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Posted December 31, 2006
This book needs to 'sleep with the fishes'
I hate to say this but the editing in this book is REALLY REALLY bad. It begins with a letter from MD trying desperately to justify herself. This should have tipped me off that something was off with this book. By the end it was easy to see that the letter was just an attempt to say 'sorry my book sucks, this is why..' I know that stuff happens (like people dying) and deadlines get pushed back but that's still no excuse for all of the mistakes in this book. They should have pushed back the date even further. It's ok to prolong a books release if the quality of the book is awful. I would have rather them postponed this book for years rather than publish this slop. It's plagued with spelling and gramatical errors as well as plot and character mistakes. For example, look up at the 'from the publisher' section, it says Fred is volunteering at the aquarium. She works there! They can't even keep track of where she works! In the novel she and Artur are in Thomas' office, from there they proceed up to the observation deck where all of the sudden Artur tries to kiss Fred leaving her leaning against Thomas' desk. This isn't possible unless they were suddenly back in the office or the desk magically appeared on the observation deck. Further, the characters were a little off. Fred is not lovable at all. She's irritating and cranky and rude. I wouldn't want to be her friend much less read a whole novel about her. In fact, I was kinda hoping she would die at the end but no such luck. Artur was a typical one dimensional character. How many times can we pull the 'super attractive, smart, rich and utterly lacking in charm' card. It's been done...Artur could be Sinclair with a tail. And what is up with Jonas? I mean the man is GAY! GAY GAY GAY! I don't care how many sex scenes you give him, it feels wrong. He should be doing a dude! No man is that secure with his masculinity. I mean, he is MARC only he hasn't come out of the closet yet. This novel started off bad with Fred walking in on her parents having sex which wasn't necessary and just succeeded in not only grossing me out but leaving me with the question of 'why'? It continued to go downhill with a bad storyline, a lame badguy, one dimensional characters, an awful ending and all and all terrible editing It's too bad really. I know she's capable of so much more. I wanted to literally take a red marker to this book and send it back to the publishers. Oh well, if she writes a sequel I'll surely read it with the hopes that maybe she will get it right the second time because it would suck to waste such a good concept.
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Posted January 25, 2007
Mary Janice Davidson Wake Up!
Mary Janice Davidson, has had great success with her Undead series. Unfortunately, Sleeping with the Fishes is everything the Undead series lacks multiplied. While both the Undead series and this hovel have novelty, creativity and charm, Sleeping with the Fishes is a little too cute. Fred is beyond cranky. She¿s rude. All the male protagonists are tall, handsome, and buff. Both Fred and her boss are beautiful but unaware of their attractions. Each problem in the plot is difficult to believe. For example is it possible that fish would prefer the Pet Shop Boys to anyone else and stage a food strike? The villain is too predictable and the ingénue too ingenuous. The world suffers from serious and complex ecological problems. Too bad we can¿t just find the poopers and make them clean it all up too! Mary Janice Davidson wake up! Don't sleep with the fish!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 20, 2007
I feel disloyal to MJD
Recently I was disappointed in yet another author's spitting out books so fast the quality that was there in the beginning. . . well, it was lost. I remember thinking at least MJD doesn't ever disappoint. Well, this time she did. She has now joined Laurrell K Hamilton, Judith McNaught and other 'stars' who have lost their edge now that they are so prolific. This book should definitely sleep with the fishes. I will read the next one, out of sheer loyalty and the belief that everyone deserves a chance to fix their mistakes. I'm not going to waste time listing the mistakes - let's just say that I haven't been so disgusted in a good long time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 28, 2006
Left me wanting too much more!
This was the first time I had read anything by this author. She was funny and I loved the characters, but I thought it was way too fast paced and that she just suddenly stopped. She left me wanting way too much more of the story-so much that I probably wouldn't read anything from her again. Not enough plot or character development. I thought the story had a ton of potential, but she breezed right through with too much left unresolved.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.