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A masterclass in good writing
This novel blew me away. The quality of wiring is really what makes it. The story is great and the characters very credible and well weaves but it’s really the astute observations and turns of phrase that make this book work so well.
Brilliant piece of writing
Aalto has produced an excellent piece of work with a good balance of characters and wonderful turns of phrase.
On a negative note, I found many scenes far too long winded and overdone. I think the novel could have been about 20% shorter.
That said, I don’t think there was a single badly written line in the whole novel.
Best gay novel to come out in years
I laughed and cried with the author from beginning to end. Love the way the personal story was interspersed with the Yorkshire ripper saga.
My only criticism is that using words like 'gingerly' and 'sauntered' were incongruent with the tone of the protagonist. Should be edited out.
Not as good as Oryx and Crake but Atwoods insights and observations are as brilliant and insightful as ever.
Congratulations on some super storytelling. Your reader Matt brought the whole thing to life beautifully.
I would have given it a 5 but I found the ending, though reasonably plausible, a bit grim.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
Great overview of chopras books especially the best selling ones like Ageless Body and Synchodestiny.
There's a bit of repetition in it so it needs a bit more editing but good overall.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Great story telling
Nicely woven story full of clever twists and turns. There were no superfluous strings or characters to fill the pages. Every element contributed to create a wonderful chill.
Perhaps one small thing was that a couple of aspects of the story were a bit of a cliche. A lonely brutal Hebridean island for one.
The narration of the child's voice was excellent too.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Masterful storytelling by Waters. Brilliantly weaved plot with flawless pace and wonderful twists and turns throughout.
Highly recommended for anyone interested in the terrible plight of women in Victorian England.
Wonderfully narrated too.
Simmons is such a great talent.
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Science fiction writing at its best
Apart from the slightly wooden voice of the woman orator, a really well read book. Excellent characterisation and plotting overall.