‘Complete Book Length Story’

Score: 4/5

Taken as a whole it’s a nice enough story. I’d resent having bought just the first book expecting, y’know, an actual book’s worth.

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‘Of A Longer, More’

Score: 4/5

This is Book 2 in the ‘How To Be Dead’ trilogy, but I just can’t see it (or any of the three ‘books’) actually being standalone. I got the trilogy in one digital pack and I didn’t even notice I’d moved on to from the first to a second book.

I don’t know why publishers split books up into chunks. Do they really get more money this way? And is it worth it?

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‘Entertaining, But Only Part...’

Score: 4/5

I think this aims for a kind of Good Omens vibe, and mostly succeeds. The start of a nice, entertaining romp.

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‘Still More Of It’

Score: 3/5

I thought when I read the third in this series that it had run out of steam, but I gave this one a go anyway.

It has run out of steam. (There are plenty more books in the series but I’m not sure I’ll be bothering with them.)

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‘Couldn’t Take This Seriously’

Score: 2/5

No, that’s not how space missions are planned. No, that’s not how they’re conducted.

I can maybe get on board with the idea of an ‘everywoman’ being put on the mission. Even an untrained everywoman. Even untrained to the extent that, after weeks of training, she doesn’t know how to unpack her equipment.

But the others? The professionals? They should at least have a clue.

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‘Dumb Time Travellers Tale’

Score: 4/5

Do you ever read stories and think ‘In that situation I’d have...’ or ‘Well I wouldn’t have done that...’? This book is littered with things like that. It’s not a dumb story, but some of the characters are definitely (deliberately) not the sharpest.

Fun enough, as long as you don’t take time travel too seriously.

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‘Humour Passed Me By’

Score: 2/5

I just didn’t really get the joke. This was a bestseller in 1970, so maybe it was funnier back then? Different times...

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‘Techno-Horror-Mystery-Thriller’

Score: 5/5

Well this was quite a surprise. I can’t even remember how I heard about this book - it’s quite recent compared to the 50-year-old ‘Love Story’ I read recently.

I’m not sure how best to even describe it - part techno-thriller, part horror, part mystery... Whatever way you want to pigeonhole it, it’s a compelling story. I raced through this book.

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‘Another, But Not Enough’

Score: 4/5

I loved this, just like I loved the previous books in the series. But I think I was expecting more. I have no idea what though, so maybe I should just be happy with an excellent story?

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‘I Need More Practice’

Score: 4/5

A nice introduction to a more rational approach to problems. I wish it went deeper though - I could’ve kept reading.

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