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The Last Juror by John Grisham
The Last Juror by John Grisham
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grisham takes it easy, 12 Sep 2004
Here we have a small town in the Deep South, stocked with affectionately drawn characters. Drunks, lawyers, rednecks, eccentrics and old maids walk the dusty town square. The main thread of plot centres on a dramatic criminal trial featuring a brutal white man, but for long sections of the book, this is not touched on, as we are shown a series of episodes that paint the town and its inhabitants in greater detail. We get to see over the tracks to the black community, their food and their churchgoing.
It could be "To Kill a Mockingbird", but it is instead John Grisham's latest. The two books certainly have something of the same flavour, but I should not push the analogy too far. They may… Read more
The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A skilful weave, 23 Aug 2004
This is the story of a set of six tapestries, and their effects on the lives of the people whose lives they touch. There is a lecherous but gifted painter, a grim man of power and his vibrant daughter, a put-upon master weaver, his diverse family and a number of others; the great thing is that you will care about them all.
The tale is told by a succession of narrators, each of whom is responsible for some aspect of the tapestries, either in their inspiration or their making - occasionally both. Each of the main characters gets to tell a part of the story. Whilst all have their own perspective and an individual voice, the style of writing remains uniform; characters are distinguished by… Read more
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Whilst Neil Gaiman's ingredients (a door to another world, counterfeit parents, perilous rescues) are tried and tested, the deftness and lightness of touch that he brings to telling his story are a real delight.
Gaiman knows how to make a brief description conjure a wealth of atmosphere and emotion. In the "other" drawing-room, the lion-footed table claws into the carpet and the fruit in the still-life painting has been eaten. Knowing this, we don't need to be told how the girl Coraline feels while she is in the room.
This is a superb evocation of nightmarish fantasy, easily read in a sitting. A trifle, perhaps, but a delicious one.