Helpful votes received on reviews: 66% (51 of 77)
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A middle-aged computer professional who reads both for pleasure and to kill time whilst travelling on business. Most of the books I've been reading of late have been mysteries but my tastes vary. Having lived many years in London and Tokyo I also find myself drawn to books set in those locales.

I suppose I am a harsh critic in that I'm judicious in awarding a book five stars. Hopefully harsh… Read more


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Setting Free the Bears by John Irving
Setting Free the Bears by John Irving
'Setting Free the Bears' is an early work by John Irving that would have been normally out of print, and deservedly so, if it were not for his later fame from 'The World According to Garp'. In some ways the book is similar to 'The New Hotel Hampshire', a book I actually didn't care for, but lacks the humor or the huggable characters (or the curious incest sub-plot, thank goodness). So what exactly is wrong with 'Setting Free the Bears'?
Well the plot itself is rather strange and somewhat incomprehensible. A young Austrian college student bumps into a very quirky fellow, and together the tour Austria on motorcycle. Just when you think the book will turn into a funny road story with… Read more
The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
"The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing" is a well-written collection of short stories about the emotional hardships felt by young women in America, mostly involving relationships with family and lovers. The author laces in humor at the right times without having it all spiral into Bridget Jones-like silliness (, which wouldn't be bad per se but it would dilute the emotional impact of the stories). It is unfortunate that because of the it's title and how it is marketed men aren't likely to read this book. The book actually has a balanced (read: non-condescending) view of men which is refreshing from a book which sees men from a woman's perspective.
While a couple of the… Read more
Sanibel Flats by Randy Wayne White
Sanibel Flats by Randy Wayne White
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Being a resident Floridian I was hoping for some local Florida 'attitude' in this Randy Wayne White novel, much like what is delivered in the novels by Carl Hiaasen. But Randy Wayne White is no Carl Hiaasen in terms humor or delivering home a green-friendly message in an interesting piece of fiction. Nor does his oh-so-typically-cool investigator leading man, Doc Ford, add any credibility to the story. Unlike the other reviewers before me I found 'Sanibel Flats' to be entirely derivative (un-original).
As for the story, it starts of okay with the reader getting into Doc Ford's world of island living in southwest Florida. He has some rather idiosyncratic neighbors, and… Read more