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Dragon Tamers: Reality Goes Virtual
Dragon Tamers: Reality Goes Virtual
by Emma Maree Urquhart
Edition: Paperback

5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Never publish a 14-year old, 18 Jun. 2007
Dragon Tamers is not bad for a fourteen year old by any meas. Unfortunately, neither is it good. It is completely what you would expect a 14 year old to write. The idea of a girl entering a computer game is so cliche it's untrue, and the reason for absence of books and movies with this idea is that, unless it's done extremely well, it's tedious and boring, as is this book. The opening part of the book, where the game rules are described, is incredibly boring. You don't want to read a manual, you want to read a novel. Have the rules explained throughout in a clever way. It screams "desperate, fairly arrogant child", whose struggled to think of something really clever to start off the book. If you need further evidance to how immature the writing in this book is, the second book is called "Dragon Tamers 2". Try to think of a professional novel followed by "2" (other then K-Pax). It seems a very obvious, uninventive, childish thing to do. I'm sorry if I seem harsh, but if you're published, I expect for it to be quality, rather than a school original writing essay.
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A Darkling Plain (Mortal Engines Quartet)
A Darkling Plain (Mortal Engines Quartet)
by Philip Reeve
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only second to Harry Potter, 24 Dec. 2006
The Hungry City quartet is one of the greatest series I've ever read, second only to that of Harry Potter. However, after Infernal Devices I was sceptical. Would this be another let down? It's size compared to the other three was daunting yet exciting.

I couldn't put it down. With non-stop action and breath-taking twists and turns, all your favourite characters return to fight for their side of this giant war. The love story between Hester and Tom and Hester's relationship with Shrike are simply amazingly written.

The only floor with this book is its predictability. I guessed how it would end before I was even half way through, and sometimes the book even spoils itself, telling you what happens next. The dramatic irony is not the best in the world.

I will remember a treasure this book for life, rereading whenever I get bored. One of the best stories ever told. Ever.

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