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The trouble with peace / Joe Abercrombie.
Author: Abercrombie, Joe, author.
Publisher: London : Gollancz, 2020.
Review by: hayden  on: 19/10/2020 2:07:24 AM
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The trouble with peace is that it may look peaceful but is not. The status quo that the peace wallpapers over can be an ugly mass of personal grievance and social and economic inequity. Facets of society that need to change are smothered by the amnesia of peace. Abercrombies world is set in a pseudo-europe located between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries. Nation states are coming into being on the ghost of a heroic past. The heroic past is presented as a myth and like the present it is a lot of bitter nows. The nation states thrive by both attacking people within their borders and without. The old nobility and the new merchant class only care for themselves ideas of social equality are not part of life.

Abercrombie is at his best with his obnoxious and failed characters. The scheming Savine dan Glotka with her threat of the new and the god money. Her husband Leo dan Brock with his romantic notions of war and nobility in spite of his own ability to live up to them. My personal favourite is Orso the much buffeted king who is indecisive as a career decision. He is the more intriguing character as his character stays the same wavering reed but grows beyond others predictions of himself into an agent of change. Orso adapts to the coming of the new which is the ogre at the heart of this novel. The new is an ogre which creates its own monsters which society has to survive.
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Queen of storms / Raymond E. Feist.
Author: Feist, Raymond E., author.
Publisher: London : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2020.
Review by: hayden  on: 14/10/2020 12:55:05 AM
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There is violence enough but low keyed compared to other sagas. There is magic enough but low keyed compared to other sagas. When people fight or use magic it is blow by blow tiring and has flow on effects Still fantasy but elements of realism such as a forced march and its effect on morale and tactics give the fantasy a reality that most fantasies lack. Feist concise and sometimes colloquial style make reading a pleasure.
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Theory Of Bastards / Audrey Schulman.
Author: Schulman, Audrey.
Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2018. -- ©2018
Review by: hayden  on: 11/10/2020 2:24:57 AM
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The bonobos the forgotten branch of our family tree are a reflection of our society. They have a matriarchy where the norm of promiscuity denies patriarchal ownership of children. In this time of the near future researchers are trying to examine the differences between us and our relatives by looking at technological use. A glitch in our world changes dynamics and perspectives as to who is better adapted to surviving. Thought provoking as to our technologically driven definition of intelligence.
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Foe / Iain Reid.
Author: Reid, Iain, 1981- author.
Publisher: London : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
Review by: hayden  on: 10/10/2020 3:59:13 PM
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A horror of the narrator and the personal. Narrator is trustworthy often more trustworthy than those around him but he has gaps. Not existing outside of defined geographical and personal limits and has a shallow memory span. The tension from the story comes from putting two to three people in a house where one is always excluded from the narrative. Do like the ending as a punctuation mark from what we expect of reality is what we want.
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The invisible man.
Author: Leigh Whannell. -- Whannell, Leigh, 1977-, film director, screenwriter. -- Moss, Elisabeth, 1982-, actor. -- Hodge, Aldis, actor. -- Reid, Storm, 2003-, actor. -- Dyer, Harriet, 1988-, actor.
Publisher: Australia : Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2020]
Review by: Downard, Kevin Mr  on: 10/09/2020 10:45:07 AM
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H.G. Wells would turn in his grave and wish to be invisible if he had seen this movie.
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The eulogy.
Author: Tozer, Geoffrey. -- Gill, Richard, 1941-, presenter. -- Hosking, Janine, film director.
Publisher: Australia : Madman Entertainment, [2020]
Review by: qiqin  on: 27/03/2020 3:19:09 PM
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A very thought-provoking and fascinating documentary on the life of one of the greatest Australian pianists Geoffrey Tozer.
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A persistence of vision / Arnold Schwartzman.
Author: Schwartzman, Arnold. -- Schwartzman, Arnold.
Publisher: Mulgrave, Vic. : Images, 2005.
Review by: NgocHan  on: 17/03/2020 10:00:43 PM
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I didn't know anything about Schwartzman going into this book but it's a light read that follows Schwartzman's graphic deisgn and film career from the beginning to the mid 2000s. The images are great and I really got a good feel for his work and how enduring it has proven to be. Lovely book.
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Bronze Bird Tower / Carole Wilkinson.
Author: Wilkinson, Carole, 1950-, author.
Publisher: Newtown, NSW : Black Dog Books, 2018. -- ©2017
Review by: Gantsog, Uyangaa Ms  on: 15/03/2020 2:40:18 PM
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this book is amazing! i love the drgonkeepr series.
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The four horsemen : the discussion that sparked an atheist revolution / Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Hitchens ; foreword by Stephen Fry.
Author: Dawkins, Richard, 1941-, author. -- Dawkins, Richard, 1941- -- Religion. -- Harris, Sam, 1967- -- Religion. -- Dennett, D. C. (Daniel Clement) -- Religion. -- Hitchens, Christopher -- Religion. -- Harris, Sam, 1967-, author. -- Dennett, D. C. (Daniel Clem
Publisher: London : Bantam Press, 2019.
Review by: Coates, Stephen Mr  on: 29/02/2020 5:26:52 PM
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An unmoderated discussion between Richard Dawkins Daniel Dennett Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens took place at the Atheist Alliance International conference in September 2007 and this book is a transcription of that discussion. As each of these four recognised public intellectuals had written their own bestselling books making the case against the belief in a god and against religion and by extension for atheism as the default position the book held promise. To an extent the promise was fulfilled but it did suffer as discussion transcripts must do for not being able to match the quality of composed text. The discussion itself articulate as it was lacked the sharpness of a debate between persons who profoundly disagree on the topic of the debate. I found myself agreeing with what was said but not learning anything apart from the retelling of a fatwa issued by Dr. Izzat Atiyya of the Al-Azhar University in Cairo that if a female breast fed her male colleagues at least five times they would become relatives and would be permitted to work together alone in the one room that wasnt in the participants books on the topic. Nonetheless it was a quick and easy read.
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Bring up the bodies / Hilary Mantel.
Author: Mantel, Hilary, 1952- -- Cromwell, Thomas, Earl of Essex, 1485?-1540 -- Fiction.
Publisher: London : Fourth Estate, 2012.
Review by: Coates, Stephen Mr  on: 29/02/2020 5:19:39 PM
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Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Wolf Hall two years ago Bring Up the Bodies has been on my books of interest list since then. It begins where Wolf Hall concluded and proceeds until the beheading of Anne Boleyn with the same detailed and methodical retelling of events. The pace was a bit slow through much of the book perhaps reflecting the pace of events at the time but it certainly picked up towards the end as the end of Henry VIIIs second marriage drew near. Im looking towards the third book.
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