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What bothered me the most, and this I think is in line with the other 3-star review, is the quality. First, I found several terrible editing errors (one appears to be a bit of placeholder text, shown in mono-space font, that doesn't make sense within the sentence it appears). Others are just poor grammatical choices. It also feels as if the author's attempts at humor or wit (if that's what they are) are lifeless. Finally, what I find remarkable, is that the author moved to Ireland in the summer of 2013 and this book was published in 2014. Even if it was published in December of 2014, that means that a book supposedly about "life" in Ireland as an expat is based on probably 12-15 months of living. Not to mention, it's really about Dublin, and thus it seems to me the book should be titled as such. I'll recognize that the process of getting situated in the country is similar if not the same throughout Ireland.
All that to say, I don't regret the purchase, but I'm not impressed.
But I could've over looked it if the content had been strong. While the title claims this is a guide, I wouldn't consider it to be one. Denison would start telling about something (dealing with immigration for example), but wouldn't give helpful details for how to navigate the situation. There were other details thrown in that are not important, but leaves the reader guessing about what steps they should be taking.
The stories included fell flat. Again, there was a lack of details to make it interesting or relatable. For example, the motorcycle trip at the end. It starts out like a guide or travelogue, breaking the story up by day, but beyond talking about the highway or the overcrowding at the Cliffs of Moher, there are no details to make it fun. There's never a B&B name, and rarely a town name.
As much as I wanted to like this book, in my mind it failed as a guide and failed as a travelogue. The only reason it gets two stars from me instead of one is that I DID learn about a few things I never would have known existed, but I will have to go elsewhere to find out more information as this book left out a lot of the details.