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Standoff
Standoff
by Sandra Brown
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $6.99
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sophomoric story line--sophomoric writing, April 14, 2001
This review is from: Standoff (Mass Market Paperback)
Aspiring novelists should find this book very inspirational. If the publishing houses are putting out pathetic, stupid, silly, boring, junk like this, well then every high school kid at a typewriter should be crankin' out the stories and sendin' them in.


Deadly Analysis (James Fleming Mysteries)
Deadly Analysis (James Fleming Mysteries)
by Ann C. Fallon
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish writiing at its best., March 20, 2000
Case in point: (Pg. 236) "'Good day to you', James said overly formally to the woman, and stopped her in her tracks, he thought. He walked purposefully from the room...." Weak verb and adverb combinations (ie., "said overly formally" and "walked purposefully" ) dominate the author's writing style. Besides the horrible writing, the story is a real dud.


When the Bough Breaks (Alex Delaware Novels)
When the Bough Breaks (Alex Delaware Novels)
by Jonathan Kellerman
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Five reasons why I disliked the book..., February 21, 2000
1. I felt as if I were being talked down to--and looked down upon--by the author throughout the entire story. 2. There were continual references to the hero's intellectual and professional "brillance"; and since our hero is a psychologist just like Kellerman himself is in real life, I kept getting the icky feeling that I was witness to some sort of vicarious ego trip for the author. 3. Often the dialogue comes off as a lecture or lesson. 4. The main character showed little regard for the feelings and situations of the other characters. 5. The story culminates with a kind of improbable perfect-timing luck that makes me question the author's creative effort.


Manner of Death (Alan Gregory)
Manner of Death (Alan Gregory)
by Stephen White
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.19
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If your time is valuable, pass this by!, February 8, 2000
If you go to the Q. & A. section of White's web page you can read about his not really knowing what will happen in one of his books until the characters reveal that to him during his writing. Manner of Death was a good example of that revelation. The first 350 pages offered little in support of the culmination of the novel. If as a reader you hope to be able to put the pieces of the puzzle together along the way, you are out of luck here. There are no pieces to put together until the very end and unfortunately those that do get put together at the end are not at all intriguing or memorable.


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