A. P. Crooks

Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (25 of 30)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 791,266 - Total Helpful Votes: 25 of 30
The Red And Savage Tongue (Historical Fiction Acti&hellip by F J Atkinson
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A relatively good and undemanding read in my opinion. The plot is straightforward, unsophisticated but ultimately satisfying. Its hardly an epic, but as a rather graphically violent story of local dark ages conflict it gets by.

What lets it down in my view are the rather too frequent lapses in the basic craft of writing.There are just too many grammatical mistakes for my liking.

The almost obsessive use of commas is really the strangest I have ever come across, and this impedes the pace of the narrative, especially in the book's early stages. I was also struck by the starkly weird error of using the word 'seeked' on several occasions where the plural 'sought' is… Read more
Frenchmans Cap: Story of a Mountain by Simon Kleinig
I rate Frenchman's Cap as an brilliant read for anyone with an interest in exploration and the truly wild and unexplored places of this world.

I have never been to Tasmania, much less walked in the region of the mountain named Frenchman's Cap, but I was quickly captivated by this detailed and well-written account which chronicles the draw and fascination that the area has had for explorers over the last few hundred years.

A book about a mountain could run the risk of coming across as rather dry, but on the contrary, Simon Kleinig brings the subject passionately alive by describing a unique landscape through the experiences of the hardy men and women who cut trails,… Read more
Timpson's Leylines by John Timpson
Timpson's Leylines by John Timpson
The title bodes well, but I found this book to be a curiously disappointing mixture of selective historical facts and a somewhat gratuitous self-aggrandisement.

I take no particular view on the existence or nature of ley lines, but my sense is that any book that addresses them ought at least to explore the arguments for and against with an inherent integrity.

Instead, Timpson sets off on an unrelentingly tongue-in-cheek travelogue - albeit at times engaging - consisting mainly of visits to medieval churches and sundry other sites of antiquity, sited around the UK. He boldly sets his own subjective parameters - a broad pencil when it suits him and an attendant and… Read more

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