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Old 26th Jul 2005, 15:13   #1
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Default Misguided (and Non-misguided) Amazon Reviews

I suggest this thread as a repository for those reviews you find on Amazon that are funny, misguided, or complete bollocks.

For example, I've been browsing Amazon today and found a piece of trash called Adept by Robert Finn. As I was reading the reviews - good and bad - I noticed the following:

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...like everyone else I fell for the cover text that compared it da vinci code.

It is shockingly badly written. Unless you have a very high tolerance to unrealistic dialogue and plotting that is obviously the result of poor planning and lazy writing (was there a second draft?) then why bother? There are literally hundreds of better thrillers out there.

I couldn't see any resemblance to the da vinci code...
And there was I thinking that complete paragraph was a reference to The Da Vinci Code. :D

Note the sentence It was shockingly badly written from this qualified judge.
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Old 26th Jul 2005, 15:37   #2
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Bloody hell. Do you think that lot were all reading the same book?
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Old 26th Jul 2005, 15:44   #3
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I doubt it. If you look down the reviews for any book that may have a blurb along the lines of like The Da Vinci Code it is set upon by the retards that enjoy (and scarily, reread) that crap saying things like teh da vince cod it aint when the blurb has probably said deals with historical intrigue like The Da Vinci Code. They are such good readers, these people, that they miss the whole point. That said, The Rule of Four seriously was crap.

However, some of the best reviews on Amazon are for this product. Each review is detailed and gives five stars to the genius on sale. Amazingly, they go on to tell you why it is worth five stars although you don't need to be told why; if you could be bothered you'd give it five stars too.
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That said, The Rule of Four seriously was crap.
Oh good because I'm reading it at the moment, if only only by default. I bought this for my wife and Arthur and George for myself, forgetting that as I've given up the tube I would have to lug the thing in my rucksack on my evening run to Liverpool Street. So I thought I'd save it for my holiday next week and read the Rule of Four instead. So far I have yet to be taken by it but I am sure someone here said that they had enjoyed it (kumquat?). Is it really that bad?
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The Rule of Four crap, eh? kumquat will fight you on that one, Blixa. Jim's reading it now, I think, so he can have the casting vote.

Bizarrely, the unanimity of opinion on the Hoff's hits has been the subject of previous Palimpdiscussion, way back in my early days.

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I actually threw The Rule of Four across the room around page 200. I've not bothered to go over an check if it's alright.

I just found the characters to have no real purpose, the story to have little conflict, and Princeton to have no sense of setting. Maybe there was a super denouement but I'll never know. If I remember correctly it was getting to the point where the main character was pondering such minutiae as should I dedicate my thoughts to the rare book that my family has been obsessed with or should I go out for a meal with my girlfriend. Dire!
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LOL.

Well I really liked it. I enjoyed the obsessive characters and coded book. It all sounds too much like the da vinci code now for me to sound credible but I remember liking it very much.
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Reminds me, I had bought a translated copy of Hypnerotomachia Polyphili a few weeks before I had discovered and subsequently bought the hardcover of The Rule of Four. I deferred reading it until I'd read the latter (stupidly thinking there might be some interesting insights to look out for) although I realise now that I'd forgotten about it. That and the Malleus Maleficarum.
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150 pages into The Rule of Four (which isn't far as there are about five words per page to make it easy for the "mouth movers" who generally read this stuff) and the only reason I can see to continue is so that I can give it a turd in my Palimplist (or I could just abandon it and pretend I got to the end Jeskass-style I suppose).

Kumquat - you owe me £6.99.
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