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Reviews by Andrew Ives

An Ideal Husband

by Oscar Wilde

Rather dated, a little sexist and at times slightly tiresome with the concentrated and contrary wit from Lord Goring, who is quite clearly based on Wilde himself. That said, the convoluted plot in so short a play is clearly a work of genius, many lines of dialogue shine and the witticisms brought a few smiles to me over a century later. I preferred Earnest and the Canterville Ghost slightly more, but this is still quite a masterpiece. 4.5/10

Reviewed on 2013.12.20


by Ayn Rand

Utter twaddle from beginning to end. Unfortunately, it's quite well-written twaddle and led me to believe that some profound revelation was perhaps coming at some point, rather than the facile and stupid 'rousing' ending. The "we" thing quickly became tiresome too. Even though Anthem is short, I still found it a total waste of my time.

Reviewed on 2013.08.28

The Canterville Ghost

by Oscar Wilde

As with the Importance of Being Earnest, I enjoyed this very much. It's short, entertaining, funny and ultimately rather heartwarming. A little simplistic perhaps, but still easily a good 4.5 out of 5*.

Reviewed on 2013.08.25

The Machine Stops

by E.M. Forster

Very thought-provoking for such a short story and highly-prophetic too, given the era in which it was written. I found the first chapter particularly clever and atmospheric.

The Kindle version I read was downloaded from ManyBooks, somehow 'Americanized' and contained at least 25 typos where the OCR had messed up. Ironically, I couldn't help thinking it was 'like a book but not quite a book' but instead just "good enough." 4/5

Reviewed on 2013.07.23

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