A deeper dimension Paperback – 1 Jan 1983
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Alex Mason was a shrewd businessman with tons of energy. He worked hard, and he expected those around him to do the same. When a competitor, whose daughter he once dated, tries to bring his company down, he barely manages to save it, and his new assistant certainly deserved part of the credit. He's so impressed with Diana, he gives her a promotion and raise. But he has a hard time understanding this spunky go-getter.
This story had a lot of potential and wasn't poorly written. However, I had a hard time relating to the main characters. I thought I was going to be able to, but as the novel progressed and the aggressive arguments between Diana and Alex would not stop, I became disenchanted. Alex was often a bully who man-handled Diana, like when her hurt her by grasping her shoulders and shaking her, certainly not my idea of a hero. Diana was unreasonable and bratty. They both were manipulative and demanding of each other and tried to hurt the other if they thought they were hurt. Yet, they didn't treat other people like this. I didn't find much in either one of them to love.
In the beginning, many of the sentences were awkward, and I had to read some several times to get the meaning. The book was told from Alex's or Diana's point of view. However, in one section, an all-knowing point of view was inserted several times, and it seemed inappropriate. An example is "They didn't see..." or "But Alex didn't notice," when it was his point of view. "More rich" and "more full" was also used instead of "richer" and "fuller." Some of the spelling is different, like "tyres" for "tires." I looked it up, and it isn't British spelling. There was lots of profanity, but no sex. I was torn between rating it a two or a three, so I went with a 2.5, which rounded up to a three.
Amateurish: significant, noticeable errors in sentence construction, word choice and spelling beginning with the very first sentence. I didn't read the author's notes to know if Ms. Carpenter is British, but some of her word choices and spellings seem to reflect that. This is not a problem if you are reading British literature or the novel is about British characters and subjects, but it becomes distracting when your characters are American and the story is set in New York.
Unbelievable: Our heroine, Diana is introduced as a hotshot business management grad on the way to work for her first day as executive assistant to an equally hotshot steel magnate. She is a product of foster homes and worked hard to put herself through college and graduate school. Initially, she is aloof, self-possessed and determined. Our hero, Alex is early thirties, handsome, dynamic and somewhat intimidating. So far, so good. However, ON THE SECOND DAY of her job, they argue, make amends, she drives him to the airport for a business trip, he kisses her goodby and she swoons as she drives away in his car. PUHLEEZ. Is it against the rules to let relationships develop these days?
Boring: this one is self explanatory. A contemporary novel set against a backdrop of the steel industry has to work double time to be interesting. This story up to the 20% mark was barely on life support.
Laughable: One more thing that makes it clear that Ms Carpenter does not have a solid grasp of American characterization and speech patterns. I cringed and visualized a head-bobbing, finger-snapping Alex with this line: "I'm famished, girl." Our studly executive was suddenly transformed into "Huggy Bear," a character in the 1970s 'blaxploitation' movies. At that point it was time to quit reading and write a review.
at the first opportunity and get another job. Presumably she finds him appealing and loves her job. I am so glad Thea Harrison got this out of her system and learned how to write and has since giving us some terrific male characters, not this turkey.
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