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The Appeal
The Appeal
by John Grisham
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.83

29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grisham doing what Grisham does best!, 1 Feb 2008
This review is from: The Appeal (Hardcover)
It was good to have Grisham back in familiar territory. I have tried his other books "Playing For Pizza" for instance and they just don't work for me. Grisham is not a great writer, but what carries his legal thrillers is his knowledge of the subject and his ability to craft a thriller. He does get on his political soap box in this one, evil corporations that squash the little guy, but also brings up some real flaws in the system and does it in an entertaining way that gets people to think. This is Grisham doing what Grisham does best!
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Blood Meridian: Or, the Evening Redness in the West (Picador Books)
Blood Meridian: Or, the Evening Redness in the West (Picador Books)
by Cormac McCarthy
Edition: Paperback

27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal yet beautiful!, 10 May 2007
I had never read McCarthy but picked up this book along with "The Road" due to all the Hype from the Oprah book club selection. While the "The Road" is a very good book it is not the masterpiece of "Blood Meridian." This is the most powerful books I have ever read. McCarthy's style is highlighted here: sharp, dry, brittle, and panoramic. I was enraptured by how McCarthy was able to capture the imagery of the southwest landscape with his words. The story itself is horrific, epic, and yet commonplace, the conquering of the west and its people by the whiteman has been better illustrated. On top of all this McCarthy is a grand story teller, who can stretch the limits of imagination without losing the common touch-in other words he keeps it REAL. This is a challenge, but worthy one!


The Road
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Genius at work..., 10 May 2007
This review is from: The Road (Hardcover)
I had never read McCarthy Before but Picked up the road because of all the hype surrounding the selection of The Road to Oprahs book club. For once the hype was worthy of the product. The road is a visionary work of art, not a masterpiece, but very well done. McCarthy's style is sharp, dry, brittle, and panoramic and pulses with human emotion. More importantly "The Road" led me to McCarthy's true masterpiece "Blood Meridian." I cannot recommend this book highly enough!


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