Anna Klein

Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (199 of 239)
Birthday: 21 July
In My Own Words:
Hello. I know it's been quite a while since I've been active here. Truth is, I had a bit of a run in with what in the good old days was known as a "nervous breakdown" (don't we love such terms), and I've had a pretty unstable couple of years. But, I am functioning again, if you wish to email me, and I have revived a lifelong passion: painting and drawing portraits. You can view my current eBay auc… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,662,887 - Total Helpful Votes: 199 of 239
The Hired Gun by Matthew Branton
The Hired Gun by Matthew Branton
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Literary hitmen, 31 May 2003
John Decker is a contract killer. The best, in fact. He's also getting older. And someone is out to take his place. He waits for this Contender to seek him out, but is instead confronted with Olsen, a fast-talking, brash hitman in his twenties who insists he's not the Contender and only wants to work for Decker. Decker is unsure, but both men have lost their Postmen and are now adrift without jobs or protection, so reluctantly he agrees to team up and teach Olsen some tricks in exchange for a second pair of eyes as they track down the force trying to destroy them.
The first third of THE HIRED GUN reads like a noir/action film, complete with the killers in their racy black cars and… Read more
The Apocalypse Door by James D. Macdonald
The Apocalypse Door by James D. Macdonald
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Peter Crossman is one of the thirty and three holy knights for the Knights Templar, and he and his apprentice/partner, Simon, are trying to track down a missing U.N. team in a Newark warehouse. Instead of men, he finds mushrooms, and not just ordinary mushrooms. These little fungi flinch at his cross. Then a nun from Peter's past shows up behind his table in a bar, confessing she has come to kill him. Because he's a priest, he must accept her confession and he can tell no one afterward -- not even when he finds his contact dead outside, his face sliced off. And if that isn't enough trouble, soon he's got the CIA, some Teutonic Knights, more mushrooms, and a talking brass head to contend… Read more
Smoking Poppy (GOLLANCZ S.F.) by Graham Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars A thriller with heart, 21 May 2003
In SMOKING POPPY, Graham Joyce has done an excellent job of handling both the psychological and spiritual issues mysteriously yet honestly. This book is a striking portrayal of a father's unconditional love for his children (and his children's unfailing desire to protect him). Nothing here is portrayed as right or wrong beyond the demands of loyalty. More than a thriller, more than a family novel, SMOKING POPPY seamlessly weaves the two genres together into a painful, amusing, and unnerving tale of love and violence in the exotically dangerous Asian jungle.
If you have trouble with slightly far-out spirituality, you may have trouble with this story, but if you're interested in a… Read more