John le Carre

The Latest Goodreads Reviews Off My Shelf

Here are some of my latest reviews from my Goodreads shelf which includes some books that I’ve enjoyed over the years.


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Douglas Adams brought introduced humor into science fiction with this first book in the series. It’s well-crafted, shrewdly hilarious look at the improbable journey of Arthur Dent and his well-prepared friend, Ford Prefect. After earth is destroyed by space by-pass, the main character ends up on a quest to regain his home planet with little more than the help of Ford’s guide to the galaxy. You’ll laugh and keep turning the pages and then want more – of which there is!
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Watership DownWatership Down by Richard Adams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This wondrous tale follows the adventures of a group of rabbits seeking a safe place to live. Along the way, we find out about rabbits in the wild as well as their fictionalized mythology. I’ve enjoyed reading this book numerous times of the years, including to my daughter. Rabbits seem like they might not have adventures but their natural guile in evading humans and predators alike makes for a subtle tale of tense adventures. Richard Adams deftly wove fact and fiction into this story of Hazel, his friends and their encounters with a wide world of danger. Readers and their children will enjoy this story.
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The Memory of Earth (Homecoming, #1)The Memory of Earth by Orson Scott Card
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read this series years ago. I found the culture, science and plot very interesting. Card is a superb storyteller. This is a very good Sci-Fi series to read.

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Smiley's PeopleSmiley’s People by John le Carré
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This last edition of John le Carre’s books about Smiley, rebounded from the muddled second title, The Honorable Schoolboy. It approaches the genius of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy with a pretty taut plot in which Smiley duels with his old nemesis from that first book. It’s a story of fortitude in the face of long odds. While not approaching quit the stature of Tinker, it is a rousing conclusion for Smiley and a solid read for anyone seeking highly informed, fictional writing of spy-craft. Very entertaining work, that I enjoyed staying up late to read.
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Reviews from My Goodreads Shelf – 9/29/15

This has become a recent feature on Archer’s Aim. However, this week, I’m also on book tour with the release of The Bow of Destiny yesterday so have a look at my appearance on Entertaining Stories, hosted by fantasy author C. S. Boyack. With that said, here are some books off my Goodreads shelf.

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The Darkling Child (The Defenders of Shannara #2)The Darkling Child by Terry Brooks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I found the book to be very readable but the story is flat. The characters failed to engage me very much. Overall, I found the effort average and that the story lacked direction and purpose.

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The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character ExpressionThe Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a great resource for authors. There are various categories to reference for each emotion as well as recommendations on usage, internal and external descriptions and how an emotion escalates or relates to other emotional categories.

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The High Druid's Blade (The Defenders of Shannara #1)The High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I thought this book was a bit flat for Brooks. There was lots of telling about events and character actions the left me only mildly engaged. It didn’t grab me but I did keep reading.

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The Honourable SchoolboyThe Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The book meandered and then fizzled at the end. It’s hard to identify with a book that has a vague ending – there was a promise to be kept from the beginning and that goal was lost.

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