J. Wild

Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (57 of 69)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,726,610 - Total Helpful Votes: 57 of 69
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars what is the concept?, 3 Mar 2008
I found this book whilst searching for something different to read, read the blurb and decided to give it a go, and tough going it was.
It starts in such a promising way but seems to get lost just like its main charcter in a sea of conceptual nonsense that quite frankly the author is not skilled enough to reel in. There are some promising ideas within this book, however it does feel as though the author has got carried away with it all. It's not as thought provoking as it would have you believe and it has to revert to meshing together ideas that you already know of from films and books alike in order to make it work.
The author does not back up any of his ideas or plot lines and… Read more
Fair Play by Tove Jansson
Fair Play by Tove Jansson
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simplistic beauty, 10 July 2007
As with her previously translated adult books,The Summer Book and The Winter Book, Jansson manages to capture a world of emotion and understanding with the most minimal use of language. Indeed the book is very short,a collection of connected vignettes about two aging women living and growing old together. As usual the themes of age, rebellion and communication are clearly defined, but what makes Jansson a master of storytelling is her ability to say the obvious when least expected and avoid it when it feels inevitable. Thus allowing the reader to follow the subtext and relate to those situations in life where we already know what the conversation will be about, what will be said, what… Read more
Noise (Pocket Penguins) by Hari Kunzru
Noise (Pocket Penguins) by Hari Kunzru
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Technical know how, 9 Feb 2007
Kunzru effortlessly captures the controlling quality of technology and mankind's search for perfection and answers in this collection of short stories. Having read this from the Penguin 70th anniversary box set, this is one author that struck me with his unusual approach and ability to question the future using humour in what would otherwise be absurd settings, if you didn't know that somewhere someone is probably already doing it. However his writing does not confine itself to the 'science fiction' genre as, with it's modern suburban settings and mundane charcters, it feels more like technology is a theme in an otherwise odd piece of fiction.

I will now, having dipped into his… Read more