Mr. M. J. Willis

Helpful votes received on reviews: 64% (9 of 14)
Location: England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 216,652 - Total Helpful Votes: 9 of 14
The Beggar at the Gate & Other Stories: HNSLondon1&hellip by Various
12 of the best, most enjoyable and thought provoking short stories from the Historical Novel Society's competition. Recommended for all fans of historical fiction
The Sentinels of Andersonville by Tracy Groot
An enjoyable, if sometimes harrowing, tale of what was for this reader an obscure aspect of the American Civil War. We get to see the horrific conditions of Andersonville prisoner of war camp for Union soldiers from both sides of the stockade, but mainly from the Southern civilians and militia fighting against inertia and suspicion to change things. If I had a complaint, it would be that all the characters we share the story with are at the morally upstanding end of the scale - surely for such a terrible place to have come into existence woukd have needed a great many people with a more ambiguous, if not downright corrupt outlook. But overall this is a great read for all fans of historical… Read more
Dark Expanse: Surviving the Collapse by Ken Liu
I know very little of gaming, and am not familiar with the Dark Expanse universe. As it turned out, this was no disadvantage whatsoever. Reading 'Surviving The Collapse' was an experience no different to reading any collection of space opera stories, and a superior collection it is too. The stories are stronger for their close thematic links. I found that each story tended to illuminate aspects of others that I had read earlier; while, as with any collection of stories, I had favourites and those I responded less well to, the book stands as a whole and deserves to be read in its entirety for this reason.

The aspect that I found most appealing about 'Surviving The Collapse' was… Read more

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