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HADDON, Mark      

  A         The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time  2003      Crime/Novel

Triumphant autistic fantasy. Authentic characters, engaging narrative and excellent structure

 

HALDEMAN, Joe

 B           The Accidental Time Machine      2007      SF

Classic old style SF slightly modernised

 

HALL, Rich

 B+        Magnificent Bastards         2009      Humour/Short Stories

Wonderfully laconic, entertaining narration around often surprisingly dark subjects

 

HAMILTON, Peter F.

 B           The Evolutionary Void      2010      SF

Some great ideas better as short story 'what ifs'; juvenile dialogue and perspective

 

HAMMETT, Dashiell

 B+        Nightmare Town   1923-34       Crime/Short Stories

Capable, original Chandler precursor

 

 B+        The Glass Key        1931      Crime

Fascinating alternative world and spin on heroism

 

HARRIS, Robert    

 B+        Fatherland        1992      Thriller / Historical Fiction

Filmic clichés, but able characterisation and plot never sacrificed to novel Nazi hook

 

 B+        PMQ     2000      Humour/Short Story

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

Amusing frightfully British narration of PM in a sitcom style sketch

 

HARRISON, Harry

 B+        The Stainless Steel Rat    1961      SF/Humour

Classic likeable master-thief in comic but workable SF environment

 

 B+        The Stainless Steel Rat’s Revenge    1970      SF/Humour

Enjoyable James Bond/Pimpernel farce in space ships

 

 B+        The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World       1972      SF/Humour

Enjoyable James Bond/Pimpernel farce in space ships

 

 B           Queen Victoria's Revenge       1974      Action

Pleasant enough silly action pulp

 

 A-          A Stainless Steel Rat is Born        1985 SF/Humour

Excellent prequel to the consistent series

 

 B+        Stainless Steel Visions     1994      SF/Short Stories

Ranging between action, humour, comment – pretty consistent

 

 B+        Galactic Dreams   1994      SF/Short Stories

Ranging between action, humour, comment – pretty consistent

 

and HOLM, John  

 B           King and Emperor (The Hammer and the Cross – Book 3)               1996      SF

Alternative history set in 800s, plays with anachronistic technology and grail theories

 

HART, John

 B+        King of Lies     2006      Crime

Some cliché, some melodrama, but a strong ride, and some strengths

 

 C           Down River      2007      Crime

An Edgar? Really?

 

HARVEY, Miles

 B-          The Island of Lost Maps 2000      Non-Fiction

Island of content in an ocean of padding

 

HAŠEK, Jaroslav  

 B           The Red Commissar    1923      Humour/Short Stories

Czech satire of bureaucratic absurdities

 

HAWKS, Tony

 B-          Round Ireland with a Fridge          1998      Humour/NF(Travel)

Whimsical comedian travelogue. Not as many chuckles as the Moldovans sequel

 

HELLER, Joseph  

 A-          Catch 22     1955      Novel

Killer satire, hilarious but black humour, drunkenly uninhibited

 

HERBERT, Frank

 B+        Dune    1965      SF

Original. Grand

        

 C-         Dune Messiah         1969      SF

Disappointing sequel. Supposedly wise characters uninspiring. Random action, rambling dialogue.

 

HERRIOT, James

 B+        If Only They Could Talk   1970      Short Stories/Humour/Autobiography

Light and formulaic, but charming and amusing country vet recollections

 

 B+        Let Sleeping Vets Lie         1973      Short Stories/Humour/Autobiography

Light and formulaic, but charming and amusing country vet recollections

 

 B+        Every Living Thing      1992      Short Stories/Humour/Autobiography

Light and formulaic, but charming and amusing country vet recollections

 

HESSE, Hermann         

 B           Peter Camenzind 1904      Novel

Style a bit windy. Plot, action and dialogue are entirely secondary

        

 C-         The Prodigy     1905      Novel

Utterly detached narrative, no humour, low action, little insight

 

  A         Siddhartha        1922      Historical Fiction

Beautifully readable fictional presentation of the life and enlightenment of Siddhartha

 

HITCHENS, Peter

 B           The Rage Against God      2010      Non-Fiction

Small personal epilogue more powerful than nostalgia and argument

 

HORNBY, Nick        

  A         High Fidelity    1995      Novel

Very readable, penetrating on commitment, honest, well plotted

 

 A+        About A Boy   1998      Novel

Well written, often funny, nice balance of hope and realism, read in one session

 

 B-          NippleJesus     2000      Short Story

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

Security guard’s quirky perspective on art designed to shock

 

  A         How To Be Good 2001      Novel

Good characters, poignant without being preachy

 

 B          A Long Way Down      2005      Novel

Typically good characters and dialogue but wayward structure

 

HOROWITZ, Anthony       

 B+        The House of Silk 2011      Crime

Impressive, satisfying, but falls into some of the Moffat/Gattiss disappointments

 

HOWEY, Hugh

 B+        Wool    2013      SF/Action

Unapologetically formulaic, but cohesive and engaging

 

HUXLEY, Aldous  

 B+        Brave New World          1932      SF

Disturbingly relevant extrapolation to a dystopic ultimately permissive society