Bryony Allen

Wild swan 1604 Reputation points Help-d956b624e3a70f299ff60fb4f6e79359
  • Murder Artist

    Full of suspense with a chilling plot

    Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Empty_star-e60c0e83933eadeb47c8849bb808f2e6

    I enjoyed this book quite a lot. There's plenty of tension going on here and a plot that will have most parents of young children feeling a chill. Nice pacy writing with an unexpected ending. Well worth a look if you enjoy crime novels.

  • THE FEASTER FROM THE STARS: A Blackwood & Harrington Mystery

    An interstellar marvel

    Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a

    I finally got around to completing the book today and I have to say that Alan Baker has really done a fine job of continuing where he left off with the Martian Ambassador. The story held my interest very well (I personally love most things involving ghosts anyway) and I found myself being carried along at a good pace with superb descriptions of the environments and situations facing the familiar characters of Blackwood, de Chardin and the lovely Sophia Harrington from the first book in his series. Yet again Alan fuses the great era of the Victorian age with a different highly original and futuristic plot that sees the earth escape a gruesome possible future. Steampunk is really something new to me as a reader and I have really been impressed by Alan's take on the genre. It has certainly broadened my outlook when choosing what to read too. Alan has also clearly used his knowledge and interest of the world of science fiction to great effect in the book but in a way that that was clear...I finally got around to completing the book today and I have to say that Alan Baker has really done a fine job of continuing where he left off with the Martian Ambassador. The story held my interest very well (I personally love most things involving ghosts anyway) and I found myself being carried along at a good pace with superb descriptions of the environments and situations facing the familiar characters of Blackwood, de Chardin and the lovely Sophia Harrington from the first book in his series. Yet again Alan fuses the great era of the Victorian age with a different highly original and futuristic plot that sees the earth escape a gruesome possible future. Steampunk is really something new to me as a reader and I have really been impressed by Alan's take on the genre. It has certainly broadened my outlook when choosing what to read too. Alan has also clearly used his knowledge and interest of the world of science fiction to great effect in the book but in a way that that was clear for the non-scientific buff to understand too. I won't mention spoilers for the simple fact that, you'd be mad not to read it, especially if you have read the first, it really won't disappoint. I sincerely hope that Alan's publisher for the first book are going to be running with the second one too, they would simply be crazy to pass on it. Thanks for a great time Alan. I could really see this book being adapted for the screen or television and it's really that good in my opinion, it is certainly something I would love to watch come to life that way. Hopefully someone out there will stumble across it and take it on. On a separate note Alan, during reading I noticed what look to be 3 typo/wrong words. If I'm incorrect then accept my apologies. Please check the following; p213 8th line down - 'you' should be 'your' p267 10th line down - 'wander' should be 'wanderer' p269 8th line down - 'of' should be 'if' If you can check and confirm Alan, I'll remove the last bit of this post from the review if possible. (more)

  • Duma Key

    King brings all his skill together in this one, even if it is a bit far fetched.

    Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Empty_star-e60c0e83933eadeb47c8849bb808f2e6

    Duma Key is a satisfying read. For those that like his early works and enjoy a good scare, the first two thirds of the book won't disappoint, he blends all of his classic trademarks superbly. However the final third sees King tangent off in to some wild driven fantasies even by his standards. Since this is a horror book it probably shouldn't seem too out of place. If you don't look too deep at the writing you'll probably never guess. As a pure read the book was damn good to be honest.

  • DYATLOV PASS

    Great story, well researched and full of suspense!

    Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Empty_star-e60c0e83933eadeb47c8849bb808f2e6

    Finally got around to completing this and I was again pleasantly surprised by the read. I did find it slightly harder going than some of your other work due to having to get used to the eastern European names used and quick shifting between the characters, I'm not sure how you might change that to make reading easier given the setting of the story. Overall I really enjoyed the read and can see you researched the true mystery well. The pace of the book was just right for me too. That's it.

  • It

    Scary and full of Suspense!

    Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a

    This book is pure King right down to the raw bone. It took me a few days to read this one as it is over 1000 pages long but it was well worth it. A great horror story about seven friends who have to deal with a demon horror they thought they had destroyed when they were children previously in the small town of Derry in Maine. They have to encounter it all again as adults. It has everything from gore and horrible deaths right through to teenage sex. However through all this King has produced a book that totally sucks you in and allows you to really feel what the characters are going through. My only gripe was that there were areas where the descriptions of surroundings were over the top and I felt that it interrupted the action somewhat in places (like a news flash popping up on the TV when you are right in the middle of a really good episode of your favourite programme). That said if you are a fan of Horror books this one should be right up your street.

  • The Complaints

    Brilliant, Rankin is back to normal!

    Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a Yellow_star-c09e82bff6cf53398cc23ca904d3855a

    A worthy follow on from the Rebus days. As ever the run down, grimy and seedy places of Edinburgh feature well in this book too. If you loved Rebus you have to read this one!

Details

Find me at: www.completelynovel.com/bryonyallen1

My Website: http://www.bryonyalle...

Interests reading, writing, going to old Felixstowe beach, and Johnny Depp!

Followers

When you 'follow' someone you will receive news about what that person in your news feed.

  • Katherine Dixson
  • Paul C Terry
  • Visitor
  • Andrea Wardes
  • Allison Stokes
  • Julie Parr
  • Colin Holcombe
  • Visitor
  • Kevin Wakefield
  • Visitor
  • emma gibbens
  • Liz Lockhart
  • Kirsten Norman
  • Dani Cook
  • Visitor