Mike Atkinson

 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (36 of 44)
Location: Nottingham
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,009,248 - Total Helpful Votes: 36 of 44
Student by David Belbin
Student by David Belbin
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Although parts of Student orginated as separately published short stories, it's to David Belbin's credit that these elements have been fully revised and re-worked, then woven into a seamless, novel-shaped format. The story is told through the character of Allison, who we follow from her pre-fresher days, through to the end of her final year. Never one to launch herself into the centre of any social scene, Allison emerges as a complex, somewhat awkward character, and it's this character which fuels the narrative, as much as any external events; we are a long way from Belbin's terse, plot-driven crime fiction here, and consequently there's a welcome, insightful focus on the intricacies of… Read more
What You Don't Know (Bone & Cane 2) by David Belbin
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
What You Don't Know is the second in David Belbin's Bone & Cane crime series; the first book appeared in 2011 and topped the Kindle charts a couple of times, so there should be a good deal of interest in what Sarah Bone and Nick Cane get up to next.

As with the previous volume, Sarah and Nick don't fit the standard profile of a typical crime-fighting duo. They are former lovers, whose lives have sharply diverged since their younger days. Sarah is now a junior prisons minister in Tony Blair's newly elected government, while Nick is struggling to rebuild his life after a five-year prison sentence for drug dealing. Much as she might like to rekindle their old friendship, Sarah's… Read more
The Blue in the Air by Marcello Carlin
The Blue in the Air by Marcello Carlin
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
So, why would you want to read a collection of short essays about a bunch of tracks you've mostly never heard of? There are several reasons. Firstly, Marcello Carlin has a way of writing about these tracks - a wildly eclectic selection, ranging from Dorothy Squires to Stockhausen via Britney Spears and Mott The Hoople - in a vividly descriptive way, that instantly has you reaching for YouTube or Spotify to check your reactions against his. Secondly, the range and depth of Carlin's knowledge is unparalleled in contemporary music writing; this is a man who has dedicated his life to the appreciation of music in all its forms. Thirdly, the intensity of Carlin's passion - he truly loves all… Read more

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