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Julian Bowdidge

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Delicious darkness

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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: 09-12-19

Back with some old friends and new enemies. This rips along from dark deeds to epic battles and grand entrances.
All the characters you lived first time, this takes all the best bits of the first law and winds it up to eleventystupid. The dark humour is funnier and the social commentary more biting than ever. But now there is a new tenderness at the heart of the story, from an unexpected direction.

Utterly superb.

Everyone now comes from Essex apparently.<br />

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-19

The problem with audio books is that you don't see the names of characters written down, so at times you can be a little lost as to who this knight is or that tyrant.
With a character sheet that had grown quite long over the previous 4 books, it's time for a bit of a cull.

Delivered with the usual gusto and a grand sweep Mr Brown thins out the herd, game of thrones style, with as much gore as he can muster.

However, there is a slight nagging feeling that half way through the book, he had a cracking new idea for the direction the narrative should be heading in. A random new character out of the blue is dropped into the narrative and any conflict with past plot points is hand waved away.

Which sets up the final book nicely.

I await which regional accent Lyria will get next with interest.

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Made me want to listen to more music.

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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: 27-08-19

I loved the honest truth of the book. This is for eveyone that's ever had a bad run of it, your not alone and there are 366 albums to help you through it all.

A gentle treck though memories.

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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: 19-08-19

Less about walking across Lebanon, more about going home to find a family past. With some mates and lots of beer.
Whimsical and a damn good advert for Lebanese hospitality.

Overly complicated.

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

Reviewed: 13-03-19

Jot Davis must walk through life believing every single moment of his life is building to the most momentus moment.

Every third word is drawn out to emphersis just how portentous it is. How important the next word will be. It starts out as irratating, becomes grating and you end up wanting the whole thing to just end.

The story is overly complicated, Mr David's narration doesn't help when everyone appears to be Northern and under the impression they are reading for the national theater of Preston.

God it's hard work. By the time the plot twist turns up you are hardly suprised, it explains nothing, adds nothing and is just something else Mr Davies caaaan talllk...... Realllllllly.... Sloooowwwwllyyyy..... ABOUT.

The film is better

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

Reviewed: 29-01-19

It's great narration, and maybe if I hadn't seen the film first it would be a great story. But, well, the film handles the switch and payoff with more style.

It's a small world.

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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: 20-11-18

Russia moves through upheaval after upheaval. Death, war and intrigue stalk the streets of Moscow and stops dead at the door of the metropol where it will be forever 1922 and everyone is having a spiffing time with the lovely ageless Count Rostov.

An ode to a lost age. The book skates over the horror of Stalin and WW2, the rise of the police state and the millions starved to death by communism. Characters waltz through the revolving door of the hotel, impart their bit of the plot and move on, some return, some are forgotten and some get a footnote if they're lucky. The only hardship the count appears to endure is a lack of fish stew.

Then it's time to wrap things up and the charming Count has the last laugh.

Bubbly fun but don't expect war or peace

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Excellent.

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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: 06-07-18

Love the narration, love the story. Good solid romping fun with great characters. Don't think about the logic too hard and just enjoy the ride..

Aye.

I struggled through this... Fruitlessly

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-06-18

Young adult literature at its most unrequited, sugar coated bland dullness. No questions get answered at the end, no explanation of motives or consequences.

Things are alluded too but not followed up. The girl gets the guy at the end with all the subtlety of a fight train derailing through a station China shop.

I stuck with this because the narrator was worth it.

The first book promised much, the second failed to pick up the threads and the third tossed the first two book out and tried to have love story in a caper in a crime in a revenge story.

Sorry, but this was dull. And promised so much.

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The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter cover art

It's OK.

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

Reviewed: 19-12-17

As an opener to a series it's OK.
The world building is solid enough, the characters are solid and believable. But it throws the steampunk references in randomly and doesn't really do anything with them.

Fun, frothy and Victorian