20 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Not a very good book. At all.,
This review is from: The Pillars of the Earth (Paperback)Possibly the most boring I have ever read. Doesn't any one read this before it was published? Why didn't someone read it before and say, "Hold on, Ken, I've just read the first few chapters and I'm losing the will to live. Don't make me suffer any more."
See previous reviewers for details, and make your own mind up. And if you buy, and like it, and disagree with me, don't waste my time with your opinions. You know who I'm talking about. It's a free world.....
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Initial post: 7 Oct 2008 22:14:33 BDT
Why people have to give negative votes just because they don't agree with you I'll never understand. This was dreadful, but my favorite review is one written by a zig gay on Amazon US. Try and find it under the one star reviews there.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2008 16:11:46 BDT
Barry McCanna says:
But that's what negative votes are for! Is this a helpful review, in the sense that it tells me why JmacG thinks it's Badly Written Rubbish (an oxymoron, but we'll let that pass)? No, it's not. So people vote accordingly.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2008 22:38:36 GMT
Why is "badly written rubbish" an oxymoron? Surely "well-written rubbish" would be an oxymoron?
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2008 07:03:49 GMT
Barry McCanna says:
You're quite right, it's a tautology.
Posted on 4 Jan 2009 15:45:01 GMT
Ms. Lauren Wallis Dyer says:
I've reported this review as I think it is shameful. Pillars of the earth is the best book I have ever read and I will recommend it to everyone. Shame on you!
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2009 11:34:00 GMT
Oxymoron? Tosh. It would only be an oxymoron if it had two contradictory terms. It is badly written and it is rubbish. It could be badly written but a great story. But it's.....not. And therefore not tautological either... And you think it's the best book you've ever read? Good for you. But for me.... well, you know.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2009 21:57:35 GMT
I've just noticed you've reported this review!!! Oh, how I laughed. Really, I mean, if this is the best book you've ever read, well, good for you. It's your life, your choice, and I'm really glad you like it. But if you've read some of the valid and learned criticisms above, you'll see that it really is, as far as I'm concerned, and others, complete tosh. Oh, so many commas, so little time. Hold on, just a thought. If this is the best book you've ever read... what were the others like? I need to know. Names, please.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2009 22:03:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Mar 2009 22:15:10 GMT
Actually, I should have checked the reviews here before I bought it. Ken Follett, I thought, that's going to be good. No. It was complete... well, you know the rest. So if I had read this, would it have been helpful? Yes. I would have been more circumspect about parting with the cash. One final thought, I loved the KF thrillers, they really were top notch stuff. It's not the man, it's the book. It's mince.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2009 13:16:07 BDT
Oh, And Mrs Lauren Wallis Dyer, if this is the best book you have ever read, you really need to get out more, and find out that other people have opinions too. Yeah, report it, good move, then a lot more people can have a good laugh.
Posted on 24 May 2010 06:59:18 BDT
Dr Enoch says:
Why has someone reported this review...because she didn't agree with you? That's insane. Anyway I've just finished this book - actually i was reasonably grateful to it as it kept me occupied during a long hot plane journey, but it is absolute swill - and as other reviewers have said very nasty in many parts. I don't believe it really can be on any school reading lists as mentioned in other reviews? I would take my child out of a school that pushed such bilge on its pupils. Anyone who says this is a favourite book simply hasn't read many books.
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