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Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan
Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable enough, Dec 2 2010
Towers of Midnight is the penultimate book in the Wheel of Time and the second to be written by Brandon Sanderson after Robert Jordan's untimely death in 2007. Readers who liked the previous Sanderson-produced WOT volume, The Gathering Storm, will find plenty more of the same to love in ToM.

The action moves along at a good clip and many of the annoying character traits (braid-tugging, skirt-smoothing, sniffing,etc) are toned down or absent. Meanwhile a number of prophecies are resolved, almost at breakneck speed, and there is clearly a sense of momentum gathering in the runup to the final showdown between Rand and the Dark One. Jordan, unfortunately, fell madly love with his… Read more
Matter by Iain M. Banks
Matter by Iain M. Banks
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is the latest Culture novel from the fantastic Scottish SF writer Iain M Banks and it is well worth your time regardless of whether you're already a devout fan or just approaching the Culture for the first time.

As usual, the human characters are not terribly compelling but Banks more than compensates for this with beautiful writing, incredible scene-setting and his matchless imagination. There is always so much to look at, think about and drown in that you hardly notice the flaws.

Matter is set outside the Culture, mostly on an incredibly complex, multi-layered world inhabited by a variety of species at various technological levels who maintain stable… Read more
Ike: An American Hero by Michael Korda
Ike: An American Hero by Michael Korda
3.0 out of 5 stars Competent but not great, Aug. 24 2008
Korda's bio of Eisenhower is workmanlike and readable but it is not on par with the award-winning presidential bios of great historians like Robert Caro or David McCullough.

Most glaringly, the editing is frankly slipshod and disgraceful; the text (at least in hardcover) is rife with typos, errors and sentences missing words. You'd think that for such a major work, the publisher could have found a decent proofreader. Almost as bad, Korda makes scarcely any effort to hide his worshipful feelings toward Ike, which puts some of his critical judgements in doubt. Academics who are wont to sneer at mainstream presidential biographies as mere pandering to a cult of nationalist… Read more