Melanie Walsh


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Smashwords book reviews by Melanie Walsh

  • Being Anti-Social on June 16, 2012

    One word - hilarious! Being Anti-Social is a far cry from Cunningham's previous novel, RAIN, which was decidedly darker and aimed more for lovers of sad, emotional stories that can and will bring you to tears. Being Anti-Social on the other hand is a lighter read and a bit of a throw-back to Bridget Jones' Diary, except for an older protagonist (Mace Evans is late thirties) and it is set in Australia rather than England. You'll find the same dry humor that was a highlight of BJD, and a protagonist who seems to end up in all sorts of hilarious predicaments and relationships. Other than Mace's relationships with the men in her life, her group of friends and her family provide plenty of complications and challenges. The ending is delightful and fulfilling. Mace might well become the pin-up girl for those of us who would like to escape the intensity of today's 24/7 pressure to be constantly 'networked' and 'switched-on'. If you enjoy dry humor and wit, it's on every page of this easy, enjoyable read.
  • Rain on June 16, 2012

    Rain is at the top of my list of favourite books of the year. I've often found myself thinking of the characters while sitting on the train on my way to work. I love books that can make me feel for the characters and be in the moment with them rather than just reading and observing, and that's what this book did for me. It is however a very sad and tragic tale, so if you're looking for something upbeat, this is not the book for you. The writer also has a unique writing style which is consistent with the genre (literary fiction), so again, if you don't like this kind of prose, this may not be the book for you. I also really enjoyed the Australian setting and references.