I am new to the discussion board but the debate about this book has fascinated me because after seeing the book mentioned in many other reviews I have been very tempted to buy and read this 'fantastic' book. Now after reading the disussion board I am almost tempted to buy just to see how bad it can be. So - to buy or not to buy?. Although I have to say I would not normally pay that much for an unknown author. ANYONE GOT ONE THEY WANT TO SELL CHEAP?
In my humble opinion, don't bother. Its not even worth reading it for a laugh. I threw mine out. When I bought it I was hoping for a great read, as there used to be a load of five star reviews raving about the book (see other discussions for why these were removed). I was sadly mistaken. I've read a lot of "trashy" books and sometimes these can be a bit of mindless entertainment, but this was just so badly written and edited that it was horrible.
There may be those who don't think it was quite as bad as all that, or that think for some bizzare reason I'm just prejudiced (I wasn't before I read it lol), but I'd save your money.
I think there's a link on one of the discussions to a site where you can get a preview of the book, but I don't have the time to look for it right now. However, have a look at www.kgglaub.com. You may find it interesting. Good luck whatever you decide to do :-)
Sorry - we returned our copy to Amazon! To preview the book though (as Dark Clarissa mentioned) try the following link. It should put you straight onto a sample page from the book and then you can click on Next Page to scroll through:
I'm of the same mind as Flubu and the others.However it's so dreadful you should be able to pick it up at charity shops and car boot sales anytime soon for next to nothing. Believe me ,if you'd seen some of the violent abuse posted on this site by the author and 'friends' you wouldn't want to put money in his pocket.
Definitely agree with the others, don't buy it. It is absolutely the worst load of nonsense that I have ever read. It's historically inaccurate, poorly written and punctuated, the characters are cardboard cut-outs, the plot is repetitive. But if you really do want to read it, you can have my copy for the price of postage.
Yes, nice review and well put. Btw, "startlement" seems to be a favourite word of Catherine Creel's - amazingly, we can excuse Tino just this once! - and was also commented on in a review of "Reiver's Woman" .
How appropriate is this? In today's set of shill reviews, our good friend 'Randy Wone' (top 1000 reviewer) has reviewed The Book Thief! Not only that, but his review was originally written by Snowbrocade on .com (1st April 2006). Is that irony?
By the way, has anyone noticed that 'Randy Wone' and 'John A Launders from Kent' (the current 5-star reviewer) have led strangely parallel lives?
By the way, did I miss this before? Under Circe's Song on Amazon.com, as well as the ability to browse the opening pages, there is a 'surprise me!' facility, which enables you to look at random pages throughout the book - about 3 or 4 at a time, and a different selection each time you do it. If anyone was in doubt that they are the same book (just in case anyone has missed www.kgglaub.com) then take a look!
We all have the choice to keep our purchase history private Tino and most of us choose to do so,mainly for personal reasons such as buying presents for others.I too have been buying for a while,most recently your book 'The Fates'-second hand and Catherine Creels book 'Wildsong' which I think you may also have purchased