book-rec

Jul. 1st, 2008 01:37 pm
amruniel: (corsage)
Seems as if I read a lot these days ;) 
So here's the latest book-rec:

Title: The Other Side of the Story
Author: Marian Keyes

Language read in: English

Summary: Jojo is the hot-shot literary agent whose star keeps rising - if only her married boss wasn't such a distraction. Jojo's author Lily has writer's block. And Lily and Gemma were best friends, until Lily stole Gemma's beloved. Now Gemma's heartfelt and hilarious emails have made their way to Jojo...

Amruniel's review: As I mentioned before - I'm quite into good chick-lit. And this IS! I love Marian Keyes to bits and this book is just one of a series of wonderful books by her that made me laugh and read into the wee hours of the night.
The only setback is the fact that there is no Mammy Walsh in this story which is really, really sad. But apart from that? I loved it. From start to finish and I particularly fell in love with the wonderful Jojo who is just an amazing woman (and a literary agent who once used to work as a cop in NYC... if that's not great, what is? *grins*)

So out of 10 available points I'd award this book a total 10 of very shiny chick-lit summer points.


A part that made me lough: [the morning after a fancy-dress party]
Andy returned with a fistful of analgesics. "Apparently, there were five Gandalfs."
"I think at least one of them was a Dumbledore," Becky said.
amruniel: (corsage)
Title: Remember me?
Author: Sophie Kinsella

Amruniel's review:
If this book were a fanfiction I simply would have closed the file after the first two chapters. Since it was a present I had to go through the whole damned thing.
I'm really into GOOD (!!!) chick-lit, I love it. It's perfect for hot days lazing about in the sun. But this certain book felt like... well a children's book at the most. I don't think that there were sentences with more than 10 words and if there were, there were maybe a handful. Throughout the whole story I felt like a) the author thought her readers to be brainless and not capable of understanding more complex sentences, b) reading some text out of a beginners study-book of English. The texts in our books at school used to be written like this whole book.
And I'm not even mentioning the actual story. It sucks. Really. No explanations. Nothing. The only thing that matters is obviously that she happens to have a) a lover and b) sex at the end of the book.
And it's actually the first time ever that a translation is better than the original. Well I haven't read the translation of this particular one (I think it's not even on sale yet) but of 2 other Kinsella books and I had at least to grin a few times. AND the sentences were longer than 10 words :) So the translator does a really good job.
To be honest - I really don't understand why Kinsella is a bestselling author all around the world. Or are there really people out there who appreciate being treated like complete morons?

Out of 10 available points "Remember me?" scores a fabulous 1 - and that's only because I really like the cover :)

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