Jim Annison

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  • The Amazing Mr Jenkins

    Intriguing but...

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    Its difficult to know where to begin with this review. First of all, I have to say that it was an enjoyable read. The wide range of characters are well drawn and all have a distinctive voice. The plot itself, while not the most original around, has enough tweaks and tangents to prevent it from being too derivative. The dialogue crackles with life and is never dull. On the down side, I did find the exposition to be a little laboured in places. In addition, there does seem to be a tendancy to throw everything, including the neighbour's kitchen sink, into the words. However, this is nothing that a little judicious editing couldn't rectify. But, sadly for a comedy, I just didn't find it funny. This is not, really, a criticism but an observation. Some people may find it hilarious but, for me, it just didn't appeal to my sense of humour (too derived from American style humour which I don't find that amusing). However, if that is what makes you laugh, it might be the thing for y...Its difficult to know where to begin with this review. First of all, I have to say that it was an enjoyable read. The wide range of characters are well drawn and all have a distinctive voice. The plot itself, while not the most original around, has enough tweaks and tangents to prevent it from being too derivative. The dialogue crackles with life and is never dull. On the down side, I did find the exposition to be a little laboured in places. In addition, there does seem to be a tendancy to throw everything, including the neighbour's kitchen sink, into the words. However, this is nothing that a little judicious editing couldn't rectify. But, sadly for a comedy, I just didn't find it funny. This is not, really, a criticism but an observation. Some people may find it hilarious but, for me, it just didn't appeal to my sense of humour (too derived from American style humour which I don't find that amusing). However, if that is what makes you laugh, it might be the thing for you. On the whole, as I said, its a enjoyable read. At times, I found myself unable to put it down and was entertained for the most part. You could do worse than give it a go. (more)

  • The Lighthouse Keeper

    In the best tradition of HPL

    'The Lighthouse Keeper' immediately caught my attention as I'm a big fan of HP Lovecraft and the other writers of that ilk. Once my copy arrived, I settled down and began to read. I was not disapointed. In fact, I ws so gripped by the unfolding narrative that I read the whole book in a single sitting. The two time frames in the book are woven together in a seamless manner with well defined characters and a palpable sense of menace pervading the whole work. Highly recommended

  • The Dark Stalkers

    Interesting premise but, ultimately, disapointing

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    The blurb for this book caught my attention right away and I was looking forward to reading it. However, once I finished, I had to confess that I was underwhelmed having read in the space of , about, 30 minutes. The premise is an interesting one however, for me personally, the idea to focus on 'the creatures', as opposed to the character of Martha, tended to dilute the tension and prevent any real sense of threat. In addition, the lack of dialogue and characterisation prevented me from becoming involved in the tale that unfolded. My own personal view is that 'The Dark Stalkers' reads like the basic outline for a, potentially, excellent horror story but, in its current format, it falls short of that aim. this is a shame because I do think that there is the basis for an excellent novel lurking beneath the surface.

  • Mystery, Deceit and a School Inspector - free 6 chapter reading sample

    Interesting and, at times, surreal

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    I suppose I ought to say at the outset that this is not my usual choice of reading material. However, saying that, I found it to be at times funny, interesting, surreal and engrossing. Bryony writes with a distinctive voice that captures the imagination and doesn't let go, managing to draw the reader into the slightly surreal world she is depicting. If this is a true, if somewhat embellished, depiction of a schoolteachers life then it is no wonder that its called one of the most stressful professions in the world. The one thing that occurs to me is, considering that it is, in part, based on her own experiences , which parts are they and are there any libel suits in the offing?

  • Rigel O'Ryan and the Orb of Andromeda

    Original and Intruiging

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    For my first CN review, I think its only fitting that I choose a book written by the person who made me aware of the sitre in the first place. So, where to start? As a long standing SF fan, I've started to find it harder to come across authors who seem able to put a new spin on the genre but Clare has managed it. Although at times reminiscent of Stargate, with its use of ancient mythologies as a starting point for interglactic societies, Rigel O'Ryan manages to avoid too much similarity by having the three of the main charcters of school age. In addition, the well trodden path of the young heir who is ignorant of his heritage and destiny also manages to avoid coming off a stale like so many fantasy epics, probably because the story is SF as opposed to fantasy. Furthermore, there is a good deal of humour in the book which, if didn't make me laugh out loud, certainly elicited the occasional chuckle and more than one smirk of amusement. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the read...For my first CN review, I think its only fitting that I choose a book written by the person who made me aware of the sitre in the first place. So, where to start? As a long standing SF fan, I've started to find it harder to come across authors who seem able to put a new spin on the genre but Clare has managed it. Although at times reminiscent of Stargate, with its use of ancient mythologies as a starting point for interglactic societies, Rigel O'Ryan manages to avoid too much similarity by having the three of the main charcters of school age. In addition, the well trodden path of the young heir who is ignorant of his heritage and destiny also manages to avoid coming off a stale like so many fantasy epics, probably because the story is SF as opposed to fantasy. Furthermore, there is a good deal of humour in the book which, if didn't make me laugh out loud, certainly elicited the occasional chuckle and more than one smirk of amusement. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the read and look forward to further installments. (more)

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