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Edward C. Williams "Ted Williams" (Nottingham, United Kingdom)

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Killing Floor: 1 (Jack Reacher)
Killing Floor: 1 (Jack Reacher)
by Lee Child
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well I hope it gets better...., 8 Aug 2010
I genuinely don't want to write a bad review of anyones work, but this book simply didn't work for me. I managed to make it to the end, but i can't see me picking up another Jack Reacher story as this one became a chore rather than a pleasure.
I kind of knew what i was getting into, at the outset and did want to enjoy the novel, but the only saving grace was the plot, and when this just span off into absurdity i gave up any hope of a satisfactory conclusion.
I can deal with a larger than life hero, but Jack is so infallible, so in control, and always one step ahead of the game it completely strains credulity and removes any sense of tension the author may be trying to create.
Add to this mix paper thin characters, poorly drawn villains, and stilted dialogue, and I'm not going to labour the point any more, but I actually think 2 stars is generous.
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The Tin Roof Blowdown
The Tin Roof Blowdown
by James Lee Burke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Start of a Beautiful Friendship, 12 April 2010
This review is from: The Tin Roof Blowdown (Paperback)
I suppose i should start this review with a disclaimer, this is the first James Lee Burke i have read, so five stars may leave me nowhere to go in future.
I found JLB's writing style to be wonderfully emotive and evocative at turns, and while the book runs at a fairly fast pace, and never drags, the sense of place, and the descriptions of the characters are drawn with such deft strokes that they will stay with you long after you close the pages.
Indeed, it's possibly with the characters he does some of his best work, as he develops them subtly by their actions, not pages of plodding exposition.
He gives us a wonderfully varied cast from the loyal, but loose cannon that is Clete Purcel, to the creepily unsettling Ronald Bledsoe
Their motives and deeds never seem telegraphed or forced, and even the most downtrodden antagonists are shown in a somewhat sympathetic light.
It's fair to say that the picture painted of New Orleans after Katrina is not a pretty one, and JLB is not afraid to shirk from the horrific conditions found there, but despite this, JLB's love of the place itself shines through in virtually every chapter and has made me already start adding the rest of his considerable body of work to my wishlist

Highly Recommended

oh and there's a three-legged Raccoon called tripod, not at all integral to the story but how can you resist that ?

JLA: Deluxe v. 1
JLA: Deluxe v. 1
by Grant Morrison
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JLA- as they should be done, 30 Aug 2009
This review is from: JLA: Deluxe v. 1 (Hardcover)
Grant Morrison puts nearly all the classic DC icons back into the League and gives them an up to date treatment. Though it's somewhat more mainstream than many of his books it's a fantastic ride and there is much to enjoy in these early issues. He seems to instinctively understand what makes these characters great, and gives them story lines and villains to match their premier status.
Howard Porter's art is great too, with lovely clean lines and some cracking page layouts, all in all highly recommended

No Dominion: A Joe Pitt Novel, book 2
No Dominion: A Joe Pitt Novel, book 2
by Charlie Huston
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your Momma's Twilight, 22 July 2009
This is the perfect antidote to all those angst-ridden, tortured soul Vampires that are so popular currently.
This is a neatly written, nicely plotted story, that delves in to some very dark corners of a New York divided by a variety of Undead factions.
I already have the third book waiting to be read and the fourth is on order, this is a great development of Joe Pitt's world and throws in several cool new ideas to the genre that will hopefully get explored in the upcoming novels.
Noir-ish, and Nasty in places, highly recommended

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