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Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-2019

Great story, great characters, great dialogue. People complain about the first part of the book dragging a bit but I loved it - it really painted the picture of what it was like to live in that time. I am just glad I came to the Outlander series late so I did not have to wait years between the first eight books.

I really struggle with Davina Porter’s narration. Her accents for Bree are really dodgy as she wavers in and out of an attempt to do an American accent. And when she sings, I cringe.

World of whimsy

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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: 05-10-2019

James is funny. He tells funny stories which are all the funnier because they happened to him. But it all went on a bit too long for me to stay interested.

I thought him narrating it would be a good thing, but he read so quickly and without much emotion - as if he was racing through just to get the job done.

JAMMF and a decent story

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

Reviewed: 05-10-2019

Any Gabaldon book with a link to the Outlander series is worth reading. I liked the references to events from the series and it was interesting to get an insight into Jamie’s life during the Helwater period. Unlike many fans, I don’t Like Lord John much, so it was a bit of a stretch for me to buy into a story which involved him so much. But it is a good read, although I don’t think I would have bothered if not for the Outlander link. The narrator was not to my liking and I found the accents a bit off.

Another winner from Graham

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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: 05-10-2019

Fantastic characters and dialogue. The story turns bleak as we find out the history behind Elizabeth’s birth and her father’s circumstances make it almost impossible not to forgive him for his part in the events.

The end was a bit sentimental for my taste but perhaps most people will think it brought things together well across the three generations.

The decision to have Graham narrate his own work has again paid off as he brings such life to all the characters he creates.

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Interesting content, but narration detracts

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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: 16-09-2019

This is an informative work which gives insight into how Gabaldon goes about her craft. People who love her novels will enjoy learning more about how she writes. But she just speaks too quickly and the book is peppered with comments about h fans which come across as a little bit patronising and, well, nasty.

There are no words

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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: 16-09-2019

Sheer genius. What a story. What characters. And what an eerie precursor to where we find ourselves in 2019. This is King at his best - a thrilling plot, deep immersion into the psychology of the characters and dialogue that sometimes breaks your heart. Doing away with the supernatural horror we often see in King’s work, this book is all the more terrifying in that it is so full on, in your face real. A tough call, given how much there is to choose from, but this is my favourite Stephen King novel.

Southern Vampires a hard act to follow

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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: 16-09-2019

She nearly did it with the Midnight Series but, while this is a fun read, Small Kingdoms suffers from comparison with the Southern Vampire series. But doesn’t everything? Great characters and dialogue topped by fantastic narration. Definitely worth a read but don’t expect the heights of Sookie and her friends.

A fascinating mix of mystery and comedy

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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: 16-09-2019

Some of the observations of modern life were hysterical, albeit alarming in their accuracy. I loved reading about the challenges of a middle aged man coming to terms with appropriate pronouns. Lots of very thinly veiled references to modern characters and events made this a very relevant read! I felt like the book lost its way a bit and the conclusion to the mystery component was a bit rushed. There is something to be said for authors as narrators - Ben Elton reads it as he must have intended it to be heard.

Classic King - never gets old

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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: 16-09-2019

A Stephen King classic which has not dated at all. A harrowing story. I was terrified of the dog but I pitied the dog - the story from Cujo’s perspective wrenched my heart. I love how King is able to blend horror with intimate studies of the psychology of his characters. You can see how, many years later, this style led to such dizzying heights of genius as 11.22.63.

Don’t dismiss this book!

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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: 16-09-2019

Not an animal lover? Doesn’t matter - this book has something for everyone. I hope people who would normally pass this book by will take a moment to stop and listen. The lessons which two men and their pig can teach us all are lessons worth learning. Compassion, love, honesty, courage - Derek and Steve are my heroes.