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Loki is the star

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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: 03-11-19

Joanne Harris has managed to find the perfect anti hero in the character of Loki. This is the second of her books I've read in which the trickster god plays the narrator and, though there may be faults with the story (I would have liked Harris to have explored the possibilities of Loki in human form a bit more) I find myself enjoying Loki's wit and quips. I did wonder how this book sits in Harris's Runemarks world as the story feels a bit similar at times to an earlier book (the action centres around a hill, the oracle is the bad guy, a young girl is key to the story. Perhaps I shall go back and re-read the first book to see if they do in fact relate.

What has happened to Jon?

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

Reviewed: 21-01-19

I used to love Jon Ronson's books and shows. There was always something conflicting about Jon as a writer and journalist. On the one hand, he would throw himself into unusual and dangerous situations. On the other, he would be racked with doubt and self examination. Jon was always as much a part of the story as his subjects. And that is what has been missing from his adventures in Pornland. I've heard interviews with Jon after the release of Butterfly Effect in which he would come across as some kind of sycophant to the porn industry..representing those in it as ordinary everyday folk, and one big happy family. I even heard him defending the idea of young people going into the porn industry. But nowhere have I found what Jon thinks? What is his relationship to porn? Why did he start (and stay firmly fixed) in this field? It is the absence of Jon's doubt, criticism, or condemnation of his subjects that marks these two exercises in journalism out as different from his usual style. Jon has become, in every sense of the work, a voyeur. A mute puritan neither critical nor startling. The climax [sic] of this podcast is hollow and unsurprising. The porn industry is full of damaged people, damaging each other, and damaging those who view it. I was hoping for something more. I must admit, Louis Theroux did it better. And at least his Wierd Weekends was funny. This is just depressing.

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A good read if a bit familiar

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

Reviewed: 14-04-18

I got this audio book because Andrew Scott was the narrator. While I appreciate his nonplussed narration, I must admit that I listen to audible while cycling and moving through traffic, and Scott's voice got lost at times due to its quietness. That aside, the story is engaging if a bit familiar. At times I was reminded of the narrative structure of Stephen King's IT (especially one particular scene) just through a British lens. Overall, entertaining mix of suspense and horror.

Gripping drama - worth the hype

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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: 13-02-18

Great read. Forget the nay-sayers who criticize the book for having unsympathetic characters - I found them flawed humans that I could relate to and believe in. And the ending may not be the explosive event that some people may wish for - but it did have an element of the 'how will they get out of that' feel that Dan Brown books have, plus a number of red herrings that keep things interesting. Of all the books in this genre that I've read recently, this one kept me gripped the most. And let's not overlook the great voice performers. Worth the hype.

Atmospheric crime drama but saw the ending coming.

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

Reviewed: 31-05-16

Stylistically, I enjoyed the book. I've never read anything by Parsons before but I've been aware of him as a journalist and pundit since I was a kid. I found the picture painted of my native London to be quite accurate and relevant to our current climate. The characters were interestingly constructed, though at times rather one dimensional. My big criticism is that I saw the ' twist' coming a mile away. Entertaining pop-crime novel which reveals a bit of London history.

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An extended newspaper article.

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

Reviewed: 28-05-16

In reality, this is more of an extended newspaper article to promote the film. I've even heard some of the exact same audio on podcasts such as This American Life. That said, it is worth the £2 I paid for it. Jon Ronson is an acquired taste in voice, but I'm a big fan of his voice so enjoyed the performance thoroughly.

The zombie story gets a new twist.

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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: 02-05-16

A stands out novel needs to cover familiar ground while also injecting something new into the genre. The Girl With The Gifts manages to balance these elements well. This book is far from genre defining but it is well written and paced which, despite the cross country road trip, retains that claustrophobic air of a zombie movie. The characters are believable, though at times the dialogue does seem a bit stilted. Overall, a good entertaining addition to the post apocalyptic zombie genre. Recommended.

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I wish I'd read it sooner.

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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: 20-03-16

My only regret is that I took so long before reading this title. I have read many of MA's books, but I can see why this is regarded as a classic.
As always MA manages to be spot on with her insights into human hubris and desire framed in her familiar futuristic dystopias that feel only too plausible to be comfortable. I particularly like the epitaph that managed to put both the narrator and the reader in their place. Fantastic novel.

Gripping tale that keep put me up at night.

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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: 06-01-16

I was advised to read this book by a friend, and I'm glad I took his advice. Gripping story with intertwining plots that all reach a crescendo at the end. Very well read too.

One of the better Malone stories.

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

Reviewed: 13-11-15

This was definitely one of the better stories in the Malone series. The story unfolds at a good pace and all the clues aren't given away in the first few chapters, as Steve Berry has a tendency to do. The back story to this fiction is interesting too. I'm British and I didn't know about the Queen Elizabeth folk tales. Well worth the read.

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