R. Gray

Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (435 of 496)
Location: Edinburgh


Top Reviewer Ranking: 649,001 - Total Helpful Votes: 435 of 496
Annabel Karmel by Lindam Cutlery Case by Annabel Karmel
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Someone somewhere is having a huge laugh at our expense. Like others, we bought this without bothering to read any reviews. After all, it's a cutlery case - why would you need reviews?

And, yup, we too then did the Annabel Karmel shuffle: Take one Annabel Karmel spoon. Try to fit into matching case. Try again. And again. Assume you must be being incredibly dumb, and hand spoon and case to partner. Watch as they too fail to get even remotely close to fitting spoon into case. Hand completely useless case to baby - look, we've bought you a new, um, 'thing' to play with!

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Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
326 of 379 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 13 Jan 2009
The cover blurb looked interesting. The opening pages, describing the author's arrival in Bombay, were good. I'm going to enjoy this, I thought.

How wrong can you be.

This is an awful book. Awful.

My top four moans are:
- The way ALL the characters constantly speak in sub-Wildean aphorisms. Ever heard of tone of voice?
- The constant and cringeworthy GCSE-grade philosophy that we're meant to think is profound.
- The embarassingly florid prose that litters every page, and especially any passages involving Karla.
- The author's relentlessly inflated opinion of himself. Every other page we're meant to be in awe of the fact he learnt some of… Read more
Kafka On The Shore (Vintage Magic) by Haruki Murakami
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
This isn’t Murakami’s best novel, but if you’re an existing fan there’s enough here to satisfy: that blurry merging of reality and fantasy; quirky minor characters (Hoshino is one of the best things about this book) and images and ideas that will linger after you’ve finished. Regular Murakami motifs and techniques crop up: twin narrative strands; a main character who’s a loner and seeker; a deserted cabin high up a wooded mountain; a parallel ‘other’ world…
As always, the prose is simple and the style engaging: it's alwasy easy to immerse yourself in Murakami's world.
That said, it didn’t quite come together for… Read more

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