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Explorers of the New Century
Explorers of the New Century
by Magnus Mills
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic, but very close, 8 Aug. 2008
Not classic Mills, but a must for anyone who enjoyed his wonderful The Restraint of Beasts. It is clever, funny, unexpected and rewarding. It's failing, if anything, is that it has too many characters. In earlier books, Mills uses a very narrow palette - he has to as all his characters are so huge. Here, we have a big cast, and some of them come across as ill-defined. The landscape also fails to sing in quite the same way as in 'Beasts' and Three to See the King, but it never the less has all those imaginative, hyper-real details that fans of Mills have come to expect.

If this is your first encounter with Mills, don't let it put you off. If you've read his others, give this a go. This genius of modern literature has not written so many books that we can afford to do otherwise.


The Restraint of Beasts
The Restraint of Beasts
by Magnus Mills
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effortless genius, 8 Aug. 2008
How is it possible to write such a beautiful, engaging and un-put-downable book without any discernible plot? Mills does, and it is a work of genius; one that deserves to become a classic.

Some guys build a fence. That's about it. But what characters! Mills has an ability to write character and scene in a way that makes you love even the most unlovable of them. No author since Steinbeck has managed it so convincingly. His prose is clean, clear and full of life, never seeking to impress, but doing so time after time.

This book is not for everyone - but everyone should give it a go. It's fresh, unusual, and never to be forgotten!


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