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Smashwords book reviews by sereq

  • Love and the Art of War on June 20, 2012

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher/author through the LibraryThing.com Members Giveaway program. I was asked to post an honest review (though not necessarily a favourable one). The opinions expressed are strictly my own. I admit that I requested this book because the summary was quite catchy and seemed funny. This is not my usual kind of book, I'm a hardcore heroic fantasy fan, but this book has made me set aside, however briefly, my usual irritation at midlife crisis comedy of sentiments. It balances emotional pain with lightheartedness without being sappy, which is no mean feat, and reads as a dream. There is quite a great amount of erudition in it, but wonderfully integrated in the plot and the characters are lively and sympathetic. There is humour (the kind that makes you smirk and giggle by yourself while commuting), pathos, poignant moments and even a bit of nail-biting thrill. In short, a recommended read.
  • Whorticulture on July 12, 2012

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher/author through the LibraryThing.com Members Giveaway program. I was asked to post an honest review (though not necessarily a favourable one). The opinions expressed are strictly my own. This is a collection of 4 short stories of women in pre-bellum USA, connected by recurring male figures and the language of flowers. It is quite short and I think that the female characters are quite sketchy and, while obviously downtrodden and all that jazz, they do not seem overly sympathetic. Also there isn't a single positive male character in the whole story. Moreover, the language of flowers does not play a very significant part, except in the subtitle of the individual stories, where the bouquets that represent the characters are decribed. The meanings of the various flowers are explained in an addendum at the end of the book, but it still feels too little. While this book is obviously well-written and researched, it didn't take me. Maybe I'm too much of a sappy romantic to really appreciate it.