A. C. Clarke

"Mr Rainland"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 54% (21 of 39)
Location: The Netherlands


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,582,415 - Total Helpful Votes: 21 of 39
Matter by Iain M. Banks
Matter by Iain M. Banks
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Aaarrrggghhh! You wait all that time for another Banks/Culture masterpiece, you finally get it in your sweaty little paws and what happens? Well, not much actually.
Sure the elements are all there (though in somewhat strange - and often diminutive - proportions) but somehow he doesn't seem to have knitted them all together to deliver the highly satisfying experience that was "Excession" or "Look to Windward".
Having found his last three novels all excellent (Dead Air/Algebraist/Garbedale) I suppose my expecations may have been impossibly high and destined for an anti-climax, but then I suppose I had developed a strange belief that Mr Banks had reached a point in his art where he… Read more
Phil Gordon's Little Green Book: Lessons and Teach&hellip by Phil Gordon
12 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I am sure this book contains much wisdom, the only problem is a lot of it is hidden behind terminology and phrases that may be fine for the seasoned player who "talks" poker all the time but for someone trying to get into the game the prevalence of (what I assume is) poker slang renders much of the content unintelligible. From the word go, phrases such as "on a draw", "double gut-shot draw", "on the bubble", "smooth-call", "the nuts" etc are used with little or no explanation. Even if you resolve to try and decipher the terminology as you go along, words such as "Trips" and "set" (which I assume refers to three-of-a-kind) seem to be used interchangably just to prolong the process of… Read more