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on 26 December 2012
Very disappointing collection - original stories by favourite authors were entertaining if somewhat short.Unfortunately they totalled only 151 pages (37750 words approx) of the book. The rest was taken up with 54 pages of extracts from these authors already published books (not their upcomomg ones so I've already read the whole books!) and 54 pages of extracts from other authors/works (3 of the 4 being modern novels not historical ones). The extracts therefore totalled 108 pages ie 40% of the book.
While this is not an expensive book to buy, it is an unsatisfactory read because the 3 main stories are brief so consequently don't develop character, plot or relationships in the way a reader would expect from these writers - it feels like the publishers are exploiting the popularity of these writers to make sales of what appears to be a cynical marketing tool.