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Lisey's Story
Lisey's Story
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth starting, and if you do, it's not worth finishing, 9 Jan 2008
This review is from: Lisey's Story (Paperback)
The story obviously means a lot to King, and he says it's his favourite book that he has written, sadly for a reader of all his fiction (and I really have read the lot from age 13 to 33) this is the only one I found not worth finishing.

After 450 pages I just did not give a toss if Lisey had yet another meandering flashback that essentially went no where after 30 more pages.

Sadly sometime in the last 10 years King has completely forgotten how to write a book. The heyday of The Stand and Christine now seems so long ago.

Quite simply, this book is turgid. No other word sums it up


The Swarm: A Novel of the Deep
The Swarm: A Novel of the Deep
by Frank Schätzing
Edition: Paperback

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great story, terrible translation, 4 July 2007
this is a book of grand ideas. the scope of the story is huge, the science fascinating and the momentum genuinely thrilling - which is why it is such a shame that each time the novel reaches stages of genuine drama and thrills it is let down by poor writing. I can't see that this can be credited to the author and can only assume the translator had absolutely no idea what to do with action sequences. Science and human drama scenes are well handled but whenever the story calls for a whizz or a bang the translation offers morass and tedium.

This is a genuine shame as the book, handled well, should be a classic of sci fi entertainment.

Excellent idea, dire translation


The Magus (Vintage Classics)
The Magus (Vintage Classics)
by John Fowles
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

9 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars faintly interesting and then banal, 14 May 2007
the first hundred pages have a kind of interest - albeit it a morose self indulgent one. then, once the action moves countries, everything staggers into torpour and my eyes fell off the page and could not be bothered to return.


The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass v. 4
The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass v. 4
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars forgot how to fly, 14 May 2007
i read this when it originally came out - roughly 9 years after the last installment. and man was i dissapointed. compared to the first 3 books which crackled and whizzed along, this one is cold stodge with limited imagination and hardly anything for the reader to care about

which leads me to wonder if i grew old and forgot how to fly between books 3 and 4
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As Used on the Famous Nelson Mandela: Underground Adventures in the Arms and Torture Trade
As Used on the Famous Nelson Mandela: Underground Adventures in the Arms and Torture Trade
by Mark Thomas
Edition: Paperback

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning, 16 Feb 2007
mark is one nobel man - the efforts he puts in for his beliefs certainly put the normal laziness we all suffer from too shame. this book is by turns hysterically funny, heart redning, and revealing - for his efforts with the school children alone mark deserves applause everywhere he goes.


The Good, The Bad & The Queen
The Good, The Bad & The Queen
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.83

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's a dirty bedsit with a great view, 9 Feb 2007
it's the walk along the thames that you love even when you can see the homeless guy freezing almost to death, the taxi cab ride home with the view of the working girls hustling. it's the view out of your window in Elephant and Castle, the pint in the pub where the floor is adhesive and the toilets blocked. it's basically fantastic


Dark Tower: Dark Tower v. 7
Dark Tower: Dark Tower v. 7
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good......but the contradiction...., 21 Jun 2006
it is good, and that's a relief. i read Wolves, Susannah and Tower in one sprint after years of hating Wizard and Glass. The final 3 work well, curiosity is constant and the characters are well drawn - and thankfully King even remembers to explain the Insomnia link that had been bugging me since about 1997.

what goes wrong? The Crimson King needed more legs, the Turtle could have done with a little more breakfast and the finale - though it didn't annoy me as much as some it does horrifically contradict itself in the space of 2 paragraphs. as i said, i didn't mind the ending, it is the ending i imagined when i was 14 and read vol 1 (i'm 32 now) - but the contradiction is huge and deflates the cleverness king was aiming for.


About the Author
About the Author
by John Colapinto
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.01

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a little too neat, 16 Jun 2005
This review is from: About the Author (Paperback)
it's an interesting read, the first 80 pages are cracking, then things verge on the mundane for about 100 pages before finally picking up for a finale. a worthy read, but perhaps not as good as has been suggested on here. it all wraps up way too neatly for my liking


Jennifer Government
Jennifer Government
by Max Barry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

7 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars utterly convinced that it is clever, 16 Jun 2005
This review is from: Jennifer Government (Paperback)
somewhere in here is a good idea that would have spun a short story out pleasingly - however with each turgid page the book becomes more convinced of it's own genius while the reader is left wondering at such mindless nonsense. really not worth it, i picked it up from a discontinued book shop ($2 instead of $25) so you can see how well it sold here - and they had a great deal more copies that will be marked down again next week to $1 and then 'Free with any purchase'. best avoided.


The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)
by Dan Brown
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars average - and that's about it, 29 April 2005
it is a page turner, it is interesting, but it is not a classic. the end is drivel and after about two thirds of the way in it looses all pace. some of the codes, not all of them, are very easily solved, which leads to frustrations as the characters bang their heads on the wall. in all honesty there are much better books covering this material but none are quite as bite sized. it's a diverting read but really it is nothing more - it seems to have been treated as fact which reveals more about the readers then the book i think. fun, but forgettable. not worth the hype


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