Robin L. Stacpoole

Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (64 of 71)
Location: London, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 89,955 - Total Helpful Votes: 64 of 71
The Heroes: Three men.  One battle.  No Heroes. by Joe Abercrombie
Some really good reviews out there; let me take a different perspective. Heroes is a battle, pointless and violent, and that is its point. About half way through the book, you almost get tired of the utterly unremitting mayhem, but then you realize that JA is managing that most difficult objective - developing character through action and to my surprise, you learn a great deal of his cast through their choices and their reaction to their choices in conflict. It ends up being a precious study of people through war. Surprising. Actually amazing.

One small point, much of the battle is shield and sword in shield wall like conflict. JA kills (which he somehow manages to describe… Read more
Best Served Cold (First Law World 1) by Joe Abercrombie BA
Best Served Cold (First Law World 1) by Joe Abercrombie BA
"Best Served" starts off following a predictable course; murder and revenge. And just at the point where you are thinking, is there anything more, you start to see perspectives move. The character's roles change and change again and keep your interest while the blood, betrayal and profanity flow or perhaps flood. You buy this book as an easy read and end it thinking, yes, that really is rather clever isn't it? I could get you examples but it would spoil your enjoyment of it. Do get this story and enjoy it.
Kendo: A Comprehensive Guide to Japanese Swordsman&hellip by Geoff Salmon
Salmon Sensei creates a great reference book that I think will be useful for all levels of Kenshi - the comprehensive guide is just what it says on the cover. The book, perhaps the first third, starts with an outline of how to behave in the dojo, take care of your equipment and behave with your teachers and students. For me that main part of is the latter 2/3 where techniques are described in detail. One of the highlights of the book is the great diagrams which manage to tightly integrate with the text giving you an idea of how to do what is described. Descriptions and text provide a precise actionable outline. And while the words describe the dos and do-nots of techniques, they also spend… Read more