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Review - Pelquin's CometPelquin's Comet by Ian Whates
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Nigel has reviewed Pelquin's Comet by Ian Whates. In an age of exploration and expansion, the crew of the freetrader Pelquin’s Comet – a rag-tag group of misfits, ex-soldiers and ex-thieves – set out to find a cache of alien technology, intent on making their fortunes; but they are not the only interested party and find themselves in a deadly race against corporate agents and hunted by the authorities. Forced to combat enemies without and within, they strive to overcome the odds under the watchful eye of an unwelcome guest: Drake, agent of the bank funding their expedition, who is far more than he seems and may represent the greatest threat of all. High octane adventure, dark secrets, hidden agendas and double-cross lie in store for the Comet and her motley crew as they pursue their goal to very edge of human space... more»»
Nigel 30th April 2015 [8/10]
Review - Elizabeth is MissingElizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
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Chrissi has reviewed Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. Meet Maud. Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn't remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. Sometimes her home is unrecognizable - or her daughter Helen seems a total stranger. But there's one thing Maud is sure of: her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, to leave it alone, to shut up, Maud will get to the bottom of it. Because somewhere in Maud's damaged mind lies the answer to an unsolved seventy-year-old mystery. One everyone has forgotten about. Everyone, except Maud… more»»
Chrissi 30th April 2015 [8/10]
Review - Clockwork HeartClockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassoti
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Paul has sent in a review for Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassoti. Flight is freedom, but death hangs in the skies... Taya soars over Ondinium on metal wings. She is an icarus, a courier privileged to travel freely across the city’s sectors and mingle indiscriminately amongst its castes. But even she cannot outfly the web of terrorism, loyalty, murder, and intrigue that snares her after a daring mid-air rescue. Taya finds herself entangled with the Forlore brothers, scions of an upperclass family: handsome, brilliant Alister, who sits on Ondinium’s governing council and writes programs for the Great Engine; and awkward, sharptongued Cristof, who has exiled himself from his caste and repairs clocks in the lowest sector of the city. Both hide dangerous secrets, in the city that beats to the ticking of a clockwork heart... more»»
Paul Lappen 30th April 2015 [9/10]
Review - There but for theThere but for the by Ali Smith
Average Review Rating Average Rating [7/10] (1 Review)
Ben Macnair has sent in a review for There but for the by Ali Smith. 'There once was a man who, one night between the main course and the sweet at a dinner party, went upstairs and locked himself in one of the bedrooms of the house of the people who were giving the dinner party…' As time passes by and the consequences of this stranger's actions ripple outwards, touching the owners, the guests, the neighbours and the whole country, so Ali Smith draws us into a beautiful, strange place where everyone is so much more than they at first appear. There but for the was hailed as one of the best books of 2011 by Jeanette Winterson, A.S. Byatt, Patrick Ness, Sebastian Barry, Boyd Tonkin, Erica Wagner and Nick Barley... more»»
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Review - The Seventh DayThe Seventh Day by Andy Malone
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Thirza has sent in a review for The Seventh Day, an atmospheric and tense science fiction thriller by Andy Malone. From a small eighteenth century Scottish village, comes the story of an ordinary man who makes a discovery so shocking that it will change the very foundation of life on Earth. Dougie Allan, a local silver miner, accidentally unearths a terrifying secret and is catapulted 300 years through time. Arriving in the modern world, amidst a backdrop of catastrophic natural disasters, Dougie must forge new alliances if he is to battle his unfolding nightmare. Befriending a local man, Tom Duncan, and a feisty reporter, Kate Harding, they soon find themselves entangled with the authorities in a deadly race against time. As humanity teeters on the brink of disaster Dougie must convince the authorities that a force of unimaginable power is preparing for Armageddon... more»»
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Review - Vyrkarion: The Talisman of AnorVyrkarion: The Talisman of Anor by J.A. Cullum
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Paul has sent in a review for Vyrkarion: The Talisman of Anor by J.A. Cullum. The living crystals, karionin, have been searching for young wizards capable of attuning themselves to the magic of the stones. Now, in this third and final book of the trilogy, will Jerevan Rayne, who was cursed at a young age to be a wizard, meet his match in Alanna Cairn, who, with almost no training, bears the crystal Vyrkarion? Jerevan knows he must train her, but she wants nothing to do with him. Will the prophecy that says “the king will die, a god-king take his place, and a child will need to be saved,” come true? Will Aavik, the ruler of the lizard folk, who wants Vyrkarion for himself, find that corruption in the capitol benefits his goal? And will Rhys Cinnac, the half breed who was cursed by a god to madness, take the throne... more»»
Paul Lappen 30th April 2015 [9/10]
