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on 28 July 2001
I was given this book as a gift - a fact for which I am grateful as if I'd actually paid money for it I'd have wanted it back! It's fortunate perhaps that none of the stories were set in a forest, as Ms. Veitch's characters are so incredibly wooden it would have been difficult to tell the difference between the people and the trees.
Although the charactors spend a lot of time telling us what they are thinking and feeling, the writing was so stilted that not once could I actually believe a word of it and whereas there is potential in a lot of the situations described I didn't feel any of them worked because none of the charactors were well enough developed to be even remotely believable and the storytelling (or what was apparently intended to pass for storytelling) was so bland. I could also really have done without the endless euphemisms for body parts, which at times veered into the totally farcical, and which were exceptionally jarring given their repetitiveness and, quite often, their utter silliness.
All in all, I'm sorry to say (as I really was expecting and hoping to enjoy this book) a total disappointment.