I loved it, but I think it requires a particular 'type' of person to enjoy it.
English majors and well-read 'eccentrics' will enjoy.
They're all terrible. Which is why I enjoyed it. I suppose Saxony is almost likable. Really, a good 'horrible' character is my favorite type.
The perfect privileged, pretentious, professorial speaking style. Seriously, he takes a somewhat loathsome character and makes him smugly pitch perfect. Applause!
Nails the dog. You'd have to read the book to find out.
As always, if you like to loathe your characters, you'll like this. Thomas is so delightfully, unwittingly narcissistic and inconsiderate, and it is fun to see what is going on in his head.
If there were fewer offensive moments to the story. I don't expect "Rodney King smokes crack and hires hookers, oh, now let's call the one black dude a 'Rasta' har har!" Keep it classy, MHI.
I don't even consider myself particularly PC, but the offensive elements are just stupid and pointless. I don't read a monster-killing book to get into the author/narrator's political perspective.
I think this book is intended for a particular type of audience -- meatheads who love guns and casual racism, I guess? People who think that insulting whole populations of people = "just telling it like it is."
I swear I kept waiting for the words 'lame stream media' to pop out of the narrator's mouth. Maybe they did? I wasn't paying very much attention because, to be honest, the story was also just... boring. Boring and lacking in any grace of language. So boring I returned it more than halfway through.
Something that couldn't have been written by a high school sophomore.
The one where I returned it ten minutes ago.
Audible allows for returns. Does that count?
I think I've been plenty clear.
It was a satisfactory wrap-up.
Not the most deep or inspiring reading, but it is fun and interesting. I was never bored, that's for sure.
In a few years, sure. The characters are so interesting that I was saddened as the novel ended, since they started to feel like frienemies (too deliciously terrible to be friends). Gillian Flynn's knack for tiny details also make for such interesting, and timely, reading.
Flynn is great with pacing, dropping in twists and details and letting the plot unfurl like a rose opening to reveal a spider in the bud. Even when you've figured out what's going on, you still can enjoy the experience as the narration sweeps you to the frantic climax. So many storylines unfold all at once, in parallel formation, that you're never bored.
The primary narrator imbues such a perfect quality of hostility, reluctant honesty, and self-loathing to the character of Libby that you can't really hate her, even when she admits horrible things. It is the ideal inflection for the character.
I admit, I might have shed a tear toward the end.
If you love horrible, flawed, slightly sociopathic, very narcissistic characters (which I do) you will love this.
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