Clichéd; contrived; awkward; unnatural; forced; stilted. Ever heard a book described as such? If the answer is 'yes', it’s probably guilty of serving up poor dialogue (among other flaws).
Here’s a painful book: A Most Wanted Man by le Carré. And judging by the reviews I’m not the only one. It’s scraping in with an acceptable 3.47/5 on Goodreads although among the more considered reviews it’s dire. It’s one of those books where I literally had to force my eyes to the end of … Continue reading Broken Reviews
It was easy back in the day. Books were bisected into fact and fiction and never would the twain mix. A factual book contained facts. Any percolation of fiction or unsubstantiated material into the final draft would leave the author discredited. On the other side of the taxonomical tree, a fictional book meant you were … Continue reading Back, White and (50 shades of) Grey