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Sweet Tooth: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

If you come to this novel expecting a spy thriller, you will be

If you come to this novel expecting a spy thriller, you will be perplexed and disappointed. Readers who are familiar with McEwan, one of the greatest living English novelists, will find this delicious psychological puzzle and meditation on fiction, reality and creation,...
If you come to this novel expecting a spy thriller, you will be perplexed and disappointed. Readers who are familiar with McEwan, one of the greatest living English novelists, will find this delicious psychological puzzle and meditation on fiction, reality and creation, a joy. If you have never read his work before this is a wonderful place to start.

posted by Anonymous on December 6, 2012

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3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Save your reading for John LeCarre or Len Deighton, or even Bria

Save your reading for John LeCarre or Len Deighton, or even Brian Freemantle and most certainly read Alan Furst. This book is not too original, and it was a bit tedious. I was expecting more. Very much derivative of several other authors in the espionage genre.

posted by Cataloger on November 25, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Most of the reviews are from eegits nooking their friends - so t

    Most of the reviews are from eegits nooking their friends - so the rating is completely off. Barnes and Noble what are we going to do with these eegits who take advantage of texting on their Nooks?? Let's get them off the system and start monitoring the anonymous postings. Everyone else - complain to B&N and start logging in and flagging the idiotic postings. Flood B&N with reporting the postings. Maybe they will get the message. The system isn't working for readers - just people who think they are funny. Once again - it's all about them. Nook users - please go somewhere else for your fun.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2013

    Not quite enough. This book is good. Placing it next to Atonemen

    Not quite enough.
    This book is good. Placing it next to Atonement seems almost laughable. Atonement is amazing. This book: good. Unfortunately, this is the only word I can think to describe it.  Certainly, there are passages which are lyrically lovely. Some characters are enthralling. It was fun for me, someone who loves the cult of talented British writers (Amis, Hitchens, McEwan, Rushdie...), to see them in novelized form, but overall the book did not have the spark to lift it off the ground. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    This book is well-written and gets inside the main charater's he

    This book is well-written and gets inside the main charater's head in detail, but she is boring, vain, and shallow. The book is not a thriller, it's more of a character sketch, but it is not intersting because the main character is not intersting. She seems to primarily think about sex. So, while I would label this a "good" book in many ways, I would not recommend it. I'm half-way through, and I'm abandoning it for a more interesting read. I enjoyed Saturday and Atonement, but the positive reviews this book got from some in the media makes me hesitate to give this author another chance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    Ordinary by the usually exceptional.

    This is a spy story. That means that she (in this case) is recruited with lies, used for ulterior motives and finds out at the end that the person she least suspected is the biggest "villain." That's the script and almost everyone follows it, particularly if you're English. In this case, it's not even over anything particularly important, just a little social engineering subterfuge.

    She is the bait (hence the title) as much as the manipulator, "control" in the parlance. The only question you have to ask is if she is really in love with the man she is paying to write what MI5 views as philosophically correct (or is it 6, I can never keep them apart?) Maybe she is just trying to assuage her guilt.

    Still, there is that required surprise. The essay question of the week, class, then, is: Does she deserve what she gets (again, hence the title?)

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  • Posted January 20, 2014

    Smooth writing like McEwan always gives, but not as good as his

    Smooth writing like McEwan always gives, but not as good as his other novels and it has a tinge of over-self-interested autobiography in it.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

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    Most Likely A Good Read

    I haven't read the book yet. But from reading his other books, I would have to say this one will be just a good.

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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