M. Brookes

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,472
Helpful votes received on reviews: 69% (245 of 354)



Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,472 - Total Helpful Votes: 245 of 354
Star Maker (S.F. MASTERWORKS) by Olaf Stapledon
Star Maker (S.F. MASTERWORKS) by Olaf Stapledon
After reading and thoroughly enjoying Last and First Men I had to read this other rated classic by Olaf Stapledon and I was not disappointed. If the scope of the first book was staggering then this book blows that away by several orders of magnitude. In this book he turns away from the history (both past and yet to come) of the human race and examines the possibilities for life on first an interstellar, then galactic and finally on a universal scale.

On scope and imagination alone this is a fascinating read, but delving deeper there are some brilliant ideas which kept me glued to the pages. Unfortunately it's not an easy read. While it does contain the character of the narrator… Read more
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dark fantasy, 11 Sep 2014
I remembered this being one of my favourite Gaiman's books but I enjoyed re-reading it even more than the memory of it. American Gods is still my favourite book of his but Neverwhere is a close second. It's an imaginative dark fantasy and I love the world of London below and the fantastical connections with the famous landmarks of London.

The story is a basic quest but it's the characters and the setting that elevates it. I liked the two assassins most of all - there's some twisted humour in their conversations. The central character provides a nice juxtaposition from the weirdness going on around him.

Story is king and that is as it should be. However Gaiman's prose… Read more
American Mary <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Katherine Isabelle
American Mary Blu-ray ~ Katherine Isabelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Slick body horror, 6 Sep 2014
I enjoyed this a lot. It's an interesting horror about a student surgeon who becomes involved in the body modification scene. Naturally there's more to it than that - the girl knows how to hold a grudge and extract some payback. It's well played and filmed the only weak point for me was the ending. It seemed to step a beat before the final scene, but apart from that it's a tremendous watch.