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Angus Simpson

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Underworld

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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: 17-06-2019

This is one of the most intricate, complex, and brilliant books I have ever read.
A sprawling epic that documents American history through the perspectives of its various characters.
The prose, themes, and delivery were all unrivalled.

Unlike anything

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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: 02-04-2019

A story like no other.
The absolute height of the horror and fantasy genres.
Reads like a Shakespearean horror movie.

ADWD

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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: 21-02-2019

George R.R. Martin’s best book yet.
After the slow build up of A Feast for Crows we get the epic payoff of A Dance with Dragons, with even more build up that some may find frustrating but I find so exciting.
Winds of Winter will blow us all away, when we eventually get it.
Roy Dotrice is an excellent narrator however his character voices are not consistent across books.
I fell in love with his voices for Strong Belwas and Rorg but they changed in the 2 most recent instalments.

Jordan Beaterson.

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

Reviewed: 17-02-2019

Jordan B Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life, was eye opening and much more nuanced than his online presence. At least at first.
I don’t have the patience to do a full analysis of the book but sufficient to say he gave me a false sense of security using sound arguments and interesting observations only to pull the rug out from under me with slight of hand and bombard me with bad arguments leading to even worse conclusions.
By the end of the book he has criticised girly boys, environmentalism, basically all forms of social justice, and has essentially said , to my understanding, that rational thought leads to despair and so is not the way to go about philosophising. He doesn’t really provide an alternative other than offering a different vibe.
His fans will say I’ve misinterpreted him but I used to be somewhat of a fan and I really can’t see any major misunderstandings, nor can I justify the constant mental gymnastics of constantly claiming people are taking him out of context. Here in his book, surely he was in charge of providing the context and I tried to take him at face value, exercising his own rule about listening to people and assuming they know something you don’t.
I learnt a lot, but I also learnt a lot about how he has constructed a bizarre pop psychology ideology that is at once nonsensical and I think misleading and harmful.

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A Feast for Readers

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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: 03-02-2019

George R.R. Martin’s weakest book in terms of delivering the goods in comparison to a storm of swords. But it makes up for that in world building, characterisation and hype building.
Starting a dance with dragons almost immediately after finishing this one

A storm of swords

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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: 19-01-2019

The best instalment yet, GRRM’s world is stronger than ever, so good I bought the next 2 books before I’d even gotten halfway through this one

The new Harry Potter

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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: 26-12-2018

It begins slowly but with all the imagination and world building of a Roald Dahl classic, but by the time you’re into the story you can’t stop listening.
The characters, setting, and action make this a breath of fresh air in the young adult genre.