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Running In Heels
Running In Heels
by Anna Maxted
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars How many problems can one person have?, 5 July 2001
This review is from: Running In Heels (Paperback)
Natalie deals with anorexia, a bit of bulimia, an overbearing mother, a distant father with a younger dimwitted wife (who live in California-surprise!), career apathy, boyfriend problems, a brother who can't express emotions properly, a best friend that has gotten married and "abandoned" her....oy! The list goes on. And that's the problem with this book: it is trying to be a Book With a Message, but it fails because one problem is never fully explored and instead, it scratches the surface on many problems, some with no real resolution. I find it amazing that Natalie battles with anorexia, self esteem and body distortion issues throughout the book but at the end, she simply decides it's best to eat. I know it's fiction but it should have some reality involved if Maxted is trying to educate girls about the dangers of eating disorders. The book isn't truly awful, just mediocre and riddled with every cliché imaginable. You start to care less and less about the characters, especially Natalie, as the book wears on and just wonder when it will all end. Very disappointing.


The Amethysts
The Amethysts
by Frank Delaney
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating and chilling read..., 6 April 2001
This review is from: The Amethysts (Paperback)
This book describes Nazi-era events with such conviction that you have to remind yourself that they didn't really happen. A murder mystery which unwinds into the past, this is the kind of book that keeps you up into the late hours because you simply cannot put it down. I find it amazing that Delaney hasn't received the acclaim he deserves for this fine novel.


Sushi For Beginners
Sushi For Beginners
by Marian Keyes
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't do her talent justice..., 15 Jan 2001
This review is from: Sushi For Beginners (Hardcover)
Like many of the people who have reviewed the book, I am a huge fan of Marian Keyes. I have enjoyed her previous books immensely and have recommended them to everyone I can. I was very anxious to read Sushi for Beginners and couldn't wait for it to arrive from Amazon. I quickly dove into the book and liked the first 200-300 pages, but after that I felt like it dragged on and had to force myself to finish. This book seemed very much like a tired re-tread of Last Chance Saloon and too much like the mediocre efforts of Marian wannabes. Characters were not explored enough, the dialogue was not as funny or witty as in previous novels, there were issues that were left unanswered... and some of the characters were horribly unlikeable. You could have slapped any author's name on the cover... and you wouldn't have known the difference because Marian's signature wit and insight into what makes us tick are sadly missing. Is the book still worth reading? Yes. Even when she's just "writing by numbers", the book is still miles better than 95% of the books in the same genre. It must be difficult to always attain the level of greatness Marian has achieved with her previous novels, but I really hope the next one is back on track. We all know she is far more talented than Sushi for Beginners suggests.


A White Merc With Fins
A White Merc With Fins
by James Hawes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.87

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant...., 28 Dec 2000
This review is from: A White Merc With Fins (Paperback)
This is a fantastic read. Hawes writes very poignantly about what it's like to feel lost in your late twenties. If you're one of those people who, like me, still have no clue what you want to do with your life (even though everyone thinks you should), then many passages of the book will resonate deeply. I honestly don't see how anyone could find the book boring...the only explanation I have is that the plot may seem a bit familiar to those now aquainted with the Lock Stock genre of movies, but Hawes wrote the book before all of that. I think it's definitely a worthwhile read.


Bookends
Bookends
by Jane Green
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as previous efforts...., 26 Sep 2000
This review is from: Bookends (Paperback)
Having read all of Jane Green's previous novels, I was really looking forward to this one. However, it was very disappointing. Bookends was predictible and used one terrible cliche after another. It's not well written and some of the sub-plots seemed underdeveloped and pointless. Midway through the book, I was already bored and couldn't wait to be done with it. Throughout the book, it seemed like I had read the novel before, and two books came to mind: Marian Keyes' Last Chance Saloon and Victoria Routledge's Friends Like These. It's a shame, because Green typically writes fun, entertaining novels that are good for a bit of escapism. This book seemed rushed and unimaginative. I hope Green's next effort is back on track.


Come Again
Come Again
by Josie Lloyd
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not as enjoyable or well written as Come Together, 26 May 2000
This review is from: Come Again (Paperback)
I really enjoyed reading Come Together and thought it was a great idea to have the story told from two perspectives. Unfortunately, Josie and Emlyn got a bit carried away this time and now we have four points of view, which means there aren't enough good ideas to go around. The basic plot is good but the cliches and ridiculousness of some of the dialogue and action make this a tiresome read. Extremely disappointing.


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