N Foster

"Nigel Foster 'what's a deadline?'"
Hey, I can do sensitive. Hung-over, too.
Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (98 of 128)
Location: SW England
Birthday: 17 Mar
In My Own Words:
A writer who might well have, maybe should have settled for 2.5 children, half a dog and a mortgage. You cannot laze around with a great idea or a fine phrase on a Sunday morning.

Mostly anything except talking about football (soccer), cars and middle class angst.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 539,288 - Total Helpful Votes: 98 of 128
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Every now and then a book comes along which makes you want to shake the author. Metaphorically speaking, of course. This is one of those books.
Set in an alternate/future South Africa, Zoo City is about a former journalist/addict who's acquired an animal familiar for accidentally killing her own brother. It's what happens: commit a crime and an animal moves in, for good. If it dies, so do you, more or less. Now, a human/animal symbiosis also features in Philip Pullman's Dark Materials. Except they - the familiars - appear at puberty, aren't associated with crime. Arguably, a similar principle appears in every story about a witch and her cat. It's not particularly new, although the… Read more
Consorts of Heaven (Hidden Empire) by Jaine Fenn
Every now and then a writer comes along that makes you want to jump for joy. And, if you're a writer yourself, experience just a little of 'wish I could do that' syndrome. Hi, Jaine.
Principles of Angels was fascinating, an alien but totally believable environment and a style which is spare, lucid and never boring. Jaine Fenn obviously care about her craft as much as she does her characters. Above all, she loves telling a story, as a story and not a series of connected events. A slight clunkiness in the denouement because her prose is actually much denser than it seems and she did cram a great deal of detail into the last quarter. Well, it seemed a little complex to me. Overall, a… Read more
Which Lie Did I Tell? by William Goldman
Which Lie Did I Tell? by William Goldman
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
]Adventures In The Screen TradeAdventures in the Screen Trade (also reviewed by Your Obd't Servant) was and is one of the finest books written about Hollywood and the arts of scriptwriting and moviemaking. Sequels are never a favourite but, similar to Godfather II The Godfather: Part II [DVD] [1974, this one - Which Lie Did I Tell - equals and in one important aspect surpasses the original. No, not De Niro but because it contains a master-class on scriptwriting which involves several of the best movie writers ever. And like the prequel (hey, this is a book about movies,… Read more