The Bride Stripped Bare : A Novel

by Unknown | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 000716226x Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingNetstationwing of Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on 3/7/2004
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7 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingNetstationwing from Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, March 7, 2004
I've seen reviews for other books by Nikki Gemmell, who is the supposedly anonymous author of this book, and they make me think that this was a poor introduction to her work.

From the pre- and postamble devices to tell how the book was published - sent to the publisher by the mother of a recently disappeared thirty something daughter - to the slightly cringeworthy letter of explanation from the author on the last page, I simply got the feeling that I was expected to take this marketing hype seriously, which is a shame.

The book has an interesting premise, the journal format and second person narrative work quite well for me, but somehow it just fails to come together (A poor pun, considering some of the details in the book!) I have the feeling that it is slightly autobiographical, melded with some reader's letters from Cosmopolitan and porn magazines. In fact I recently saw one whole section regurgitated in Gemmell's column in a daily paper here in the UK, with only a couple of name changes from the book. I wonder if she thought no-one would notice? She also refers to the title of the book in a tricksy little allusion included in a passage about a date with her new lover.

An easy if unengaging read that, even with the inclusion of the explicit sex, struggles to escape the chick-lit label. I notice that I'm the only male reviewer of this book so far, and it may be that I'm unneccesarily harsh, or just unfeeling, but the only question I was left with after reading it was; Do women really like having their inner arms licked so much? Answers on a postcard, please. ;o)

Journal Entry 2 by wingNetstationwing at on Thursday, March 11, 2004
Released on Thursday, March 11, 2004 at through the mail in through the mail, sent as request Controlled Releases.

Off on the first leg of a ray. Running order:

SwissToni (UK)
Kleptokitty (UK)
DizzyDormouse (UK)
vi0let (Finland)
Kalipriestess (USA)
cestmoi (Canada)

Journal Entry 3 by SwissToni on Sunday, March 14, 2004
Thanks for this Steve. Looks intriguing. Hm. Or maybe that's because I have just hit 30 and I am now a dirty old man...

18/3/2004: Nope. Sorry but this book didn't do anything for me. I totally agree with Steve about the "chick lit" tag. I found this unengaging, fairly uninteresting, with an unsatisfying conclusion AND WORST OF ALL even the sex was fairly uninspiringly written. I didn't like the main character, I didn't identify with her (not too surprising) or with either of the two main male characters. I don't want to give any of the plot away, but the last third of the book said nothing to me about my life, as someone once sang.

Thanks for sharing Steve - it has made me think that maybe I do want to read a really good piece of erotic fiction at some point, it's just that this wasn't it. Any suggestions?

I await the thoughts of a female reviewer with some interest. Kleptokitty is next....

Journal Entry 4 by Kleptokitty on Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Oh dear, the reviews don't look good so far!

But I'll give it a go from a female perspective & will report back pronto.

Journal Entry 5 by Kleptokitty on Thursday, March 25, 2004
Pants, pants, pants!

With about 120 pages to go, I realised that I just really can't be bothered to read the rest. I took it to bed last night, and was bored within a couple of chapters. I persevered for a while then skimmed through till I couldn't keep my eyes open any more, but it still failed to inspire me.

I'm afraid I found the mail character colourless and just couldn't connect with her. I didn't enjoy the style either, and even the sex scenes couldn't lift it. I'm not suprised the author preferred to stay anonymous to be honest.

I am beginning to wonder if there is actually any decent erotic fiction out there at all, judging by my recent disappointing experiences with it.

I'll get this off to Dormy in the next day or so, as I've another book due to be heading her way too.

Journal Entry 6 by Kleptokitty at n/a in Given To A Friend, Friend -- Controlled Releases on Monday, March 29, 2004
Released on Monday, March 29, 2004 at n/a in n/a, given to a friend Controlled Releases.

Heading off to Dizzydormouse in the morning

Journal Entry 7 by dizzydormouse from Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim Ireland on Monday, April 12, 2004
This is probably the most amazing book I've ever read! - It's fantastic.

Whether or not the background letters are real or fictional it's such a clever and as far as I know, unique vehicle - Tremendous!

It's just begging to be put on every compulsory reading list ever! (Well I think so anyway! *LOL*

It probably says something on the way my mind works - I've just looked at all the other entries and realised I've actually been reading it from a work perspective. - There's so much one could do with it if they were to stage it. - Would require the omission of most of the middle though. - Hmmm....

Can't help on the erotic fiction side of things - but I could plug a film an old schoolmate of mine was involved in producing. - Haven't seen it (not quite my genre) but it's supposed to be hilarious!

Journal Entry 8 by vi0let from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, June 7, 2004
Received this today, thanks! TBR as soon as possible.

Journal Entry 9 by wingcestmoiwing from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Some very sad news :(

The book arrived today in a plastic bag from Canada Post..the mailing envelope was completely ripped open and all that was showing was my street address..not even city or province...kudos to Canada Post for figuring out where it belonged.

However, the book is ruined. The back 1/4 of the book is ripped off and the edges of the remaining pages are burned black and the spine is all mulched up. It looks like it got caught in a sorting machine and was mangled.

I'll look around for a used copy of this and if I can find one will resurrect the ray. I really wanted to read this too!!!

Journal Entry 10 by BookCemetery on Wednesday, April 20, 2005

We are only human here at the Book Cemetery and it was one of the most difficult tasks in our experience to open and observe the brutally mutilated remnants of this poor dearly departed Reading Companion. Notwithstanding our training, we could not suppress a tear of pain, nor a moan of anguish at what this poor Companion has suffered. The accompanying Coronial Enquiry report was one of the most horrible documents I have ever read, notwithstanding my background in translating old Norse legends. The poor suffering Chief Mourner, Netstation, requested a closed coffin, and we could not but agree. Not for the un-trained eye, a sight such as this. Such an event creates an urge in the Book Cemetery team, an urge to go that extra page, to give a service that will be long remembered by all concerned.

A very moving and magnificent Memorial Service was held in the Garden of Rememberance, the closed casket was draped in the National Flag and garlands of flowers. It was an exceptionally emotional time. The Choir sang "Here Comes the Bride" while gazing skywards. A selection of Victor Sylvester tunes completed the Service. The remains were intered beneath a Heritage Rose ("Morning Glory") and the Choir rendered "Abide with Me" during the interment.

Chief Mourner was Netstation. Please accept our sincere condolences on your tragic loss.


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