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Ross Gibson

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a children's picture book of a podcast.

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-12-19

I don't hate it, I'm just dissapointed. so much could have been explored, but instead this is just a "huh this happened, wild innit." without any exploration of why. the podcast also has a love of cops, never truely going out of its way to talk to the people who commit crimes or their biographers. just really all the information you would expect from a scholastic book fair picture book.

so good and refreshing

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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: 2020-12-15

I don't even know what to say. the reader matched the tone of the book, the writer wrote her heart out. not quite exactly Holmes and Watson that are expected, and the book is better for it. this definitely benefits from the changes.

No Joy, No Passion, No love. Why does this exist?

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-12-08

I am worried about the author. I worry that she had never experienced a healthy relationship in her life. None of the massive cast of characters ever experience a healthy relationship. you would think that with all of these people, someone would have found happiness, but that is not the case. I am also disturbed by the lack of queer people in this story. there are some very natural points for bisexuals to exist in, but the author veers hard away from that in ways that are very noticeable if you are a fan of queer literature. To round out further issues, there is almost no showing, everything is telling. All the moralizing of Jane Austen, without any of the clever dialogue or subtle hints at the real character of the people. also, yet again, no love, no one experiences passion or joy. Lust is the most happy emotion ever shown in the text and I honestly hate it.

silly cop out of an ending

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-04-28

there will be some spoilers but, the ending was a total cop out and entirely unsatisfactory. Delilah's life is misery and suffering, and that which gave her power ultimately failed to give her happiness or autonomy. be prepared for unrelenting unhappiness to continue. the author almost had something good. there was just cowardice in the writing and she veered away from a meaningful message at the last moment. I will be asking for my money back for this book and the previous based on how let down I was.

super unsatisfying ending.

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-02-26

that's it, that's all I have to say, a good book with talented writing behind it ends abruptly. just steam trains right into a brick wall.

it's got Truths of the heart... and swordfights!

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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: 2020-02-20

this is both a proper sequel to Swordspoint, and also a good stand alone story. I personally enjoyed it a little bit more than I enjoyed Swordspoint, for much the same reason I could expect people to dislike this one more. it is a bit more Jane Austen, but with sword play and scandal. this book does go much further into a more Regency style, but that is what I adore. it makes the setting all the more real, taking it out of the stuffy men's realm and bringing it into the warm and lively world of women.

a good story and a classic for a reason but...

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-12-19

far be it for me to criticize a book over 200 years old to be not of my tasts, yet here I am. I don't regret having listened to the entirety of Pride and Prejudice in as little a time as I could. I do find that the story moralizes far too often. It comes down with a hard and heavy morality on all people with definite pronouncements of everyone's failings as a person and how those failings so affect others. takes me out of the spirit of a love story.

an alt history of physics not history

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

Reviewed: 2019-10-30

I personally found this book a bit of a slog to get through. the science presented was interesting for the first 5 hours... and then the science keeps rolling, and rolling. this is more an alternative history of the Manhattan program than an alt history of WW2. I find the book itself largely unbelievable, mostly because the author spends well over 2 thirds of the book on making the bomb, and the post war was relegated to the last couple hours. the author clearly prefers the company of physicists and chemists over the company of political Scientists and historians. for instance, Churchill was a very notorious warmonger, and would have pushed to fight his real enemy, the USSR, as he did in real life. there were also some minor flaws in terminology referring to the Chinese at the end of the book. ultimately interesting for a short while but the author has no care for political science and it shows.