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Indexing: Reflections (Indexing Series Book 2)
Indexing: Reflections (Indexing Series Book 2)
Price: £0.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, 8 Feb. 2016
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Brilliant series, making innovative use of fairytale themes and motifs. Seaman McGuire writes consistently interesting and appealing characters, and with a refreshing sense of humour.


Seveneves
Seveneves
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very like a whale, 29 May 2015
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This review is from: Seveneves (Kindle Edition)
This is very hard-science fiction, with not a little of the Moby Dick about it. Less of a romp than his other works (yep, even Anathem) but deliberately so. It differs from most space opera in refusing to gloss over the tricky bits: and there is an extremely serious point there regarding resource limitations, changing circumstances, and human choice. Hard rains are already falling in many places, not least because, as this book argues, even in extremis, we cling to our illusions and imaginary certainties. Where most authors - fiction or non - only hint that earth differs from any spaceship only in scale, this one hammers it home (with a bonus course in orbital dynamics and 6d maths). The characters are brilliant as always: the plot is meant to be claustrophobic.
Stephenson can write epics of pure structural perfection, and no, this isn't one of them: the third section, though I enjoyed it a lot, is simply a very long, mostly self-contained epilogue. But I read him for the ideas, which are fully formed and luminous as ever, so I am happier to get more, more often, than insist the packaging also be better than 99.99% of other books. This one is not only better than the 90% of everything, it's also better than 9% of the rest. My final recommendation is that, unlike Anathem, you really don't need to make your best attempt at every calca to get the story. Go easy on yourself in that respect, at least the first time around.


The Better Part of Valour: A Confederation Novel
The Better Part of Valour: A Confederation Novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking good read, 21 Mar. 2015
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This is an excellent and unusual series, which I highly recommend. Classic military sci-fi, but with Huff's unique take cutting through the 'boy's own' tendencies of the genre with wit, verve and imagination while retaining all its best features. Serious ass-kicking comes as standard, subtle inter-species dynamics are interestingly portrayed, chains of command entertainingly but lovingly featured, and a variety of interesting hard-tech ideas used in classic tactical scenarios. I don't know how I managed to miss Huff for so long, but I'm a definite convert. If you liked Leckie's 'Ancilliary...' series, you should like this - although it is considerably easier (although by no means dumbed-down) reading.


Thornlost
Thornlost
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars genius, 23 Jan. 2015
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This series just gets better! I confess that I didn't enjoy the first volume as much as I expected (while an interesting exploration of the intersection of character and the demands of performance, the degree of angst seemed a touch gratuitous - sulky boys are not an underexplored subject!) This one, though, and the middle one, not only justify the choices of the first, but build them into a unique and subtle coming-of-age story. The world widens with the characters' understanding, and the plot deepens to include race, class and gender. Rawn has always excelled at drawing such everyday assumptions organically out of the worlds she builds, rather than superficially painting them onto her plots. This is remarkably rare in fantasy, but done right (as here) it really makes both plot and characters sing. It's also, of course, a rollicking good read in a vividly realised world, with characters one can't help but care about as they struggle with work, art, vices and loves. Highly recommended on every level!


The Stress of Her Regard
The Stress of Her Regard
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5.0 out of 5 stars his best., 8 Dec. 2014
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Interesting take on the muses, and the byronic. Very well-written, and to my mind, his best.


Lock In
Lock In
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good one, 29 Nov. 2014
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This is a fun, direct and deceptively simple novel, with well-drawn characters, great near-future world-building and a punchy plot.
It's also a penetrating look at the implications of contemporary tech for human experience of health, age and disability. (If you think that's not for you, remember that you *do* have at least one close friend or family member for whom these are everyday issues.) That's not to say it's a worthy text, or a very special message - it's a great wee procedural that happens to also be profound on real world challenges of virtuality and visibility most authors are still shy of going near. I'm off to expand my Scalzi collection - highly recommended!


Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch Book 2)
Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch Book 2)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Deeply unusual world building, 9 Oct. 2014
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Brilliant! Deeply unusual world building, fascinating tendering, complex plot. One of the most interesting new writers in the genre - and a proper space opera. I await her next eagerly, and will be re-reading this one soon. Highly recommended!


Traitor's Blade: The Greatcoats Book 1
Traitor's Blade: The Greatcoats Book 1
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even if you don't like exquisitely choreographed fights..., 31 May 2014
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Give this a shot! There's a fashion for angsty, gritty 'realist' fantasy on the go, often seemingly for its own sake.But de Castell offers a shining example of how to do this right: how to combine the pathos and pain with the flashes of friendship, humour and joy that characterise a real life. There's also nuanced treatment of mental health, and complex, multifaceted female characters of all ages. The peasants are never reduced to revolting either! Genuinely affecting, well put together (in terms of pace and world-building) and the writing's a pleasure to read. Highly recommended, and I was looking for the next as soon as the last page was done...


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4.0 out of 5 stars Good value, 7 May 2014
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Not exactly simple to put together (well worth clearly identifying all the long struts & checking twice before you start - and you will need quite a bit of clear space!) but certainly doable for me & my mum. Instructions are fine, bolts clearly labelled, pleased with finished article. Pleasing neutral colour, and sturdy considering (does need wall-fixing).


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality, 7 May 2014
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Great price, rapid delivery direct from India. I've bought several of these, and the photos/descriptions are very accurate (note particularly the good description of the type of silk weave - some are soft, some are crinkly, but all great quality). These are really versatile lengths of beautiful fabric, from a good seller. Highly recommended, thank you vintageandyou!


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