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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.
by Neal Stephenson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.60

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really quite well done and entertaining, 21 Jun. 2017
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Im always wary of collaborative books but this is an excellent job. Creating a whole new mythos of both witchcraft and time travel in a new way in a very very well covered genre is a great achievement.
Using a mixture of narrative and "letters/emails" etc from the characters in the book is inspired too. Ive seen it used elsewhere but never so well.
Characterisation is genuinely brilliant. The lead female character is ..shall we say.."borrowed" heavily from the "Chronicles of St Marys" time travel books but apart from that they are a diverse and entertaining bunch all round.
Ending was a little odd. I guess its a set up for the next book?
Either way worth a buy!


Bound: An Alex Verus Novel
Bound: An Alex Verus Novel
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUCH better, 20 April 2017
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a big return to form. The last book tried to get so much in it was a bit of a mess, but this one is genuinely a great addition to the series. Murky doings and political backstabbing with just the correct amount of danger and magic- the return of old faces and some new ones introduced. It amazes me how he can have so many baddies swirling in the background and not confuse me- only the Dresden Files achieves something similar.
Cant wait for the next one!


New York 2140
New York 2140
by Kim Stanley Robinson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange strange book, 20 April 2017
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Ok i adore his mars books. Lets make that clear.
This is...frankly a bizarre mess. Some great ideas, and a few excellent chapters, but interspersed with weird ranty chapters that have nothing to do with the story, most of his characters are weirdly chosen and randomly shoved together, and theres page after page of technobabble about finance that frankly had me totally lost.
The best thing about this is the wonderful cover art. Its all too "stream of consciousness" writing for sci-fi/fantasy.


Truthwitch (The Witchlands Series)
Truthwitch (The Witchlands Series)
by Susan Dennard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 16 Jan. 2017
Awful dross. Cliched badly written and confusing. Full of unlikeable and annoying characters in desperate need of a slap.


League of Dragons (The Temeraire Series, Book 9)
League of Dragons (The Temeraire Series, Book 9)
by Naomi Novik
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a let down, 17 Jun. 2016
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Ok to be clear i ADORE the rest of this series and have read it many many times. Wonderful characters and great story telling. This was..something of a let down if im being honest.
Lets get the good bits out of the way- its nice to finally have some sort of closure, it feels like an age since the last book came out, and this book wraps up the entire Napleonic era from 1812-1815 . All the old characters make an appearance too- in fact barely anyone doesnt get at least a mention here.
The problems- the writing style is rather odd and stilted- quite different to the previous books. Also the entire second half reminds me of a "fragments" novel where the author has died and they have published the bits they finished. There are entire scenes missing, - vital ones that the entire series has been leading up to- for example the capture of Lien, the entry into Paris, the return to England for the first time- which are all just "cut scenes"- suddenly thats happened and the next chapter is its aftermath. This is in contrast with seemingly endless talking scenes in camp in the East which go on and on. Why miss the best and most important bits out? Its like she meant to get to them but couldnt be bothered so just shoved the book together.
Also with a great many characters theres many who appear and then vanish. Lily, Harcourt, Maximus, Dulcia, Little et al barely get a mention- You'd think given their importance in earlier books Temeraire would at least pop over for one visit! And FAR too much Iskierka in the first bit (shes reverted to her characterisation in the earlier books after mellowing out a lot in the last) and then she pretty much vanishes to Scotland for the last half!
Honestly it feels like half a book then the crib notes to a second. Very dissapointed.
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[Midnight Riot] (By: Ben Aaronovitch) [published: February, 2011]
[Midnight Riot] (By: Ben Aaronovitch) [published: February, 2011]
by Ben Aaronovitch
Edition: Paperback

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aka rivers of london, 30 April 2016
Brilliant book but to warn you this is "rivers of london" by its american title not a new book


Burned: An Alex Verus novel
Burned: An Alex Verus novel
by Benedict Jacka
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very very impressive, 12 April 2016
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Wow. Genuinely tense gripping action from start to finish. Easily the best book since the first one. Fabulous


Staked: The Iron Druid Chronicles
Staked: The Iron Druid Chronicles
by Kevin Hearne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.83

5.0 out of 5 stars sooo good, 10 Mar. 2016
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I could have done without the gross out jokes, and im now hoping those horrible werewolves get pulped in the next book..but apart from that this book is FABULOUS, far far better than i had expected from the slightly messy last book. Cant wait for next one!


The Dark Days Club: A Lady Helen Novel
The Dark Days Club: A Lady Helen Novel
by Alison Goodman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 17 Feb. 2016
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Im most certainly not the target audience for this book but i enjoyed it immensely!
Very well written, excellent characterisation and wonderfully coloured with the regency world view. All too often this can lead to far too many heaving bosoms and fainting ladies but its very well handled here.


1635: A Parcel of Rogues (Ring of Fire)
1635: A Parcel of Rogues (Ring of Fire)
by Andrew Dennis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.74

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd and barely readable, 15 Feb. 2016
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Lots of talking, a very confused plot that really doesnt go anywhere. And do we really need the scots vernacular? Especially when its the earl of montrose talking- ? I can only assume eric flint has been on too many tourist tours of the highlands aimed at americans with more money than sense.


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