J. E. Aktas

"Mind Me Banburys"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (78 of 88)
Birthday: 22 Jun
In My Own Words:
I like Art. And I like ambitious attempts by creative people to produce work (whether film or writing or art) that moves me, that helps me understand more about the world; work that makes me laugh or cry, or FEEL. Simple as...

I will critique anything...

My older son claims that I don't like films, and he says I always come home from the cinema saying "...it was supposed to be a comedy, but I didn't laugh ONCE..." or..."faugh...they don't make films like they used to..."
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 16,345 - Total Helpful Votes: 78 of 88
A Bouquet of Barbed Wire by Andrea Newman
A Bouquet of Barbed Wire by Andrea Newman
4.0 out of 5 stars an excellent read, 4 July 2014
I read the book after having watched both the dismal latest television re-imagining with Trevor Eve, and the fantastic original TV series on DVD with Frank Finlay et al. The book is literate and well-written - it's not the dumbed-down pap we usually get nowadays. It's quite admirably intelligent regarding the complexity of the relationships between the protagonists. The subject matter is a rarely examined scenario and it is handled sensitively, although some fairly shocking events do occur. I would recommend this book, especially if you loved the original TV series and want to extend your enjoyment!
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson
3.0 out of 5 stars cheesy, 30 Jun 2014
I realise that a lot of people have enjoyed this book. I'm not one of them. It started off OK, and I was quite optimistic to begin with. It almost seemed like a fairy tale; a picaresque morality tale or similar. However, it rapidly got very silly. It's not so much the cardboard cut-out nature of the characters that bothers me; or even the conflating of actual historical events with invented ones. It's just no good. Contrary to its claims, it wasn't humorous. It wasn't meaningful. It's got quite a nasty and nihilistic side - underneath the frivolity it is as noir and norse as you might expect from a Swedish writer. People randomly get annihilated just as they are about to enjoy life for… Read more
Alys, Always by Harriet Lane
Alys, Always by Harriet Lane
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's certainly an easy read, and relatively enjoyable compared to most of the junk that's out there. But, chilling, it is not. And for the life of me I can't see how it can be described as a 'psychological thriller'. Thriller? I still wonder whether the whole business might be the Walter Mittyesque daydream of the mousy girl Frances. I had almost read to the end when i realized that nothing was going to happen. No fights, arguments, murders - either attempted or committed. Bloodless. Completely bloodless, just like the protagonist. I did not find her likeable. When she calls Honor "something of a fantasist" I couldn't help but think that this was pure Freudian projection - it's… Read more

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