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The Collector by John Fowles
The Collector by John Fowles
I first read, and loved, this novel 20 years ago. Had I rated it then, I'd have given it 5*. Upon rereading I was surprised to learn it's not without flaws.

The premise remains excellent. Clegg remains a magnificently realised character. His sections of the novel remain outstanding, detached and, certainly from his perspective, unwittingly chilling.

And then there's Miranda. I found myself struggling to get through her story. I don't know whether that was because of her youthful student pretensiousness or whether the character itself (she's undoubtedly representative of London in the 60's) has merely dated very badly. I genuinely didn't care about her relationship with… Read more
No Name (Penguin Classics) by Wilkie Collins
No Name (Penguin Classics) by Wilkie Collins
The first three quarters of this novel are simply outstanding. Unfortunately the final quarter is not. It's no coincidence that the standard drops noticeably at the conclusion of the battle to influence Noel Vanstone between the two standout characters, Mme Lecount and Captain Wragge.

Wragge in particular was an unexpected delight, as impressive and ambiguous as the magnificent Count Fosco from Collins "Woman in White". The interplay between Wragge and Lecount in Aldborough was genuinely outstanding and for all Magdalen's scheming, it is undoubtedly Wragge's spell as puppetmaster general which is the novel's highspot.

Magdalen is for the most part both an outstanding… Read more
The Lord of the Rings (3 Book Box set) by J. R. R. Tolkien
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2.0 out of 5 stars Jackson did it Justice, 15 July 2011
First things first. I didn't finish it. I couldn't finish it. The arrival of the tedious walking tree proving a bridge too far. Fantasy novels, and delusions of grandeur aside that IS it's genre, aren't my forte, though I do dabble.

On the plus side Tolkien's universe is an amazing creation. No point denying it. His imaginings have been meticulously brought to life, complete with history and underlying mythology. Unfortunatley, this strength also serves to hinder the flow of the novel. Being a fictional universe, Tolkien, feels the compulsion to establish, embellish and finally pummel the reader with history lessons. Ultimately, I just didn't care enough to wade through it… Read more