Tag: Civilisations

Terry Deary – Awesome Egyptians | Review

Title: Awesome Egyptians

Author: Terry Deary

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 144

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Terry Deary - Awesome Egyptians

Terry Deary – Awesome Egyptians

 

The Ancient Egyptians are one of my favourite historical civilisations and so perhaps it’s no surprise that I enjoyed reading this one. Deary has a knack for writing about history in a way that’s engaging for both children and adults, and while I don’t think I necessarily learned anything new, I’ve already read a lot of books on the subject. For a kid, it’d be a great little introduction into who the Egyptians were and how their culture worked.

The only reason I can’t give it 4* is that I was getting annoyed by the quizzes again. They’re designed to make the book more fun for kids, but as an adult I just wanted to be able to read the information. But I got over it.

 

Terry Deary

Terry Deary

 

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S. H. Jucha – The Silver Ships | Review

Title: The Silver Ships

Author: S. H. Jucha

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 302

Rating: 9/10

 

S. H. Jucha - The Silver Ships

S. H. Jucha – The Silver Ships

 

Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

This book had a pretty slow start, but after the first thirty pages I really started to get into it – it’s just a strong start to a sci-fi series, nothing more and nothing less. And, because it’s a sci-fi novel, it’s going to be pretty tricky for me to talk about the plot, but I’ll give it a go.

Basically, there’s a guy called Alex Racine, who owns a ship which he uses to harvest asteroids. Alex works alone, but one day he discovers evidence of an alien spacecraft which has been crippled by an unknown assailant, and he pulls off an audacious manoeuvre to attempt to save it. Once on board, he meets with the ship’s computer, and eventually discovers that there are survivors.

I can’t say any more than that, but trust me – if you’re anything like me, you’ll enjoy it. A lot of the book’s reviewers have mentioned that it’s too ‘nice‘, because there’s no serious conflict between the two civilisations which meet each other. But there’s a third, and that’s the point – it’s not an action novel, it’s a suspense novel, and I personally really enjoyed it.

I don’t know if I’d recommend this to the average reader, because it’s obviously going to help if you’ve got an interest in the genre, but if you’re a fan of Asimov then you’ll probably enjoy this too. I know I certainly did, and whilst it did take me a relatively long time to read it, I enjoyed every second. I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the series – keep ’em peeled!

 

S. H. Jucha

S. H. Jucha

 

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