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Islamic State: Rewriting History
Islamic State: Rewriting History
by Michael Griffin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets to the heart of the IS danger, 30 Nov. 2015
There's a slew of new books on the IS phenomenon - and why not, when you consider the breadth and impact of IS's dastardly deeds. But this is probably the best of the batch, that is if you want a clear and concise explanation of why the world suddenly got lumbered with these evil mayhem-makers. Griffin's book is devoid of the wooliness of the more academic books on the subject. At the same time it avoids the anecdote-driven superficiality of some of the journalists who have written about IS. Griffin uses a direct narrative approach to explain the origin of the IS maelstrom. His style is clean and accessible. It's an easy book to read, but one that covers all the bases, in terms of approaching an understanding of its subject, a subject that perhaps can never really be understood fully..


Sisters of Glass
Sisters of Glass
by John St.
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars dud, 22 April 2012
This review is from: Sisters of Glass (Paperback)
Apart from being written in an ugly, choppy style that feels like someone took a sheet of sandpaper to the dictionary, this novel just doesn't have much of a story-line. Not enough to persuade me it was worth the effort to read on until the bitter end.


Perfect Crime
Perfect Crime
Price: £0.00

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not worth the effort, 22 April 2012
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This review is from: Perfect Crime (Kindle Edition)
I guess this short story was meant to be a loss leader providing a sample of the author's work in the hope that readers who tasted it would be persuaded to seek out more of the writer's offerings. But it didn't work on me. I won't be reading anything more from this author - free or not. This short story has little to recommend it: it's dull and unsatisfying.


Red Mandarin Dress: Inspector Chen 5 (As heard on Radio 4)
Red Mandarin Dress: Inspector Chen 5 (As heard on Radio 4)
by Qiu Xiaolong
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gem, 22 April 2012
You need to be patient with this book. It's not written in the style we expect of detective novels. That's because it was written in Chinese and reflects a more measured pace of explication that Chinese readers would expect. But the plot is well-crafted and clever and the narration contains many fascinating insights into contemporary Chinese society and its shifting moral standards. I'm keen to get my hands on another one from the series.


Multiplex Man
Multiplex Man
by JAMES HOGAN
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars underwhelming, 4 April 2012
I struggled to get into this, and eventually gave up about a quarter of the way in. I couldn't get a quick take on the alternative world the author was trying to create, which is so important in scifi writing. The plot seemed to be drifting towards some major revelation. But whatever it was came too late for me .. I'd already decided to call it quits long before I got there.


Freaks: A Rizzoli & Isles Short Story
Freaks: A Rizzoli & Isles Short Story

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars short sharp and to the point, 4 April 2012
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A nice little loss-leader this. Shows the author can write, and construct a mystery plot and create some engaging characters. I'd go out and buy one of her novels, on the strength of this.


Hurt Machine (Moe Prager)
Hurt Machine (Moe Prager)

4.0 out of 5 stars good but too much waffle, 4 April 2012
There's a good strong, pacey crime story in this. Lots of twists and turns. I didn't get a hint about who-might-have-done-it till quite near the end. The charcaters are gritty and believable, and the story line has credible context. Only problem is there's too much wittering on about life, death, the universe, etc. Cut out all the lame philosophising and I'd give this a five.


Crime in the Community (Pitkirtly Mysteries Book 1)
Crime in the Community (Pitkirtly Mysteries Book 1)
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars glacial, 4 April 2012
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This story makes a slow start; something about a community committee, an old hall, some feuding characters .. but too slow for me, I'm afraid. I gave up. Couldn't see any reason to read on. Maybe it eventually gets interesting .. but I wasn't prepared to run the risk of wasting time on a dud. There are too many good books around to read.


Dogs of Winter
Dogs of Winter
by Kem Nunn
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars don't miss it, 24 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Dogs of Winter (Paperback)
Kem Nunn is one of the great story tellers of his age. His plots and characters manage to capture the angst of our times: no one wins, everyone ends up more of less damaged, but there's enough hope in the future - just - to keep them going on. This book in anchored in a great sense of place and the majesty of nature. There's a strong environmental message underpinning the plot which races towards resolution as the desperation of its characters deepens. My advice: read all Kem Nunn's books.


A Little Yellow Dog (Mask Noir)
A Little Yellow Dog (Mask Noir)
by Walter Mosley
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unbeatable, 24 Mar. 2012
This has got to be among the best new crime fiction around these days. It's dark, spare and classy. Easy Rawlins, the protagonist of this moral take set in the mean streets of 1960's L.A., is worthy successor to some of great names in West Coast fictional detectives. The plot twists and turns through a large cast of heroes and villains, mostly villains. The dialogue is razor sharp. I can't wait to read some more Easy Rawlins books.


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