S. James

Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (191 of 209)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 75,735 - Total Helpful Votes: 191 of 209
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
132 of 133 people found the following review helpful
1) It's about rocket science. Therefore, it allows for a hypothetical situation in which, hearing you complain about what a long, hard read it is, some passer-by rolls his eyes and mutters, "it's not rocket science." To which you can reply that actually, it is.

2) It has rude bits. Very rude bits. Frankly just plain wrong bits. So, while others see you reading a classic of post-modern literature, you'll know you're actually reading about extreme fetish sex that makes 50 Shades of Gray look like The Jane Austen Guide to Better Intimate Relations.

3) When it's not baffling or scatological, it's funny. For instance: Pynchon's description of the full horrors of… Read more
Altered States [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ William Hurt
Altered States [DVD] DVD ~ William Hurt
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Good in parts" is hardly the most ringing endorsement one can give a film, but as anyone who has seen anything else from Ken Russell's career will attest, you don't get cuddly Ken in to direct your film if you're looking for sober consistency of tone. Brought in at the last minute to replace Arthur Penn of Bonnie and Clyde fame, this is actually Russell at his most restrained, though it's a testament to his unhinged genius that this still feels very much like a Ken Russell Movie. Seemingly uninterested in bothering to try and get anything convincing from Paddy Chayefsky's uncharacteristically awful script (is this leaden nonsense really from the same man who wrote Network?), he has his… Read more
Heretics of Dune (Heretics of Dune sequence) by Frank Herbert
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Revitalised, 20 Jan 2009
There is an incident towards the end of Heretics of Dune which neatly illustrates why this is the finest book in the Dune series since the original. Perhaps stung by the criticisms levelled at God Emperor of Dune's focus on self-important philosophising, there are several mentions in Heretics' early chapters of explosions and action, as if to promise more conventional sci-fi thrills. What we actually get are occasional bursts of violence punctuating the usual lengthy sections focused on scheming, strategising and portentous sociology. However, in the run-up to the book's conclusion, one of the main characters reaches a heightened level of physical and mental ability and embarks on an… Read more

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