Elspeth Flashman

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 283,873 - Total Helpful Votes: 539 of 570
A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book&hellip by George R. R. Martin
532 of 557 people found the following review helpful
ADWD was a loooong time in the waiting, and since the previous book was a character-driven travelogue, it was generally believed that this would make up for it with plenty of action and plot resolution. Not so. This, like A Feast For Crows, is 1000 pages of scenic character study.

The characters travel about, and have immense conversations with other people. These conversations are fascinating, and you can see the characters develop (and not always for the best) as the book goes on. But action? Not that much. We have been invested with these amazing characters for 20 years now, so watching them develop is rewarding - but it seems to be at the expense of story momentum… Read more
Heartstone (The Shardlake Series) by C. J. Sansom
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I was slightly disappointed in this book, as the previous 4 Shardlake books had been undeniably getting better, more exciting, more nerve-wracking and more character developed with each instalment.

However this book, whilst superbly researched, lacked the heart-thumping tempo of the last book, Revelations. It takes Shardlake out of London - and whilst it may have been neccessary as Sansom obviously wanted him to be in Portsmouth - it means that the entire book is taken up with Shardlake trotting on his borrowed horse down country roads. He goes back and forth this rural area so much I started to get dizzy. And a bit frustrated. The Shardlake series IS London, and it suffered a… Read more
Revelation (The Shardlake Series) by C. J. Sansom
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Having read all the Shardlake books (and having started to get sick of the formula) I picked this up expecting much the same as before.

Well, it is similar, in that Sansom still urgently needs an editor. There's still far too much of "The next day I went....." and "The day after that I visited....". Shardlake has THOUSANDS of conversations. There's meant to be a BBC series in the works, and it may actually be a bit of an improvement dramatically, as they certainly won't be afraid to cut out a lot of the waste.

But this book ramps up the action in that there are a vast amount of murders, and they're grisly enough to satisfy anyone. This means that there's a murder every… Read more

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