Roger Shallot

Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (467 of 496)
Location: Merrie England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 66,391 - Total Helpful Votes: 467 of 496
Colin's Sandwich: Complete Series 1 and 2 [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Mel Smith
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I had the great fortune to see this Mel Smith sitcom when it was first broadcast in 1988 - I loved it at the time and now consider it to be 'up there' amongst the best comedies the UK has ever produced. Right from the start of the first episode it is possible to sympathise with Colin Watkins - an intelligent, likeable chap hamstrung in life by his frustration and lack of career ambition.

Colin rants at the world, usually internally, but is generally too polite and 'British' to confront the things that cause him grief. His neuroses remind me of Basil Fawtly but Mr. Watkins is a much nicer chap and by the time a couple of episodes have gone by it's difficult not to be hoping for… Read more
Hodd by Adam Thorpe
Hodd by Adam Thorpe
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Classic, 5 Oct 2011
It's so disppointing to see that some reviewers found this book dull, because I was captivated right from the start and consider it to be nothing short of a classic. The Robin Hood legend has been reworked several times in both film and the written word, and I had just about given up on the notion that it could be wholly reinvigorated.

The idea of finding a long-lost manuscript is not a unique one, but here it serves the author's purpose well, and it's the contents of that imaginary find that are so worthy of note. The recollections of a monk who in his youth spent time with an outlaw - and who unwittingly helped to create the heroic legend - seem so authentic you could almost… Read more
Traitor's Blood (The Civil War Chronicles) by Michael Arnold
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could do better..., 13 Sep 2011
This is a well-written page-turner, but also something of a missed opportunity. The author obviously has a deep knowledge and affection for the period and can write well, but his hastily drawn leading characters and somewhat hackneyed plot-lines almost spoil the whole book. When Mr. Arnold writes about the attack on Brentford in late 1642 he can almost transport his readers into the heart of the action, and it's all convincing stuff. The plot thread concerning Stryker's mission to capture a Parliamentarian spy is less evocative, and is packed with predictability. The `baddies' are entirely bad - almost amusingly so - and any regular reader of historical fiction will feel he or she has met… Read more