J. Heritage

Helpful votes received on reviews: 75% (105 of 140)
Location: Surrey, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 64,722 - Total Helpful Votes: 105 of 140
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike) by Robert Galbraith
I surprised myself by enjoying this book and wanting to know what happened and whodunnit. I gave up Harry Potter when the author's longueurs became intolerable (about book 3), but her habit of detail and observation serves well in crime fiction. She renders characters accurately and with insight and the plot was satisfying, plus the book has a position in real time (like the Rebus novels) which I always enjoy.

I'll buy Book 2 because I would like to follow the continuing characters a little further.
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.