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Good, Not the Greatest,
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This review is from: Children of Salem (Kindle Edition)
I liked this book, but only gave it 4 stars because its not the best out there. The character development was pretty good, but I thought the gratuitous sex passages were a distraction, and a bit unrealistic for the time period. They really are not necessary for the story to progress. I don't think they're necessary for the book to sell, either. I'm not a prude, I just think they don't fit in here, in this context. However, there are a number of good points to the story. I thought the whole angle of land possession being a motivation for the adults, and attention-seeking being a motivation for the adolescent girls to be very interesting, and plausible. However, the author doesn't ignore the religious sensiblilities of the time (fear of the devil and superstition) as well as the religious intolerance that defined the Puritans. He strikes a good balance. The end was a little disappointing, as it seemed as though the author just figured he had enough pages, so did a quick wrap-up at the end, which I think could have been more detailed and complete. I had to go elsewhere to get more info. All in all, however, a good read, but after this one, I read The Heretic's Daughter, and found it better. Still, worth the money.
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Initial post: Sep 10, 2011 6:28:44 PM PDT
Rob Walker says:
You do know that people had babies and sex in 1692, right? Just curious.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2011 7:28:40 AM PDT
That was kind of snarky. Of course I do. My point is, it wasn't really necessary to move the story along. To each his own, though.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2011 1:24:55 PM PDT
Karen McAllister says:
Rob Walker, I do not think I want to read your book anymore after that snide comment to this reviewer.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2011 10:13:42 AM PST
Rob Walker says:
I had a bad day....you wouldn't believe it....apologiess to all
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2012 12:44:29 PM PST
Amazon Customer says:
Any author who would be so egotistical and unprofessional as to post "defensive" comments of any kind to someone who has taken the time to read and write a review of his book (and unfortunately there are several such self-published authors on Kindle) is not an author whose work I will read. An apology, albeit fitting, when such author realizes he may have done himself more harm than good, is nothing more than a clumsy attempt at damage control.
The "honest" reviews, those written by people with no personal interest in the author or sale of his book, are what is supposed to help others decide whether or not they want to read a particular book. The opinion of any individual reviewer is just that - their opinion - and no professional author would ever comment on such a review, good or bad.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 10:51:45 AM PDT
Thomas Putnam says:
I guess I will have to read this book, as I am a direct descendant of Anne Putnam. Am looking forward to it.
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