J. Smith

Helpful votes received on reviews: 65% (70 of 107)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 105,645 - Total Helpful Votes: 70 of 107
Under the Dome by Stephen King
Under the Dome by Stephen King
5.0 out of 5 stars Under the Spell, 5 Dec 2013
I confess that I attempted to read Stephen King novels as a teenager and didn't really get on with him. My memory is full of page after page of graphical descriptions of someone getting a blister - basically I was turned off.

So why did I pick up almost 900 pages of his work? To be honest I was curious if my 'attitude/tastes/whatever you want to call it' had changed since my younger days - and this story looked different from the usual ghost/demons/clowns that I associate with King.

I am so glad I picked this up - other reviews say that it isn't his best, but I could not put it down. I was expecting the story to span years, or to get bogged down in gory detail -… Read more
World War Z [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Brad Pitt
World War Z [DVD] DVD ~ Brad Pitt
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I was worried about this film for no other reason than I am a fan of the book. Like others, I was worried that the scale of the storyline would be sacrificed due to the screenplay following a single character, leading to a decrease in the drama, which didn't really matter as everything would be about the gore.

Thankfully this is not the case. Yes there are a few 'Hollywood' moments - unlikely escapes etc - but the storyline (inspired by, if not a true reflection of the original novel)is relatively strong.

Other reviews have commented on the lack of gore - yes I did notice this - but to be honest I think World War Z is a better film for it. If you're a fan of the novel,… Read more
The Crow Road by Iain Banks
The Crow Road by Iain Banks
3.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it, 3 Nov 2013
I have to admit to going through the emotions with this book. Not because the story is heart wrenching, but due to the manner in which the story is presented. I started the book with an element of excitement, before getting about a third of the way through before wondering what the point of the story was. Nothing appeared to have happened, but then the 'main' story thread appeared - a disappearance - and I began to read on with a new sense of anticipation. This wavered as the book progressed, but was then reignited as the mystery element was resolved, but then what remained of the book (approximately 50 pages) ambled along to nothingness again.

Various reviews have mentioned the… Read more

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