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Helpful votes received on reviews: 74% (352 of 474)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 6,687 - Total Helpful Votes: 352 of 474
Ripper by Isabel Allende
Ripper by Isabel Allende
1.0 out of 5 stars A dreadful book, 11 May 2014
There's no point in mocking a genre unless you understand it. Isabel Allende clearly doesn't. This is a travesty, and does her no favours.
The Siege by Arturo Perez-Reverte
The Siege by Arturo Perez-Reverte
4.0 out of 5 stars A splendid big book, 8 April 2014
I really enjoyed this book, which covers an enormous canvas. If it's swashbuckling you want, as a reader, your swash will be buckled. If it's warfare, there's plenty of that - a shabby, depressing, ugly, particularly futile type of warfare. If it's flawed characters, there are plenty of those. I think what I enjoyed most was the picture of life in Cádiz, which - despite being bombarded and under siege - still managed to seem a proud, fine city.

The finale... Well, the journey was better than the arrival; so much better that the slightly weak ending didn't bother me.

All credit to the translator, Frank Wynne, whose prose is light, elegant and seems effortless… Read more
The Long Fall: A Novel by Walter Mosley
The Long Fall: A Novel by Walter Mosley
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, 27 Mar 2014
I envy readers who haven't yet discovered Walter Mosley - you have a real treat ahead of you. His books are engaging and complex, his characters humane. Yes, they all have a greater or lesser chip on their shoulders (and quite rightly - who could be black in the United States and not have?) but their concerns are universal and will be familiar to most readers.

I'm simply amazed to find that this book was published in 2009, and hasn't yet received a single review on the UK Amazon site.

AMEND: it has. Don't know how I missed them.