M. Hind

"Mike Hind"
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Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (43 of 56)
Location: Leeds, UK
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 850,552 - Total Helpful Votes: 43 of 56
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling, 10 Jan 2012
When a novel captures the essence of the times in which it's set, that's the recipe for a truly immersive experience. The greed, posturing and shallow absurdity of the 80s (as I and many others seem to recall them) is so skilfully reflected I can't think of any better example in fiction. Think 'American Psycho', sans sexual violence and those lengthy discourses on the 'work' of Huey Lewis & the News - but plenty else to laugh at. The set pieces are sometimes breathtaking (my favourite being the 'Death, New York Style' chapter). In the end, though - for me - it's the sheer pace of the horribly unwinding tale that makes this one of the most exciting reads I could name. Picking up this book,… Read more
2666 by Roberto Bolano
2666 by Roberto Bolano
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Reading 2666 I got the sense of sinking into a deep, dark abyss. It's one of those books that feels complex but not impenetrable. More themes than you can shake a stick at, brilliantly interwoven and carefully explored. Finishing it doesn't feel like the end because it stays in the head. I recommend reading the multitude of eloquently favourable reviews on here and if the sound of 2666 appeals to you at all, do NOT miss out on such a rich, rewarding and satisfying read.
Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
The idea of being able to kill with nothing more than thoughts is an unlikely vehicle for such a funny story, but it really works. The bleaker (and sicker) the scenarios, the funnier it gets. And although there is a constantly surreal sense to the proceedings, it never stretches the bounds of credibility. The lampooning of certain character types is masterful (realtors/estate agents, environmental activists) and the economy of language means the punchlines come at a steady pace. I laughed out loud several times (the recruitment ads for class act lawsuits eventually had me in stitches) and winced several times too. Original, compelling, thought-provoking, funny and silly - but in a good way.

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