100 word review: The five dysfunctions of a team, by Patrick Lencioni

Poorly written, overly long, but containing useful information. This could be the summary of most business books. Leoncioni works on organisational structure and behaviour with companies, and builds fables to teach his principles. The fables are really, really difficult to read, but there is something about using storytelling that makes it stick, I suppose, but […]

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100 word review: Mars Evacuees, by Sophia McDougall

In this future fashioned for the 9-12 set, Alice Dare (not Alasdair) is the very normal daughter of the world’s most famous fighter pilot. The world has been invaded by invisible aliens called Morrors who want to turn the Earth into a never ending ice age. They like it cold, see. McDougall blends clever wit […]

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100 word review: Sandman Slim, by Richard Kadrey

In a complete turnaround from much of the deep, thoughtful work I’ve been reading comes a B movie in novel form. James Stark, petty magician condemned (alive) to Hell gets out after eleven years, taking some precious Hellion artefacts and returns to the only place worse: Los Angeles. He’s got a score to settle and […]

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100 word review: Lagoon, by Nnedi Okorafor

This book grabbed me by the throat and didn’t let go for a second. I used to live in Uganda and Zambia, and Nollywood drama was part of the background; this book is Nollywood drama run headlong into alien invasion, all steeped in Nigeria’s history, both real and legendary. It starts out looking like an […]

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Hundreds of Hodderwords review: Above, by Isla Morley

The March Hodderscape Review Project is out. 100 words: Overall I’m of somewhat mixed mind of this book. It started off strong, pulling the reader in with a great premise – a young girl, kidnapped by a survivalist and locked up in a disused nuclear silo. So far, so good, and the book has a […]

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100 word review: The Boy with the Porcelain Blade, by Den Patrick

Lucien de Fontein is an Orfano, one accorded all the privileges of status, but without being an actual part of one of the four families of Landfall – an Italianate land of intrigue and increasing strangeness. Patrick weaves two threads of the story in time towards a stunning final conclusion that showcases a vast imagination […]

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100 word review: Chalk, by Pat Cadigan

Cadigan, known for being a proper Cyberpunk OG, is still writing and rousing rabble, and doing a damn fine job of it. With Chalk, a chapbook, she shows a deft hand with horror as well. This isn’t horror in the “One, two, Freddie’s coming for you” mould, but layers of the supernatural which draw the […]

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100 word review: The Crane Wife, by Patrick Ness

George Duncan appears to be a perfectly safe, perfectly ordinary man, divorced, schlepping towards middle age, and passing the time with a moderately successful business that gives him ample time. He is presented with a choice: venture into the cold and dark, friendless and alone to aid an anonymous cry for help, or back to […]

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100 word review: The Hard thing about hard things, by Ben Horowitz

Business books are poorly written and typically contain about 80% useless information and posturing to about 20% useful information. Often the blog posts or the articles on which they’re based are better written, tighter, and more useful. This holds true here – I’d estimate that only 10-15% of the book is useful, but what’s there […]

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100 word review: Stray, by Monica Hesse

Another day, another dystopian future, but not every one is quite so “progressive, intelligent, and entertaining“. Lona is a stray: an escapee from the Path project, in which children in care are put through twenty-three hours a day of a quiet, normal life – in virtual reality. Hesse’s debut digs deep: we value children, but […]

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