Patrick Healey

Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (9 of 10)
Birthday: 31 May


Top Reviewer Ranking: 5,005,480 - Total Helpful Votes: 9 of 10
Set In Darkness (Inspector Rebus) by Ian Rankin
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Not Rankin's best effort. The ending was weak, and slightly contrived. Hopefully there'll be return to form with the next one, as I'm normally a massive fan of the Rebus books. If you're going to read the Rebus books, you will get the most enjoyment form readng the series in order.
The Chess Garden by Brooks Hansen
The Chess Garden by Brooks Hansen
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is such an ambitious work of fiction that it's astonishing that the author pulls it off. But he does. The book mixes the horrors of war with the life of turn of the century america, and nineteenth century Europe with ease, and then intertwines this with an allegorical tale about the fictional antipodes. This is populated by games pieces (chess men etc.), who are alive, and involved in conflicts of their own.
It was only when I read this book a second time, I truly appreciated how great it is, and how the intricate strands of the different tales are closely woven together.
I read it every year, and I'm not ashamed to say it still brings a tear to my eye. Buy it!