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Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (28 of 32)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,353,084 - Total Helpful Votes: 28 of 32
The Vesuvius Club: A Lucifer Box Novel (Lucifer Bo&hellip by Mark Gatiss
Maybe I was in an odd mood the week I read this book, but I don't think so. After the first few pages, my mind's eye visualised a cross between "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" and "The Importance of Being Earnest", but while this seems an absolute hoot of an idea, the whole thing failed to grab me in any way. Some very nice turn of phrase, but there was something a bit school drama about it. Perhaps as a screen-play for TV, brought to life with with good casting - Riche E Grant in the lead, Timothy Spall in there somewhere....? - it has real potential!
The Dark Half by Stephen King
The Dark Half by Stephen King
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I like Stephen King. He does what a popular writer is supposed to do: he writes gripping stories so well you just have to keep reading. And I like the fact that he deals with contemporary America in a mythologising but totally realistic way - he is the Spielberg of the novel. More than that, the plot of this book is tight, simple, and memorable. Any sub-plots are kept that way - just sub-plots - so there are no silly diversions. I found the ending a little obvious as it approached, but even so, I wanted to be there to see it happen! A great story from one of the best living writers.
Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
There is a whole universe of people who spend their lives on or near the main arteries of our infrastructure - in motels, service areas, industrial estates and new towns. This book tells the story of two such people, Alison and Colette. Alison is a medium, making her living in a slightly dingy way by speaking to the dead and hearing what they have to say, in small venues, before small audiences. Colette is her assistant. The story explores their relationship, and it is a captivating, riveting read. But the story beneath the surface is one that grips the reader even more: Alison's personal world of ghosts, assorted dead losers, and sinister entities is as real to her as living people are to… Read more

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