I was disappointed in this book, and I have not gone on to continue the series, although I may still do so at some point. Christopher Moore is one of my favorite authors and I find him to be a very intelligent and thoughtful writer. I appreciate that his books are filled with the ridiculous and yet still make me think an awful lot about what I've read and what he is 'really' trying to say.
This book to me was filled with unnecessary crudeness and the plot was flimsy. There was a definite point A to point B feel and that frustrated me. I think I'm not describing it very well, but what I'm trying to say is that this book completely lacked the depth of his other stories. It was like he was trying to jump on the Vampire bandwagon or something (although tbh I'm not sure how much of a Vampire bandwagon there was in 1995).
Anyway. This will not stop me from reading his other books, even if it did stop me from finishing the rest of this series.
It took about 7 hours before it got really interesting! Decent mystery... Hated the main character (which I'm sure was the point) for most of the book. For me though, if I don't like the main character I have a hard time getting into the book.
And that's a big deal for me. I usually can get into any story. I think that the difficulty that I had with this book was that the characters were all so completely unbelievable. They could only be made up people to me. Not to mention the story itself was so sad that I found myself getting depressed. It just was not the book for me.
This was a wonderful book, and a very fresh, unique story. The narrator was perfection. The story moved at a great pace and it was impossible to get bored with all of the back and forth between Juliette and the male characters.
I was disappointed in the ending. I can't explain why without giving away the story but suffice it to say that even though I was disappointed, it is probably a more accurate depiction of humanity than I care to admit.
I really loved that even though it was a fantasy book, all of the characters were so real. I just know that there are people like this out there. I'm sure we've all met our share of Jessica's especially...
And Richard was such a good and imperfect person. He was heroic in ways people don't normally think about. He cried, and was scared and he still did what he knew was right. That is very heroic to me.
I couldn't put this book down. There was so much happening and it was so well told, and wonderfully performed. I would recommend this book to anyone!
I found this title to be very useful for decreasing my anxiety and helping me sleep at night. I know for a lot of these type of programs they say sit up straight and have your feel flat on the floor but I was really looking for a way to calm and clear my mind before bed. The imagery of the tree was well set forth so that I really did feel connected with the tree and the Earth. It helped me push aside the extra 'junk' from the day and wind down and have a good night's sleep.
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