Review - Country of the Bad WolfesCountry of the Bad Wolfes by James Carlos Blake
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Ben Macnair has sent in a review for Country of the Bad Wolfes by James Carlos Blake. Begat by an Irish-English pirate in New Hampshire in 1828, the Wolfe family follows its manifest destiny into war-torn Mexico. There, through the connection of a mysterious American named Edward Little, their fortunes intertwine with those of Porfirio Díaz, who will rule the country for more than thirty years before his overthrow by the Revolution of 1910. In the course of those tumultuous chapters in American and Mexican history, as Díaz grows in power, the Wolfes grow rich and forge a violent history of their own, spawning a fearsome legacy that will pursue them to a climactic reckoning at the Río Grande... more»»
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Review - The Seventh DayThe Seventh Day by Andy Malone
Average Review Rating Average Rating [8/10] (1 Review)
Nigel has reviewed The Seventh Day, an atmospheric and tense science fiction thriller by Andy Malone. From a small eighteenth century Scottish village, comes the story of an ordinary man who makes a discovery so shocking that it will change the very foundation of life on Earth. Dougie Allan, a local silver miner, accidentally unearths a terrifying secret and is catapulted 300 years through time. Arriving in the modern world, amidst a backdrop of catastrophic natural disasters, Dougie must forge new alliances if he is to battle his unfolding nightmare. Befriending a local man, Tom Duncan, and a feisty reporter, Kate Harding, they soon find themselves entangled with the authorities in a deadly race against time. As humanity teeters on the brink of disaster Dougie must convince the authorities that a force of unimaginable power is preparing for Armageddon... more»»
Nigel 31st March 2015 [8/10]
Review - The HumansThe Humans by Matt Haig
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Ben Macnair has sent in a review for The Humans by Matt Haig. It's hardest to belong when you're closest to home... One wet Friday evening, Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world's greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he's a dog. What could possibly make someone change their mind about the human race? Can a bit of Debussy and Emily Dickinson keep him from murder? Can the species which invented cheap white wine and peanut butter sandwiches be all that bad? And what is the warm feeling he gets when he looks into his wife's eyes... more»»
Ben Macnair 31st March 2015 [9/10]
Review - Red RisingRed Rising by Pierce Brown
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Paul has sent in a review for Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand men and women who live in the vast caves beneath the surface of Mars, generations of people who spend their lives toiling to mine the precious elements that will allow the planet to be terraformed. Just knowing that, one day, people will be able to walk the surface of the planet is enough to justify their sacrifice. The Earth is dying, and Darrow and his people are the only hope humanity has left. Until the day Darrow learns that it is all a lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down at Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought. Until the day Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda... more»»
Paul Lappen 31st March 2015 [9/10]
Review - The Recruit The Recruit by Robert Muchamore
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Ramanan has kindly sent in a review for The Recruit by Robert Muchamore. A terrorist doesn’t let strangers in her flat because they might be undercover police or intelligence agents, but her children bring their mates home and they run all over the place. The terrorist doesn’t know that a kid has bugged every room in her house, cloned the hard drive on her PC, and copied all the numbers in her phone book. The kid works for CHERUB. They slip under adult radar and get information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail. For official purposes, these children do not exist... more»»
Ramanan 31st March 2015 [8/10]
Review - Cold CallerCold Caller by Jason Starr
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Ben Macnair has sent in a review for Cold Caller by Jason Starr. If Jim Thompson had gotten an MBA, he might have written Cold Caller, a ravingly readable story of a downwardly mobile yuppie who'll just kill to get ahead. Once a rising VP at a topflight ad agency, Bill Moss now works as a ‘cold caller’ at a telemarketing firm in the Times Square area. He's got a bad case of the urban blues, and when a pink slip rather than promotion comes through, Bill snaps... Now he's got a dead supervisor on his hands and problems no career counsellor can help him with... more»»
Ben Macnair 31st March 2015 [7/10]
Review - The Perpetual Motion ClubThe Perpetual Motion Club by Sue Lange
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Paul has sent in a review for The Perpetual Motion Club by Sue Lange. Welcome to the high school of the future. The glee club is full of rock stars, the brainy kids hack permanent records, and the basketball players are as conceited as the cheerleaders. The walls are ablaze with six-foot-high logos of the hottest junk food, software, and clothing brands of the day. The popular kids are sponsored by Abercrombie, Microsoft, and Frito-Lay. You, on the other hand, can't even get a return text from Clearasil. Your best friend is a witch, your boyfriend a twerp. Your geometry teacher hates you and your mom is gleefully counting down the days until graduation. Guess it's time for another hit of iHigh... more»»
Paul Lappen 31st March 2015 [9/10]
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