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A Terrible Pleasure

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Reviewed: 29-02-20

I love these books and Into the Fire is astounding. I found myself, at times, almost unable to read on; Orphan X can only be described as a terrible pleasure. What draws me to this world are the heroes, the women are strong and independent - real characters who make this series into much more than the average humdrum thrillers churned out to a low standard. And Evan is fascinating; all villains are equal in his eyes regardless of skin colour or nationality - there's no easy/lazy racism or sexism.

The writing is wonderful, the research seamlessly incorporated.

Highly recommended. Also, the next book promises a huge shift in tone - I can't wait.

Spectacular in any genre

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Reviewed: 01-04-19

I absolutely love this series and Book 2 is even better. Faster paced, more character evolution and incredible momentum makes this my favourite book of 2019 so far.

Aminat is really amazing in this book, she carries the story. Lots of action, lots of alien weirdness, and generally just very clever storytelling.

High recommended!

Excellent read

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Reviewed: 17-02-19

Read this on the recommendation of David Mitchell (The Bone Clocks) and loved it. It's very different to Mitchell's work but extremely good.

Recommened.

Are we ready?

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Reviewed: 17-02-19

An action hero for the 21st century.

I came to this series because of it's bestseller status, although I'm not naturally a thriller reader. I stayed with the series because of Evan Smoak - a truly fascinating character. The guns and machines and intricate plotting are all excellent, but for me, it's Evan's internal battle to make sense of his past and how he strives to live in the present that keeps me reading.

Smoak is not homophobic, racist or sexist - which goes to show, you don't have to rely on the old Islamophobic or Russian mafia tropes featuring a macho jerk to write a compelling action thriller/spy story.

Highly recommended.

Blown away!

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Reviewed: 01-02-19

An absolutely gorgeous novel - beautifully imagined and such exquisite writing. I was transported to another time, a different world. It made me feel young again, the love story so finely attuned to the nuances of passion and desire. And the narrator - I am a huge fan of Carl Prekopp - it’s partly how I came upon this book - he is his usual brilliant and diverse self.

Highly recommended.

Absolute BRILLIANCE

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Reviewed: 08-01-19

This is a weird and wonderful novel, I was absolutely enchanted from beginning to end. The ideas are incredible, magical and very original. Set in Nigeria, for a change, this is sci fi of the highest order: great premise (alien dome around which a city has grown), incredible characters - all of them, and a plot that twists and turns and leaves you impatient for Book 2. I can't wait!

Highly and thoroughly recommended.

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Spinning gold more like

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Reviewed: 24-07-18

This is fantastic. Better than Uprooted even, which I loved. What a clever retelling of old fairy tales. The language is moving, the plot fast-paced and the characters fully human (even the demons).

It took a chapter to warm to the narrator, but after that I was on board.

Highly recommended literary fantasy.

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Easily one of the best things I've listened to

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Reviewed: 31-05-18

When a great writer meets an amazing reader - magic happens.

This is a heavenly partnership.

Absolutely brilliant - from the first word of the first book to the last word of the third - please write some more RR Haywood.

100% recommended.

End of an Era

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Reviewed: 13-05-18

I LOVED this trilogy and am sad it's over. It's a wonderful, compelling, satisfying and highly intelligent piece of sci-fi. I recommend you start at Book 1 and don't stop. I wish there was another.

Mr Burns and 'our friend' - amazing characters.

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Compelling...but

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Reviewed: 13-05-18

Ok, so I listened to this over 2 days. It was really hard to switch it off. But...all the while I was waiting for the turn, the twist, the surprise and it never came. This is a good book, it held my attention. But ultimately, I felt let down, as it promised a fantastic denouement and it didn't really deliver that.

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