Rowena Hoseason

Hall of Fame Reviewer - 2013 2014
Reading, writing, riding and swimming. That's me, that is.
Top Reviewer Ranking: 13
Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (13,159 of 14,117)
Location: Kernow, Great Britain
Birthday: 3 Jun
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I hope you enjoy my reviews and find them helpful. Iíve been reviewing books, films and bits for over 15 years, aiming to give credit to the many excellent authors who tend to be overlooked by the mainstream.
I try to recommend books, films, programmes and products which Iíve found especially useful or enjoyable.
I normally read half a dozen nove… Read more



Top Reviewer Ranking: 13 - Total Helpful Votes: 13159 of 14117
Small Town: A Novel Of New York by Lawrence Block
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small Town? Huge story, 17 Sep 2014
First time around, Small Town made a huge impact on me. Itís very much a New York story, entirely influenced by 9/11. A decade later I was curious whether it would still feel as powerful, as involving and compelling as it did when Ground Zero was still little more than a hideous smoking hole, a raw wound at the heart of America.

This is not your typical Lawrence Block hard-boiled pulp fiction PI quick thriller. Nor is it some anti-Islamic, homeland security, global conspiracy shindig, packed with racial stereotypes, easy targets and square-jawed heroes. It is, plain and simple, a love song to New York from one of its finest writers.

This love song is threaded… Read more
Heli [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Armando Espitia
Heli [DVD] DVD ~ Armando Espitia
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Although Heli is filmed with undoubted expertise and extracts some stunning performances from the (mostly) extremely young cast, itís ultimately an empty shell. It genuinely displays the absolute worst aspects of inhumanity in such a cold, matter of fact manner that it muffles all the emotional impact they should have.
The filming is extremely stark, almost docu-drama, although the special features reveal that every single shot was painstakingly planned and executed. The landscapes and photography are frequently awe-inspiring Ė to the extent that they have more effect than the frequently brutal scenes being played out within them.
Heli doesnít seem to know if itís a social… Read more
Zero: An Orbit Novel by J.S. Collyer
Zero: An Orbit Novel by J.S. Collyer
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is an ambitious first novel, one which creates a sprawling and credible near-future, a tense and turbulent political situation, and then throws a rogue crew of space pirates into the mix. Weíre a long way from old-school Ďhardí sci-fi which tried as hard to be technically accurate as it did to tell a good story. Nope, think instead of Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, Firefly, Farscape and all. Zero certainly aims high.

Although Zero is set in space and in the future, itís not really space-opera as such. This isnít about galaxy-spanning travel: itís about human interactions set against the backdrop of a fragmenting social structure. This isnít the gleaming world of JJ Abramsí… Read more

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