Simon Brooke

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (439 of 572)
Location: Auchencairn, Scotland
 

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The Heresy Within (The Ties that Bind Book 1) by Rob J. Hayes
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Let's get the basic criticisms out of the way first. This book is under-edited; it's under proof-read. There are few actual spelling errors but a lot of homonym errors, and (for me) that's irritating.

This is fantasy without a lot of magic and without a lot of monsters: fantasy, in fact, about human beings and how they interact. Which is to say, frankly, fantasy as I like it. But it's nevertheless extremely dystopian fantasy. The civilised empire (in which the narrative spends very little time) is a theocracy where orthodoxy is policed by an all powerful inquisition; what precisely constitutes heresy isn't clear, at least from this book, but it has to do with the use of magic… Read more
Unraveled: A Novel About a Meltdown by Alda Sigmundsdóttir
Unraveled: A Novel About a Meltdown by Alda Sigmundsdóttir
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If I had written a review immediately I finished reading Unravelled, I would not have written this review. But I have been turning it over in my head for a couple of weeks...

The book is not what I expected. What did I expect? It's explicitly set against the background of the Icelandic kreppa, the meltdown of the banking system, and I expected that the events of the economic catastrophe would interweave with the collapse of the protagonist's marriage, acting, as it were, as a post-modern take on the pathetic fallacy. This doesn't really happen. The two collapses proceed at different paces and don't really counterpoint one another.

Again, the protagonist's husband is… Read more
EDZ Fingerless Merino Wool Gloves EDZ
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Although these are liner gloves, I actually use them mostly for typing, My fingers suffer badly in cold weather and that makes tasks like typing a chore, but with these gloves I find that my fingers remain perfectly comfortable.

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