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Random Acts of Senseless Violence (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Random Acts of Senseless Violence (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly different dystopian tale, 7 April 2014
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Womack's story of a near future world on the brink of disaster is cleverly told through the pages of a 12 year old school girl's diary. Covering just a few months Lola tells of the changes she experiences in her home town Manhattan, having to move from her comfortable middle class suburban apartment to a rough part of the city and being shunned by her classmates for her assumed lesbian proclivity Lola is the only one of her family who does what she needs to do to survive - she adapts. Her younger sister, whom we know used to be close to her sister, becomes more and more unable to cope fearing not only the changing world outside but also her own sister. Lola's x-hippie style parents; a kind and loving but self-medicating mother and a father who now has to work long hours at a local bookstore for a merciless tyrant, have, we are told, not been good with money and it is hinted they may be partially to blame for the denuded circumstances that the Hart family find themselves in. The apparent acceptance and weakness of the other family members serves to enhance Lola's strength, as she makes new friends within the rough 'street' neighbourhood and learns that things are not going to go back to how they are anytime soon. The use of the diary form enables us to view the action in the past tense but also gives us access to Lola's true feelings and fears and reminds us that she is a 12 year old girl, something which it is easy to forget as you hear how she spends her days with little parental supervision and often in situations where her safety is threatened as the society around her descends into chaos and anarchy.

The changes in Lola's character as her survival instincts take over and she sets to right some of the wrongs done to her are reinforced by the degeneration of the language she uses but Womack does this deftly and you don't find yourself struggling to much with the recurring phrases and abbreviated sentence constructions. I particularly liked the use of people going 'post office' which she later explains is a bit like when someone working in a post office goes crazy and kills everyone! There are many other gems to look out for. Definitely a good choice for a book club read.


The Ice Princess (Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 1)
The Ice Princess (Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lack of literary talent or poor translation?, 10 Mar 2014
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As a book club choice this was definitely one I wouldn't have selected to read. Despite the potentially interesting plot line the novel is completely destroyed by the style of writing which is at best juvenile and for the most part utterly cringeworthy.

Lackberg's observations about how people furnish their homes with rosettes and gold fringing, drive their cars, answer their doorbells, wear their clothes and style their hair are trite and banal. The characters' speak mostly in a forced and unrealistic manner and the text is littered with cliches and unimaginative descriptions.

A large number of different characters are woven into the storyline and it's not always easy to see why they have been included. On the other hand a few characters who appear to have a fairly major role in the proceedings seem to disappear later on - Anna's husband for instance.

There are a few clues to the identity of the murderer but the reason behind the murder isn't revealed until very close to the end, which is possibly the only good thing I have to say about this book.

I can only hope that Lackberg has been done a great disservice by the translator and that her Swedish original is a lot more entertaining to read than this is.


Frankenstein
Frankenstein
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Gothic Horror, 20 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Frankenstein (Kindle Edition)
I downloaded this classic because my daughter is studying it for her GCSE. It take's a while to get into the actual story mainly because the narration is via letters from the explorer Robert Walton to his sister back home. However, once Victor Frankenstein is discovered and begins unfolding his tale the text moves a pace. It is does stutter at times and you have to immerse yourself in the style of the early 19th century language. Shelley's characters are not always clearly drawn, we are frequently told that the monster is grotesque but there is little actual description of his physical image apart from the fact that he is over 8 feet tall! Her style of writing sometimes feels clumsy and contrived and it's difficult to sympathise with Victor Frankenstein whose selfish pursuit of creating life causes so much destruction and despair. It does sometimes feels like you are ploughing through pages just to get to the good bits but it's not a long book and well worth reading if you like the genre, want to tick another classic off your list or need to support your teenager!


Solar
Solar
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Like having teeth pulled without anaesthetic!, 7 April 2013
This review is from: Solar (Kindle Edition)
Michael beard is a physically repulsive seemingly eminent nobel winning scientist whose charms appear to outweigh his physical appearance and enable him to have no difficulty in attracting women. He is unfaithful and gluttinous and indeed a lot of the book is taken up with vast passages about what he has to eat! There is one vaguely amusing episode which takes place on a train, mcewan was clearly quite pleased with this as it is frequently referred to later on. The bulk of the book is tiresome and incredibly dull as it rambles on with overly detailed and drawn out descriptions of just about everything including photovoltaics - a truly fascinating subject...Not! One to avoid.


Tommy Hilfiger Lulu Sweater Jumper Women's Dress Mid Grey Heather Small
Tommy Hilfiger Lulu Sweater Jumper Women's Dress Mid Grey Heather Small

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alomost the Perfect Jumper Dress, 9 Dec 2012
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This is a beautiful dress which comes up true to size. It's machine washable too - yippee. My only slight criticism would be that it is a bit shorter than it appears on the model, more of a mini dress than just above the knee, but looks great with opaque tights.
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