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Subject: has anyone read the new Marian Keyes?
Date Posted: 6/22/2008 1:08 PM ET
Member Since: 4/15/2007
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Hi,

I am debating whether to buy her newest book "This Charming Man. " I used to really enjoy her books, but have been disappointed in the last few. I could wait for my library to get it, but they've had a lot of budget cuts and take forever to get new fiction in.

 

If you read it, what did you think of it (no spoilers, please!)

 

Thanks,

Sherry

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 1:23 AM ET
Member Since: 9/29/2005
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I think it looks interesting but with her books, it can be a hit or a miss. I am waiting to see what the reviews are like before deciding to purchase it.

Date Posted: 7/6/2008 1:11 PM ET
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I just finished this yesterday. I loved it. Be warned though that the subject matter is a little disturbing. I was okay with it because I felt like it was handled with appropriate humor and had a good resolution, but if you don't want to go deep and somewhat dark, you might want to think twice about reading this.

Date Posted: 7/6/2008 3:23 PM ET
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Thanks Maureen and Michelle! I admit I caved and ordered it. Hopefully it will arrive next week. I don't mind heavier subject matter at all.

I'll be good and not buy the new Jane Green. I'll wait for my library to get it in.

 

Thanks,

Sherry

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 12:47 AM ET
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Just read it, can't say I was impressed, but you were right about the depressing issue!

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 12:39 AM ET
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I just tried to read it, and I'm sending my copy back to the library.  I did not like all her "Anglophile" phrases in it.  I find it hard to wrap my mind around British slang, and my reading time is too short as it is.  I read about 15 pages and it's going back.

If you ordered it, and don't like it, you can trade it immediately, Sherry, since there are over 200 wishers for it.

I think some of her books are not written to be released in the US.  Her non-fiction books I didn't like, and I didn't like this one and a couple of her others.  I liked the ones of the sisters of the same family though.  (Rachel's Holiday, Watermelon, Anybody Out There?, etc)

Subject: worst case scenario...
Date Posted: 7/24/2008 7:48 PM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2008
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if you bought it and didn't like it... list it here! I am sure it will get snapped up in a minute (I'm probably like 200th on the waiting list) and you'll get a credit for another book. :-) Of course, if you like to keep your books, that may not be such a comfort.

Happy reading,

Heather

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 7:05 PM ET
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Hi,

I finished it and did not like it. I have no problem with the anglophile phrases since I love British writers. I could not stand the way Lola's character was written using incomplete sentences. I found it very annoying. I also found it very slow and the ending was not satisfying. I'm not buying any more of her books. I'll wait for the library.

I already sold my copy on Amazon.

 

Sherry