J. Heritage

Helpful votes received on reviews: 75% (104 of 139)
Location: Surrey, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 62,454 - Total Helpful Votes: 104 of 139
Killer of Men (The Long War Book 1) by Christian Cameron
I have loved Mary Renault's novels of the ancient world for many years. This book could hardly be more different but I have thoroughly enjoyed it. It is very masculine in its outlook, with little poetry (though a good religious sensibility) and descriptions more of action and weapons than of things, people and places. It's a great story, though, with an engaging narrator, and I just kept reading (on my Kindle) and bought the second one as soon as I had finished.

I loved the descriptions of ships and ship fighting particularly, and the accuracy and depth of the fighting (from the author's reenactment experience) and smith work. I liked the men's relationships with each other, they… Read more
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read, 30 Mar 2014
I agree with many people that this book is uneven, with some relatively crude plot aspects. However, the characters are great, the view pointing is delightfully contemporary in its quality, and the focus on the equality of women's minds is exactly what I would expect from Charlotte. I loved it and laughed out loud once or twice, though it is by no means intended as comic. The language is dense by modern standards, but occasionally has a fabulous limpid simplicity.

This Kindle edition is well proofed, a pleasure as most classic aren't. The pictures are interesting, of the buildings which inspired the locations.
Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive Book Two by Brandon Sanderson
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The plot and narrative thrust of this sequel is excellent, just as powerful as the first and with plenty of tension and excitement. The world is fascinatingly strange and weird and the people are well realised and well characterised.

Unfortunately the writing is shockingly lazy. Sanderson seems to be content to work within a very narrow, American Teen TV vocabulary, even though the chapter headings demonstrate that he does know some longer words. I lost count of the times that people "jogged" here and there. What is that supposed to mean? That they were anxious, rushing, in a hurry? That they were wearing a shell suit? And the dialogue is often laboured, especially when… Read more