RANKIN, Ian    

 B-       A Good Hanging  1992    Crime/Short Stories

OK, but short form feels like you’re on fast-forward


 B+      Beggars Banquet       2002 (1990-2000) Crime/Short Stories

Capable, interesting


RANKIN, Robert        

 D        Armageddon the Musical      1991    Humour/SF

Poor, seedy, charmless Pratchett copy


REILLY, Matthew      

 B-       Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves            2011    Action

Every action/war hero movie as text. That’s, unapologetically, it.


REMARQUE, Erich Maria         

  A       All Quiet on the Western Front   1929    War/Auto-biography

Powerful. Awful. Profound.


RIDKER, Andrew       

The Altruists       2019          Novel

Somewhat coldly narrated character studies of Boston middle class family characters


ROBINSON, Kim Stanley         

 A-       Red Mars       1992          SF

Impressive epic of colonisation of Mars – depth in characters, setting and plot


ROBINSON, Marilynne        

 B-       Housekeeping      1981    Novel

Well written, but cold, somewhat misanthropic atmosphere


RODDA, Emily      

 B        Finders Keepers   1990    Juvenile/SF

OK theme, ideas, execution


 A-       The Forests of Silence (Deltora Quest 1)      2000    Fantasy/Juvenile

Enjoyable straight-ahead swords and sorcery for kids



 B+      Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone   1997    Fantasy/Juvenile



 B+      Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets    1998    Fantasy/Juvenile

Still enjoyable


 B+      Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban   1999    Fantasy/Juvenile

OK ride. Morally dubious. Good series structure


 B+      Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2000    Fantasy/Juvenile

Fine. Dumb twist. Enticing hints of future developments


 B+      Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix 2003    Fantasy/Juvenile

Strengths just about outweigh the weaknesses.



 B         A Bitter Feast 1998    Crime

Definitely not second rate. But not quite first rate either.


 B         Ghost Hero     2011    Crime

Sum is less than its parts


RUBINSTEIN, Matt         

 B         Death of the Author   2012    Crime

Capable writing, cool idea, but the form works as much against as for the book