A. J. Russell

"Andy Russell"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (39 of 44)
Location: UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 817,897 - Total Helpful Votes: 39 of 44
On Thin Ice: Breakdowns, Whiteouts and Survival wi&hellip by Hugh Rowland
Having watched Ice Road Truckers, I purchased this hoping Hugh would put some flesh on the life of a trucker that is only hinted at in the TV series. Sadly, this book seems to have been rushed out to cash in on the success of the show. It's not long enough and the publisher has tried to compensate for the lack of depth by double spacing the text and printing in point 14 font. Never have I sped through a book so fast. However, my main bugbear is in the quality control. The authors have seemingly not proof read their own book, and the mistakes even passed the publisher unchecked. Too many times are the same facts churned out. Yes, we know about the ice cracking. Yes, we know about the bow… Read more
The Rise of Endymion (GOLLANCZ S.F.) by Dan Simmons
Dan Simmons wraps up his Hyperion Cantos with this final instalment and it turns out to be a mixed bag. For every high there seems to be a low. Before I get into specifics, let me state that this is still a very fine book that puts many other sci-fi novels to shame but Simmons never manages to reach the highs he did so consistently with Hyperion and The Fall Of Hyperion.

There are some genuinely astounding moments both in terms of writing style and storyline here: Simmons' environmental description is exceptionally good and allows the reader to form a very specific idea of the locations he envisiged when he was writing the story. Similarly, the major plot events are both highly… Read more
Crop Circles: Signs, Wonders and Mysteries by Steve & Karen Alexander
Crop Circles: Signs, Wonders and Mysteries by Steve & Karen Alexander
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The photographs in this book are about as good as you're going to get with the crop circles subject. They are full colour, large reprints and handily organised into category by design type. However, the author's introduction and prose is biased, unproven and devoid of interest. The idea should have been to supplement the photos with some background information to help the reader to understand the various patterns; but the style of writing is bordering on moronic. Do yourself a favour: buy the book, marvel at the photos, just ignore the text.