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Matthew, CSI Peterborough (Carnegie Shadowing Investigators)

Railhead

First and foremost, Railhead was an incredible and exhilarating read. The style of the writing was unusually unique, and while the genre of the book was wholly Science Fiction, from the book's breath-taking plot to it's smaller details, such as the complex relationships between even the most minor of characters, it had the fun and the surreal feel of a fairy-tale.
The book is brilliant, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in Science Fiction, Steampunk, fairy tales and anything in between. However, despite this, there are a few minor difficulties I had with this book.
For example, the author, Philip Reeve throws a lot of jargon and facts at you at once, which, often, are fairly difficult to process altogether. This means that, at the beginning, the book requires quite a hefty amount of perseverance - even I, who was completely enthralled with the book, almost gave up once, only eleven pages in - and getting used to. This also means the book a slightly slow read.
Also, the book, from what I have heard from other members of my Carnegie Shadowing Group, it quite difficult to see the details of the book,especially without a particularly active imagination, which is a problem for such people who enjoy becoming fully immersed in the book, which can, admittedly, become quite difficult at times.
Apart from this, however, the book is overall incredible and a thoroughly enjoyable read, which I highly suggest you have a go at.

Posted on: 9th June 2017 at 01:27 pm

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