A. Barnett

Helpful votes received on reviews: 76% (34 of 45)


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I Heart Hollywood by Lindsey Kelk
I Heart Hollywood by Lindsey Kelk
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
After reading this book I'm really surprised at the number of good reviews it has received on Amazon. I read 'I Heart Hollywood' after finishing Sophie Kinsella's 'Twentie's Girl' (which is very good) and this book popped up and received such good reviews that I decided to give it a go - it will be the last time I read a Lindsey Kelk novel!

The plot itself isn't too bad, but the whole thing is very syrupy and predictable and the story telling is just a bit bland. I could almost forgive this if a) the many sentence structure mistakes had been corrected b) that some of the sentences actually made sense and that the author could remember her own plot (on one page Angela answers the… Read more
The Scarpetta Factor (Scarpetta Novels) by Patricia Cornwell
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Patricia Cornwell's writing is finally back on form, I could follow the plot and understand the character's motivations, something I haven't been able to do for the last couple of books. Her writing was back to being clear, concise, as well as creating good imagery.

I don't think that Cornwell's books will ever be as good as the first half of the series because the characters have developed too far and can't come back through the past few books, therefore she has done the next best thing and started to get them back to normality, but a normality that is altered!

Overall, I was impressed with this book and really enjoyed it, whereas I had only been enduring Cornwell's… Read more
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is my first science fiction read and I was really excited as I loved the blurb and had always wanted to give SF a try. However, although parts of the book are intriguing I didn't really feel drawn to the characters or the situation, in fact it all felt a bit de-humanised. I also found the authors style challenging, I didn't feel he always explained what he meant, so characters would go into great detail about something happening after they'd had an idea about something, but 'something' never being properly explained!

As a product of its time, this book is very interesting and gives you an idea of what was concerning the nation in the 50s. I'm pleased to have read it, but… Read more

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