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The Door Into Summer
The Door Into Summer
by Robert A. Heinlein
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good book for the summer!, 4 Mar. 2003
This review is from: The Door Into Summer (Paperback)
This is a good holiday book. Easy to read, enjoyable and ultimately very satisfying. This is light entertainment in book form.
The characters are straight forward, which is not a bad thing as it suits the style of the book, yet interesting enough to make you care what happens too them. The relationship between Dan (the main protagonist) and his cat Pete is particularly charming (a shame there wasn't more interaction between these two in the book). The story is also of the basic time travelling fare but with just enough twists and challenges to keep you reading.
The weakness of this book is the way in which the author gets bogged down in the technical aspect of Dan's inventions or the contractional issues and patent rights of his business with his partners. These take up quite a large portion of the book and can give one the feeling that they are reading an instruction manual or a law book! This is unfortunate as the rest of the book really is a very good read (although, and this might be just me, but Dan's feelings for his friends young daughter do seem a little 'strange').
So sit back, relax and enjoy this sweet story (just skip the technical gobbledy gook!).


Fevre Dream (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)
Fevre Dream (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)
by George R.R. Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book not to be overlooked!, 4 Oct. 2002
I'm ashamed to admit that I had never heard of this book before, or even of its author. I purchased this book purely on impulse. Now I've finished it I can safely say it is one of the best novels I have ever read - in any genre. It is a minor masterpiece that deserves to be better acknowledged (at least as the best vampire novel ever written - better even the Bram's original!).
This book has everything - tons of atmosphere, horror, action, emotion, thought provoking morals and two excellent lead characters, plus one superb villian. Also (and maybe most importantly) Fevre Dream is simply a fun read.
Set around the mid nineteenth century the story may seem a little bizarre - a vampire riverboat captain riding the Mississippi searching for other vampires. But a good book is still a good book no matter what it's subject matter so even if your reading tastes does not usually include horror fantasy please still consider giving this a try. You will not regret it!


The Forever War: Forever War Book 1 (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
The Forever War: Forever War Book 1 (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Joe Haldeman
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just about war, but a whole lot more ..., 2 Sept. 2002
A very good book and an excellent start to the SF masterworks series, as it is science fiction at its purest. Alien beings, space battles, time travelling, bizarre technology - it's all here.
Fortunately so is a good story and strong lead character. William Mandella seems at first glance to be quite a shallow character. He appears to take the war and changes to earth society in his stride, keeping himself to himself and just sitting back to watch events unfold. But looking closer it turns out he is quite an emotional person after all, he just doesn't shout about it.
Indeed, his relationship with Marygay (cool name!) is so subtle to start with that you never even really notice it - it's only when everything and everyone in their lives has changed or been distroyed that their relationship grows and eventually becomes vital as they both try to hold on to something that is familiar to them.
I bought this book in the hope of getting some good old fashioned space battles (and I wasn't disappointed), but to my surprise I also found that I actually cared about whether Mandella and Marygay would end up surviving it all together.
An excellent read that has more heart then you may first think.


Spares
Spares
by Michael Marshall Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start, shame about the end (again), 2 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Spares (Paperback)
Another excellent book from Mr Smith. If you have read and enjoyed his other works you will also enjoy this. Everything is here: the likable hero, the excellent settings, the talking appliances(!) Unfortunatly, so is the usual rushed and disapointing final third. Just as in 'only forward' and 'one of us' the book starts very well and really gets the reader lost in the bizarre world Smith has created (this time involving mutilated clones and a city in a giant block of flats!), but then starts to lose it just over half way through.
I don't know if Smith loses interest in his original idea or just gets stuck, but the book suddenly changes direction into a completely different story - one thats not as good. The final third is just too far fetched and seems to have little to do with anything else that went before.
However, the first half of the book is just so good you can forgive Smith for the rather lackluster conclusion (again!)


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