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Tales of the City (Tales of the City Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

26 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

Brilliant Book -- Crappy Ebook version

This novel brilliantly withstands the test of time...as amazing and as engaging as the first time I read it lo those many years ago. This ebook version, however, is riddled with a massive number of typos. It looks as if someone at Harper Collins simply scanned a past ...
This novel brilliantly withstands the test of time...as amazing and as engaging as the first time I read it lo those many years ago. This ebook version, however, is riddled with a massive number of typos. It looks as if someone at Harper Collins simply scanned a past edition with OCR and did not proof-read a single page to catch when the OCR couldn't figure out the characters. Some pages can have 5 or 6 typos and nearly every other page has a typo (even the chapter headers). Maupin's classic deserves better treatment.

posted by haolewrites on June 19, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

I don't like this book.

i'm about halfway through this book and i already don't like it. i don't even really think of it as a novel; it seems more like a play. there's constant inane dialogue between insipid and unlikable characters. and a lot of the time the characters are cut-off in mid-sent...
i'm about halfway through this book and i already don't like it. i don't even really think of it as a novel; it seems more like a play. there's constant inane dialogue between insipid and unlikable characters. and a lot of the time the characters are cut-off in mid-sentence by another character and you're left thinking, 'what were they going to say?' the storyline itself seems schizophrenic. the chapters are at most 2 pages long, so once you've gotten into 1 storyline, you're switched to another one, and then another after a possible 2 more pages. it all seems very confusing and soap-opera(ish). also, you don't get any insight into what the characters are thinking; just what they are saying. they seem very 2-dimensional: self-centered, shallow, conceited, etc. and as of yet, there's no backstory/exposition into these characters' pasts. this might have made a good mini-series, but it makes a boring book.

posted by Anonymous on August 14, 2003

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  • Posted July 30, 2014

    Very dated- only interesting and understandable for baby-boomer

    Very dated- only interesting and understandable for baby-boomer hippies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Boring

    I did not finish this book. It was very boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Inapropiatte

    The cover makes it look like a children book but includes bad words not fit for a nine yr old like me. Although , it has a good concept so i gave it one star.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    BAD

    I couldn't understand half the words and i'm only a 3D grader and I can spell by the way I didn't read the books and i'm way smarter then the first three of you guys Coulnt=Couldn't Recmend=Recomend Adlt=Adult

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    QUESTION FOR SOMEONE WHO READ THIS BOOK

    What age group is this book for? HELP ME PLEASE

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Cover was good

    Characters were not interesting and actions annoying. The interaction of apartment residents needed to go back to a different era and different city. There have been several about a resident/major hotel that are much better blend staff with residents and visitors. Mom

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Spot on light

    How long before you flip switch?

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