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Red Hill
Red Hill
by Jamie McGuire
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, 19 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Red Hill (Paperback)
Good start but quickly goes down hill with clumsy writing and plotlines. Chick lit does zombie apocalypse, and fails......

This House is Haunted
This House is Haunted
by John Boyne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, a really bad read., 17 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: This House is Haunted (Paperback)
I don't often write book reviews but felt compelled to do so as this really is a badly written book - how on earth did it get published? I bought it with great anticipation but was disappointed within the first few pages. There is no originality in its setting - girl becomes governess in creepy big house - it wasn't in the least bit scary for a ghost story, every 'twist and turn' was predictable, as was the ending, and the writing was full of inaccuracies and was written very clumsily in places. A real shame.

The Drowning Pool
The Drowning Pool
by Syd Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing read, 6 Jan. 2012
This review is from: The Drowning Pool (Paperback)
As a lover of ghost stories I was attracted to the blurb on the front of the book 'a stunning reinvention of the ghost story' but after reading it all I can say was I was hugely disappointed.

The book is full of one-dimensional characters with the author putting a lot of emphasis on the way they look or the creams they use, coming across as very narcissistic.
Selective and simplistic use of actual historical witch trial evidence, with the usual spurious belief that 'it was all about controlling women' (when any, even brief, study of the witch trials would show this is a complete over generalisation).
The scary bits were extremely unscary, and very clichéd. While the main character's reaction to these episodes, along with her general lack of depth, irritating personality and a seeming addiction to alcohol made her increasingly unlikeable to the point where I really didn't care what happened to her.
The prose, especially the descriptive passages, were clumsily written and what came across quite strongly were the authors own likes, dislikes and prejudices.
The ending was truly disappointing.
A really badly written first novel (I actually wonder how it managed to get published?) and I can't say I am remotely encouraged to read any future books by her.

If what you are after is a really well written ghost story then I would highly recommend 'A Dark Matter' by Michelle Paver, or of course the master of the genre M.R.James.

Sew What! Bags: 18 Pattern-Free Projects You Can Customize to Fit Your Needs
Sew What! Bags: 18 Pattern-Free Projects You Can Customize to Fit Your Needs
by Lexie Barnes
Edition: Hardcover-spiral
Price: £11.38

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for novices like me, 13 Aug. 2010
As a complete novice to using a sewing machine I have found most books on making bags overly complicated and hard to follow. However, the instructions in this book - both written and drawn - are very easy to follow, even for someone who has never used a sewing machine before. I proudly completed my first draw-string bag in under two hours and it looks great!

The lay out is good - spiral bound which is great for working from as you can lay it flat in front of your sewing machine - with great photographs and ideas - many aimed at 'newbies'. Can't wait to make some more bags!

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