Posted on October 30, 2007 by scathingbookreviews
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray has a few insights into the male-female dynamic. Whether they are right, wrong or simplistic is open to question, but one thing that isn’t is that John Gray no longer uses the title PHD on his book covers. “Mars and Venus”made quite an impression when it was first published in the mid 1990s, and spawned annual books using the”Mars and Venus” theme by Gray, who knew a good thing when he saw it. The original continues to sell strongly today, but these critical reviews of “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” find a more simple message:
The book can be summarized in one phrase, men like to solve problems, women like to have problems.
The book should be called, “Men are whiney, delicate little things and women should bend over backwards to give them their space.”
The most sexist, biased, silly, unfounded, unhelpful waste of time to come from a publishing house in many a moon.
…and this review, from a woman I’m glad I’m not married to:
If all you want to learn is how to tolerate the self-absorbed male you live with, have at it! Yet another in a long line of books designed to convince females that it’s okay if he’s an oafish, selfish, non-communicative fixture who believes the only needs that count are his own.
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Posted on October 27, 2007 by scathingbookreviews
The Firmby John Grishamwas the publishing phenomenon of 1991. It served as the launching pad for Grisham’s long career, and for a great line by Gene Hackman in the movie adaptation: “The Firm frowns upon drinking at lunch. I’ll have a scotch and soda.”
However, these critical reviews of “The Firm” are a bit shaky :
I was the beach for a week with nothing good to read so I picked up a paperback copy of this book at a 7-11. Let this be a warning to us all– don’t buy literature at the same place you buy chili dogs.
I give this book one star because it provides more purgative power than staring blankly at the wall for two hours.
Good reviews and personal recommendations prompted me to buy the thing. Thankfully I bought it in paperback (they burn easier).
…and this 2 star review, strangely reminiscent of Doctor Seuss:
I bought this book when it was first published, and I did not lke it. I read also the Italian translation, and I did not like it. I watched the movie, and I did not like it ( I am not a fan of Tom Cruise, do you believe it?).
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Posted on October 15, 2007 by scathingbookreviews
Patrick O’Brian‘s series of 20 completed books about the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars has won wide renown, and for millions of readers, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are compelling characters. Despite Russell Crowe’s best efforts, the movie based on the series was quite good. But for these readers? They’re not quite so enthused. “Hoot Toot”, indeed: – these critical reviews of Patrick O’brian’s “Master and Commander” would like to sink the series:
Mr. O’Brian could have learned a thing or two from James Clavell.
You know those books that you read thinking, “Okay, not really exciting, but it’s got some potential. Maybe the author will come around…” and then after a while you think, “Well, I’ve read most of it. I might as well finish it.”. And then you finally finish it and think, “Man, that book turned out okay after all.” This is not that Book.
I got through about two chapters of this and threw it away. O’brian writes like an old woman. The story seems to be about tea parties and gossip, the time and setting seem incidental to the story.
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