Things seem to have gone a bit quiet down in this part of the forum, so I thought I'd post a new quiz to get things going again. Can you identify the books as described in their unflattering Amazon reviews? Give-aways like title, author, main characters etc... have been removed.
Edit: at the very end of this post there is a list of all the books that have been used for "Bad Reviews" by other members, following this first one 1) Nice book - for a grade ten research project! The first part of [title] reads like a science project on animals with random religious facts dispersed throughout (minus the true wonder of religion - FAITH, BELIEF, LOVE). There is no symbolism, no poetic language (his metaphors are really cliched), no commentary on contemporary society (India's or Canada's). . The only interesting aspect of this book is that it reveals how humans and animals are alike... [Author] has the literary capacity of the latter, that's for sure. The best thing about this book is its cover - Five stars to the Graphic designer!
2) I have just been looking at the reviws for this book and am amazed...The main character, [name], is a child who is so deviod of a brain it made me want to scream while Joe, the only good character in the book, no-matter how many times let down by [main character] still worships the ground he walks on. [Author] does set the atmosphere well but time and again comes back to the same type of atmosphere for every geographical location. If you want to read something from last century read 'The Picture Of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde, don't worry it is classed as a classic, and enjoy every chapter with a large mog of coffee!
3) Do not read this book unless you feel that you will be entertained by 274 pages of tedious, self-loathing and pointless pop-psychology. At times this book reads like a straightforward transcript from some imagined psychiatrists couch, although most self respecting psychiatrists would have told [main character] to get a life by the end of chapter one! Overall a passingly useful insight into a very caricatured view of Jewish life, with quite a few Yiddish words that I didn't know, most of them scatological. As a book it doesn't seem to try hard to do anything other than dump the authors problems on the reader; it isn't funny, it certainly isn't erotic, and overall I can't really recommend it!
4) i read the other reviews & saw that people loved it but i'm sorry anyone wanting to read this book for some light entertainment do not read! its a very heavy book to read due to the language (formal) & nothing actually happens, no plot or structure, simply a man questioning what actually is dignity, very boring indeed.
5) Join up here for the paranoid's rose tinted view of the nasty old world. Wishy washy new age nonsense, far too wordy and the book is way too long....this seems to be an exam essay or, at best, a newspaper article that has regurgitated itself again and again on page after page after boring page, only to explode into nothing like the sole of a poorly made Nike trainer. Every chapter makes the same sad, elitist point: Consumers Are Stupid and we shouldn't be allowed to think for themselves. I know best, I know what's best for you. Enjoy your ivory tower, [author], I'm off to Mcdonald's.
6) I was really looking forward to reading [title] but it was Oh So Disappointing! It is a very complex book - but although the individual parts are not difficult to comprehend (and some could actually be stand-alone books) they do not add up to a coherent whole. Within the book there are lots of interesting bits. The despair of the members of the Communist Party in the 1950s and the differing ways of coping was certainly worth exploring. [Main character] also mentions meeting desperate women living in council estates while she is out canvassing for the elections. But then we hear no more of them. The narrative set in Rhodesia had some interesting aspects on colonialism, racism and the relationship of communists with African nationalists. But this episode did not seem to mesh with the rest of the book. And the inclusion of a novel within the novel about a woman like [main character] was just plain irritating.
7) Nervy, hand wringing account of his lack of ideas on a huge range of subjects, the exception being his knowledge of street gangs in Jakarta. Well meaning Jimmy Carter'ish intelligence dribble. Hardly awe inspiring and Messers Iraq, Iran and Terry Taliban are going to eat this pilgrim for breakfast.
8) [Author's] first-person narration details the trials and tribulations of thirty something [main character], who has been abandoned by his girlfriend. Sadly, [main character] defines his entire existence on his success with women, and his whinging, immature self-pity grates horribly. [Author] attempts to create a new man style character so beloved by trendy gender analysts. However, [main character's] narcissism merely reinforces the stereotype of the pathetic man who is unsure of his identity and moulds himself at the behest of others. If this novel had been written by a woman with a female character it would have been (rightly) attacked for its subservience to the opposite sex. Instead, [author] is praised for his insight and understanding of the male condition.
9) I saw it in Tesco for £4 and I bought the first three books. I'd just like to say that was a complete waste of my money and time. I haven't even finished the first book and I already absolutely LOATHE the main characters, I just want to stab the book and burn it. [Female character] is just a bimbo airhead who needs to get her life examined. No independence what-so-ever, no self-confidence, very clumbsy (probably the most annoying thing about her) and she gets dizzy just looking into [male character's] eyes (also extremely annoying). This book lacks in plot and, frankly, intelligence. It's annoying but now that I have bought the books, I feel that I have to put myself through this torture of reading them.
10) This is not good; cliche after cliche, endless cheap tugs at the heartstrings, a plodding obvious plot and awful two dimensional characters. And making the villain a Nazi, paedophile and Taleban leader all rolled into one?! If this book had been written this year he'd probably have been an greedy banker too. Evil just isn't like this and portraying it this way makes the story totally unbelievable and quite offensive.
edit:The following titles have been the subjects of Bad Reviews used in further questions in this thread - currently up to January 13th 2014
1984 2666 A Clockwork Orange A Prayer for Owen Meany A Short history of tractors in the Ukraine (The) Alchemist Angel Angle of repose Anna Karenina Any Human heart Atonement (The) Audacity of hope Bel Canto Birdsong Bonfire of the vanities Brideshead Revisited Brighton Rock Captain Correlli's mandolin Catcher in the rye Cold mountain (The) Constant Gardener Crime and Punishment (The )Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime Deception Point (The) Diary of a nobody Emma Fingersmith (The) Finkler question Flowers for Algernon Fugitive Pieces (The) Golden notebook (The) Goldfinch (The)Grapes of wrath Gravity's Rainbow Great Expectations (The) Great Gatsby (The) Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (The) Handmaids Tale (The) Hare with Amber Eyes Harry Potter and the deathly hallows High Fidelity (The) Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (The) Hotel New Hampshire How to paint a dead man I know this much is true Infinite jest Jack Reacher Jerrard: My autobiography (The) Kite Runner Labyrinths (The) Little Stranger London Fields Lord Jim Lord of the flies Love in the time of cholera Madame Bovary Me Before You (The) Mists of Avalon Moby Dick Never Go Back Night Circus No Logo (The) Old Man and the Sea (The) Old Wives’ Tale Oliver Twist (The) Once and Future King (The) Other Boleyn Girl (The) Poisonwood Bible Portnoy's Complaint Possession Pride and Prejudice Prison Diaries Rebecca (The) Remains of The Day Restoration (The) Road Robinson Crusoe (The) Room (The) Sea Skegness Candy Floss Their Eyes were watching God This much I know is true This Thing of Darkness (The) Time Traveller’s wife To Kill a Mockingbird Tricks of the Mind Tropic of Cancer (The) True History of the Kelly Gang Twilight Umbrella Vanity Fair We need to talk about Kevin Wuthering Heights