D. Paynter

Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (39 of 42)
Location: Woking, Surrey


Top Reviewer Ranking: 361,189 - Total Helpful Votes: 39 of 42
The World We Made: Alex McKay's Story from 2050 by Jonathon Porritt
Jonathon Porritt's qualifications for guessing about our future could not be more impressive. This is no stab in the dark, nor a rant from a Grumpy Old Green. A lifetime spent deep in the bowels of sustainability and environmental science, rubbing shoulders (and sometimes butting heads) with politicians of all stripes; consulting with scientists, philosophers, business leaders, and even the not-so-odd Royal, has led to this wise book. It is believable, considered, often surprising and challenging. Do not expect to agree with every prediction, but the rationale always stands up to scrutiny. Read this book, enjoy this vision of the future, test the conclusions, challenge them, then… Read more
When You Live By a River by Mermer Blakeslee
When You Live By a River by Mermer Blakeslee
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not being an American, I was seeing the vivid images Mermer has created from a little distance. Yet I was spellbound by the poetic use of language and the attention to detail, so I can only imagine the pleasure to be derived by a more culturally attuned reader. While so much contemporary fiction is merely more shades of grey, this is in the Kingsolver class. I loved the way Mermer evoked a real sense of place; the harshness of the time; the limited choices of the characters and their differing reactions to the chinks of light they perceived in the darkening skies around them. Power to your pen, Mermer! I can't wait for the next story, or, maybe, the sequel?
Wild: An Elemental Journey by Jay Griffiths
Wild: An Elemental Journey by Jay Griffiths
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Not many of us will visit the places and talk to the people that Jay Griffiths has, and perhaps that's just as well. We accompany her on a seven year journey as she shows us how much damage has been done to the wild corners and cultures of our planet by the resource-hungry and the religious zealots of the 'civilized' world. From the chill of the Arctic, to the heat of the Australian outback, using language that takes you right to the heart of the wild and deep into the recesses of her own soul, she shows us the incredible beauty and savagery of the planet. Her descriptions are as extraordinarily vivid as the landscapes through which she travels. Poetic, alliterative, coarse, rhythmic,… Read more