Neal C. Reynolds

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (111 of 118)
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Birthday: June 7
In My Own Words:
I'm having fun now, reviewing CDs by some mighty purty gals who have good voices: Norah Jones, Jewel, Natalie Merchant, Hope Sandoval & the like. I'll be getting more into jazz fairly soon lured by another purty gal by the name of Diane Krall. Also, I'm trying to qualify myself more solidly as a science-fiction reviewer (heaven forbid that I'd ever call it sci-fi!) along with mysteries and clif… Read more
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 97,856 - Total Helpful Votes: 111 of 118
Bad Seed Pa by William March
Bad Seed Pa by William March
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book stands up beautfully even today. The story of "sweet" little Rhoda actually seems more plausible today than it did when first written. The author did have to go to considerable pains to create suspension of disbelief in the story's plausibility, and he succeeded.
The book was made into a stage play and a movie. The movie suffered because the book ending was in that day and age contrary to the production code. So if you saw the movie, absolutely read the book and don't expect the same ending.
Crime School by Carol O'Connell
Crime School by Carol O'Connell
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I wonder if I'm not a masochist. I hated this ... from the first book and while other readers gave up on her after a couple of books, I kept plodding away. As despicable as I found the main character, the writing had a powerful spell over me as I found myself involved in Mallory's perverted and quirky world. STONE ANGEL was a turning point, and this book continues the revelations started in the earlier book.
Part of what makes me continue reading the series is the hope that there is some spark of humanity in the woman, and there are indeed times that it looks like there is one there, but then there's the feeling that the character has coldly manipulated those around her to believe… Read more
Stone Angel by Carol O'Connell
Stone Angel by Carol O'Connell
3.0 out of 5 stars A turning point, Jan. 6 2004
I'm definitely in the minority here in that I found Mallory in the first three books to be a thoroughly despicable character who grew more hateful in each succeeding book. Unlike most of those who agree with me, I've gritted my teeth and continued through the series cringing as the woman mows over other characters with complete lack of human compassion or sense of her impact on those around her.
I do agree that Carol O'Connell is a powerful story teller who brings her quirky and often surrealistic characters to life. With this fourth book in the series, I do feel more of a hook which keeps me reading Mallory. This book takes her to her roots and I find myself beginning to understand… Read more