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Listed below are the latest featured reader reviews on the site. Some are positive in praise, some are negative in criticism, but the one thing they all have in common is that they are well written and explain their reasoning. We can never have enough reader reviews as they add to the quality of the site, making it ever more useful for visitors.

Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia

9 stars

I really enjoyed the realistic gun use, none of that ridiculous Hollywood B.S.! Larry Correia knows real guns, their modifications, and what it takes to use them realistically. He has a great villain that is revealed in a unique way. The big problem I have is with the main character Pitt. He's a champion level shooter that knows 5 languages and cage fights. On top of that he just also happens to be the "Chosen One". AND he also catches the eye of the most important female in the whole book. AND becomes the new favorite of the elite monster hunter commander. AND is haunted by the one ghost that can constantly help him one up the bad guy. !Well isn't that convenient! It would have been a little bit more believable if he had more obstacles to overcome than the fact he NEVER pays attention to the obvious, and repeatedly stated, information thrown in his dumb face. Things are said/explained/reveled to him and it isn't until several pages/chapters later that it's reexplained

Michael
United States

Circe by Madeline Miller

10 stars

It's 2020 and I've just finished reading Circe. I'm not a book reviewer but my God what a beautiful story. I also enjoyed her previous book Song of Achilles, but Circe was ethereal perfection.

Sissa
US

Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen Donaldson

10 stars

My friend Wayne first introduced me to this series in '78 and after reading the first few chapters I put the book down – I did not enjoy it and I couldn’t understand why he was so enthusiastic about this story - about 6 months later, having nothing to read I started it again and was thoroughly taken in, mesmerised, hooked, addicted etc etc etc… When I finally got hold of 'The Illearth War' I reread 'Lord Fouls Bane' again ( to refresh my memory) before reading book 2. Then 'The power That Preserves' came out so I reread the first two books (again to refresh my memory). What an incredible story!!!!!! - and, I was so satisfied with what I had read. (later you’ll realise why). When telling my friends ( or even strangers I met in bookstores ) about this series I would first ask them have they read 'The Lord Of The Rings', if yes, then I would reply that that is the child's version of a brilliant story - and they should now read the adult version ( I used that analogy as they both follow similar lines - a bit weakly - but similar lines, anyway I considered 'The Chronicles' a far superior story). 45 years later I still use that analogy...…. Anyway, back to 1980 when Shock! Horror! 'The Wounded Land' came out, ( what there’s more to this story). I bought the book, reread the first 3 books first and settled into the start of what was a second trilogy. When I first read the first 3 books I fully accepted that that was the whole story, - and now the whole ‘Land' has been opened up again, Yeah – I’m into that, - Will it be as good? – Surprisingly so – YES. Loved the book! but now I had to wait 2 years for the next book and then another year for the third book ( and as you have probably guessed, each time a new book came out I reread all the previous books first. So I’ve now read the two chronicles – let’s say, by 1984, so for the next 35 years( about) I still tell people I meet ( when we’re talking about books) about this series. So, of course in 2004 when the first book of ‘The Last Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant’ appeared on the shelf, I did a double take – How could Stephen improve or even expand on the Second Chronicles, so of course I bought the book - ( Now, I normally wait for the softback but splurged and bought the hardback), I read the book and wasn’t disappointed. But still I now had to wait another 3 years for the next book. ( how long does he need to write this series – ( insert frustration here)), and then another 3 years for the next book ( more frustration ) – That’s another 3 books and it’s still not finished ( some trilogy – looks like a 4 book trilogy). Finally, the last book appeared and as I had bought the last 3 in hardback I also bought this one in hard back as well. I read about a 1/3 of the book and lost it – I eventually bought it again in 2020 when I realised I had never finished the series (at least Covid was good for something) and I am finally reading the last book of a magnificent, extraordinary, something to get lost in, series – I will post my final review when I finish this book. ( if, I remember ) BUT, AT THE MOMENT – do yourself a really good favour and read this series. You can read ‘The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant’ ( the first 3 books) as a complete story and be well satisfied. Or You can read ‘The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant’ ( the first 3 books) as well as ‘The Second Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant’ ( the next 3 books) and be just as satisfied – and sit back and say - Yep, that was a really good story. But whether you read: The ‘Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant’ Or The ‘Second Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant’ Or The ‘Last Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant’ You will say: I think I’m going to have to read that again.

