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The Haunting of James Hastings by Christopher Ransom
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Jul 15, 2010

did not like it
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I couldn't bring myself to read more than a few chapters of this, so to be fair, I'm not qualified to write a proper review. Maybe it gets better later on, although that would require a complete overhaul of the plot and style, so I doubt it. All I can say is that this is one of the worst books I have ever had the displeasure of attempting to read. The narrative is awful, both because it's poorly written (traffic so bad it 'makes you want to join the Taliban'? A play being described as a 'hunk of shit', etc) and because James comes across as a horrible person, stupid, self-obsessed and sexist. The last line of the book's blurb informs us that 'the haunting of James Hastings might just be the end of him'; I wonder why the hell anyone would care? Definitely one to avoid.
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message 1: by Mary (new) - rated it 1 star

Mary I started this book months ago and couldn't get passed the first chapter. I thought I was being unfair and decided to give it another go. I shouldn't have bothered. It just got worse as it went along. You've done yourself a favour by not finishing!

message 2: by Andrew (new)

Andrew I've not read this one but I struggled to finish the birthing house

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