Peter Skelton

 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (61 of 79)
Location: UK
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 39,195 - Total Helpful Votes: 61 of 79
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
Shutgun Lovesongs is a book about relationships, and predominantly about relationships between men and their sense of place in the world. The central characters are all friends from a small town.The book is as much about that relationship,with the town and the land as it is about their relationships with each other. The descriptions of the landscape are one of the best bits of the book, they are beautifully written and worked into the story-line. The male characters feel very authentic and very truthful about the way men think and act around each other and around women.

On the whole the book is very well written. I have given it 4 stars rather than 5 as each chapter of the book… Read more
Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Flash Boys is not as balls out funny as some of Lewis's other books like Boomerang but it is still incredibly well written and engaging. Part of the reason for the lack of funny is that this isn't really an amusing subject.

Most of Flash Boys is about how a large number of stock brokers and investors on Wall Street simply did not understand what had happened to the market after the 2008 crash. The book focuses on a Royal Bank of Canada employee who gradually worked out not only that the market was being distorted by High Frequency Traders (HFT) but also uncovered the ways in which the major banks and the stock markets were aiding the HFTs in ripping off ordinary people… Read more
Kimberly's Capital Punishment by Richard Milward
Kimberly's Capital Punishment by Richard Milward
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The first 100 pages or so of Kimberly's Capital Punishment are funny and engaging. There are some nice stylistic twists and we get to know the story of Kimberly and how her boyfriend Stevie died. After his death Kimberly tries to make amends by 'doing good'. This is where Milward started to loose me. The way that Kimberly does good is by having sex with various undesirable men which leads to her life starting to spiral downhill. Things become a little distasteful at this point but there is at least a narrative.

About halfway through the book Milward makes the decision to turn this into a 'choose your own adventure' style book where you have to turn to page 340 if you want… Read more