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What do you think of Jeffrey Archer's writing?  

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  1. 1. What do you think of Jeffrey Archer's writing?

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    • Rubbish
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    • never read any of his books
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Ignoring Jeffrey Archer's private life, what do you think of his novels?

Books

Novels

Shall We Tell the President? (1977)

Kane and Abel (1980)

The Prodigal Daughter (1982)

Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less (1976)

First Among Equals (1984)

A Matter of Honour (1986)

As the Crow Flies (1991)

Honour Among Thieves (1993)

The Fourth Estate (1996)

The Eleventh Commandment (1998)

Sons of Fortune (2003)

False Impression (2006)

The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot With Francis J. Moloney (2007)

A Prisoner of Birth (2008)

Paths of Glory (2009)

Short stories/Collections

A Quiver Full of Arrows (1980)

A Twist in the Tale (1989)

Twelve Red Herrings (1994)

The Collected Short Stories (1997)

To Cut a Long Story Short (2000)

Cat O'Nine Tales (2006)

And Thereby Hangs a Tale (2010)

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Quite possibly the worst writer I have ever wasted time on.

I actually read two, assuming the first turkey must have been a fluke. It wasn't.

Makes Dan Brown look like Tolstoy.

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Apparently his publishers employ an editor specifically to fix up his books into a publishable state.

That's right, as submitted they are EVEN WORSE.

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Apparently his publishers employ an editor specifically to fix up his books into a publishable state.

The overwhelming majority of published media goes through an editor.

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He's not going to be one for the book snobs that's for sure ..

I've read his books ..Kane and Abel i found quite enjoyable the trouble is the format tends to be a bit samey in all of them ..

but for light reading his books are pretty decent and enjoyable enough for reading on a train or plane where you don't have the required time and quiet to read War and Peace ,

He's miles better than all the Dan Brown shit that's for sure but not as good as say Frederick Forsyth (Fist of God is a great read , though wonder if it has dated now since i first read it ?)

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Ender has gone a bit quiet amongst this criticism. ;)

:D i was trying to keep silent.

i've read Prisoner of Birth which i thought was excellent, a great page-turner.

one of his short story books which was also pretty good.

and one other - not sure what it was called - but was pretty good as well.

nice easy reading with interesting plots.

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Some are okay, but later stuff became very samey. Archer is one of those authors whose books shouldn't be read one after the other.

i'd rather read him than Irving Welsh!

Not one for literary snobs though :winkold:

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Shall We Tell The President? was I think the first "proper" book i ever read. It was OK/decent, but then again I don't read much, so don't have much to compare it too.

it wasn't as good as Day Of The Triffids though, one of the few other books i have read.

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Shall We Tell The President? was I think the first "proper" book i ever read. It was OK/decent, but then again I don't read much, so don't have much to compare it too.

it wasn't as good as Day Of The Triffids though, one of the few other books i have read.

:shock:

Of course it wasn't.

"few other books"? Really?

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