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Bloody Horowitz (Alex Rider Adventures) by Anthony Horowitz
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing., 10 Aug 2013
First of all, this is not an Alex Rider book as it says in the title. However that is not the reason for the poor rating, as I didn't buy it under that misapprehension. Although I'd never say Anthony Horowitz was a literary genius I usually find his books, even the ones aimed at children, readable and with halfway decent plots. The stores in this collection are not very well written, and not very creepy. This book is recommended for age 8 and up, but I think even an 8 year old would feel slightly patronised by the simplicity of the vocabulary used. Also, a very awkward combination of UK and US English is used, with stories set in the UK having the currency referred to as dollars. I'm fairly… Read more
The Hundred-Towered City by Garry Kilworth
The Hundred-Towered City by Garry Kilworth
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing., 10 Mar 2009
I very much enjoy Garry Kilworth's books, House of Tribes being exceptional, for example.

Unfortunately, this effort seems poorly researched, and rushed, with too much emphasis on "excitement" such as magical creatures and rescues and too little on plot, so that the parts which should have been exciting were really rather dull and rushed. To be fair to Mr. Kilworth it is a common problem that seems to be afflicting authors of children's and young adult literature, the substitution of form, and character development for frenetic action. It reads as though it were knocked off quickly to take advantage of the current market for Harry Potter clones.

That said, it was a… Read more
Malice by Chris Wooding
Malice by Chris Wooding
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 2 Feb 2009
I mostly picked up this book because of the interesting textured cover, but the contents turned out to be well worth it. The combination of comic and novel worked very well. A little higher comic:prose ratio would have been nice. The plot was interesting and imaginative, the characters were engaging and easy to identify with, and there were some very dark moments that were scary even to someone who is probably considerably older than the target audience. It was after I'd read it that I realised Chris Wooding was the author of "The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray" which is another excellent book. I shall be looking out for the next instalment eagerly (in fact, my one complaint may be the… Read more

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