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Sisterland

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

I went Back To The Future in this gem of a novel. Although it sa

I went Back To The Future in this gem of a novel. Although it saddens me to think in fifty years teenagers probably won’t get many of the pop culture references, I’ve decided to live in the moment, or the recent past, as this novel clearly does. With The Simpsons, Ameri...
I went Back To The Future in this gem of a novel. Although it saddens me to think in fifty years teenagers probably won’t get many of the pop culture references, I’ve decided to live in the moment, or the recent past, as this novel clearly does. With The Simpsons, American Idol, Letterman, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” Rolling Stone, Christina Aguilera, The Fugitive, “The Way You Look Tonight,” Today, Animal House, Spin Doctors, Blues Brothers, Monty Python, Good Morning Vietnam, Mannequin, and The Exorcist, they somehow all managed to “Take My Breath Away.” But this novel has more staying power than Cool Ranch Doritos, Wonder Bread topped with butter and cinnamon sugar, and gonorrhea.

Kate and Vi Shramm both have extrasensory perceptions (ESP), along with being identical twin sisters, although each chooses a much different path. While Vi chooses to embrace her powers and attack the spotlight like she wants to ensure she receives every minute of her fifteen minutes of fame, Kate shies away from her powers like she might have caught an STD from some overzealous frat boy. Both seem sexually experienced in my limited knowledge of the world, but for entirely different reasons. Vi uses her assets, in this case ample breasts, as a weapon to manipulate unsuspecting male suitors, and in some cases, just for the hell of it, tossing around hand jobs and sexual favors like ice cream cones to six year-olds, while Kate takes a more reserved approach to sex, except when gentleness, kindness, or bouts of uncontrollable passion cause her to expose her naughty bits.

Kate was the more likeable character, except I did have a few moments of displeasure with her over the course of the novel. Vi, however, was self-absorbed, hypocritical, irrational, contradictory, only acted in her own best interests, constantly passed judgment, and sometimes experienced what might be considered sociopathic tendencies. So I didn’t mind poking around in Kate’s head for some 400 odd pages or so. Had Vi been the real star of the show, though, I might have had an entirely different opinion of SISTERLAND.

I received this book for free through NetGalley.

Robert Downs
Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

posted by RobertDowns on June 25, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

This book is literally the entire life story of the character Da

This book is literally the entire life story of the character Daisy. If you want to read a book about a stupid stay at home mom who just complains about her psychic powers, then this book is for you. I thought that the psychic-ness would make it interesting, but it didn...
This book is literally the entire life story of the character Daisy. If you want to read a book about a stupid stay at home mom who just complains about her psychic powers, then this book is for you. I thought that the psychic-ness would make it interesting, but it didn't. Even that dragged on. 

posted by Anonymous on July 11, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    This book is literally the entire life story of the character Da

    This book is literally the entire life story of the character Daisy. If you want to read a book about a stupid stay at home mom who just complains about her psychic powers, then this book is for you. I thought that the psychic-ness would make it interesting, but it didn't. Even that dragged on. 

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Boring book with no plot.

    Boring book with no plot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2014

    Two stars - Very light book about twins with a "gift"

    This is a book you take out to the pool and read here and there. The story is fairly good. The characters are fairly interesting - particularly the twins and their parents.

    Not a lot of thought has to go into reading this story, and there is a place for that kind of book. You don't want to have to concentrate on EVERY book you read - sometimes you just need something quick to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Predictable and pretentious

    The author simply could not
    help himself and fell into the ignorant trap of calling conservatives racist. Too bad Obama isn't a better example of enlightment and intellectualism and black exceptionalism.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    I just could not get into this book. It dragged on and on. I r

    I just could not get into this book. It dragged on and on. I read other books by this author and really enjoyed this. This book just missed the mark.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Not a gripping read.

    I wish I had just borrowed this one instead of buying it. I thought the topic of ESP was not well researched and was shallowly presented. The characters were not likeable. They were cookie cutter-predictable. The story was Hallmark Channel-sappy. I kept hoping the book would get more interesting or funnier. No such luck. This one is C-stock chick-lit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    I didn't care for this story.

    I thought this book was under-written. Meaning, I had no use for the characters and couldn't relate to any of them; I thought the plot very thin; I didn't like how the author tried to include so many types of people, as if he was trying to reach the largest audience by including all races, stereotypes, etc, instead of just writing a compelling story. I didn't finish the book. If I could get my money back, I would!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    Check this out from the library........

    The description of the book is misleading enough to get you to read this book. Because i believe in finishing what I start, I finished the book. The story was confusing at times to me because it jumps from present to past within the same chapter and towards the end of the book starts jumping tonthe future. I read the book over a 2 week period and always regretted having put the book down because it was hard to pick up where i left off because of the present -past-future dynamic.

    As others have mentioned this book is not about the identical twin bond; it is about the sqandering of a decent life by a pathetic stay at home mom who doesn't want to be psychic anymore. By the end of the book the fat psychic gay twin sister, Vi, is the more interesting of the two, and the book is less about her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    The writing is middle of the road. The story, though interesting

    The writing is middle of the road. The story, though interesting in theory, dragged for much of the book, only to pick up maybe half way in. I wanted to put it down so bad but the library had recommended it and I wanted to figure out the mystery of why someone would publish this book in it's current format. 

    Everything they say you're not supposed to do in writing, she did. She loaded the story down with back story instead of just making it part of the story, a chronologically told event. It made for a tedious read.  

    Some of the key characters, namely her father, mother and husband were flat. This deflated the story even more. Daisy/Kate was to weak for a main character to please me.

    If I could turn back time I wouldn't have read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Slow Read at Best

    Found it a very slow read. Plot not engaging for what I had expected. Not one I would recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Not recommended

    Very disappointing. The plot, which had some interesting potential, led nowhere. Never bonded with any of the characters. Not for a book club group

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Very undeveloped characters

    I finished this book mainly just waiting for a plot, a twist, or to see personalties that were smart, thoughtful or involved. Never got any of those things. Finished the book feeling,I did not believe that was it. I think maybe the reader gets it wrong during the book, because at the end Vi and Jeremy may be the most interesting and that is not saying much.

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