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Across the Blood-Red Skies by Robert Radcliffe
Across the Blood-Red Skies by Robert Radcliffe
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cancel your flight, 5 May 2012
A friend who normally enjoys war fiction passed this book on to me, wondering if he was being too harsh in finding it boring. After dragging my way through it, I'm afraid I would have to agree.

At the very least, with this kind of plot-driven writing, you expect an intriguing journey, with plenty of twists and turns. Radcliffe, who is clearly not a natural writer, apparently believes he can elevate his work above its genre by employing a fruitlessly complex flashback structure, changing narrative voice repeatedly. Unfortunately, this clumsily undercuts several crucial moments in the development of whatever plot there is. Remember the frustration you feel when a storyline picks up… Read more
Beyond the Storm by E. V. Thompson
Beyond the Storm by E. V. Thompson
4 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Having just read "Before the Storm", I feel impelled to warn you: if you are tempted to try E V Thompson's work, please borrow a copy from your local library before throwing away your money. Ten pages should be enough for you to realise that Thompson is possibly the feeblest writer of popular fiction currently in print.

Prose so bad cannot be blamed on inadequate editing - although, to protect their reputation, Hale Books should have returned Thompson his manuscript, marked "unpublishable". If all that is dull, hackneyed, repetitious, illogical, crass, insipid, inelegant and straightforwardly incorrect were removed from "Before the Storm", you would be left with 256 pages blank… Read more
Sense And Sensibility (Collector's Edition) [1996]&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Emma Thompson
3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Respectable, 19 April 2007
While Ang Lee has done a surprisingly sensitive job, considering how far "Sense & Sensibility" is from his other work, some of the comment below is fulsome. The film is accomplished, not a masterpiece. There is a pallid, washed-out appearance to the cinematography, a metaphor for the whole enterprise: Jane Austen's books are incidentally profound social comedies, but there's precious little fun to be had here. The tone near the end suggests a tragedy. Among the cast, Kate Winslet is very irritating as Marianne (it's not just the character), and Emma Thompson can only have come to play Elinor through being the screenwriter: mature, plain and dull, she is no heroine, and brings to the part… Read more