Anna (_ocelott_) wrote in dot_book_snark,
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The Family Trade by Charles Stross

This book was terrible. It's by far the worst thing I've read in recent memory. I can't think of a single redeeming feature, and I only wound up forcing myself to read it so I could finish up the review, figuring that way my time wasn't completely wasted.

The writing itself is awful. I can't count the number of times I read a phrase that made me stop and silently whimper to myself. Allow me to share a few, since I can't simply be content to suffer alone. Some of my personal favourites are from what's meant to be an intimate scene between the heroine and her lover. I swear, I haven't altered a thing in these sentences:

"He stroked her flank silently."
"She felt his nod: It sent a shiver through her spine."
"She felt lips touch the top of her spine."

Now that's a sexy scene.

If anyone wants more details on how bad this book really is, you can read the full review at genrereviews.
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