Danny De Raymaeker

Helpful votes received on reviews: 70% (57 of 82)
Location: Leuven Belgium


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,285,151 - Total Helpful Votes: 57 of 82
On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fea&hellip by Stephen T. Asma
7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars All over the place, 3 April 2010
Mr. Asma has written an ambitious book, as he did not simply limit his scope to mythology, medieval lore or pulp fiction, but also included chapters on a.o. Darwinism, witch hunts, Freud, serial killers and biotechnology. The result is a disappointing hodgepodge. Most aspects of this admittedly vast subject are superficially touched upon rather than explored in depth. The book fails abyssmally as a reference work. Any reader with a more than basic familiarity with the subjects broached by the author will find very little new information in this work. A waste of my time.
Pop 1280 (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) by Jim Thompson
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A lazy and corrupt sheriff in a small town (population = 1280) is not getting any respect neither from the local farmers and hoodlums, his superiors nor his wife (who is cheating on him with his "brother in law"). Suddenly something snaps and he starts to clean house in a devious and vicious way.
The reason I picked up this book was because it is the basis for one of my all time favourite french movies "Coup de torchon" with Philippe Noiret in the leading role. The director (Bernard Tavernier) changed the surroundings from a sweltering southern US county to Algeria right before the outbreak of the second world war, but otherwise remains extremely close to the storyline of the novel. It… Read more
The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars History without Europe, 27 July 2004
Robinson's novel is an exercise in hypothetical history writing : how would the world's history have looked like if the entire population of medieval Europe had been wiped out by the plague and Temur's hordes had only encountered an empty wasteland ?
Robinson sketches the answer in ten chapters that deal with a period of approximately six centuries, describing the development of predominantly Musulman and Chinese empires through the experiences of a number of central characters whose fates are intertwined during succesive reincarnations.
In Robinson's hypothetical world history two major powerhouses come into being : the Chinese through sheer numbers are set to dominate a large… Read more