Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The plan that backfired.

It seemed a good idea at the time. To ask people if they could put up e-luv reviews on Amazon. The result was one review from Mr C Macdonald, who hated the book. In the spirit of bringing you the bad reviews as well as the good, here's what he had to say:

I'd heard a lot of good reviews about this book, so I decided to get it myself. Sadly though, it left a lot to be desired. It took a while to get started and once it had, it was on an endless loop of the same lines and scenarios.

Not really that entertaining to read. If it had been more fact than fiction and stereotypes, then it would have made for an exhilarating read. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to the expectations and the reviews I had previously read.


Mind you, I think I got off relatively lightly. The magnificent "Confessions of a chatroom freak" by Mr Biffo, which is one of the funniest books you'll ever read was described in less than glowing terms by the same critic thus:

I can sum up this book in one word, "dull." Not only does it claim to be something that it's not, it's incredibly predictable and repetitive. The author seems to think he is some sort of comedic genius. I grew tired of the "character" after the first few pages. It wasn't a funny concept to begin with, but he still managed to churn out the same selfless bile, page after page.


He was no more gentle on Hard Candy, a film I rather liked, calling it the worst film in history, going on to say:

As far as I'm aware this film didn't have much in the way of a plot. I'm guessing the crew just filmed it on the spur of the moment. It's VERY predictable from the off and the ending, well you can see that coming a mile off.
As for the dodgy editing, that kinda gives up after the first few attempts at trying to build the suspense.
I expected the film to be better, given the reviews. Now that I've seen it, I'm beginning to wish I hadn't bothered watching it. It was a complete waste of time.

3 Comments:

Blogger lipsiaman said...

Hi Dave,

I was an avid Bromley FC supported of the 60´s..saw practically every game until I started also playing on Saturday´s for my school, Ravensbourne. Just to say, Pat Brown used to work with my father at the PO and he was not centre half, he was centre forward. At the back we had Ray Poole until he defected to Hendon and also Johnny Whittington. Midfield we had Colin England who was probably the best amateur midfielder at the time. Johnny Warman..Ginge..was also a damn good cricketer and played for Downham & Bellingham CC. A few other names were Denis Studley, Danny McCallister, Dave Hall who was on the left wing usally. Then there was the enigmatic Eric Nottage. On his day he was really a very effective centre forward especially with headed goals but went through periods of terribly missed goals. All the same I think he is still Bromley´s top scorer of all time, or was this George Brown back in the 50´s? Another player was Roy Agar who was in midfield. My favourite player of these times was Dennis Studley, reminded me of Alan Gilzean of Spurs fame.
Yes, happy times and so innocent really. I used to stand behind the goal next to the main entrance, my father and brothers, tea and doughnut at half time. Away games were always fun on the coach driven firstly by Stan (before the drink problem set in) and then by one of my neighbours on the Coppice Estate. I seem to recall it was Southlands coaches we went on. Sometimes there would be 2 or 3 if there was a cup game. Being about 7 or 8 at the time it was magic, especially winning the raffle on the coach.

My brother who also worked on the post often used to see Danny McCallister until recently and also Dave Hall..on his day he had a formidable shot.

Anyway, I will try to get yourbook. There is another book on Bromley FC but it is more of a documentary of the club.

Best regards

Ken Mugridge

1:49 AM  
Blogger lipsiaman said...

Hi Dave,

I was an avid Bromley FC supported of the 60´s..saw practically every game until I started also playing on Saturday´s for my school, Ravensbourne. Just to say, Pat Brown used to work with my father at the PO and he was not centre half, he was centre forward. At the back we had Ray Poole until he defected to Hendon and also Johnny Whittington. Midfield we had Colin England who was probably the best amateur midfielder at the time. Johnny Warman..Ginge..was also a damn good cricketer and played for Downham & Bellingham CC. A few other names were Denis Studley, Danny McCallister, Dave Hall who was on the left wing usally. Then there was the enigmatic Eric Nottage. On his day he was really a very effective centre forward especially with headed goals but went through periods of terribly missed goals. All the same I think he is still Bromley´s top scorer of all time, or was this George Brown back in the 50´s? Another player was Roy Agar who was in midfield. My favourite player of these times was Dennis Studley, reminded me of Alan Gilzean of Spurs fame.
Yes, happy times and so innocent really. I used to stand behind the goal next to the main entrance, my father and brothers, tea and doughnut at half time. Away games were always fun on the coach driven firstly by Stan (before the drink problem set in) and then by one of my neighbours on the Coppice Estate. I seem to recall it was Southlands coaches we went on. Sometimes there would be 2 or 3 if there was a cup game. Being about 7 or 8 at the time it was magic, especially winning the raffle on the coach.

My brother who also worked on the post often used to see Danny McCallister until recently and also Dave Hall..on his day he had a formidable shot.

Anyway, I will try to get your book. There is another book on Bromley FC but it is more of a documentary of the club.

Best regards

Ken Mugridge

1:51 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Thanks for writing, Ken. Yes, I remember most of the players you mentioned, especially Roy Agar - he was, I think, captain when I started watching. Warman and Nottage were both laying in the season the book is set - we must have seen each other many times on the coaches.

5:58 AM  

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