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Heli Lahteela-Tabone

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Fairytale style

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

Reviewed: 06-03-2020

The narrator voice, how it's written and performed, is the main draw of the book. It's not a complicated story, but it has lovely quirks and well-drawn characters. Not much like King's other works, but a pleasant read for fans of fairytales, high fantasy and nice parents.

Really interesting scifi short stories

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

Reviewed: 18-02-2020

All the stories explore the idea of a fictional technology or idea or premise and how it would affect an everyday life. It's honestly my favourite kind of scifi. Suggesting a likely or unlikely-but-interesting change in society and following the implications on a small scale is very cool. They're also generally fairly optimistic stories, which is very pleasant. Not every story caught me, but lots of them stayed with me for days and weeks after reading. Possibly they'll stay forever.

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Requires elaborate suspension of disbelif

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

Reviewed: 18-02-2020

I think the writing is okay. I didn't quite finish it because there are some teen romance tropes that made me roll my eyes so hard I broke my brain. But if you're a fan of the genre that'll be fine. The problem I had is that the future society this depicts is utterly stupid. I tried really hard to go with it and be okay with the sheer idiocy of a benevolent rational AI agreeing to murder as population control. And I tried really hard to imagine people who'd just become effectively immortal suggesting murder as population control. But sadly the very premise of Scythe is just completely implausible, unlikely and so mind-numbingly obviously prone to abuse, I just couldn't go with it.

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I guess if you enjoy dumb things

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

Reviewed: 16-03-2019

The beginning seemed promising with an interesting setting and a cool apocalyptic disease. Then it goes downhill from there. Everyone is either nightmarishly Evil (capital E) or nauseatingly Good. One of the protagonists annoyed me so much I couldn't finish the last two chapters that seemed to focus on her. Each time the plot shows promise of picking up or handling something interesting it devolves into sentimentality. Look if you enjoy... I don't know... relationshippy family novels and very black and white morality then maybe this is a way to dip into post-apocalyptic fantasy. I mainly picked it up hoping a female author would avoid the rape gangs trope in post-apocalyptic novels, but no such luck.

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Neat idea poor execution

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-2018

While the premise is interesting and the action compelling the book fails in its world building. Several logical issues abound when imagining people's response to creatures that subsist on human blood. The author also shows noticeable ignorance of non-Western religions or cultures, in how he depicts places like China reacting to vampires. Moreover the likening of vampires to people with a disability is odd, since they also gain media attention for their power and physical prowess. It's unclear whether the author is making an unpleasant comparison between our society's minorities and vampires, or whether he's merely showing the vampires callously (but inexpertly) taking advantage of societal structures. Either way the rise of the vampires seems extremely implausible.

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Impossible to stop

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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: 13-11-2018

Brutal and hard to listen to but impossible to stop. Beautifully written and performed. Tough as nails, fierce as only mothers can be, and hurting like only an unloved child could be.

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The Martian cover art

Really lovely book

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

Reviewed: 29-10-2018

Such a good read of you're looking for something uplifting. It's so reassuring how the main character just tackles all his problems with a can-do attitude.

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