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The Girl With All The Gifts
The Girl With All The Gifts
Price: £3.66

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4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligently written zombie action, 5 Feb. 2014
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Not a usual genre for me, the Zombie horror. If it were, possibly I'd have given it five stars.
I found the first part of the book absolutely rivetting, the sort of book that made me think "I wish I had written that", but thought that the middle sagged a bit, though it still moved at a cracking pace. I think perhaps it was because though an excellent bit of "road movie" writing it did not have the tense originality of the first part.
The ending was also very good; a lot of thought had gone into making the reasons for the zombification credible, rooted in the real world.
The book is fast paced and well written. the main protagonists engage ones sympathies very well and develop as the story gallops on, not the usual two dimensional characters that I expected from the genre. there is a good supporting cast who are also quite complex in their motivations.
If you are a zombie fan, buy it. If not, at least consider it


The Temple at Landfall (Celaeno)
The Temple at Landfall (Celaeno)
by Jane Fletcher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.44

5.0 out of 5 stars A fine writer, 29 Dec. 2013
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Jane Fletcher is one of those rare authors whose stories draw you into the plot, the characters and the setting from the first paragraph. In other words, a born storyteller; a quality which is so easy to recognise but so hard to define (or we would all be doing it). I have read very book in the Celaeno series and enjoyed them all but have a special affection for the Temple at Landfall. The world building is imaginative, detailed and consistent but never intrusive. The characters are most enjoyable, whether they are delightful, as in the two main protagonists, or are splendidly evil. Interestingly, though there is some violence the author always draws illuminates the pity and the anger of it so it becomes emotionally involving despite being far less graphic than is the case with many adventure novels.
The world of the series is all female so inevitably the romantic interest is lesbian. it would be a shame if the mainstream reader were to be put off by this. The explicit sex scenes are a small part of the novel and for the heterosexual easily read through at speed. The romantic elements satisfy in a way that is not necessarily gender specific; these are just couples in love and as such well described.
I have a low tolerance for sorcery and magic so the process of imprinting could be a problem if you are the same however the scientific approach to it just about allows the suspension of disbelief.


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