Jonnyboy (Jonathan)

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 95% (269 of 283)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,517 - Total Helpful Votes: 269 of 283
Brainstorm by Matthew Drzymala
Brainstorm by Matthew Drzymala
4.0 out of 5 stars A confident early book, 27 April 2014
Matthew Drzymala is best known for his light-hearted Bumpkinton series of books. Here we have something darker and meatier. I read the story in one session, intrigued throughout and, even though I guessed the twist before the end, it was still satisfying when it eventually came.

The author successfully conveys tone and atmosphere here and shows off his versatility when comparing the style to the Bumpkinton books. The writing is taut and precise and largely works. It's a confident early book from a rising author and, as he evolves and adds even more zing to his writing, I predict a bright future.
Hotspot (Auto Series) by David Wailing
Hotspot (Auto Series) by David Wailing
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
'Hotspot' is another standalone story from David Wailing's popular and successful Auto series. Set in a future where technology runs rampant, this is another tale cleverly mixing humour and something more serious.

David's series is always entertaining but it has often rather chilled me. This story is no different. The writing is deceptively straightforward but details are dropped in casually which, when reflected upon, have sinister Big Brother undertones. Take, for example, Five, the new 5G network; in the club (delightfully named 'Choon'), everyone is connected to Five. "They have no choice, since all the other networks are being blocked." Here is a world where… Read more
Last Christmas: A Bumpkinton Short Story by Matthew Drzymala
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is the first in the delightfully-named Bumpkinton series of books by this new author. The setting is a quaint village and in this story we are introduced to several of the characters, most notably little Humphrey and his parents. This is a very gentle and readable Christmas short story. It's perfect for this time of year. The book provoked smiles in all the right places; the author has an eye for comic detail and I hope he explores this further as it is promising here. Overall, a lovely little tale with an ending that, although perhaps predictable, stays just the right side of sentimentality. I look forward to other books in this series.