Featured reader reviews: Page 3

Listed below are the latest featured reader reviews on the site. Some are positive in praise, some are negative in criticism, but the one thing they all have in common is that they are well written and explain their reasoning. We can never have enough reader reviews as they add to the quality of the site, making it ever more useful for visitors.

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

10 stars

"The Hobbit" was a brilliant written book with a great sense of adventure. The book made me realize that I am too a very home person (as Bilbo at first is) but, I know inside me I want a little adventure. I love the way Tolkien had made the English language. The English really made an impact on the vibe of "The Hobbit". I was given this assignment for a summer reading project but, even without the assignment I would have read the book anyway because, it was just calling my name!!!

Emmy
U.S.

Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula by Loren D Estleman

10 stars

A superb take on Holmes and the legend of Dracula. I've read Loren's crime novels before, but he really has captured the essence of the enigmatic detective in this short but thrilling book. As for his version of the Count, I will say no more. Well worth investigating.

Robert
England

Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky

4 stars

I suspect it suffers in being translated. The English is idiomatic and stilted. The story, while atmospheric at times is slow and often dull. I found myself willing it on to the next bit and it could have done with some judicious editing. For better post-apocalyptic reads, take a glance at the helpful list compiled by this website below: 'More recommended reading in this genre'. There are at least four books in that list better than this one. You can add on 'Sand,' and the 'Silo' series by Hugh Howey to that list as well and a host of early sci-fi stuff.

Tim
United Kingdom

Magician by Raymond E Feist

9 stars

I think this one of top 5 books I read it in 82 the original edition ,and have seen some of the reviews that he borrowed from other books ie dungeon and dragons this is not true it was before most had been written and indeed they used some of his ideas ,read it and enjoy but remember much time has gone by and many books

Jonathan
UK

King of Ashes by Raymond E Feist

6 stars

As an old fan of REF, I found this book to be disappointing. Yes it drew me in and kept me reading but despite its potential it fell short on many levels. Character development was underwhelming and, as has been stated before, very two dimensional. Too much unnecessary reference and focus on sex, which could have been conveyed without the need for the crass and obvious descriptions. I had hope to introduce my eldest daughter to this sequel but no more. The plot and different characters all seamed to come together too conveniently and very predictably (i.e. Halfway through the book it was obvious). One has to wonder where has this author's subtle and creative skill at storytelling has gone? And or to what level it was vetted by a few select early readers/editors and in make their thinking visible for the story's great good...?

David
Australia

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling

1 stars

Its rare for me to actively hate a book, but this is one of those times. The plot is so beyond awful I cannot believe that JK would allow this to be released. It is overwhelmingly obvious that she had minimal to no input in this monstrosity and I will never forgive her for allowing to be released. Its just total garbage. The subplots are ridiculous, the characters act absolutely nothing like their original versions, there are numerous incredibly cringey scenes and lines..  is it worth going on? Even when time travel was introduced in Harry Potter it was only short lived and quickly removed from the realms of possibility because it created too many issues and plot holes, so why these idiots thought that basing an entire book around this idea is beyond my comprehension. Why did they inflate Cedric Diggorys death to such importance, it's not like fans were chomping at the bit to see him return to life? They destroyed so many characters whose personalities were well honed and developed over the course of the books - Snape is suddenly best friends with Hermione and Ron and crying over Harry? Hermione in the absence of Ron's love becomes a nasty heartless cow to rival Snape? Harry says some things to his own son that he would just never, ever say. And poor Ron isnt given anything to do, he's just cast aside as some pathetic comic relief and is of no importance to the story at all. Honestly I could pick apart this thing chapter by chapter to explain how awful it is. Anyone who enjoyed it either is not familiar with good literature or is just so enamoured with Harry Potter and desperate for it to go on forever that they enjoy it just because it has his name attached to it. Why can't people just accept that its over? It was a beautiful well-crafted story which will live on forever in its own right. I'm glad it ended on a high and i'm content for that to be the end, I'm sad that others apparently don't feel the same way.

Charlie
UK

Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky

5 stars

It’s a great premise – essentially, Metro 2033 is a modern-day Gulliver’s Travels in which Glukhovsky comments on the socio-political landscape of Russia. The metro has Nazis, radical Christians, Communists and more – none of whom are spared sharp examination.

Bryan Conforto
Australia

The Death of Grass by John Christopher

1 stars

This is a deeply unpleasant book which seems to glorify brutality. It calls into question whether the author had psychopathic tendencies which he sublimated by writing ( very badly incidentally ) the horrid little tome. Quite how it has achieved classic status - except as an example of how not to write books in this genre - is beyond belief. Avoid at all costs - reading it leaves on feeling dirty.

Thomas
UK

The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolf

10 stars

It goes so much deeper than the review even implies. I read this book once and enjoyed the atmosphere a lot but thought the characters were flat and the plot was random nonsense that was impossible to get into. I'm finally reading it a second time, six years later, with a lot more difficult books under my belt, with the intent to push through the entire series with a friend. Let me just put it this way--Severian would LOVE for people to think he got expelled from his guild against his will for showing compassion to a prisoner. It's a fantastic story, that paints him in a good light. That doesn't necessarily mean that's actually what happened...

David
United States

Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson

9 stars

The only reason this isn't a ten is because it's not the best book in the series. Not sure about other reviews complaining about character development as I love so many characters from this series. Maybe not as strong as A Song of Ice and Fire in that sense but the story is better. The scope blows it out of the water and there're far more characters in these books. The Chain of Dogs will live on in future instalments. If you enjoy this then Memories of Ice will blow you away.

Tony
United Kingdom

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