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Decent read but almost nothing about the Chilis

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-2020

It's an decent read into Flea's childhood and teen years but stay WELL clear if you were expecting anything at all about the heyday of the Chili Peppers. He talks more about some random film he appeared in and this punk band he briefly played for in the 80s than the Chili Peppers.
He talks about his personal relationships with Anthony, Hillel and Jack, but basically nothing about their career or anything about the band once they actually hit their stride.

A very slow burn that gets there eventually

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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: 10-11-2019

I came to this book after reading Green's flawless The Quiet American.
Unfortunately this book was a bit dull in comparison, despite the evocative setting.
It has moments of brilliance scattered throughout the book. And the closing chapters are very powerful.
In order to get there you have to wade through a lot of repetitive self-imposed guilt trips from the protagonist, the whisky priest.
Compounding this issue, the characters other than the priest are all somewhat hollow. They seem to exist entirely for the priest to interact with so the author can use the interactions to shed light on the priest's internal struggles. Even the priest himself seems at times simply a vessel for Green to go over his own issues with belief and guilt in countless ways throughout the book.
If you like Green it may be worth it just to get to the stunning conclusion but I certainly found getting there a bit of a hard slog.

A true fantasy classic!

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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: 02-11-2019

It's great to see this classic book available on Audible!
Anyone who has read the Conan books will be partially familiar with the style of this book. However there are some differences.
Conan is more well known these days due to the movies, but alas there was no Hollywood blockbuster about Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, even though these books were released much earlier and the writing is more nuanced.
Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are complex characters living in a complex world, full of scheming characters which the duo must outwit at every turn to stay alive.
If you like any kind of 'sword and sorcery' vibes that moves beyond a simple portrayal of 'good vs evil', then you'll find plenty to love here. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser aren't really heroes in the traditional sense. They are flawed and make rash or selfish choices sometimes, which makes this book more interesting than the typical fantasy epic.
The introduction by the talented Mr Gaiman is also a nice touch!

A peerless novel from the master storyteller

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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: 01-11-2019

The novel is flawless. There isn't a single misplaced word and it brims with tension throughout. I haven't found such a great novel in a long time.
The characters jump off the page and will stay with you long after the last page is turned.
There's a reason why this is considered a classic and it certainly lives up to its reputation and more.
The novel is also strangely prescient, accurately predicting the quagmire the US would soon embroil itself in Vietnam over the two decades which followed its publication.

Decent read but I enjoyed his other books more.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-10-2019

I was really blown away by Harari's earlier books Sapiens and Homo Deus. This one was similar but didn't really do it for me. Much of the content in this seemed like it was recycling points he'd already made in the other two books. Maybe I shouldn't have read all three books basically in a row but this seemed like it was nonetheless the weakest of the three. If you're new to his work, get Sapiens instead. If you've already read both the books I've mentioned, I'd only recommend this if you're a megafan and are really gunning for more quite similar content.

King's still got it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-09-2019

I love this book. It's a good premise, tightly written and it's classic King. If you like his "psychic kids" books like The Shining, Dr Sleep or even It (I know that's different), then you'll probably dig this.
I found his recent Bill Hodges Trilogy detective books a total snooze-fest. I don't know why he wrote so much in that world recently, it doesn't play to his strengths as a writer at all. I'm very glad he's back working on something he's good at with The Institute.

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A bit of a struggle

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-2019

I couldn't finish this. I loved Wilkins' book Giants of the Frost and the Autumn Castle was also pretty good.
I found the characters in this a bit cringeworthy and unlikeable. The writing and premise didn't really grab me either.
I'd suggest the other books I mentioned if you want to try Wilkins' work.

Fascinating journey into the origins of humanity

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-09-2019

I loved this. I had never heard of Yuval Noah Harari before coming across this but I'm glad I gave this book a shot!
He reminds me of authors like Christopher Hitchens who are able to take very complicated subjects and write concise, entertaining and insightful content about them. This isn't even a subject I normally spend much time reading about but this grabbed my attention right away and kept it throughout!

Mesmerising novel that is a bit too long

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 04-09-2019

1Q84 is an excellent piece of fiction. The best parts are absolutely sublime. The worst parts are cheesy and a bit snooze-worthy.
Overall this is an great book. If you are a Murakami fan you'll find plenty to love here.
He could have written this book in 2/3rds of the length and got the important parts across though.
If you're new to Murakami I'd suggest Kafka on the Shore to see his genius at its absolute burning mercurial best.
If you've read his key works already and want more then yes I'd recommend picking this up and strapping in for one hell of a bizarre and beautiful ride.

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Great crime novel!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-2019

Harper is a real Aussie talent.
This might sound funny but it reminds me of Dan Brown. A carefully crafted modern novel that moves things along scene by scene seamlessly in quite a cinematic way.
Anyone who has lived in small town country Australia will get a lot of the vibes here.
If you want a riveting Aussie crime novel I can't think of anything better to recommend than this, although admittedly it's not a genre I normally read so I wouldn't know the competition. It's def not any kind of genius-level work of fiction but it's a good read. Worth a credit.