Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (62 of 73)


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Hannibal: Enemy of Rome (Hannibal 1) by Ben Kane
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
It's not often I bother to finish a book that I would rate as merely ok, as there are too many great authors to read, but something kept me at this one. The far fetched plot about the son of a Carthaginian noble sold into Roman slavery had me smiling at times- lots of convenient coincidences keep the plot afloat, such as when the slavers responsible just happen to stop by his home town for a drink and are overheard boasting about it -but I kept reading.

The cliches are everywhere. Enjoyable ones though- he has two brothers, one kind and generous of spirit, one a complete psychopath. Our hero befriends the teenage kids of his roman masters, and of course, the daughter falls for… Read more
A Dance With Dragons: Part 2 After the Feast (A So&hellip by George R. R. Martin
46 of 55 people found the following review helpful
I delayed reading this series because of the negative reviews on amazon regarding this book and its predecessor, A Feast of Crows. I didn't want another unpleasant disappointment after the Wheel of Time, having enthralled me, plunged into dismal depths around book eight. With similar accusations leveled at Martin, I was wary.

After reading the whole lot back to back, I can only surmise that this is due to the lack of attention span of some readers. It was utterly riveting. Yes, the plot grows and grows, but allegations that Martin is losing track of his story are quite simply down to some readers inability to keep up. Tiny aspects of the first book turn out to have significance… Read more
Martin 80/20 Bronze Lifespan Coated Acoustic Strin&hellip by Martin
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Compared to the excellent elixir strings, the inventors of coated strings, these are well below par. Unlike the wonderfully smooth feel of elixirs, Martin's efforts are sticky and squeaky, almost unplayable in fact. They sound good as long as you don't move your fingers- what's the point of that? Useless.