Richard Carter

Helpful votes received on reviews: 55% (12 of 22)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,368,191 - Total Helpful Votes: 12 of 22
RSPB Handbook of British Birds by Peter Holden
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The paper version of this book is wonderful, so, when I saw there was a Kindle version available, I bought it immediately. Unfortunately, the Kindle version is dreadful. Rather than convert the book to the normal (i.e. proper) Kindle format, they have chosen to implement this in a format designed primarily for comic books. In other words, they have scanned each page of the paper book, and broken it into panels that you can click and zoom in on. Why on earth would you want to do that with a bird book?

All of which means, you can't adjust the size of text in the book, navigating the book's pages is a total pain, and the memory required to store the book is massive. A huge… Read more
Granta 121: Best of Young Brazilian Novelists by John Freeman
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Granta's obsession with 'young [insert nationality] novelists' continues unabated.

Brazil is a fascinating country. I would like to learn more about the place. Granta 121 is a missed opportunity.

From the brief author biographies included with each piece in this edition of 'the magazine of new writing', it is clear that most of them also write non-fiction. So why the need to restrict yet another precious edition of Granta to young novelists? To add insult to injury, many of the pieces are extracts from forthcoming novels. Like I'm going to read one chapter of a novel! I skipped most of these.

In terms of the fiction, a number of the short stories included in… Read more
Ghanabest Shito Hot 160 g (Pack of 12) by Ghanabest
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Can't say they didn't warn me. Went through me like a dose of salts. And it's HOT! Take my advice and put your loo paper in the fridge before using this product. Now I know what Johnny Cash got his inspiration for 'Ring of Fire'.