D. E. Rattray

Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (37 of 41)
Location: UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,126,051 - Total Helpful Votes: 37 of 41
Cypry the Carp by Peter Mohan
Cypry the Carp by Peter Mohan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 28 July 2007
This is a beautiful little book that I tried to get hold of thirty years ago but couldn't. I finally read it this weekend and was extremely impressed. I knew it was original and a great idea but didn't expect it to be so well written. On the one hand it teaches the reader about the life and mind of a fish, but on the other it shows glimpses of why human beings are so drawn to it and its environment. The plot is about cyry, its conception, birth, growth, first two captures, and a boy/man Andy who dreams of catching it. Also detailed are poachers and other anglers including a couple of strange little anecdotal ones; one about an angler who wants fame to the extent that he'll cheat and one… Read more
The Velvet Rooms by Sam North
The Velvet Rooms by Sam North
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absorbing, 18 Jun 2007
After an annoying start, where I had to get used to the chatroom-speak, this turned out really well. I very nearly gave up on it at first as I found the chatroom stuff annoying and tedious. But I persevered and was drawn into this tale of a group of people who live in different countries and seem to know each other through cyberspace - a chatroom website callet The Velvet Rooms. Two main friends (Fatarmedwife and Call-Girl) want to meet up. But before they do, they are joined by a newcomer (thruster) who is a sex/dom who has a bit of fetishist dom sex with (Call-Girl). But Call-girl plays a trick on Thruster and humiliates him. Thruster is a nutter who wants revenge...I won't spoil any more… Read more
Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew by Bernard Hare
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a new Kes, 13 Jun 2007
This is about an ex-social worker who becomes embroiled in the lives of juvenile delinquents to the extent where he practically becomes a senile delinquent himself. The narrator's nickname is Chop (Bernard Hare) and he is rather proud of this involvement and proud to become a member of The Shed Crew (young Urban Grimshaw's gang). On the front cover of the book it says "the shocking story of hellbound children and one unlikely saviour" but I'm afraid that in this, Bernard Hare immodestly overshoots a tad with the 'unlikely saviour'. I found the book and the attitudes behind it rather disappointing. The novelty of drug-taking, car stealing, violent little brats is great at first but wears… Read more