Lee Nixon

Helpful votes received on reviews: 73% (37 of 51)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,160,920 - Total Helpful Votes: 37 of 51
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Guardian quote on the cover describes this as a novel of breath-taking scope. I disagree. I found it to be a tender, intimate story that just happens to be set against possibly the most breath-taking background. The Book Thief tells the story of a young German girl's early life, growing up during WW2. It's a story about seemingly ordinary people, who happen to be capable of extra-ordinary acts - either of life-affirming goodness and bravery or unconscionable evil. The idea of Death narrating the story is well-executed. It allows for the least emotive description of the holocaust you are likely to read, which serves to allow the small kerosine lamps of heroism to shine out brightly in… Read more
The Darkness That Comes Before: Book 1 of the Prin&hellip by R. Scott Bakker
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the ordinary..., 5 Jan 2011
I'm sick of generic, formulaic fantasy. The storylines are the same. Only the names change. The virtual shelves of Amazon bend under the weight of them. I'm sick of adolescent characterisations and vacuous, sanitised storylines that wouldn't phase a vicar freshly back from a prude-awareness course. So imagine my pleasant surprise when I picked up this book. Fresh. Grown up. Sophisticated. Dark. Unflinching. Challenging. Enough already to lift this up above the rest and make me rave. But that's just the beginning. Don't bother with it if you need your plots spoonfeeding to you, because you'll be lost from the beginning. Don't bother if you don't want to stop occasionally and think about the… Read more
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
26 of 38 people found the following review helpful
This finely crafted, rational deconstruction of religion may not be read and understood by many of those who would most benefit from it, but its influence may prove more difficult to escape. It may be my imagination, but since the book's publication it seems to me that the landscape of the subject has shifted. Debates about religion abound on the airwaves; the role of religion in schools is being challenged; the Government is apparently keen on science again. Has the good Professor started the ball rolling into yet another age of enlightenment? He did it once with the Selfish Gene. I wouldn't put it past him to have done it again with his latest work. Even if this is all just coincidence… Read more