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The Silence
The Silence
by Tim Lebbon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shhhhh, 8 Jun. 2016
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Tim has written a raft of novels recently so he's on a roll. This is a good end of civilization story, and I've read a load of them. The killer diller this time is a swarm of very hungry, subterranean, waspy, flying lizard things, that come out of a hole in Romania and slowly infest the world. The gimmick for this story is that the waspy things are highly sensitive to sound and are attracted to any kind of noise (that's why the book is called The Silence...geddit) The plot line is how a family of Brits cope with this as they try to escape ahead of the waspy things but try to keep quiet....as if that's going to end well. OK, it's well written, pacy and the plot is nice and tight, well worth the read.


Flood
Flood
by Stephen Baxter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Get your boat ready......, 8 Jun. 2016
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What happens if subterranean oceans decide to bubble up and start flooding the planet, yeah right. Bonkers idea, but Baxter is a scientist, so he manages to come up with a convincing reason why this is happening. There's some kinda story involving people as well. Some scientists go "ohhh there's a problem, how do we deal with it", and a mad industrialist funds a lot of research and stuff. But each chapter is a 10 or 20 years slot during which the land gets smaller and smaller, and the plot gets.....no that's mean! OK, it's not that badly written and kept me entertained for the time I read it. There's a sequel, I've read that as well.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool scarf, handy in the winter!, 8 Jun. 2016
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Ok, it's a scarf. But its a faux military one, which is kinda cool. It's just the right size to wrap around and leave dangly bits at the front, which is also kinda cool. Am I happy with it, hell yeah.


Carrion Comfort
Carrion Comfort
by Dan Simmons
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars So far so good........, 8 Jun. 2016
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Reading it at the moment, so far so good. Interesting ideas, well written, good plotline.


Hyperion
Hyperion
by Dan Simmons
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I though it would be., 8 Jun. 2016
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This review is from: Hyperion (Paperback)
This is regarded as an iconic modern science fiction novel. Is it worthy of that description. Well, personally I have read better books. The story is interesting enough, and pilgrims back stories are great. But the overall plot is a bit confusing, I'm still not sure what the overall plot aim of the book is about....maybe it's just me. I read Fall of Hyperion as well and I'm still no clearer. It is a bit like Dune, read it but meh!! It's not that Simmons writes badly, he doesn't, but it didn't engage with me. Sorry about that.


The Gods of War (Emperor Series, Book 4)
The Gods of War (Emperor Series, Book 4)
by Conn Iggulden
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Overlong dramatization of Caesar's life in the style of heroic fantasy., 8 Jun. 2016
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Good grief, is there anymore of these books!! I've plowed through three already and I need a break. How can you milk enough of Julius Caesar's life to get 5 novels out if him. Unless, of course, you make stuff up, for dramatic purposes you see. Ok, enough of the levity. Actually they are not badly written. Reminds me a lot of David Gemmell and his style of heroic fantasy, which is good enough for me as Gemmell was a genius at what he did. The story trundles along quite nicely going through the broad tapestry of Caesar's life along with his mates and rivals. The minutiae, however is made up, which Iggulden mentions in an appendix for each of the novels. If you like heroic fantasy, give these books a go.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useless, but great fun to have., 8 Jun. 2016
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Do I need a smartwatch? no not really. Will it change my life? er no. But I don't care. This watch is great fun to have. It's big and chunky, it looks good. The screen is big enough to read text. As a techie, I spent weeks choosing the right watchface app to use, working out how to get my photos on the watch, and how to get useless Facebook and News notifications synced to the watch. Also, to the great amusement of my wife, I have to charge the watch up every night or so. Is there anything advantageous about the watch.......er, umm, well if my phone rings, the watch vibrates which is kinda handy. In bright sunlight, like most Amoled screens, its completely useless as you can't see a damn thing, which defeats the object of telling the time.....as its a....you know....watch!. But its bling, who can't resist a bit of bling.


Anathem
Anathem
by Neal Stephenson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Complicated, yet rewarding sci/fi novel, 8 Jun. 2016
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This is a very difficult science fiction novel to describe, but I'll have a go. Essentially, this is a world, Arbre, in which intellectual and scientific debate and discovery is approached using a "religious" methodology as opposed to a "scientific" methodology. So scientists and intellectuals are called "Avouts" and live in separate communities called "Concents" which are closed off from the "Saecular" world. Over thousands of years different schools of thought have evolved to address all the different scientific, mathematical and philosophical questions that we are familiar with. There is a very rough comparison with Catholicism. Anyhoo, the story is about the discovery by an avout, of an alien spacecraft orbiting the planet and how this throws the Saecular and Avout societies into confusion about how to deal with the aliens and with each other. There are numerous themes in the novel. Whole chunks of text deals with debates around which is the best philosophical approach. This would be difficult enough using our scientific and philosophical terms, but Stephenson, just to mess with our heads, transposes these into Arbrean terms. There are even a couple of "handy" glossaries and appendices to provide backup material. There is also an adventure story going on as well as the main protagonist of the story, an Avout called Erasmus has to travel through the Saecular world.. Oh, I think there is a love story going on as well. This all sounds immensely complicated, and it is, but Stephenson manages to carry it off well, and kept me going until the end, with only a few "eh?" and "wtf!" moments.


Two Georges
Two Georges
by Harry Turtledove
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity for a great ripping yarn., 8 Jun. 2016
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Imagine if the American Revolution never happened, there was no such thing as the USA and North America was still part of the British Empire. This is the premise of this stodgy alternative history novel. To flesh this premise out, Turtledove and Dreyfuss (yes! him, Jaws, Close Encounters) imagine that the tranquility of this polity is threatened by American nationalists who want to secede from the British Empire and create an American Republic lead by a creepy extremist called John Fitzgerald Kennedy. We follow a plucky police detective as he unravels this conspiracy. The trouble is, that this could have been a great ripping yarn, a real daring do story. The world that Turtledove and Dreyfuss create is believable enough, given the twists and turns of human history, but the conspiracy they describe just isn't dastardly enough. The core of the story revolves around retrieving a stolen picture...how boring is that. The villains seem amateurish and there is an element of classism as well, as the baddies seem to be all "working class" types. I enjoyed reading this novel but finished feeling a bit let down.


First Citizen
First Citizen
by Thomas T. Thomas
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but poorly written niche novel., 8 Jun. 2016
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This is an interesting oddity of a novel. It is an alternative history of America, tracking the main events in the life of Julius Caesar, as though he was a modern American called Granville James Corbin. It is quite a stodgy read and could have been so much better, but I enjoyed it for its novelty value. If you are interested in the life of Caesar, have the time and inclination, then you could do worse than read this novel.


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