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message 1: by Diane (new)

Diane Wallace Sincere n honest review, Andrew!


message 2: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Smith Diane wrote: "Sincere n honest review, Andrew!"

Thanks, Diane. I always feel slightly guilty when I fail to finish a book and consequently I seek to explain (to myself as much as to anyone else) this failure.


Jaline - (on partial hiatus) Andrew, at least you gave your reasons for why the book didn't resonate with you. That goes a long way for me. My ratings always look so high, but that's only because I don't rate DNF's at all. I don't recall the last time I had one but I basically sweep them under the rug and move on - hahaha


message 4: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Smith Jaline wrote: "Andrew, at least you gave your reasons for why the book didn't resonate with you. That goes a long way for me. My ratings always look so high, but that's only because I don't rate DNF's at all. I d..."

I do sometimes abandon books early on and sweep them under the carpet too, Jaline. But if I've invested a little time in them I tend to record my thoughts. I got to a little over half way with this one (though I'd already given up once but relented and decided to give it a second chance).
I know you can't win 'em all - time to move on and pick up the next one 😊


Jaline - (on partial hiatus) Great thinking, Andrew - as readers it's so important to stay with the ideals that got us reading in the first place: to learn, to grow, to be entertained, to relax, to ENJOY! Hope your next one has all 5 Stars!! 😊


message 6: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Smith Jaline wrote: "Great thinking, Andrew - as readers it's so important to stay with the ideals that got us reading in the first place: to learn, to grow, to be entertained, to relax, to ENJOY! Hope your next one ha..."

Spot on, Jaline 👍. And I'm pleased to say my latest book is a significant improvement.


message 7: by Cecily (new)

Cecily I finished it, but was very disappointed. I thought it had a good central concept, but like you, found the exposition very crass: problem, previously unknown solution, next problem, rinse and repeat.


message 8: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Smith Good on you for finishing it, Cecily. This feels like lazy writing to me and it always switches me off. And it’s a reason I’m usually quite picky about the sf books I read.


message 9: by Cecily (new)

Cecily Yes, the writing was not great. I couldn't find a single line worth quoting (unusual for me). I kept reading because it was quick and easy, and the concept intrigued me.


message 10: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Smith Cecily wrote: "Yes, the writing was not great. I couldn't find a single line worth quoting (unusual for me). I kept reading because it was quick and easy, and the concept intrigued me."

Yes, I believe the intruiguing concept wasn't matched by author's ability to tell the tale. A pity.


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