Superior Saturday – Garth Nix

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Keys To The Kingdom #6

A light read aimed at Young Adults. It’s certanly an entertaining light read, however that is all it is. There is no real suspense during the book and the plot moves in such a way that nothing ever seems to be long enough. There is, put simply, just not enough detail. Even the ‘cliffhanger’ ending, leaves much to be desired. The outcome is almost certainly predictable as is the rest of the plot.

I’m sorry to say that having had such high hopes for this series, it pales into insignificance against other, earlier, works of Nix’s – so much so that I begin to wonder whether his writing skill is deteriorating.

3/5 – Distinctly average.

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Published in: on August 11, 2008 at 3:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Awakened Mage – Karen Miller

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Book Two of King Maker, King Breaker

This book follows in the style of it’s companion, that makes you both want to keep reading, and to skip parts. Yet, I can safely say that as the climax nears it becomes much more fast-paced and gripping. One word of caution though: I found the true climax rushed. What could, nay should, have had a sizeable chapter, was instead over in a few pages. Thus it felt like more of an anti-climax than a climax.

3/5

Originally posted at LIbraryThing at http://www.librarything.com/review/31997202

Published in: on August 8, 2008 at 3:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Malice Box – Martin Langfield

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An interesting thriller which attempts to weave elements of science and the spiritual together. The flashbacks serve as a device to give backstory, and evlove the plot. There was no real attachment to the characters, and although there were a few pulse racing moments, I found it too predictable.

Ultimately this book may have tried to convey a message showing how clinical we, as humans, have become; but the lack of emotional attachment to the characters diluted the message until it was almost undetectable.

3/5

Originally posted at LibrarytThing at http://www.librarything.com/review/27701076

Published in: on August 8, 2008 at 3:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Betrayal – Fiona McIntosh

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Book One of the Trinity Trilogy (also a semi-review of the rest of the trilogy)

A complex plot which holds the readers attention until the last page (and through books 2 and 3), however this is counteracted by the repetitive language – things which are intended to be subtle hints (or what I think should be subtle hints) aren’t. In addition some characters seem to serve no real purpose than to provide a constant side-plot throughout the trilogy.

3/5

Originally posted at LibraryThing at http://www.librarything.com/review/27567639

Published in: on August 8, 2008 at 1:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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