Shouna Falconer

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 76% (54 of 71)
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 306,542 - Total Helpful Votes: 54 of 71
Me and My Sisters by Sinead Moriarty
Me and My Sisters by Sinead Moriarty
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I really enjoyed this book and tried to make it last, but romped through it in under a week.

To my mind a sign of a good author is when his/her books are similar enough to be written in the same "voice" but different enough to avoid being re-treads of previous books. This is certainly achieved in this book. Lovers of S Moriarty's other books will find in this book a truly original novel which nevertheless brings with it all the companionship and comfort of an old friend.

The format's been used before, probably many times - by Tony Parsons, Erica James and others - but its execution here is more skillful than any other I've come across. We meet three sisters, each… Read more
The Swallows Of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra
The Swallows Of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, 15 July 2011
This has to be one of the most depressing books I've read. Not a book to be read for enjoyment. Unlike many other books which deal with difficult subjects, there's just no let-up. Even the glimmer of light that sneaks through manages to darken things even more.

However, you don't expect such a book to be a bundle of laughs and the above is not the only reason for the two star rating I've given it. A big problem for me is that I don't like the style of writing. In places the prose is evocative and clear, adding greatly to the novel's power for short passages. Nevertheless most of the book is written in a pompous style and the result is like wading through treacle. This… Read more
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, 14 April 2011
I should start by saying that I didn't like the film much, and only read the novel because I could see that the idea was good, and since the original books are normally better than their films, I decided to give it a go.

However I found it disappointing. The novel just didn't seem to have any "voice". The story trundled along, and despite the danger and the terrible things that were happening, I didn't really care much. It took me almost 4 weeks to get through it.

There is no real characterisation and there is too much techno-babble. I thought "Timeline" was much better.