F

 

FARRAR, Steve   

 C   Point Man 1990    NF/Christian

Generally OK advice wrapped in offensive glossy & stupid theory

 

FEIST, Raymond E.  

 B+      Magician   1982    Fantasy

Enjoyable ride and D&D characters, some originality in mixing European and Japanese medieval type cultures

 

 C+      Flight of the Nighthawks  2004    Fantasy

Lazy, indulgent, formulaic

 

FEYNMAN, Richard (ed. Ralph Leighton)   

 A   Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman   1985    Non-Fiction - Biography

A total pleasure. Deservedly an instant classic

  

FFORDE, Jasper  

 B+      The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, Book 1)  2001     SF/Humour/Crime

As good as, worse and better than Adams or Pratchett    

 

 B        Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next, Book 2)          2002    SF/Humour

Funny, original, but poor plot and villains

 

 B- The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next, Book 3)  2003    SF/Humour

Has Thursday Next jumped the shark?

 

 B+      The Big Over Easy     2005    SF/Humour/Crime

Another enjoyable excursion

 

FIELDING, Helen

 B        Luckybitch      2000    Short Story

(in ‘Speaking With the Angel’; Ed. Nick Hornby)

Ageing hedonist diva’s vacillating monologue

 

FIRTH, Colin   

 B   The Department of Nothing   2000    Short Story

(in ‘Speaking With the Angel’; Ed. Nick Hornby)

Charming mix of child/grandmother’s fantasy coping with everyday

 

FISHER, Carrie     

 C-       Delusions of Grandma     1994    Novel

Bad US sit-com gloss and introspective vacuity

 

FITZSIMONS, Peter  

 B-       Batavia      2012    Historical Fiction

A bit pointless: poor fictional elements impede the fascinating non-fictional ones

 

FLANNERY, Tim  

 B+      Throwim Way Leg            1998    NF – Biology/Anthropology

Interesting PNG treks: biology and anthropology

 

FLEMING, Ian 

 B+      Casino Royale (James Bond #1) (Audio Book)          1953    Action (Spy)

Well narrated, different composition to movies – more romance, less action, darker

 

 C         Diamonds Are Forever (James Bond #4)      1956    Action (Spy)

Occasional moments, but overall farcical, predictable, irritating, pedestrian

 

FOER, Jonathan Safran

 B        Everything Is Illuminated      2002    Novel

Fails as much as it succeeds

 

FOLLETT, Ken     

 B        Whiteout   2004    Action

Follett’s superwoman biff and soap-opera romance

 

FORESTER, C.S.

 B+      Poo Poo and the Dragons     1942    Juvenile

Enjoyed by parent and child simultaneously

 

FORSYTH, Frederick     

 A-       No comebacks     1982    Short Stories

Meticulous, able, satisfying

 

 B- The Fourth Protocol 1984     Action (Spy)

Right wing bias damages stupidity filter

 

FOWLER, Karen Joy

 B        The Jane Austen Book Club       2004    Novel

Capable, engaging character portraits

 

FREDRICKSON, Michael          

 B        A Defence for the Dead    2005    Crime

Solid effort, beyond cliché characters, never soars

 

FREE, David (OSHER, Mark)

 B        A Dancing Bear    2005     (Online) Novel

Clever but ultimately empty/ugly satire

 

FRY, Steven          

 B        The Liar    1991    Novel

Irritatingly constant seedy action undermines language drenched with wit

 

 B        The Hippopotamus     1994    Novel

Able characters, style, dialogue and plot. Definitively gratuitous immorality