Sandra Smythe

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (46 of 50)
Location: Surrey, England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,391,062 - Total Helpful Votes: 46 of 50
My Favourite People and Me 1978-1988 by Alan Davies
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A favourite person?, 23 Nov 2009
This book focuses on the years 1978-1988, and follows Alan Davies growing up from 12 to 22. It focuses on the people he identified with or found important, his heroes and icons as such. Each year is divided between several of these icons.

Firstly, let's say that the people who are mainly going to like this book are those who are fans of Alan Davies, as I think is often the way with autobiographical works. Although, he does give information on the people he is writing about, almost all of it is in the context of why they were important to him and the impact they had on his life. And the information given on his various favourite people does vary, with some we get a very good… Read more
The Naming Of The Beasts: A Felix Castor Novel by Mike Carey
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better and better..., 9 Sep 2009
This is the 5th book in Mike Carey's Felix Castor series and it is certainly one of the best so far, if not the best book in the series. The book is set a few weeks after the events in Thicker Than Water and we find Felix initially drowning his sorrows in spectular style before pulling himself together to once again face the dangers caused by Asmodeus. I won't go into detail about the plot so as not to give any spoilers away but, as I have come to expect from Carey, the action is tightly plotted, well-written and compulsive. I think Felix is one of the best protaganists I have come across in this type of series and the development of his character by Carey has been excellent and this novel… Read more
The Keeper by Natasha Mostert
The Keeper by Natasha Mostert
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Keeper, 8 July 2009
This book centres around Mia, the Keeper of the title, who is from a long line of women whose task is to protect the fighters in her keeping. However, when one of her fighters dies a few days after a fight he did not tell her about, she and her childhood friend Nick find out that not only have other fighters died in the same way but that they too are in danger from the murderer.

The story features the same blend of the modern technological world and supernatural and mystical elements that were in Mostert's previous work, The Season of the Witch. Since the actual synopsis on the back of the book tells the reader who the murderer is then it can't be considered a mystery in any way… Read more

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