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GAIMAN, Neil

 A-             Stardust    1999     Fantasy

Very satisfying mix of fairy tale and fantasy

 

and Sarrantonio, Al (Editors)   

 B-       Stories 2010     Short Stories

Too similarly dark collection

 

GALLICO, Paul

 B-       Scruffy       1962     Humour

Light British comedy around an ape in Gibraltar

 

 B The Boy Who Invented the Bubble Gun   1974     Novel (Adolescent)

Dated but OK. Troubled teen overcomes angst amidst silly spy shenanigans

 

GATISS, Mark

 C-       The Vesuvius Club      2004     Historical Fiction/Humour

Farcical Moore-type Bond characters and plot; obscenity overdressed in big words

 

GEMMELL, David 

 B+      Legend (Drenai Tales, Book 1) 1984     Fantasy

Cliché settings, stereotype mythical fighters and damsels, but he does it so well!

 

 B+      Quest for Lost Heroes (Drenai Tales, Book 4) 1990     Fantasy

Another solid effort

 

 B+      Druss the Legend (Drenai Tales, Book 6)  1993     Fantasy

Yep, he’s a Conan-style, dead-set legend

 

 B        Morningstar    1993     Fantasy

Crosses the line – too sentimental, some too typical fantasy plot/character annoyances

 

 A-       The Legend of Deathwalker (Drenai Tales, Book 7)     1996     Fantasy

Solid, perfectly balanced heroic fantasy

 

 B        Wolf in Shadow    1996     Fantasy/SF

Too close to Stephen King's 'The Gunslinger'

 

  A       Midnight Falcon (Rigante Series, Book 2)       1999     Fantasy

Thoroughly enjoyable, legendary characters with flesh, intelligent ideas, engaging morality, coherent plot

 

GIBSON, William  

 B+      Neuromancer  1984     SF

Groundbreaking cyberpunk, wild ride, ultimately shallow characters

 

GIMENEZ, Mark

 C-       The Color of Law   2005     Novel/Crime

Definitive stereotype, appallingly myopic

 

GOLDSWORTHY, Peter 

  A       Maestro     1989     Novel

Elegant, succinct, authentic

 

 B+      Little Deaths    1993     Short Stories

Consistent, well-written, affecting

 

 B+/ F  Wish    1995     Novel

As ever well written but ultimately a deeply offensive theme

 

 B        KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid)      1996     Novel

Authentic Australians, but a pretty bleak episode

 

 F        Three Dog Night    2003     Novel

Goldsworthy has jumped the shark

 

GOODKIND, Terry     

 C-       Wizard's First Rule     1994     Fantasy

Sloppy. Gratuitous. Self-contradictory. Lazy

 

GRAFTON, Sue    

 B        C is for Corpse      1986     Crime

Down the line, capable

 

GREENBERG, Martin H. (Ed.)  

 B        The Giant Book of Science Fiction Stories    1986     SF/Short Stories

101 1950s-70s magazine SF stories

 

GRENVILLE, Kate     

 B        The Idea of Perfection      1999     Novel

Authentic outback setting and characters, stuttering romance of unromantic figures – but too gentle for me

 

GRIFFIN, William  

 B+      C.S. Lewis - The Authentic Voice       1986     Biography

Interesting vignettes from all the years of Lewis’ life from age twenty-seven

 

GRIMES, Martha   

 C        The Horse You Came In On    1993     Crime

Embarrassingly insecure/arrogant. Self-indulgent

 

GRISHAM, John   

 B        The Chamber 1994     Novel/Legal Thriller

Original plot, interesting as legal/family documentary, flawed thematically

 

 B        The Partner     1997     Crime/Legal Thriller

Clever and well-paced heist story, really dumb final twist

 

GUEDJ, Denis 

 B-       The Parrot’s Theorem             Novel

Not quite successful attempt to integrate maths history and theory into an engaging teen novel 

 

GUNDRY, Stanley (Ed.)

 B              Five Views on Sanctification  1987     NF: Theology

Able, clear, but not lifechanging