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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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The Man in the High Castle: Paperback (Penguin Classics)

1.0 Stars  by Sara Eames

Difficult to follow

This book was so difficult to follow plotwise - I have reached the end (eventually) and I am still not sure what is going on! There was no discernable plot (well, not one that I could follow anyway) - it seemed to me to be just a collection of disjointed events with little or no cohesion.  Maybe I missed something, but this is not a book I would recommend.

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The Good Girl (MIRA)

1.0 Stars  by Sara Eames

Dull and boring

Sorry but this book was not for me.  It has to be one of the slowest moving, dull books with unlikeable characters that I have read for a long time.  I don't think I've disliked a book so much since I read "Gone Girl" (another book that I got bored with but forced myself to finish).  I had no sympathy or empathy with the Mia/Chloe character, nor with her mother nor with the detective who was so keen to f ...

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Adrian Mole and The Weapons of Mass Destruction (Penguin)

1.0 Stars  by Bill Stilling

What is this book supposed to be about?

 I am sure that my review of this book will anger many other readers.  I believe that it is intended to be a humorous book, but I cannot recall any page even generating a smile from me!   I suspect that this is due to what is known as the generation gap. I must confess to having started reading books more than 60 years ago, which should give a clue as to which side of the gap I am on. I found the “h ...

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The Vampire Witch From Outer Space (Hackles) ()

1.0 Stars  by Stephen Found

The books tagline says it all.

I love a good comedy. Punchlines that you cannot see coming, long running subtle  jokes that resurface throughout the course of a book, gentle humour, witty comments from the books characters and well crafted, laugh out loud plots are some of the ingredients of excellent comedies. Unfortunately, this book has none of these. Well, to be fair it may have had them all by the boat load after page 5, but I d ...

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Summer Crossing (Penguin Classics) (Penguin Classics)

1.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Best Avoided

I have to say that I am very disappointed in this book. From the author of the highly acclaimed "Breakfast at Tiffany's" I had expected more. What I got was a rather disjointed, lightweight book with very superficial characters. It says in the description that Grady has to make decisions. The whole point about Grady is that she didn't make any decisions. She is a frivilous, lightweight society girl. At the ...

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A Sensible Life (Vintage)

1.0 Stars  by Sara Eames

Maybe I am missing something but...

The main problem I seem to have with Mary Wesley novels is that the majority of her characters are completely unlikeable - and A Sensible Life is, unfortunately, no exception.  The only character worth an iota of sympathy is Flora who is neglected by her parents and used by almost everyone else who crosses her path.  The story moves at a snail's pace and not a lot happens (apart from rather a lot of sex b ...

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White Trash Gothic ()

1.0 Stars  by Stephen Found

Trash is the operative word here

I once read a review of 50 Shades of Grey which I can paraphrase as "I love this book because it convinces me I could write a better one.". That's how I feel about this book except that there is really nothing to love about it. It classes itself as Extreme Horror but to me the word horror means something that scares me or unsettles me and stays in my thoughts for a long time after I stop reading. To my defi ...

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There Will Be Lies (Bloomsbury Childrens)

1.0 Stars  by Sara Eames

Sorry but this is one boring book

What can I say about this book?  Well, on a positive note, I managed to read it to the end...however, on a negative note, it was not an experience I enjoyed really.  I have to say that there were a couple of good ideas, but these were lost in the sheer boredom of ploughing through to the end.  The problem I found was that a large part of the story takes place in "Dreamtime" and, to be honest, I lost inte ...

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Sweetpea (HQ)

1.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Foul Language is No Substitute for Good Writing

This is the first time that I have attempted to read a book by this author and it will be the last. I have no problems with books that include violence - I have read all the Hannibal Lechter books as well as many quite brutal crime novels such as those by Jo Nesbo. These are well written and  plotted books with three dimensional characters who are constructed carefully and precisely as the book progresse ...

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Lucky Jim (Penguin Modern Classics) (Penguin Classics)

1.0 Stars  by Anne

Out of date

I really could not like this book but I am aware that this might just be a personal issue rather than a problem with the novel which is widely regarded as a modern classic. The story is about Jim Dixon who is a university lecturer. It is intended as a satire of the university life and the class system. Jim is shown as out of place with his boss at social events and a weekend houseparty. He is also at sea ...

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The Accidental (Penguin)

1.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Not My Sort of Book

This book was the winner of the Whitbread Prize in 2005 & shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in the same year.  This leads me to presume that other people got far more out of this book than I did & that I totally missed the point! At the centre of the story we have the Smart family - Eve, the mother, who pretends to be writing in the shed but actually spends all day lying on the floor, Michael a univers ...

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