Mick Read

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (498 of 569)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,871 - Total Helpful Votes: 498 of 569
Dream Story by Arthur Schnitzler
Dream Story by Arthur Schnitzler
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is it all a dream, 12 Feb 2014
Arthur Schnitzler's novella is set in Vienna, quite when is unclear. Whilst it was published in 1926, there are no motor cars on the streets so the atmosphere created seems more like twenty or so years earlier, and this is important as quite a lot of time is spent travelling and being on the streets of Vienna.
Fridolin and Albertine are a a youthful married couple with a young daughter who between them constitute and loving family. Fridolin is a doctor with a thriving practice and is seeking but not confidant of advancing his career. Albertine seems content enough in her role as stay-at-home mother, although we learn little of quite how she spends her time when Fridolin is out… Read more
Stonehenge: Exploring the Greatest Stone Age Myste&hellip by Mike Parker Pearson
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stonehenge is not a henge, 11 April 2013
One may have thought that Stonehenge had attracted all the attention required to fill any gaps in its history, but one of the many stories to emerge from Mike Parker Pearson's excellent appraisal is how restrictions imposed on excavation at Stonehenge, coupled with our still-limited understanding of life in Britain over four thousand years ago, leave us with much still to learn.

Mike Parker Pearson led the Stonehenge Riverside Project between 2003 and 2008, and this is his record of that widespread investigation. After an excellent recap of the history of archaeological excavation at Stonehenge, Parker Pearson leads the reader through the many facets of his project. In… Read more
Micro by Michael Crichton
Micro by Michael Crichton
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fantasy science fiction is a difficult area, what one person judges to be enjoyable escapism another finds too far-fetched to get into. Much such fantasy seems to be written these days with one eye on Hollywood, or was it always that way, where action and dialogue are deemed necessarily fast-moving and the reader is definitely to be discouraged from thinking for him or her self. Indeed, it is this very roller-coaster approach that sweeps you from reality, and at breakneck speed, through such a whirlwind of ever-inventive pseudo-science that whatever point we end up at seems, somehow, logical. Doesn't it? Well maybe if you simply want to be swept along it really doesn't matter much… Read more