The Left Hand of God...

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Liz from Cumbria

The Left Hand of God...

by Paul Hoffman, has anyone read it? I've been trying to get into it for a week now and am having trouble - the reviews are great but I read a page then happily wander off to do something else - then I read another page and....- at this rate I'll be going for a year! Is it worth ploughing on?

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Elpe

The Left Hand of God...

No, Liz, haven't read it but I know what you mean. I was like that with The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox. When I got to the end I went back and re-read the whole thing without stopping and really enjoyed it. (Well, maybe stopped once or twice but you know what I mean!)

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Gerry

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Liz, found an online extract and lots of reviews, after reading your post. I gather it's the 1st in a trilogy. Was both irritated - by the writing - and intrigued by what I gather to be a "mediaeval" future society. Is that right? Might buy it.

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Liz from Cumbria

Left Hand of God

Gerry, I decided to start again since I'd been dabbling with a page at a time and wasn't doing well at all. Now, I've got a bit further and it's become intriguing so I think I'm probably hooked. Shall let you know how I get on and my thoughts on the book.

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Liz from Cumbria

Update on the Left Hand of God

Well, started again and got intrigued for about a chapter then I found myself reading a page and wandering off again to do something else and reading another page... Still haven't finished it and I'm not sure that I'm going to; I don't know what it is about it that's putting me off but I just can't get into it.

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Nausea Bagwash

Book?

"by Paul Hoffman, has anyone read it? I've been trying to get into it for a week now and am having trouble - the reviews are great but I read a page then happily wander off to do something else - then I read another page and....- at this rate I'll be going for a year! Is it worth ploughing on?"
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Anything to do with the 1955 film of the same name with (gawd help us) Humphrey Bogart playing a Catholic priest?

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Liz from Cumbria

Book?

No, nothing to do with HB film. I wish I'd read this review (from the Guardian, although I've only partially quoted) before I'd bought the book though, maybe explains why I can't get into it.

"It's hard to think of anything I've read recently that feels less like a book and more like a product than Paul Hoffman's The Left Hand of God. Arriving on an extraordinary tide of hype – YouTube trailers, an iPhone app – it has a very readable, highly buffed sheen, but also an uneasy blending of tones whereby too many demographics are being pitched to at once. It feels calculated – indeed, it feels as if it's been put through focus groups – to appeal as broadly as possible, particularly to the teenage crossover readership. The problem, as ever, is that if you try to write a story for everyone, you run the risk of pleasing no one."

 
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