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Posted December 3, 2001
A Book I Couldn't Pick Up
If it were not required reading for my book club (shame on us for this choice!), I would have tossed Long Time No See into the first recycling bin. I knew from the first few pages of canned, unrealistic dialog posing as 'witty repartee', that this was a dog I was going to have a rough road slogging through. Susan Isaacs takes forever getting to the point (with long-winded, just plain stupid subcontext), and then the point isn't even worth it! She repeatedly regurgitates the banal details of her heroine's murder investigation, perhaps to fill space where compelling, quality writing should have been. I did not but crack a smile at the inner musings of the novel's heroine, though Isaacs virtually begs readers for laughs, what with countless side steps into juvenile banter just a hair above potty humor. This book offers zero intrigue, few surprises, and a 'love story' as stale as last week's bread. Alas, it's a total waste of time.
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