The Passage by Justin Cronin

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Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old and her mother thinks she’s the most important person in the whole world. She is.

Anthony Carter doesn’t think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row. He’s wrong.

FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming. It is.



Reviewed by Alverstoke Ladies

Only a few (of 12) finished the book. Most didn’t like it. Too wordy and very unbelievable. A lot of unanswered questions – maybe he is leaving them for the next book of the trilogy. Sci-fi is not really our genre!

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Ringworld by Larry Niven

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Pierson’s puppeteers, strange, three-legged, two-headed aliens, have discovered an immense structure in a hitherto unexplored part of the universe. Frightened of meeting the builders of such a structure, the puppeteers set about assembling a team consisting of two humans, a puppeteer and a kzin, an alien not unlike an eight-foot-tall, red-furred cat, to explore it. The artefact is a vast circular ribbon of matter, some 180 million miles across, with a sun at its centre – the Ringworld. But the expedition goes disastrously wrong when the ship crashlands and its motley crew faces a trek across thousands of miles of the Ringworld’s surface.

Reviewed by Sci-fi and Fantasy Reading Group:

A book that split the group along genre lines. Conceptually impressive but some felt the plot and characters were underdeveloped and lacked dimension. A mixed reception on the whole.

Star rating: ***

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The Painted Man by Peter V Brett

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Sometimes there is very good reason to be afraid of the dark…
Arlen lives with his parents on their small farmstead, half a day’s ride from the isolated hamlet of Tibbet’s Brook. As dusk falls each evening, a mist rises from the ground promising death to any foolish enough to brave the coming darkness. For hungry demons materialize from the vapours to feed, and as the shadows lengthen, all of humanity is forced to take shelter behind magical wards and pray that their protection holds until the dawn. But when Arlen’s world is shattered by the demon plague, he realizes that it is fear, rather than the monsters, which truly cripples humanity. Only by conquering their own terror can they ever hope to defeat the demons. Now Arlen must risk leaving the safety of his wards to discover a different path, and offer humanity a last, fleeting chance of survival.

Reviewed by Sci-fi and Fantasy reading group:

An entertaining and enjoyable read. Very readable and part two is much anticipated. Gritty, realistic, believable characters and a refreshing consistent approach to world construction. Elicited much discussion.

Star rating: ****

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