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Call it Dog
Call it Dog
by Marli Roode
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.09

1.0 out of 5 stars Wooden and boring, 18 Jun 2014
This review is from: Call it Dog (Paperback)
Where does one start on a book with such revolting characters, nonsensical plotting, pedestrian writing and complete lack of credibility? None of the characters rang true, but Paul and Naledi were especially wooden. The most interesting person, although Ms Roode left no stone unturned to make him an odious villain, was her father. In truth he was more of a caricature than a fully developed character, but his vulgar antics held one's attention. The protagonist's motives were baffling, as was the author's decision to try to up the excitement ante by writing in the present tense. Don't waste your time and money on this book - there are far more talented South African writers out there!

The Flamethrowers
The Flamethrowers
by Rachel Kushner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ho hum, 14 Feb 2014
This review is from: The Flamethrowers (Paperback)
I am finding this book very disappointing, and am tempted to ditch it even though I have less than 100 pages left to go. The protagonist is a very unsympathetic character, so I don't really what happens to her. This reflects a general weakness in the characterisation of all of the role players in the story, who tend to verge on stereotypes. Although there are some good set pieces, that is exactly how they read - as set pieces, rather than part of a gripping narrative. The scenes and locations don't connect with each other and seem to serve no real purpose. I don't recommend it, and can't understand why it is on any "best books" or awards lists.

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