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Review - Early RiserEarly Riser
by Jasper Fforde

Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Nigel has reviewed Early Riser by Jasper Fforde. Every Winter, the human population hibernates. During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness and devoid of human activity. Well, not quite. Your name is Charlie Worthing and it's your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses. You are investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which you dismiss as nonsense; nothing more than a quirky artefact borne of the sleeping mind. When the dreams start to kill people, it's unsettling. When you get the dreams too, it's weird. When they start to come true, you begin to doubt your sanity. But teasing truth from Winter is never easy: You have to avoid the Villains and their penchant for murder, kidnapping and stamp collecting, ensure you aren't eaten by Nightwalkers whose thirst for human flesh can only be satisfied by comfort food, and sidestep the increasingly less-than-mythical WinterVolk. But so long as you remember to wrap up warmly, you'll be fine... more»»
Nigel 12th August 2018 [9/10]
Review - The Bug Boys vs. Professor Blake BlackhartThe Bug Boys vs. Professor Blake Blackhart
by Stewart Hoffman

Average Review Rating Average Rating [8/10] (1 Review)
Nigel has reviewed The Bug Boys vs. Professor Blake Blackhart by Stewart Hoffman. The fantastic superhero adventure that began with The Bug Boys continues! Alex Adams and Ian Harris take on Blake Blackhart, a disgraced Oxford professor. He discovers the boys’ source of power and plots to use the Secti’s alien technology to wreak havoc across the galaxy. With a proper real-life supervillain in the village, the boys must step up their superhero game if they are to put a stop to the professor’s nefarious schemes. Along the way, they make new friends, and they encounter new bugs and superpowers. With the fate of the galaxy in the balance, the boys dig deep within themselves to truly understand what it means to be a hero... more»»
Nigel 4th August 2018 [8/10]
Review - TheForever WarThe Forever War
by Joe Haldeman

Average Review Rating Average Rating [8/10] (1 Review)
David has sent in a review for The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand--despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away. A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Military unit, Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand-year conflict; to perform his duties and do whatever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home. But "home" may be even more terrifying than battle, because, thanks to the time dilation caused by space travel, Mandella is aging months while the Earth he left behind is aging centuries. One of the very best must-read Science Fiction novels of all time... more»»
David 30th June 2018 [8/10]
Review - The Transference Engine   The Transference Engine
by Julia Verne St. John
Average Review Rating Average Rating [8/10] (1 Review)
Paul has sent in a review for The Transference Engine by Julia Verne St. John. A fantastical steampunk novel of magic and machines set in an alternate 1830s London Madame Magdala has reinvented herself many times, trying to escape Lord Byron's revenge. She destroyed the Transference Engine Byron hoped to use to transfer his soul into a more perfect body and perpetuate his life eternally. A fanatical cult of necromancers continues Byron's mission to force Magdala and Byron's only legitimate child--Ada Lovelace--to rebuild the machine and bring Byron back. Magdala now bills herself as the bastard daughter of a Gypsy King. She runs a fashionable London coffee salon and reading room while living a flamboyant lifestyle at the edge of polite society. Behind the scenes, she and Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace, use the massive library stored at the Bookview Cafe to track political and mercantile activity around the world. They watch to make certain the cult of necromancy surrounding Lord Byron, the poet king who worshipped death, cannot bring him back to life... more»»
Paul Lappen 30th June 2018 [8/10]
Review - Crime Fiction – A Very Short Introduction Crime Fiction – A Very Short Introduction
by Richard Bradford

Average Review Rating Average Rating [8/10] (1 Review)
Ben Macnair has sent in a review for Crime Fiction – A Very Short Introduction by Richard Bradford. rime fiction has been one of the most popular genres since the 19th century, but has roots in works as varied as Sophocles, Herodotus, and Shakespeare. In this Very Short Introduction Richard Bradford explores the history of the genre, by considering the various definitions of 'crime fiction' and looking at how it has developed over time. Discussing the popularity of crime fiction worldwide and its various styles; the role that gender plays within the genre; spy fiction, and legal dramas and thrillers; he explores how the crime novel was shaped by the work of British and American authors in the 18th and 19th centuries. Highlighting the works of notorious authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, and Raymond Chandler - to name but a few - he considers the role of the crime novel in modern popular culture and asks whether we can, and whether we should, consider crime fiction serious 'literature'... more»»
Ben Macnair 30th June 2018 [8/10]
Review - Danny and Life on Bluff Point: Cougar Threat Danny and Life on Bluff Point: Cougar Threat
by Mary Ellen Lee

Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Molly has sent in a review for Danny and Life on Bluff Point: Cougar Threat by Mary Ellen Lee. Ten-year-old Danny yearns for responsibility and a chance to prove his skills. He desperately wants to pitch in and ease the difficulties that pioneer life presents to his family as they manage their large fruit and livestock farm in 1894.Life on the farm is hard, though, and Danny, with his unusually small stature, struggles to gain strength to help his father and the hired hands. After all, there are difficult chores to tackle: chopping and hauling wood, caring for the workhorses, slopping the pigs, and hunting food. With sheer determination, Danny takes on everything his father allows, working hard to help ensure his family's well-being. What Danny comes to realize, though, is that it's not a person's size that counts. When he confronts a rogue cougar, runaway horses, and a classroom bully, Danny must use his wits, sensibilities, and instincts to prevail... more»»
Molly Martin 30th June 2018 [9/10]
Review - Danny and Life on Bluff Point: Lost in the DarkDanny and Life on Bluff Point: Lost in the Dark
by Mary Ellen Lee

Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Molly has sent in a review for Danny and Life on Bluff Point: Lost in the Dark by Mary Ellen Lee. The exciting third book in this charming series of historical novels for children sees the adventures continue for ten-year-old Danny in 1890s rural upstate New York. It's the winter of 1895 in Bluff Point, New York, and though chores and school continue, Danny manages to make time for fun. He and his family enjoy all that living in the country has to offer-ice skating, fishing, sledding, and even a winter party with friends and neighbours. Pa and Uncle Henry race their spirited teams and sleighs along the Ridge Road, and Danny is given his own small iceboat, one to be shared with Cousin Jay. One day while out on the iceboat, Danny fails to pay attention to where he is and how far out onto the lake he's gone. He spends a chilly, windless night alone on the ice of Keuka Lake. Cold and frightened, Danny chooses the wrong direction in the moonless night and walks further away from home. Can Danny find his way back before the winter wind turns even colder... more»»
Molly Martin 30th June 2018 [9/10]
Review - Danny and Life on Bluff Point: The Man on the TrainDanny and Life on Bluff Point: The Man on the Train
by Mary Ellen Lee

Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Molly has sent in a review for Danny and Life on Bluff Point: The Man on the Train by Mary Ellen Lee, the fourth in a series of historical novels for children. It is now March of 1895 and the last iceboating of the winter is done with a family trip across Keuka Lake to the community of Crosby. Danny has his sister Mary with him and must carefully control his iceboat in a very strong wind. Great Grandma Baker tells the children about her family's trip from Rensselaer County to Orleans County on the Erie Canal in 1858. Grandma and Grandpa Scott leave Bluff Point and move to Gorham with the help of the Lee family. The ride on the steam cars is fun for all until Mary is trapped in the livestock car by an evil man. Danny helps with the rescue. Danny learns when it is time to stand up for himself and his loved ones... more»»
Molly Martin 30th June 2018 [9/10]
Review - Glass HousesGlass Houses
by Jackie Buxton

Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Chrissi has reviewed Glass Houses by Jackie Buxton. 'When she sent that text, all our lives changed for ever...' Fifty-one-year-old Tori Williams' life implodes when she sends a text while driving on the M62 motorway and allegedly causes the horrific crash in which three people die. Public and press are baying for her blood, but Tori is no wallflower and refuses to buckle under their pressure or be a pariah in society. Instead, she sets about saving the nation. But can she save Etta, the woman who saved her life? Or will Etta's secret be her downfall? This incredibly topical and contemporary morality tale appeals across generations and will find favour with fans of authors such as Liane Moriarty, Marian Keyes and Kathryn Croft... more»»
Chrissi 31st March 2018 [9/10]
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