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Heather Thayer has commented on (3) products.

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades Trilogy #1) by E. L. James
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades Trilogy #1)

Heather Thayer, May 9, 2012

The mind reels that this dreck was published. The subject matter was boring, the affair juvenile, the characters Mary Sues all around, but it was the writing that was the standout. Utterly and without question the worst writing I have ever read in a printed book. Now, don't get me wrong, I am a follower of fanfic, I am used to seeing writing that is less than professional, but this was truly and unremittingly awful. That said, read it for laughs -- my friends and I have had a good time making fun of it. I think I might try to write a parody.
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The City and the City by China Mieville
The City and the City

Heather Thayer, September 4, 2011

I have read this book multiple times now and love it more each time. The first time the construct of "unseeing" was difficult to imagine, but then I realized that we do it all the time. We "unsee" those who are different or disturbing or unpleasant. We "unsee" the crazy lady shouting on the street corner, "unsee" the drunk in the gutter and the panhandler. How much of a step would it be to unsee an entire city?
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The Sea by John Banville
The Sea

Heather Thayer, August 25, 2010

Unbelievably self-absorbed and boring. The writing is self-consciously cloying -- "oh, look at me, I am trying for a Booker prize," with ten words where two would have done. The meaning is obscured by the overly stylized writing and superimposed Ominous Meaning. If there was a story (or a point), it was lost in all of the posturing and "oh look, I am poetic" meanderings. I sent sentences from this book to friends as a joke. I think the only reason this won the prize is that the Committee couldn't understand what it was reading, but it sounded important.
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