PositiveThe Nerd DailyEllis...shows her film school background...striking a good balance between cerebral and cinematic. It’s not perfect: the pacing is a little uneven—starting off quick before slowing down for a large portion of the middle and then speeding back up again toward an ending that felt a little abrupt ... and certain characters turned out to be less important than first implied. Flaws aside however, Axiom’s End is a great read that’s both entertaining and thought provoking.
PositiveThe Nerd DailyHer Mary is a psychologically rich and astute creation ... her knowledge and research is displayed with a deft touch, capturing the essence of the period and making the voice feel accurate rather than pastiche ... Even so, it’s bit of a slow start. Slow start aside however, The Other Bennet Sister is definitely one of the better Pride and Prejudice continuations/spinoffs. A very well written debut, for both fans of Jane Austen and Historical fiction in general, that will get you to look at a famous Austen character in a way that you might not have seen her before.
PositiveThe Nerd Daily[Rothschild\'s] style has been compared to comic writers such as Waugh and Mitford, which are apt in terms of both style and milieu, but comparisons can also be made to Austen and Dickens, as she shares their ability to create comic characters and to then put those characters in situations that allows the author to make satirical/social commentary ... Some [characters] do come across more like caricature...But it can be argued that this enhances the comedy and, though they may be lacking comparatively lacking in complexity, they’re rarely dull. Tonally, her writing is light but not lightweight: witty but sincere when a moment needs to be played straight. She deploys her knowledge with deft touch but uses the arcane incomprehensibleness of financial jargon to her advantage, adding to the comedic tone ... Your mileage may vary when it comes to privileged characters, the subject of finance and all the money talk that goes with it, but House of Trelawney is an intelligent and entertaining romp.
PositiveThe Nerd DailyThe pace is thoughtful and measured, moving much more smoothly once you become used to the different narratives, building to an ending that is atmospheric but doesn’t seem to provide definitive answers for the questions posed. But whilst some may struggle with its slow start or its ambiguity of its ending, for those who can get past this they’ll find The Dollmaker is a book that lingers on in the mind long after finishing it, much like the tales of Chaplin herself.