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Across The Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories (HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

Some good short stories and one excellent novella

If you have read the Abhorsen books then you are going to want to read this collection of short stories because the very first one is connected to that trilogy and not really understandable unless you have the background. It is really a novella rather than a short story. It is an excellent story and well worth reading if you are a fan of the novels. Buy Book Now Read Review

 
 

Dead And Buried (Cooper and Fry) (Sphere)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

Entertaining crime thriller

I have read some of this series of books previously but not the most recent ones so I didn't get all the references to things which had happened and nor did I entirely understand all the tensions in the relationship between Ben Cooper and Diane Fry. This took the edge off my enjoyment of this book a little which was a pity as I otherwise found it an entertaining and gripping read. ...

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The Host (Sphere)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Slow and long but some good ideas here

Although there is some good stuff in this book and it is based on an interesting idea it really suffers from being too long. I did feel very much as though I was enduring rather than reading it at some points because the book was so slow. Had it been pruned and more tightly focussed I think it would have been a better book. Buy Book Now Read Review

 
 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West  (Sphere)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Anne

The format is limiting but I loved it

This is a play. It is pointless expecting character development and subtlety because it is not a novel. What you get are stage directions and what the characters say and you have to fill in the gaps yourself because that would normally be the job of the director and the actors. Fortunately having already read seven books set in the same universe and knowing the back story and the ...

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The King is Dead (Head of Zeus)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Anne

Interesting discussion of the death and will of Henry VIII

I have the hard backed version of this book and it is a truly lovely object - it is well laid out and full of illustrations and drawings. Don't let that lead you astray, however, this is a work of history and designed to be part of the writings on Tudor England. It isn't long but it concentrates only on the death of Henry VIII and what is in his will. Buy Book Now Read Review

 
 

Seeking Robinson Crusoe (Pan)

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Anne

Disappointing

I thought that this book lacked focus. It tells the story of Alexander Selkirk who was the model for Robinson Crusoe. It then tells us about other castaways of the same era and in addition there is a travel aspect to the book as the writer visits the area where some of the castaways happened. I found this approach bitty and distracting and I lost where and when I was on a couple o ...

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The Silent Companions (Raven Books)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Slightly Different - Ghost Story/Historical Thriller

Following the sudden death of her husband, pregnant Elsie heads off to the depths of the country. The old family estate has been long overlooked being barely kept going by a skeleton staff. Accompanied by her husband's rather odd cousin Elsie sees months stretching ahead of her in the gloomy, lonely house waiting for her child to be born. However, the strange noises in the loft lead to the discovery of of w ...

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Girl Having a Ball (Smart Girls Book 2) (Choc Lit)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

Entertaining

This should really be sub-titled "Girl grows up". Stevie appeared in the first book in this set which you don't have to have read to enjoy this one. In this book she has lost the closeness to her brother because he has married and she is determined to prove herself when asked to arrange a ball for the mother of an old friend of her brother. There are tensions with Tom, difficultie ...

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Doomsday Book (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Gollancz)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Anne

A classic of the genre

This book is set in two time periods. The first is slightly in our future when the world has recovered from an epidemic and, although it has progressed in some ways, now resembles the 1950s but with videophones and time machines (but no mobile phones or Internet). The second time period is the late 1300s. The book is set in Oxford in both periods. The story begins with Kirvin bein ...

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Archangel's Consort: Book 3 (The Guild Hunter Series) (Gollancz)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

Adjusting to angelhood

This is the third in this series and is best read after the first two. Elena has recovered from the process of becoming an angel and now she and Raphael, the archangel, have returned to New York. Raphael is very protective towards Elena because she is weak in comparison with other angels and that presents a risk to him too in the very competitive world of the archangels. Elena is ...

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Where Dead Men Meet: The adventure thriller of the year (Headline Review)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

A Good Action Story

It is the eve of World War Two when someone attempts to kill Luke Hamilton in Paris. This comes as a great surprise to the lowly clerk in the British Embassy, especially when a stranger saves his life and tells him he must run to save it again. What follows is a trail of action throughout Europe, rather reminiscent of a good John Buchan novel, as Luke attempts to discover why someone wants to kill him. Whe ...

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The Fourth Sacrifice: China Thriller 2 (China Thrillers) (riverrun)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Anne

Excellent thriller set in China

This is the second of the books in the China series and should really be read after "The Firemaker" as the action follows immediately and the events of the first book are referenced. It features Margaret Campbell who is an American forensic pathologist and Li Yan who is a Chinese detective. They connected in the previous book when they discovered corruption and conspiracy. As Ma ...

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