‘Short But Not Sweet’ Score: 4/5 Lots of ‘dubious advice’ here, and I enjoyed every bit of it!

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‘Just Not That Compelling’ Score: 2/5 There are a bunch of ‘blurbs’ on the cover of this book. They’re all things like: ‘The best thriller writer alive’ (from Ken Follet), ‘A master of storytelling and suspense’ (from Candice Millard) and ‘John Grisham is the master of legal fiction’ (from Jodi Picoult). I should have taken it as a warning sign that none of the blurbs are actually about the book. …

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‘Some Seriously Sterile Sections’ Score: 3/5 I like the Laundry series. I like that sometimes the author sometimes changes writing styles with viewpoints - sections from one character’s viewpoint are in that character’s ‘voice’, sections from for a different character can have a different style. But it causes problems for me when some of the styles just don’t flow. I didn’t like the sections about Agent Fi…

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‘Just A Placeholding Scene-Setter’ Score: 3/5 I get the feeling that this book is the dull-middle-of-a-trilogy book. The first book is exciting, creating the world and characters, with lots of conflict and ending with a heroic victory. The final book is the culmination, the battle between the Big Bad and the Heroes - a battle bigger than the battle in the first book, with more at stake. The middle book is... Wel…

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‘Welcome To The Bobiverse’ Score: 4/5 This was fun. A readable exploration of a programmer whose consciousness is uploaded to a von Neumann probe. Some interesting ideas, some bits are ‘Well, I wouldn’t have done that...‘ followed a few pages later with ‘...and that’s why.’ but overall I enjoyed it. Might read the next one in the series.

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