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The Ministry of Love Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The idea of a government-run dating agency to bring love to the lonely masses in order to get more votes is simply brilliant. The characters were well-drawn and instantly recognisable without being overused stereotypes. I've seldom seen politics described so succinctly without being too caustic. I also enjoyed the celebrity murder plotlines as the satire here was beautiful. I didn't feel cheated out of any threads of the plot, as they were nicely worked through. This is a funny, skilfully put-together book which kept me engaged. The pacing was good, if a little too frenetic at times.
However, the editing was simply atrocious. Any book which has a glaringly awful mistake on the very first page (been instead of being - as in "the news was been taken") has no business being released on the general public! The author is a journalist so he should have known better - but if in fact he did use a professional editor, he/she needs to be either disbarred or publicly ridiculed! There were some outright mistakes in both text and plot and throughout the book the punctuation was abysmal, with missing commas and sentences which ran on so long, that plot points and painstakingly crafted one-liners - a bit heavy-handed in any case - were either lost, or just plain annoying.
With a professional edit, this book could have been really, really good - a candidate for 5 stars. The idea is there, as is the talent needed to execute it. Still, I couldn't relax into it, because editing disasters like this give self-publishing a bad name. However, if you don't care about that, you probably won't regret buying this book.
So. four stars.
Despite all this I did enjoy the book in general but it is not one I would go back to and not one I would recommend others especially to seek out. Thankfully I only paid 99p or I would have felt much more aggrieved.
Its a funny, intelligent satire that neatly combines the authors irreverent sense of humor, knowledge of the murky depths of politics and (presumably) deep discontent at the state of popular culture today.
Great fun - especially for those of us grew up in the 'good old days' :-)
With our society's obsession with reality TV and celebrity gossip these days, the world of celebrity and politics portrayed by the author is scarily close to the truth. There is a hint of "Yes, Prime Minister" about the politics, and I loved the newspaper headline stories scattered throughout the book.
Could this book be a glimpse of our future...?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good light-hearted look at politics today, with an interesting background story.
Murder, intrigue and love all in one parcel. Easy to read.
I absolutely loved this one - takes the mickey out of government,news,celebrities quite impartially and with brilliance - more please !Published 23 months ago by Kris McPhillips
Very well written. The author has in a sometimes no so tongue in cheek, sarcastic way, summed up my view of modern Britain. Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2013 by S G J Wilson
I really enjoyed this - very funny at points, but there's also a strong story and some good ideas in there. Read morePublished on 27 July 2011 by Amazon Customer
I purchased this download from Amazon not because of my love of politics but my love of reading, I found this book to be both full of suspense and humor......... Read morePublished on 20 July 2011 by Linda OReilly