M. Drummond

Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (74 of 79)
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland


Top Reviewer Ranking: 35,864 - Total Helpful Votes: 74 of 79
Top Gear - The Perfect Road Trip [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Jeremy Clarkson
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I got the blu-ray and wished I had settled for the DVD. Two reasons: One, this isn't a great outing and won't be re-watched anywhere near as often as the rest of our Top Gear collection. Two, the photography is downright disappointing and therefore pointless in HD. I'm used to high standards of photography from Top Gear, and given that most of this was shot in northern Italy and the French Riveria, they would have had plenty to work with. They started off in Venice, for God's sake! It looks like the production team went off on holiday with James May and the top cameramen, because the end result felt very cobbled together rather than the slick production we know and love.
Butterflies in November by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
Butterflies in November by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely different, 11 Jan 2014
The writing is five stars - I was reminded of miss smilla's feeling for snow, but this was even more quirky. The sequence of events should have been beyond belief, but somehow worked here. The lack of conclusion is the reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5. What happened when she got back? How was her relationship with the boy after she returned him to his mother? Did she see her latest lover again? Did she seek out the teenager she met at the hotel? But perhaps this is an Icelandic style of writing, to leave all these loose ends. Maybe it was the writer's intention to leave the reader wondering. Perhaps it is the very reason the book stayed with me. Because it did. And that is one of the… Read more
The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
It took me several attempts to get into this book as it starts very slowly. At the third attempt, I got past the first couple of chapters and the pace of the book picked up and drew me in. An incredible piece of writing that had everything - love (of all kinds), betrayal (sometimes well-intentioned, other times, malicious), karma, reincarnation and the heroic actions of many people who have conflicting ideas of how best to react to circumstances. The characters are extreme examples of their background cultures, whether they are English, Japanese, Chinese or mixed. The foreground story would be enough on its own, but the background stories also haunt you - the love of the mother and father,… Read more

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