitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern fantasy genius., 11 April 2014
Well written, engaging and exciting - all those things fantasy novels so often fails in are nailed in this book. The 'detective' elements also give a neat framework to the story - there is actually a plot. Some lovely ideas that I've not come across before, such as the rivers of london characters. A great series, worth reading in order - I'm really glad I stumbled across them.
Strange Air: An underground railway fantasy (inspi&hellip by Tom Brown
The high reviews lead me to expect great things of this book, so my disappointment is partly due to high expectations. The idea behind the story was both neat and interesting, but the writing was clunky and the last quarter of the book was both hurried and felt repetative. The modern bits of the book started well, the Victorian bits were not at any point, to my mind, gripping, and the last half of the book needed a firm editorial and a re-write. My favorite 'jarring' moment was a character referred to an item as having 'a unique flaw' - the dialogue felt contrived in that section of the book, and the level of the character's willing suspension of disbelief impacted negatively on mine. Was… Read more
The Armourer's House (Red Fox Older Fiction) by Rosemary Sutcliff
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I have loved this book all of my life; as a little girl in the 1980s that thought that boys had all the fun (admittedly I did at that point think it was viable for boys to run away to sea) Tamsyn embodied the confusion, worries and delights of childhood - the historical details thrilled me then and still do, and drew me into the delightful game of imagining life in the past, making history tangible fror the first time. I'm desperate to find another copy of this, as my well loved copy is decades old, even though it was jealously guarded from my younger siblings. This is a must for any children's bookcase, as are so many of Rosemary Sutcliffe's books - Joan Aiken's novels, Mary Ray's… Read more

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