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Shakespeare's Wife (Bloomsbury Publishing PLC)

1.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Oh dear!

I was so looking forward to this book. I had heard Germaine Greer on the radio & read reviews of it & was really keen. Unfortunately this book didn't live up to my expectations & I never finished it. Maybe it would have improved had I persevered. I am a person who does read non fiction & I am used to reading facts, dates etc which I generally enjoy though to many they may seem dull. However in this book t ...

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How to be Good (Penguin)

1.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Unbelieveable!

I must make it perfectly clear from the beginning that this review is based on the first half of the book. I gave up at that point. This book is about Katie & David, a married couple with two children who have hit a sticky patch in their marriage. Katie has an affair & David finds "Goodness". The plot of this book could have had some merit had the author not taken everything to such extremes making it so ...

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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Wordsworth Editions Ltd)

1.0 Stars  by Bill Stilling

A book for strongly religious readers?

I had great trouble reconciling the text of this book with the description given on the back page of the book. There were no positive divisions or separations between the various phases of growing up. The narrative seemed to just float around in time and space. There was plenty of conversational text but I was left to deduce by myself from this text just what was happening. The speech was curt at times a ...

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The Tenderness of Wolves (Quercus)

1.0 Stars  by Bill Stilling

A sorry tale set in the north of Canada.

This is one of the most boring books which I have read for some time. How it won a Costa prize I do not know. It is based on the Hudson Bay Company which operated in northern Canada and which was, allegedly, quite prepared to kill any of the “trappers” who were found to be working with one of the Bay's opponents. It is difficult to say where the book commences because, after the first chapter, which ...

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Tea at the Grand Tazi (Legend Press)

1.0 Stars  by Anne

Nothing pleasant in this book at all

Maia travels to Morocco to find somewhere to paint and to escape a relationship which has gone sour - we never get the full details about this but it involves lies and betrayal. When she is there she will live in the country and experience its environment and she will mix almost completely with an ex-pat community. This author has nothing good to say about Morocco. She describes it totally in words of disg ...

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The Tin Drum (Vintage Classics) (Vintage Classics)

1.0 Stars  by Anne

Just did not see the point

This book is a classic and written by a nobel laureate. It is told by Oskar who is an inhabitant of a mental institution of the life of his family and himself in pre-war Poland. At the age of three Oskar decides to stop growing and is given a tin drum. From then onwards he is not parted from his drum and he beats out on its surface his reactions to what is going on around him and his emotional response. Th ...

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Morlock Night (Angry Robot) (Angry Robot)

1.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Dire.......

My headline says it all! This was a truly terrible book. I picked this book off the shelf in the library as I liked the sound of the concept - a sequel to H.G. Wells "The Time Machine". I did want to know what happened to the Time Traveller. Did he get back to the Eloi? Unfortunately this was not the book to tell me. So what went wrong. I was  a bit dubious about the opening when Hocker - the hero of the ...

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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Wordsworth Editions Ltd)

1.0 Stars  by Anne

Un-engaging

This is, to be fair, a review of only half this book as I abandoned it halfway through. I could not engage with it at all; the main character and the setting were not well described and seemed to be irrelevant. I could not see what the author was trying to say to me about this boy and his situation other than to describe what was happening in a distant way. He could really have been describing anything a ...

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Hot Tea (First book in The Tea Series) ()

1.0 Stars  by Anne

No idea where or at who this book is aimed

Cara comes from a large Irish American family living in Florida. She seems to be a feckless young woman seeking a career; we are never very sure what exactly she has done before the story begins. She begins by thinking that she may claim a reward for finding the murderer of a local woman by using the Internet although she cannot use computers. She enlists help, does nothing and then abandons this idea in fa ...

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The Fashion Police the Fashion Police (Createspace)

1.0 Stars  by Anne

Oh dear ......

It is a long time since I awarded a book a single, solitary star but it is a long time since I read a book quite as woeful as this one. Reading books this badly written is one of the pitfalls of downloading free books available for the e-reader and, probably, the price you have to pay for the many good books available this way. This story is about Amber who has been a police officer but has been sacked b ...

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ASBO: A Novel of Extreme Terror ()

1.0 Stars  by Stephen Found

ASBOlutely dreadful.

I got this for my new Kindle touch because it was free and it had a 5 star rating. I wonder if I accidently downloaded the wrong book ? Think of every cliche you can with todays youth and council estate hysteria. Out of control, single parent family, alcohol and drug soaked mother unable to cope with her two sons, out of control psychotic eldest son who was repeatedly raped in prison, not so out out of con ...

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Fifty Shades of Grey (Arrow)

1.0 Stars  by Melanie Sainsbury

Looking at fifty shades of grey is more enjoyable.

After reading Fifty Shades of Grey I felt excitement. The sensation coursed through me as it had many years before when I read the illustrated books by a thirteen year old girl – The Garden Gang. My excitement in either case was not due to the literary wonder before me, but rather at the realisation that [i]I[/i] too had a chance to get a book published. Seriously, if anyone out ...

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