Earth Inc – Michael Bollen

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Earth Inc is an enjoyable ride through a capitalist world.
The humour is not as overt as in some similar books – but that is a refreshing change. Certanly an enjoyable read, although it doesn’t leave you with any form of after-thought, which would be a nice addition.

The actual plot is surprisingly well written, despite a lack of real substance to provide some backbone.

And yet, in spite of all this, it is still entertaining. I can’t place why, but it is. And this is, I suspect, it’s main redeeming feature

4/5

Published in: on September 29, 2008 at 7:54 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 Innocent Mage – Karen Miller

CoverBook one of King Maker, King Breaker

An interesting tale that slowly builds up the back story in small drips.
Certainly an enjoyable read once you got used to the style, however at times I felt that too much time was spent on the normal day-to-day life and I was tempted to skip parts until something interesting happened. However, the further towards the end I got the better it seemed to get.
I would recommend reading my review for the sequel though before making up your mind.

4/5

Originally posted at LibraryThing at http://www.librarything.com/review/28869268

Published in: on August 8, 2008 at 3:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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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

Published in: on August 8, 2008 at 3:20 pm  Comments (1)  
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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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