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Colin Willey

 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 67% (2 of 3)
Location: Ottawa, Ontario Canada
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 343,046 - Total Helpful Votes: 2 of 3
Please by Peter Darbyshire
Please by Peter Darbyshire
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Treasure, May 24 2004
Trying to get some Canadian content into my reading repertoire, I headed to the local library where I came across "Please". After reading the first chapter there in the library, I was hooked.
Darbyshire combines wit and satire to produce a hilarious offbeat and thoroughly enjoyable novel. Having a similar style to Joseph Heller, Darbyshire's "Please" reminded me of the timeless classic "Catch 22".
If you are looking for a quick, enjoyable and different read, pick up a copy of this novel. You'll be glad you did!
Nobody True by James Herbert
Nobody True by James Herbert
Die-hard Herbert fans will enjoy this one, as it seems to fit the style of many of his other successes. I thought Herbert did a fantastic job of developing the main character (better than another character I can remember), however as the book progressed I started losing interest somewhat. Conceptually the book is quite interesting but is far too predictable. It is sort of a combination of Fluke and the Haunted.
Gai-Jin by James Clavell
Gai-Jin by James Clavell
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to get into, May 30 2002
Gai-Jin is the third novel in Clavell's Asian saga and consequently the third novel of his that I have read. After such promising predecessors, (Shogun and Tai-pan) I was really looking forward to Gai-Jin and tackled it with gusto. Being familiar with both the Shogunate and Tai-pan character line, I found Gai-Jin, (unlike both Shogun and Tai-pan) extremely easy to get into. The first 500 pages are fantastic and I couldn't put the book down. However, around the mid-point of the novel, the story starts to fizzle and becomes a little stale, the plot comes to a roaring halt and nothing much else happens for the remainder of the book, which is too bad because Clavell, built it up so well. On a… Read more