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Helpful votes received on reviews: 64% (66 of 103)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 116,379 - Total Helpful Votes: 66 of 103
Seven Days One Summer by Kate Morris
Seven Days One Summer by Kate Morris
This novel started off as a very interesting read. It is written in a curiously flat plain style ( for example there is no attempt to break up a block of sentences all beginning 'She ... She ..She .. and there is a great deal of ' we did this and then we did that') but this lack of polish perfectly conveys the ever changing dynamics of the group and the watchful almost neurotic nature of the narrator. Jen's honesty is remarkable - she admits to every passing twinge of jealousy or envy - but as she never laughs at herself or shows any real empathy for anyone else it becomes increasingly difficult to like her as the story progresses. (Indeed all the characters are pretty unappealing; even… Read more
Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera
Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a highly enjoyable novel that portrays two generations of immigrant shop-keepers in Wolverhampton. The novel exposes both the racism and prejudice endured by the characters and the evils of the caste system that follows them from one continent to another. These themes are so well integrated into the plot that we never feel that we are being lectured or scolded by the author. Instead we feel that we are being offered an insight into a culture about which we know little and introduced to characters that we can easily appreciate and understand.
The tone of the is warm - the narrator has an appealing air of self-mockery - but there is no sentimentality or lack of honesty. These… Read more
John Dies at the End by David Wong
John Dies at the End by David Wong
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This novel is the literary equivalent of a blockbuster movie adorned with impressive special effects but ruined by a moronic script. We are presented with page after page of writhing bodies and pools of s*** and torn off limbs, but wait in vain for any character development, drama or suspense. The special effects begin at the very start of the book and go on and on and on until they become simply tedious, I can't imagine anyone other than a teenage boy addicted to computer games enjoying this.

And yet this novel could have been pretty good - the author writes with a certain amount of vitality and charm and shows the occasional flash of humour. With more self discipline and a… Read more

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