Jamie Lang

Helpful votes received on reviews: 68% (50 of 74)
Location: Sheffield, England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 474,234 - Total Helpful Votes: 50 of 74
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book purports to examine the amelioration of inter-race tensions in 1950s Malaya through an appreciation of high culture supposedly common to all. Consequently it loses itself in an ecstasy of mutual self-admiration amongst British ruling class colonialists, Dutch and Boer ruling class colonialists, Japanese ruling class colonialists, and an up and coming Malaysian ruling class.

These people might have a recent history of killing each other in brutal wars, and torturing each other in brutal concentration camps (invented by the British in South Africa), but they can still admire each other's love of high art and culture, and use that upper class solidarity to unite against… Read more
Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of a&hellip by Richard Miles
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
If you have the slightest interest in learning about ancient Carthage, then you can't go wrong with this book. The author successfully combines effective story-telling with serious, academically-proven history, bringing both individual characters and entire cultures to vivid, sometimes ghastly, sometimes heroic, life. Very little is black and white in this world, with divisions in every camp, and complex relationships between individuals on the same and opposing sides clearly explained. From epic myth to the mundane details of everyday life in competing ancient civilisations - every nuance is expertly set out here. You really couldn't ask for more.
Gardens of the Moon (Book 1 of The Malazan Book of&hellip by Steven Erikson
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is far from being the worst fantasy book ever written. Unfortunately it's also quite a long way away from being the best. The plot is minimal, at least in terms of development, but complex in terms of the number of things going on at any one time, and the large number of thinly drawn characters. In fact it's difficult, if not impossible, to follow who everyone is. Things just aren't explained very well, and even the author seems to get confused about who is who (e.g. there is a character list which names two "High Mages" as Tholis and Parald, but they only seem to get mentioned when they die off stage on page 671, and then they're called Tholas and Paral!

On the other hand… Read more

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