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Helpful votes received on reviews: 95% (18 of 19)
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Dark Waters (The Barkley Sound Series, Book 2) by Toni Anderson
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A good story that moves along at a cracking pace but, for me, completely ruined by the explicit sex and incessant swearing. The well-worn cliché of modern writing tutors "show, don't tell" should really apply here and a more skilled writer would be able to give us the impression of the grittier, nastier and more intimate events without having to spell it all out. So, I'm afraid that I shall be avoiding this author in future and looking for those who can buck this current fad for bad language and pornographic detail, allowing me to use my own imagination!
Seoul Survivors by Naomi Foyle
Seoul Survivors by Naomi Foyle
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not nice!, 27 Jun 2013
Something of a rarity on my book list - one of very few that I have started and failed to finish; and the first that I have ever deleted from my Kindle! I'm usually careful about my selection of reading material and I can only suppose that I was mislead by early favourable reviews for Seoul Survivors. A promising theme is wrecked by crude and vulgar language, and the revoltingly graphic sex scenes drag the story right into the gutter. Perhaps this is what the author intended, but it is not for me and after struggling to 35% I gave up. Top-class writers are able to deal with unpleasant subjects in a way that can be moving, harrowing, even shocking, but without being crude and nasty. Sadly… Read more
Me and Mr Booker by Cory Taylor
Me and Mr Booker by Cory Taylor
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sad and depressing!, 28 Nov 2012
I made a mistake with this one, influenced by the positive reviews. I hate giving up once I have begun a book, so I persisted to the end hoping that something good might happen, but I wasted my time as clearly this book was not written for someone like me! Me and Mr Booker is a thoroughly depressing story about the systematic corruption of a naive and vulnerable teenager by a drunken and sleazy older man. There is really nothing much to like about any of the characters. Perhaps fans of Eastenders or Big Brother would find something in this book, but for people seeking an enjoyable read this is definitely one to be avoided.

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