Alistair
Australia

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum

8 stars

This book is an imaginative story about Dorothy , who along with her friends ( lovely Scarecrow , helpful Tinman and sweet Lion ) set off on a journey to Emerald City to The Wizard of Oz. I loved reading this magical book and how everyone worked together as a team. Dorothy , along with friendly members , teamed up with the wicked with of the West to get their wishes from the Wizard of Oz. My favourite part was when the Wizard of Oz granted the friends’ wishes and everyone was overjoyed. I didn’t like when scarecrow was trapped in a raging river. I recommend you to read this witty book as it gives food for thoughT and messages galore of friendship and kindness. I will keep reading this book again and again .

Aishwarya Gupta
United Kingdom

The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico

10 stars

I absolutely love this book. My aunt gave it to me when I was very young and now in my eighties I still love to read it. It touches my heart. It I is full of love in so many ways, the love of nature, the love of a special friendship and kindness. Beautifully written.

Rosalind Snelling
Australia

Duncton Wood by William Horwood

10 stars

I borrowed this book from the library at RAF Alconbury, where my then-husband was stationed with the US Air Force. We lived in St. Ives, and a little village called Upwood, from 1980- 1984 and I remember every day of my time in England like it was yesterday. Never have I been more at awe with the natural beauty of a country, not to mention the history and the wonderful and kind people I met wherever we visited. I remember first reading Watership Down, Shardik, and Maia, books I also got at the base library, during the times my husband was doing assignments in Sardinia and I was back in our little house with our cat. I fell in love with those stories, and when I saw Duncton Wood on the “new releases” shelf, I grabbed it. I remember trying to explain to my husband that yes, it was about moles, but was so much more than a book about moles. He never did get it. I know I cried my eyes out often while working my way through the biggest book I’d ever read, and I read it again back sometime in the 90’s. I’m just about 100 pages from the end in my 3rd reading. The story came to mind after I had read every book I have here at home during this crazy pandemic. I wanted something to help me escape into another world and no libraries in town here in Virginia had the book. I was able to find a copy on Amazon, as well as the two follow up Duncton books, which I never realize existed. They were shipped from England, where they were published; the pages all brown and yellow, obviously original paperback releases. They appear to have been well loved and often read. So many memories came flooding back once I started reading, both of the book itself, and the beautiful English countryside. Whenever this awful situation has subsided and if we ever get back to some semblance of normal and travel is once again allowed, I know exactly where I want to re-visit. Till then, I will visit Duncton Wood in my mind. I would give this book a 20 if I could, Wishing everyone health and happiness, please stay safe,

Debra
Virginia, USA

Magician by Raymond E Feist

10 stars

I live this series everything about it is amazing it is so different to any fantasy book I have read they have to same consent of magical creatures but its very different and you will get angry and sad and happy were it supposed to be, the first chapter is a little slow but form then on you can expect no boring pages at all yeah I have nothing bad to say about it.

Isabelle
England

Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson

10 stars

One of my favourite Malazan books. It's a welcome break from the usual military stuff that Malazan stresses heavily on, not to mention it's the most focused book in the series with only 6 or 7 main povs. It's somewhat less action packed than the other books in the series, but both the Edur and Letherii cultures were so immersive that the lack of action hardly bothered me.

Hussain
India

Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb

10 stars

Robin Hobb is an incredible author! I just flew through her farseer trilogy and then onto fitz and the fool trilogy. Her books are the type of you can’t put down because you need to know what happens and you don’t want the books to end because you feel the intense need to be with the characters you meet in her books. Her wolf building and detail of what the characters experience is a really treat. I can’t believe it took me so long to hear about these books! I’m in my mid forties and just discovered them! Robbin Hobb is truly one of the great authors in fantasy writing. These trilogies go down in my top fantasy books of all times!

Renee
United States

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

9 stars

One of the greatest trilogies of all time and certainly the measuring stick to which all subsequent fantasy-style writing is compared, The Lord of the Rings trilogy still stands at the top of the stack. Its realism, the characters and monsters, the storyline, the epic battles, and the quest motif are all drawn with incredible care by Tolkien in his chef-d'oeuvre. My favorite was The The Two Towers but all three are stunning. This edition, despite the awful cover art, contains all three books and the original appendices from The Return of the King. The one issue I have with this one is that the map of Middle Earth that should open The Two Towers is back in the appendices and relatively hard to find. It is also a rather large book and thus unwieldy for public transport commuting.

NIl
India

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