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The Sun is God by Adrian McKinty
The Sun is God by Adrian McKinty
3.0 out of 5 stars Different, 3 Sep 2014
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Well, Carrickfergus it ain't! This book, probably a one-off, marks a strange and brave departure for McKinty. Set on a small Pacific island with a group of sun-worshipping Germans who eat little but coconut and discuss philosophy all the time. OK, right. I like the character of Will, who goes to the island to investigate a strange death and also the apparent blue-stocking Miss Pullen-Burry but the inhabitants did come across as what they undoubtedly are - weird, at best. I wanted very much to enjoy the book, as I have all McKinty's Belfast stories, but I'm afraid I didn't. There's not enough of a story, the crime fails to interest, and apart from the two I've mentioned, the other characters… Read more
Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson
Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me, 5 Aug 2014
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I didn't take to this book at all. Disjointed and not easy to follow in many places. I know that social workers are going to deal with some dysfunctional people but some of those in this book do take the biscuit. Not helped by the fact that Pete has more than a few problems with his own family. Quality of writing is at its best when describing the Montana countryside and its weather but when it comes to dialogue, inevitably perhaps, it descends into some pretty basic language. I have to say here that I've never considered myself to be prudish at all but one incident is as bad as I've ever read in any book, truly. Much vaunted on the back cover as virtually the next 'Great American Novel' by… Read more
The Corners of the Globe: (The Wide World - James &hellip by Robert Goddard
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 19 July 2014
I'm a big fan of Robert Goddard, don't get me wrong - I've read them all. But I have to say that when I got to the last page of 'The Ways of the World' only to see the dreaded words 'To be continued' I was mightily disappointed. Now I see it's to be a trilogy. Given that Goddard's plots are usually akin to a Russian doll, you have to be totally on top of the plot so by the time I started this one, I'd forgotten much of what had gone before and found myself asking 'Who's he?' or 'What does she do?' and it wasn't long before I was getting pretty confused. I really didn't see [or remember?] why Max was in the Orkneys [Scapa Flow], although things like the train journey south from there is… Read more

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