J. Cooke

"Morbid read"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 70% (14 of 20)
Location: London
Birthday: 29 July


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,982,905 - Total Helpful Votes: 14 of 20
Tales from a Mountain Cave: Stories from Japan's N&hellip by Hisashi Inoue
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware the Fox, 27 Mar 2014
If you like great yarns and a surreal narrative that keeps you guessing, then you'll enjoy this as much as I did.

'Tales from a Mountain Cave' is a beguiling jigsaw of stories within stories, leading the reader from a plausible present into a fabled past and back again. The tales themselves are by turns frightening, bawdy and very, very funny, populated with a host of bizarre and entertaining characters, many of whom originate in Japanese folklore (foxes, kappa, mountain men). And there's a good twist in the tail at the end...

The introduction states that all royalties, and translation fees, relating to the publication will be directed to post-tsunami support projects… Read more
Ghost Stories (Wordsworth Classics) by M. R. James
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The defintive horror, 9 Sep 2006
Modern tales of the supernatural contain inane levels of gore and attempt to terrify simply through excess blood etc. One reviewer compares one such author, Stephen King, to James, implying the Hollywood style King illicits more fear and excitement than the old scholar. But it is the very lack of obvious graphic blood letting that makes James infinitely superior. The subtlety is in the long, expertly crafted plots that build up to make James' final revelations all the more disturbing. His actual descriptions of supernatural beings are every bit as terrifying as any King invention and he has perfected the art of implying far more than he states. Sadly many of today's readers don't have the… Read more
The Crow Road by Iain Banks
The Crow Road by Iain Banks
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great yarn, 13 Aug 2006
What do you want out of fiction? If its simply a fantastic story, intricate and absorbing - buy this book. If it's beautiful prose, sharp wit and something you can equate with - buy this book. If it's anything else - buy this book.
Everything for everyone.