A. M. Dell Munro

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 66% (52 of 79)
Location: UK
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,406,136 - Total Helpful Votes: 52 of 79
Cell by Robin Cook
Cell by Robin Cook
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter tripe, 21 May 2014
If I could give zero stars I would do. This is the biggest load of tripe I have read in a long time. It is the book club pick this month otherwise I would have given up. The basic premise of a big brother controlling and monitoring health is probably not far off. But the rest of the book…… So you see a suspicious death what should you do - report it to someone in authority, but does our hero? Of course not. Conveniently he lives in the same block as a hacker, conveniently he knows all the people who die. He complains that he has no money yet finds £10000 dollars to pay the hacker. Oh it is so annoying - this is several days worth of reading time I won't get back
The Age of Shiva by Manil Suri
The Age of Shiva by Manil Suri
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
At over 400 pages, this book is twice as long as it should be. It can be roughly split into a good half and a bizarre bad half.

I love books on India and this looked promising to begin with - the central character, Meena, ensnares her sister's boyfriend and lives to regret it. The trouble is that she isn't very likable - if fact a bit of a misandrist. Her lovely father who tries to do so much for her is ridiculed. Her husband and brother in law are portrayed as rather pathetic and her spineless son seems to have an almost Oedipus complex.

I found the politicization and the academic success of her mother and sister bizarre. The second half was just a vacuous political… Read more
Choke Chain by Jason Donald
Choke Chain by Jason Donald
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I was there, 10 Jun 2009
This was a fabulous book - not sure I agree with the reviewers who said they laughed. There was little to laugh at here. Set in South Africa - it could be set anywhere - it made the characters so real. The down trodden mother, the useless racist father and the boys - initially so innocent but growing up fast. The analogy of the choke chain was a little contrived, but that would be my only criticism. This book should win awards.

I lived in Pretoria - just after the time this book was set. I can see the places and the people. Brilliant