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I read pretty much anything, from fantasy (City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett) to romance (Bared to You by Sylvia Day) to classics (Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad).  The only genres I don't read are self-help and comic books/graphic novels.

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The Last Honeytrap
Louise Lee
Progress: 100/346 pages
Complete Works of William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare

Pizza Delivery by Robert Kent

Pizza Delivery - Robert Kent

29/1 - Looking for something short to read after dinner, but before the post-dinner tv watching got started. 56 pages looks manageable.

Second page of the book - 'She ordered five pizzas: two pepperoni, two supreme's,'. *Sigh* Oh dear... :( To be continued...

Fourth page of the book - '...was covered with stains, the ghosts of pizza past.' Pretty sure, due to the rules of subject-verb agreement, that should be 'ghosts of pizzas past'. To be continued...

Fifth page of the book - the detective's name is Alex Cross?! Isn't that a bit weirdly (or maybe not so weirdly, depending on how cynical you are) plagiaristic? It's not like this was written years ago, before the name became so familiar, or that Patterson's books are decades old and you could be forgiven for accidentally recycling the famous name. The most recent Alex Cross book was written the same year as this was, 2014.

It's funny how short books/novellas like this can bring up ten times as many issues as the 400+ page book that I just finished, and in only five pages. If it continues like this throughout the next 50 pages, this review is going to be epic. To be continued...

That's a big OOPSY on MY part! And it serves me right for reacting before finishing the sentence. The Alex Cross that he's talking about is the Alex Cross of aforementioned James Patterson fame. Alex Cross was narrating the audio book on the car stereo. Sorry story, sorry Mr Kent. I take all talk of plagiarism back unreservedly. Hopefully I've learned my lesson. To be continued...

 

Seventh page of the book - I've read this sentence three times to make sure I'm reading it right, and I still don't get it - 'The job creators' version of a garden gnome.'. What's a 'job creator'? Also finding that apostrophe's placement highly suspicious. To be continued...

 

Aww, we were going so well. 20 pages without a grammar or punctuation error. But then this appeared on page 27/28 - 'Parts of it shown white with reflected moonlight...'. Definitely sounds better if that's shone rather than shown. To be continued...

 

Is the onslaught beginning again? Page 30 - 'Brock's face was puffy and soar.' To be continued...

Wow! Pages 36 and 37 were pretty crazy-scary and very gruesome. The image of this insane family annihilator laughing throughout his own bloody death, even when it should be physically impossible, was quite something. I think that'll stay with me for a while. To be continued...

 

'His shoulder was throbbing with greater intensity now and Brock knew it was going to hurt like a son of a bitch later.' Gee, you think?! You just described the wound as being a fist-sized chunk of flesh that was axed out of your back. I think it's going to hurt like more than a 'son of a bitch', it's going to be so excruciating you won't believe how bad it is and then you'll have to have plastic surgery to repair the giant hole (that'll mean more pain, btw). To be continued...

 

Wow! I feel kind of ripped off, this wasn't even the advertised 56 pages (I've fixed the record now, so future readers won't be surprised when the story doesn't make it to page 56), the actual story only lasts for 39 pages and then we've got advertising, a three and a half page sample from another Kent book, All Together Now, praise for All Together Now and finally Kent's acknowledgements. While I enjoyed the premise of the story and that death scene has earned the story an extra half a star, this was really short and had waaaay too many errors for so few pages. He thanks his editor for 'catching the blunders he wouldn't have', if I was him I'd be asking for my money back. I'd recommend this to fans of Edward Lorn, the story has a similar feel to it, but I would have to add a caveat that you shouldn't expect Lorn-quality writing or editing (as shown above), just a similar amount of bloody gruesomeness and extended feeling of dread.

 

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