E. Penn-Hughes

Helpful votes received on reviews: 68% (28 of 41)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 906,361 - Total Helpful Votes: 28 of 41
The Mandrake Machine (Valentin & The Widow Book 1) by Andrew Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing!, 13 May 2013
Maybe I enjoyed this so much because a share the name of the heroine, but I really enjoyed the book, great characterisation and a fast paced story. Thank you Andrew for writing a realistic female lead.
Thinblade (Sovereign of the Seven Isles: Book One) by David A. Wells
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So badly written, 9 July 2012
This is very badly written, I got a quarter of the way through and had to abandon it. The characters are flat and wholly good or evil. The prose is overly descriptive on meeting each new character we learn their hair colour eye colour and weight. An example of the lack of imagination is that the first thing the evil prince does is create a zombie, which is just called a zombie demon. I really do expect a little more imagination and world creation than that. Worst book I've come across in a long while.
Hungry Ghosts: China's Secret Famine by Jasper Becker
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Whilst Jasper Beckers Hungry Ghosts gives a wide and unique overview of the Chinese famine of 1959-1961 it has a few fatal flaws. Becker ignores some of the more complex issues as to why the famine happened, such as the politics within the top echelons of the CCP and its relations with the USSR. Its presentation of Mao as 'the architect of the famine' is overly simplistic, simply casting the Chairman as a stupid evil sadist. Whilst I am not saying that Mao was a good man, there were complex issues of power, personality, and previous history that meant that Mao and those around him acted in the ways that they did, rather than it just being one big nefarious plan. The graphic detail with… Read more

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