R. Faulkner

Helpful votes received on reviews: 59% (44 of 74)
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Watchers by Dean Koontz
Watchers by Dean Koontz
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One or two people seem to have reviewed this Koontz novel as if it were intended to be a horror story, comparing it to the likes of Stephen King et al. Eh? Since when has Koontz pretended to write horror stories? As the title of my review suggests, my opinion is that the word 'terrifying' is best used to describe this type of tense, slowly building novel, rather than the 'shock a minute' cheap thrill of the more ghoulish stuff. And which are more difficult to write? Koontz writes in high quality, carefully considered English, (ok, so he's American, we English can put up with the odd spelling mistake!!) and puts massive effort into the literary quality as well the storytelling of his… Read more
The Mask by Dean Koontz
The Mask by Dean Koontz
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is five star Koontz and highly recommended for a first foray into his novels. I personally find his earlier books, such as this one, from 1981, to be far better than his later stuff. not that his later books are poor, just that they are not quite so well crafted, with not quite so much thought and energy being put into them. It's understandable I suppose, when you are an established best-selling author.

I don't quite get the title of 'The Mask' as it really isn't relevant, in that the point of the story is nothing to do with 'masking'. I'm having difficulty finding a concept to describe what it IS about without risking spoiling the storyline, so perhaps DK and his… Read more
Barchester Towers (Wordsworth Classics) by Anthony Trollope
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I can't add a great deal to the intelligent and well-written reviews which have gone before, except to say that within this novel lies my most favourite passage of narrative. If anyone shares my sense of humour and experience of sitting in church on a regular basis, they may find some empathy with my sentiment. The passage comes towards the end of chapter six, as Trollope gets on his high horse on the subject of dull preachers:

"There is, perhaps, no greater hardship at present inflicted on mankind in civilised and free countries, than the neccessity of listening to sermons. No one but a preaching clergyman has, in these realms, the power of compelling an audience to sit silent… Read more