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M. Griffiths

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solid sequel

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-18

This is a solid sequel to Master of War. The historical context is interesting and relatively nuanced. I am not quite sure why it falls just short of 5 stars.

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

This is a great little book about words and a whole lot of other stuff. It's interesting and very funny in parts. I am sure that I will come back to it many times.

Sorry

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-18

I really enjoyed the Siege and Betrayal. I like the genre, so I really thought that I would like this. It started well enough but I couldn't engage with the characters and was relieved at the end. To be fair the slightly over-wrought feel, reminding me of Sons and Lovers and the Bros Karamazov, I find annoying
I found the narrator intensely irritating. Her characterisations sounded bizarre to me and her interpretation of dialogue stilted.

Tale of Afghan war

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-18

I very much enjoyed this book. It's more than a tale of the awful experience of fighting in terrible conditions in Afghanistan, although this was the highlight. This is well set in the context of a challenging upbringing. There is a scattering of clichés but the decency of author comes over strongly so there's a tedency to cut him some slack. Narration is excellent.

Four stars

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Good rather than great. Verbose on occasion but more often witty & wise. Fine narration.

picaresque western

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-18

Enjoyable and dark: somewhere between Blood Meridian and Alias Smith and Jones.
Narration fits perfectly.

Everest

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-02-18

Excellent account of the 1953 expedition, emphasising the teamwork and leadership, as well as individuals and controversy. In many ways better than Into the Silence, although they compliment each other.

Irresistible

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-18

There are aspects of SF that I don't like - for example I find QI too much. I mention this only as a qualification for my endorsement. Loved the word play and insight into the golden age of UK comedy with which I grew up.

Loved it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Good story, well written and great narration. The author does a great job of creating a convincing atmosphere of 1930's Berlin.

Childlessness

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-01-18

HM tells her story with great feeling and style. It is remarkable not least of all for its focus and for what she doesn't say.