Richard A. Mitchell

"Rick Mitchell"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (11 of 14)
Location: candia, new hampshire United States
Birthday: Sept. 25
In My Own Words:
I am an avid reader of everything except sci-fi/fantasy. There are few things more satisfying and relaxing then sitting with a good book.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 431,538 - Total Helpful Votes: 11 of 14
Old School by Tobias Wolff
Old School by Tobias Wolff
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Mr. Wolff's writing is superb. By far it is the best part of this book. Unfortunately, what plot there was was thin as well as the character/narrator. There were passages that made reference to narrator's supposed awakenings and new awareness of his self, but I frankly did not see much progress in him.
Parts of the book read as if essays had been patched together. There is an interesting portion of the book devoted to a dean of the school that did not move the plot forward nor give any greater understanding of the narrator. It was probably the best part of the book and the only character delved into with any depth. However, it seemed unrelated to the story line - such as it was -… Read more
Black and Blue: an Inspector Rebus Mystery by Ian Rankin
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment, June 29 2004
This is the second Rebus book I've read. If I had not read Tooth and Nail before, I would not pick up another.
The first hundred pages were completely muddled. The book finally got on path, only to lose it again in the last hundred pages.
Rebus - a loveable rebel cop in Tooth and Nail came off as a depressed and depressing malcontent and know-it-all.
The central plot is a very good one - a serial killer is emulating a serial killer from years before. The first, Bible John, returns to stalk the second, Johnny Bible. The first (potential) murder is also a good hook. But then, so much is added. At the same time Rebus is working on this (potential) murder he is still… Read more
Hornet Flight by Ken Follett
Hornet Flight by Ken Follett
3.0 out of 5 stars Follett Lite, June 29 2004
Follett's forte is WWII spy novels. This one fits the genre but is not up to his usual standard. It is a fast read - mostly because there is not much there.
A Danish 18 year old mechanical genius gets drawn into the spy game when he stumbles upon a German radar installation. His older brother also gets drawn in by his English fiance. When older brother asks younger about the installation they realize it would be better for younger to photograph it. While he's on that trip, older brother gets captured and kills himself before he can be turned over to the Gestapo. Of course, the younger also developes a romantic interest who helps him reconstruct a two seat airplane to take them… Read more