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Journey to Ki: Highest Monastery in the World by Simon Worrall
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top of the world, 15 Nov 2012
I hovered between three and four stars for this publication, largely because of the length. It feels more like a magazine article rather than a travel book; there are times when a more detailed narrative would have been welcome and the ending was rather abrupt.

Bearing this in mind, I still found this to be a very interesting and honest reaction to what appears to have been a gruelling journey. The beauty of the landscape comes through, contrasted with descriptions of industrial towns and extreme poverty. The shock to western senses is also shown clearly, with some of the westerner's arrogance being displayed in the early stages.

When they finally arrive at their… Read more
Murder in the Philosophy Department by Julia March
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 25 April 2012
This is a very entertaining murder mystery that is set in, as the title suggests, a philosophy department. When the head of department is found dead, his colleagues fall under suspicion. Laura Ryder, a professor with a strong alibi, begins to investigate her co-workers - more out of exasperation at the disruption than anything else. Laura is very smart, prefers her dogs to anyone that she works with and writes novels (the subject matter is a guarded secret from her colleagues) under a pen name.

The story is well plotted, the setting is convincing and the characters are strong (especially Laura). There's plenty of humour and it's quirky in a way that isn't laboured or trying… Read more
The Gauntlet Assassin (An Action Thriller) by L.J.  Sellers
4.0 out of 5 stars AKA The Arranger, 25 April 2012
When I downloaded this book it was called "The Arranger" but whatever the title it is a very exciting read. Set in the near future (in 2023), public funding in the USA has been cut so far that representatives of each state compete to take part in The Gauntlet - a televised competition that will earn the winner's home state extra funding for police, hospitals and other public services. Laura Evans - a freelance paramedic and former police officer, arrives in Washington to compete.

The second story line involves Paul, a computer programmer, who is painfully aware that he is shy, overweight and unlikely to stand a chance with his beautiful co-worker - unless he can come up with a… Read more