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Before They Are Hanged: The First Law: Book Two: 2 by Joe Abercrombie BA
Controversially perhaps, I actually think this surpasses the first book. Itís always the case that the second book in a trilogy suffers from being (or being seen to be) the Ďfillerí; bridging the gap between the fresh new beginning and the climactic finale. That said, the character development so central to a second novel - and designed to make you care more about their respective endings - I found to be more interesting than their respective introductions in The Blade Itself. This is probably because it comes hand-in-hand with a galloping progression of the story.

Things do develop, but there is also a sense of matters being tied up. The overarching story still remains, but the… Read more
The Blade Itself: Book One Of The First Law (Golla&hellip by Joe Abercrombie BA
Look, if I'm honest, I would have given this five stars for the term "slapping fruits"... ...but that's hardly objective.

I took a while to review this, having finished it a couple of months ago and now having moved onto the second book, Before They Are Hanged; a good sign in itself (and a good book too).

I did enjoy it. As with all these multi-personality novels there are invariably going to be characters that you enjoy reading from the perspective of, and those that you internally groan at when you reach an extended section with their involvement. There are four (or five) main protagonists whose relative perspective moves the story forward: Inquisitor Glokta has to… Read more
The Forever War (S.F. MASTERWORKS) by Joe Haldeman
4.0 out of 5 stars Forever War, 12 Nov 2013
In very few words and very few pages Haldeman spans centuries and light years in this tale of interstellar war and personal attrition, told through the eyes of Private William Mandella. It's definitely worth a read; it won't take you long.

I suppose it's easy to forget that when this was written the Vietnam conflict was fresh in everyone's consciousness and, whilst the comparisons are hardly subtle, aspects such as the time dilation metaphor creating a soldier's `distance' from the world he once knew are highly symbolic; and yet also an interesting and original aspect of the story. On that note, for a book that's nearly 40 years old it's not easy to tell.

There's not a… Read more