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Secrecy by Rupert Thomson
Secrecy by Rupert Thomson
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Clumsily written, 11 Jun 2013
I'm pleased for Rupert Thomson. Really, I am. He's been producing novels in relative obscurity throughout his writing career, most of them highly inventive and brilliantly written. Now, with Secrecy, he seems to have made some sort of breakthrough to the mass market. Unfortunately he's done it with a book that's a turkey. Set aside the fact that the Florence setting seems to have been written with tourist map to hand, and the convoluted plot is heavily reliant on coincidence. Ignore the convenient moments when the narrator "instinctively knew" such and such a character was behind an event. The fact is, in terms of prose style, it's uncharacteristically clunky and laboured, with sentences… Read more
Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez
Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stone cold masterpiece, 6 April 2013
Julio's Day is one hundred pages long, and covers a span of one hundred years, tracing the life of the book's eponymous character, the lives of those around him, and the century they live through. It is superbly and economically told: characters are realised and its storyline revealed in the fewest of words, in an expression, in the reveal of the often ominous central American landscape that forms the backdrop to their lives. Nothing is obvious here. It is surprising and moving and, in its unflashy way, groundbreaking. Gilbert Hernandez has produced many great works, but this is a masterpiece, and that's not a term I use lightly. Unreservedly recommended.
Lady In White [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Lukas Haas
Lady In White [DVD] DVD ~ Lukas Haas
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Imagine an episode of Little House on the Prairie at its most unctuous, and a Disney children's film at its most emotionally
manipulative. Now add in some slapstick, some murdered children, a hint of pedophilia, and achingly poor special effects that
would seem shameful in a movie made in the 1920s. This, in short, is Lady in White. Its premise is promising (boy locked
overnight in the school's cupboard witnesses the ghost of a murdered girl), but its execution is so mind-bogglingly misjudged it defies belief. You can see the tone the film's makers are aiming for - a dash of Stephen King, or Ray Bradbury, or even (in their dreams) the otherworldly atmosphere of Night of the… Read more