M. D. Holley

Top Reviewer Ranking: 775
Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (876 of 1,047)
Location: Kent, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 775 - Total Helpful Votes: 876 of 1047
Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes
Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle and subversive, 20 July 2014
A very powerful novel this. Extremely clever. Subtle and subversive. Hilariously funny too.

Making Hitler himself the narrator is a good idea, because you as the reader get drawn in and feel some sympathy with him. How weird and distressing is that? It feels like the author has crawled inside your head and is messing about in there.

The book is not afraid to confront really difficult issues head on. In particular there is the scene where one of Hitler's closest friends, his secretary, brings out a photo of her dead Jewish family. I was wondering where the author would take this scene. Suffice to say the path the scene takes is pretty disturbing.

Comedy… Read more
The Master and Margarita (Alma Classics) by Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov
The Master and Margarita (Alma Classics) by Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov
5.0 out of 5 stars Boundless imagination, 20 July 2014
What an incredible imagination! This book has a breathtaking originality. It is like nothing I ever read before. It is utterly unpredictable. The humour is pretty dark. And it has a strongly, and highly attractive, Russian flavour.

It is easy to read and difficult to put down. The settings, in Moscow and Jerusalem are beautifully captured. It leaves you deep in thought for a long time afterwards. I understand this is a cult novel in Russia. Some become obsessed with it. I can see why.

Highly recommended!
Badgerlands: The Twilight World of Britain's Most &hellip by Patrick Barkham
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully balanced, 28 Jun 2014
A beautifully written book, carefully paced and superbly structured. I was certainly drawn into 'Badgerlands'. The book is well balanced and non hysterical throughout, even when dealing with very emotive subjects. I especially liked the way the author is positive about the improvements in the welfare and diversity of wildlife in his native Norfolk at the end of the book (a refreshing change from the 'things aren't what they used to be' cliche).

For my own taste, I would have liked to learn a little bit more about badgers' life cycle, their social interactions, their intelligence and sensory capabilities. I would have been willing to sacrifice some if the TB story for… Read more