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All the Lonely People (Harry Devlin Book 1)
All the Lonely People (Harry Devlin Book 1)
Price: £1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 1 Oct. 2017
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An excellent series - well written and very readable. Likeable characters.


The Body in Jingling Pot: The First Detective Chief Inspector Oldroyd Yorkshire Murder Mystery
The Body in Jingling Pot: The First Detective Chief Inspector Oldroyd Yorkshire Murder Mystery
Price: £1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars stilted writing, 1 Oct. 2017
stilted writing


Storm Front (Twilight Of The Gods Book 1)
Storm Front (Twilight Of The Gods Book 1)
Price: £1.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Naive plot and disappointing., 1 Oct. 2017
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Got about two thirds of the way through. It just completely fails to give any impresion of what it must be like to live in a totalitarian society. The basic plot is so naive as to be laughable. Disapointing.


Storm on the Frontier-Part One: Author's Edition (The Demonstar Series Book 1)
Storm on the Frontier-Part One: Author's Edition (The Demonstar Series Book 1)
Price: £2.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Truly appalling, 2 Jan. 2016
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Truly appalling! Shan't pick an author based on star ratings again.


Murder at Rutherford Hall (Rachel Markham Mystery Series Book 1)
Murder at Rutherford Hall (Rachel Markham Mystery Series Book 1)
Price: £2.23

1.0 out of 5 stars This author can't write at all., 21 Aug. 2015
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Quite appallingly written. I wondered initially if it was tongue in cheek, but sadly no. The grammar is appalling, so is the sentence structure, too many adjectives, far too much detail. I didn't read beyond a few pages but that was enough.
Please don't bother - there is much, much better out there.


Proxima
Proxima
Price: £5.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor writing, silly plot, ludicrous ending, 26 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Proxima (Kindle Edition)
Oh dear. Now I know where the stilted characters come from the in the Long Earth series with Terry Pratchett.
Firstly, the plot: As others have said, the basic idea of incredibly expensive and sophiticated space craft carrying convicts and the dregs of society to colonise a new world is ridiculous. At least one other plot line fizzles out entirely.
The science: The planet seems to be about the size of a county, judging by the colonists all meeting up and walking quarter of the way round at a snail's pace. I also rather doubt the climate and the 'absolute stablity' of the orbit.
The pacing: I had to skip read several extremely boring back stories to keep going - but did keep going (hence 2 stars).
The characters were beyond one dimensional - the women in particular, not only didn't change at all througout the decades of the book, but didn't even change their mood!! Appalling.
Spolier alert: the ending is so ludicorus I shan't bother reading any more Stephen Baxter.

There is good SF out there still: Ann Leckie, Neal Asher, Iain M Banks, Simon Mordem, Peter Hamilton not to mention the classics. Don't waste your time on this.


Exiles: The Progenitor Trilogy, Book One
Exiles: The Progenitor Trilogy, Book One
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good plot, clunky writing, 12 Jun. 2013
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The plot is first class, often with unexpected twists and enough to keep going through a trilogy. However (the dreadful editing apart), the characters are wooden and keep stating the obvious, everything is spelled out - and sometimes not too realistically. I fear this is the bad writing that gives sci-fi a bad name (in contrast to authors like Simon Morden and Iain M Banks).

There is also some seriously bad science - even allowing for this being Sci-Fi. For example, the planet lying between two suns with a locked rotation is described as having polar seas and an equator - sorry, it would have a 'terminator' where both suns were low in the sky, no poles and be nothing like how it was described.

All this said, I enjoyed the plot and skipped the boring bits.

Plot: 5 stars
Pacing: 3 stars (varies)
Characters: 3 stars
Dialogue: 2 stars


Brasyl (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Brasyl (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Ian McDonald
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.29

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable, 11 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Brasyl (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
I loved 'River of Gods', I struggled through 'Cyderabad Days' and eventually enjoyed it. This is just unreadable - entirely the style. I didn't get far enough into it to comment on characterisation etc.. Only get this if you really like Ian MacDonald.


The Recollection
The Recollection
by Gareth L. Powell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Characterisation - unbelievable conclusion, 11 Mar. 2012
This review is from: The Recollection (Paperback)
Well - I guess it's down to how bothered you are about charactersiation and plot.
The characterisation was pretty much non-existent: The decriptions of emotional reactions, especially of women, were at a school essay level of insight and painful to read. Parts of the plot were good enough to be page-turning but others felt like fillers and are best skipped. Overall the plot was obvious but the conclusion managed to be both unbelievable - hero saves universe (that would perhaps be permissible in Doctor Who) and disappointing. I've not read any of his other works and assumed this was a first novel. If I'm right others may be better, if not, then I shan't read any more. Sorry - I've been reading Sci-Fi for fourty years and few disappoint. This did.


Halogen Heater Replacement Bulbs 3 Pk 400Watts 230V 1.7 Amps
Halogen Heater Replacement Bulbs 3 Pk 400Watts 230V 1.7 Amps
Offered by LightingandMobileAccessoriesUK
Price: £5.69

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Received in one piece - but item wrong size!!, 21 Dec. 2009
The halogen bulbs were in one piece and very well packed - so the packing has been sorted, especially as this is Christmas post.

HOWEVER, they are too long for my 1200W Halogen heater. There are no lengths given in the product description so I assumed there was only one type - not so. The description needs improvement.
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