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The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes (Newbury & Hobbes Investigations) (Newbury & Hobbes Investigations (Paperback))
The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes (Newbury & Hobbes Investigations) (Newbury & Hobbes Investigations (Paperback))
by George Mann
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good background to the Newbury & Hobbes universe, 26 Dec. 2013
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I have been fan of George Mann's alternative history stories since picking up "TheAffinity Bridge" at an airport a few years back. While the stories here stand on their own merit they also provide some background into the character of Sir Maurice Newbury that explain some of his reactions in the main novels. We also get a teasing look at the character Templeton Black and the promise of more stories including this brandy drinking investigator. Bring them on Mr. Mann bring them on.


Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War (The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin)
Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War (The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin)
by Richard Ellis Preston Jr.
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.64

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor writing badly laid out, 26 Dec. 2013
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To be honest this whole effort is more like the product of a school magazine than a piece of professional writing. From the word go I was only expecting a light read but this is not in that class. With a bit of half decent editing this could be turned into something more readable but with an average two and a half pages to a chapter the whole thing is disjointed. One for the charity bin I feel.


Planet of Adventure: City of the Chasch / Servants of the Wankh / The Dirdir / The Pnume (4 books in 1 volume)
Planet of Adventure: City of the Chasch / Servants of the Wankh / The Dirdir / The Pnume (4 books in 1 volume)
by Jack Vance
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Traditional Science Fiction by a master of the genre, 3 Jan. 2013
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This collection needs to be viewed as what it is - a traditional offering from the late 1960's aimed at a mainstream Sci Fi audience. Having said that you can read them on a number of levels, either as straightforward "yarns" or delve deeper into the underlying comment about racial intolerance and the concept of one race being superior to another.

I found the stories enjoyable bedtime reading, well paced and with enough quirky humour to keep the mood light, while not on a par with the Dying Earth or the Demon Princes books, the Planet of Adventure series continues the Vance canon of escapist entertainment and deserves a place in any enthusiast's bookcase.


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