The Dice Man – Luke Rhinehart

CoverThe claim that “this book will change your life” is one I have heard many times before, and it often fails to do so. In this case however it did.
The book spends its first few chapter building up your sense of the established order, only for it to be rapidly torn down in the following ones. As you follow Luke on the roller coaster ride that is the life of the die you see him slowly destroy everything we hold dear to us, yet you also see him have moments of questioning what he is doing. It is this aspect that makes him come to life.
You will find yourself both repulsed and attracted at the thought of The Dice Man.
After reading this book, I thought well it hasn’t changed my life, but I was wrong. I found myself paying more attention to my desires and all the little voices. I found myself questionning what I had previously taken for granted. I may not have gone to such an extreme as Luke, but I have certainly discovered more about myself, my stereotypes, and ultimately society.
This book HAS changed my life… and I don’t regret it.

5/5

Originally posted at LibraryThing at http://www.librarything.com/review/27575107

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Dark Sun – Robert Muchamore

CoverAs a mini-book released for World Book Day, I did not have high hopes. I was wrong. This is a good introduction to the CHERUB series showing the main characters engaging in a typical ‘mission’. Yet, in addition to being a good introduction it also provided for the already established fans of the series, by allowing the main character in the series to take a back seat and giving other, more minor characters a chance to shine. Despite a few spoilers for those who will pick up ‘The Recruit’, this mini-book provides an entertaining read for both new readers, and aficionados.

4/5

Originally posted at LibraryThing at http://www.librarything.com/review/27749146

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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

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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

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Alchemy – Margaret Mahy

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This book could have been made into a powerful message, however the little message it does have for perceiving things around us and our place in the universe is unfortunately lost behind the predictable plot and dimensionless characters. This book is probably suited to younger readers of it’s target group.

2/5 – Although it should be noted that younger readers may enjoy it more than I did

Originally posted at LibraryThing at http://www.librarything.com/review/27573332

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Air – Geoff Ryman

CoverA deeply moving account of an isolated villager’s perspective on the large leaps in modern technology, and how she rises to the challenge of adapting and making their voices heard.

4/5

Originally posted at LibraryThing at http://www.librarything.com/review/27576146

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Hacker’s Black Book – Walter Voell

CoverA book that aims to provide a general overview of the methods Hackers use, and ways to block these attacks; however, it really provides a basic guide with elementary ‘common-sense’ security approaches and is therefore unsuitable for anyone but the beginner.

1/5

Originally posted at LibraryThing at http://www.librarything.com/review/27577223

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