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The City of Mirrors (The Passage Trilogy Book 3)
The City of Mirrors (The Passage Trilogy Book 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saved the best for last, 31 July 2016
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An epic finale to a really good trilogy. The return to the pre-outbreak life of Tim Fanning and his relationship with Jonas Lear was some of the best writing I've had the pleasure of reading for some time and made this the standout book of the trilogy for me.


The Twelve: The Passage Trilogy Book 2
The Twelve: The Passage Trilogy Book 2
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4.0 out of 5 stars As good as the first book, 31 July 2016
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Story changes location and takes on a greater intensity whilst introducing new characters to the survivors of book one. Just as brutal and raw as book one.


The Passage (The Passage Trilogy Book 1)
The Passage (The Passage Trilogy Book 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steady start to a very good trilogy, 31 July 2016
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Probably the best series I've read in some time and the best post-apocalyptic, 'zombie' book/s since World War Z. I personally found this, the first of the trilogy, something of a slow burner, but once it got going I was gripped. Some superb, original ideas, good characters and plenty of depth to a steadily unveiled plot. Series gets better with each book in my opinion.


The Eye Of The World: Book 1 of the Wheel of Time
The Eye Of The World: Book 1 of the Wheel of Time
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of Balance, 30 Nov. 2015
Rated this one star so that people would see it alongside all the other one star reviews just to give it some balance. I actually really enjoyed the Wheel of Time series and can only criticise it in that, due to Robert Jordan's untimely death, the last four books in the 14 book series were written by Brendon Sanderson. He did a good job under the circumstances, but what might have been?
Back to The Eye of The World. A number of reviewers seem unable to separate thie plot of this book from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. How, I'm not sure. Maybe they need to go back and read their Tolkien again...
All the books in this series are huge. The character development, both good guys and bad guys, is slow and in depth. Think more soap opera than fast-paced action movie. The development of the use of the One Power (the magic) is slow and in depth. The plots are slow, deep, complex and subtle.
In short these books require you to invest a lot of time in them. Jordan was better at some things than others. He was a student of history and warfare. His development of the Dark One and the Chosen is far more interesting than Sauron's singular need to break Gondor and recover the Ring, and Morgoth's obsession with the Silmarils. This isn't aping LOTR, this is something more modern.
Certainly it won't be for everyone, but don't make the mistake of comparing it to Tolkien. There are plenty of really great and original ideas in these books. If you don't enjoy the first then it's safe to say you might not enjoy the rest. However, Jordan's sub creation doesn't let up right until the end of the final book.
I still consider the 'One Power' to be one of the most original and interesting concepts of magic within the entire fantasy genre. Together with the Aes Sedai it remains a standout achievement of sub creation and one that carries Jordan's series through any other purported 'weaknesses'...


Half the World (Shattered Sea, Book 2)
Half the World (Shattered Sea, Book 2)

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb stuff!, 25 Mar. 2015
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Another enjoyable blood and guts tale from JA. Keep 'em coming maestro! Eagerly awaiting the next instalment.


The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why all the hype?, 19 Sept. 2014
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Couldn't finish it. Couldn't really make myself care and never really got very excited at any point, which when it boils down to it is pretty much an epic fail on the author's part. I even learnt about Maurice Sendak before starting to read, which was educational, but got me to wondering if Gaiman had come up with the idea after reading about Sendak in the New Yorker. Or maybe he met him or loved his books. Whatever. I just couldn't help feeling he was trying way too hard to be clever. The intro hypes it up talking about 'primal horror', 'pure, delicate and dangerous', from the 'genius'.... Undoubtedly the author can write but as my first experience of one of Gaiman's books I was left spectacularly underwhelmed. Too much fairy tale and not enough mythology. Like Narnia compared to Middle Earth... One's candy floss, the other's the crack you can't live without...


Valour (The Faithful and The Fallen Series Book 2)
Valour (The Faithful and The Fallen Series Book 2)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong sequel, 19 Sept. 2014
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Carries on where the first book left off and does so just as strongly. Looking forward to the next instalment. Thanks again John!


Malice (The Faithful and The Fallen Series Book 1)
Malice (The Faithful and The Fallen Series Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Positive start to a new series, 19 Sept. 2014
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Possibly the best fantasy series I've read in the past few years. I think it's fair to say that there's nothing stunningly original about this novel and its sequel, it just works well and is engagingly well written and well plotted. But whoever said you had to reinvent the wheel to write a good fantasy novel?! Not I. John Gwynne's definitely on my reading list going forward.


Personal (Jack Reacher 19)
Personal (Jack Reacher 19)
by Lee Child
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reacher Rules!, 19 Sept. 2014
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As reliable as ever. Reacher's back kicking ass, solving crime and executing judgement on the guilty. Classic villains abound and you almost feel sorry for them as Reacher scythes through them like a 9mm parabellum through Swiss cheese. Please Mr Childs, don't ever kill Reacher off, just keep writing these books forever!!! Unless you think you can come up with something even better. Surely not possible even for you?!?


A Better World (The Brilliance Trilogy Book 2)
A Better World (The Brilliance Trilogy Book 2)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good sequel, 19 Sept. 2014
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Quality sequel that delivered on the first book's promise. Looking forward to book three.


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