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Wild cards I (Wild cards, #1)
George R.R. Martin, Wild Cards Trust
Looking for Jake
China Miéville
Wild Cards
George R.R. Martin, Walter Jon Williams, Mike Zeck, Leanne C. Harper, Melinda M. Snodgrass, John J. Miller, Edward Bryant, Victor Milán, Brian Bolland, Lewis Shiner, Stephen Leigh, Howard Waldrop, Roger Zelazny

Safe House

Safe House - Chris Ewan Was expecting big things as this was high in the Kindle charts, but it was a pedestrian thriller. The title didn't live up to the name and wasn't really descriptive. The format was also odd and annoying, from first person chapters to third person following other people. Readable, but not great.

1Q84: Books 1 and 2

1Q84: Books 1 and 2 - Haruki Murakami Frustrating, slow, teasing... but ultimately didn't satisfy what was being set up.

The Testament of Jessie Lamb

The Testament of Jessie Lamb - Jane Rogers For books of this type, go for Never Let Me Go, it's much better. I can see how this might have been longlisted for the Booker prize, but I'm not sure it will make it through to the shortlist. For me, it offered a lot in the way of the idea, and how it might unfold, but actually didn't progress very far. It seemed quite linear, and the protagonist didn't seem to be challenged very much, there didn't seem to be much progression. Also, the hints at the start of the book imply she is going to do a 'big thing', and the final act doesn't quite seem as powerful as the promise.

The Olivetti Chronicles

The Olivetti Chronicles - John  Peel nice bite size chunks of Peel, and the only book I know of with Jacob's Mouse in the index...

Universal Principles of Design: 100 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach through Design

Universal Principles of Design: 100 Ways to Enhance Usability - William Lidwell, Jill Butler, Kritina Holden Amazing book, very useful, full of all the quotable laws you'll ever need to know about design.