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The Dog Catcher
The Dog Catcher
by Alexei Sayle
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing after Barcelona Plates, 25 Jan 2002
This review is from: The Dog Catcher (Hardcover)
Only 2 of the 9 stories barely passed muster for me (Barcelona Plates and The Only Man Stalin Was Afraid of). The others fizzled out in anti-climaxes or non-sequiturs. Doesn't Mr Sayle have an editor to ensure a modicum of reader-friendliness? If you want proper short stories stick to Roald Dahl or Daphne du Maurier.


Super-Cannes
Super-Cannes
by J. G. Ballard
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bizarre and dreamlike quality..., 14 Aug 2001
This review is from: Super-Cannes (Paperback)
This book has a bizarre and dreamlike quality which urges the reader on to the inevitable conclusion. Despite one's initial resistance to the credibility of the 'prescribed psychopathy' of Eden-Olympia it nevertheless seems plausible in the tightly controlled text. I'd like to see it as a film or TV drama. As I write it's already on the radio as the Book at Bedtime choice...


The Wrong Boy
The Wrong Boy
by Willy Russell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing first novel, 31 July 2001
This review is from: The Wrong Boy (Paperback)
Russell should stick to stageplays; this novel seems to lack the pace and bite necessary to sustain the reader's interest. The chapters are way too long to sustain their rather monotonous and sad jottings from Raymond Marks disturbed mind. How Bel Mooney could describe this as a 'comic masterpiece' is beyond me. I would describe it as a tragedy and not a terribly riveting one at that...


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