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Trojans by Philip Purser-Hallard
Trojans
by Philip Purser-Hallard (Goodreads Author)
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Wow. Sure, it's a bit longer than it needed to be (there were a lot of threads to tie, sure, but there were also some unnecessary diversions), and the big finish felt surprisingly rushed, but Trojans does a magnificent job of ending a story that cann ...more
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The Locksley Exploit by Philip Purser-Hallard
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As others have noted, the worst thing about this book is the title, because it comprehensively spoils the glorious "twist" in the first of the series.
And whilst this cannot be as clever simply because it's a restatement of the original premise, albei
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Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane
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Three stars is not really a fair assessment of this book, but... there was too much of a sense of a holding pattern about it: a Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince if you like, where certain storylines need to be progressed and certain set-ups est ...more
Asterix and the Missing Scroll by Jean-Yves Ferri
" Translation is a very curious art - you need to keep both the spirit and the letter of the original whilst making the result its own unique creation. ...more "
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The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
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Asterix and the Missing Scroll by Jean-Yves Ferri
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Where the previous book (Asterix and the Picts) was solid, this one confirms that Ferri and Conrad both understand the tradition they are working in and, more importantly, how to move it forwards. (And Anthea Bell manages to maintain her own high sta ...more
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Asterix and the Picts by Jean-Yves Ferri
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The Pendragon Protocol by Philip Purser-Hallard
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Whoah. This was a genuine surprise, taking a terribly well-worn set of clichés - in this case, the mythic tales of King Arthur and others - and turning them into something special. Not to mention the highly unusual decision to write the book in the p ...more
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Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
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The best compliment I can think to pay this book is that it felt like reading a classic Diana Wynne Jones (crossed with Neil Gaiman, perhaps.) It's all there - the clever twisting of tropes, the intricate plotting that pays off in a compressed (but n ...more
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The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
The Word Exchange
by Alena Graedon (Goodreads Author)
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Not perfect, but its flaws are what make it great. A literary thriller in all senses of the word, the sheer joy of language on display here is what carries you along, with few concessions to the reader who is expected to be able to distinguish with e ...more
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“There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.”
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