YMMV / Matthew Reilly

  • Acceptable Targets: Judging from The Great Zoo of China, Reilly really isn't a fan of the Chinese government. Just the government, thought; civilians are treated far more sympathetically.
    • Before that, it used to be the French - but he's warmed up to them.
  • Anvilicious: Troll Mountain really wants you to know that you shouldn't automatically believe "conventional wisdom."
  • Cliché Storm: Hover Car Racer in particular isn't exactly original, in fact it could be well described as Speed Racer in Hover Cars. In fact, it could be applied to most of his books. Most don't mind, because Reilly's writing is just so awesome.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Killing off Scarecrow's love interest Libby Gant is easily the most powerful scene he's written. It's now even worse after Reilly's wife died at 37, resulting in him becoming a depressed shut-in for several months.
  • HSQ: Reilly has a contractual obligation to keep it high, and takes it Up to Eleven very frequently. Rule of thumb: if something awesome isn't happening, it's because they're reloading.
  • Tear Jerker: The scene where Scarecrow attempts to commit suicide after learning that Gant has died. His fight against Mother and her subsequent loss to him is further compunded when she finally tears up pleading…"Shane…don't." Luckily for her, he stops upon hearing that.
    • The scene where Lily appears to be dead after a Heroic Sacrifice and Jack West is beyond mere grief. Subverted gloriously a few moments later, when it turns out she's perfectly alive and well.