C. Green

"happily low brow"
Top Reviewer Ranking: 366
Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (4,677 of 5,291)
Location: Quenington, Glos, UK



Top Reviewer Ranking: 366 - Total Helpful Votes: 4677 of 5291
Hot Wheels Track Builder System Playset by Hot Wheels
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Back in when I was a child in the 70's my brother and I used to love playing with our Darda Cars (which you can still buy), a toy car racing track system from Germany that used clockwork to fire matchbox sized vehicles through a series of loops and jumps. I was therefore curious to see what the modern equivalent from Hotwheels would be like and whether my son, aged four as I was back in the late 70's, would enjoy playing with it as much as I loved mucking around with the Darda system.

In terms of enjoyment, my son certainly loved playing with the Hotwheels when we first got it out, and was more than capable of setting up the course and also altering its configuration to suit his… Read more
Shattered Trident by Larry Bond
Shattered Trident by Larry Bond
I have enjoyed the previous three Jerry Mitchell novels from Larry Bond, but have to consider Shattered Trident a misfire. Whilst all of Bond's books have relied heavily on their technical accuracy and the level of attention given to establishing a wider geopolitical setting that both detailed and plausible, Shattered Trident spends too long on the 'big picture' stuff and not enough on the smaller scale human drama. It can hardly be considered a successful Jerry Mitchell novel when Mitchell himself feels almost shoehorned into the plot.

The result is a book that is too dry and lacks a solid emotional hook to keep the reader interested. As a portrayal of how and armed conflict… Read more
Bank of Fear by David Ignatius
Bank of Fear by David Ignatius
The first thing to mention about Bank of Fear is that it was written back in 1996 and has now been republished. This wouldn't be a problem except that the plot is centred around the Iraqi ex-pat community in London in the mid-1990's and follows events just prior to and immediately after the fictional assassination of Saddam Hussein. As a consequence of the real-world events that have taken place in Iraq and globally since 1996, Bank of Fear always has the slight feel of a dated museum piece, which could have a negative impact on a reader's enjoyment of the book. It certainly did for me, with the fictional events portrayed robbed of any verisimilitude by their real life counterparts… Read more

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