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Tower Lord: Book 2 of Raven's Shadow
Tower Lord: Book 2 of Raven's Shadow
by Anthony Ryan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing sequel, 11 Feb. 2016
This was a fairly disappointing sequel to the excellent Blood Song. We just seem to have 3 small groups of super-capable, super-proficient killing machines roaming the land(s) until they meet up at a final battle, with the plot taking a huge back-seat. Characterisation felt poor and the book just didn't feel polished. This felt like a throw-back to 80s fantasy tbh and a long way from the excellent story-telling and world building that are available nowadays. A real shame after the potential shown in Blood Song. IMVHO the author needs to step up his game


Leviathan Wakes: Book 1 of the Expanse
Leviathan Wakes: Book 1 of the Expanse
by James S. A. Corey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Excellent, 25 Jan. 2016
This is not bad sci-fi, but with a more detective story feel to it. So to me it felt more like a "zoom around space detective story" rather than true space opera, which is what I was really after. But it was readable enough and satisfying enough. I haven't immediately put the sequel on my wish-list, but will probably get round to reading it in the next 12 months or so. The writing isn't on a par with Peter F Hamilton or Alistair Reynolds, imho, but then not much is.


Snow Crash
Snow Crash
by Neal Stephenson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 22 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: Snow Crash (Paperback)
Many of the reviews here already sum this book up nicely. It is a fast paced, whacky comic book romp with some (imho) excellent vision of a cyber-future considering that it was written in the early '90s. There are the usual Neal Stephenson components - excellent characters that you grow to really like, crazy action and a complicated geeky main premise that can make your head hurt. A good read that sucks you in but doesn't quite deliver the neat ending(s) I was hoping for


A Fire Upon the Deep (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
A Fire Upon the Deep (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Vernor Vinge
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 9 Jan. 2016
Despite its age and classic/masterworks status this is an excellent SF book, right up there with the works of Iain M Banks, Alistair Reynolds etc imho. It is a well thought out, detailed space opera with enough complexity to make you think, but it is fast-moving and a thoroughly enjoyable read. I discovered it almost by accident, bought a decent s/h copy and lapped it up in a couple of days. I will now eagerly seek out more of VV's novels and will happily recommend to any SF fan


Rangemaster SxS Series Compatible External Fridge Water Filter
Rangemaster SxS Series Compatible External Fridge Water Filter
Offered by The Water Filter Men
Price: £7.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with this, 14 May 2015
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Used this to replace external Rangemaster SxS water filter, and so far (2 weeks in) all good. LOTS of black comes out when you first connect up and send water through, so definitely use a bucket till it runs clear. No problems with water taste or leaks.


John Guest 3/4" BSP x 1/4" Push Fit Tap Adapter
John Guest 3/4" BSP x 1/4" Push Fit Tap Adapter
Offered by Finerfilters Limited
Price: £4.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Just the ticket!, 14 May 2015
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This worked perfectly for me, and is just what I needed. Had an old leaking speed-fit connector to fridge water-filter, left in our new house by previous owner. This new one replaced it in 5 minutes and now there are no leaks. Tightened by hand so no tools necessary and job done. Very pleased


Under Heaven
Under Heaven
by Guy Gavriel Kay
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 18 July 2014
This review is from: Under Heaven (Paperback)
A lovely story, beautifully written.
I really enjoyed the setting (pseudo oriental/Chinese) and the feel of the book - it transports you to a magical place of honour, assassins, intrigue, emperors and concubines, and it captivated me. The main character is very likeable, and he becomes saddled with a cleverly devised dilemma. The story feels like a love story set within a chess game, but it isn't too lovey dovey and the author gets the balance pretty much spot on in my opinion.
A definite recommendation from me


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

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 8 July 2014
This review is from: Anathem (Paperback)
Just finished Anathem and I loved it. For the average reader it is a heavily maths/logic/philosophy based future-set novel which a little surprisingly veers into sci-fi. A little mentally challenging in places (to me!) but clever sci-fi often can be.

I avidly devoured it and really enjoyed it, despite it being a big book (900+ pages in paperback). I thought the initial third, set in the convect, was especially well done and it really captured my imagination and transported me. My interest tailed off by comparison (after the excellent beginning) in the later half of the book but it was still very readable and gripping enough. In all, no reservations in giving it a 5* and recommending to all my sci-fi enthusiast friends.


Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins
Price: £0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong, 1 May 2014
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If I had paid for this book, it would probably be a 4 star rating. But it is free, decent enough and a good size. What is there to complain about?

The book is a very readable space romp, centred around a versatile crew and their unique ship. It is a good page turner and I devoured it at a fast pace, and enjoyed it. To be critical it is all a bit too good to be true, and reminds me of say Firefly (which is a definite positive!) but populated and staffed entirely by Star Trek: Next Generation characters. Everyone and everything in the heroes' camp is too squeaky clean, super-competent and shiny, and slightly implausible Even the plot twist of someone being not quite who we thought they would be leads to no animosity, no change of behaviour, everything out in the open and everyone happier and better off for it.
Having said all that, it is the best modern free book I have downloaded and read to date...


Blood Song: Book 1 of Raven's Shadow (A Raven's Shadow Novel)
Blood Song: Book 1 of Raven's Shadow (A Raven's Shadow Novel)
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good one, 8 April 2014
This is a definite 5 star fantasy book. It is very good reading, and a BIG book that packs a lot of story in. Could easily have been 2 or 3 books on its own, but I am very pleased it is one well priced tome. Very much looking forward to the sequel.

The story is pretty familiar - young boy grows to become legendary warrior. There are various attempts on his life along the way, and he starts to discover his masters only ever tell him part of the story, and the King and his court is a nest of vipers. Along the way we slowly learn the truth behind his parents lives, and slowly learn about the hidden threats and secrets that will drive the plot in subsequent books.
An enjoyable and gripping read. Some very minor niggles can be excused since this is a debut novel and I hope the author goes from strength to strength.


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