This book was very interesting. King really shows how his whole life goes into his writing. I was very motivated after reading it. It is a very good book on the craft of writing and what a career in the business takes on a personal level.
Jeanette Walls keeps you hooked even when you want to throw the book down and stomp on it picturing her parents' faces. The events can be so upsetting you wonder how she can have any relationship with them--but slowly she pulls you through to the end you get it and her. Made me reevaluate a lot of things in my life on her sheer understanding and forgiveness power.
In "Never Let Me Go" you are transported to another version of our world. By the end, the narrator had really distinguished the characters so I knew who was talking without "tags". The material did not seem fresh, but it was a fascinating pseudo-mystery. If you figure out what is going on (which isn't that hard) the ending may disappoint, but ultimately the writing itself is beautiful and compelling.
One major drawback (although I've read it goes directly to the characters and plot) is that the character goes back and forth in this backhanded way. Kathy will tell you something then say:
"Maybe I felt that way because of what happened next" and then proceeds to tell you what happened next. Or she'd say "That made a difference because of something else that happened. Now let me tell you what happened that time." OR "I didn't know at the time that such and such had happened." It gets into these pointless tangles that can get frustrating. Still, the book is a worthy read if you can hang in there.
It is difficult to take authors seriously who are writing about revolutionary technologies and the next generation but call said generation "youngsters". It seems like a trivial point but it isn't. The author's are so amazed with this generation and the latest technologies that they sound like amateurs. I don't think they understand collaboration any better than the people they are trying to educate, they've just read more articles. I thought I was getting something truly illuminating but it truly wasn't.
This book moved gradually, but better and better as it went forward. I got a little confused by all the names. I wanted to go out and get the paper book and read it again as soon as I was done. That said, I would highly recommend this to anyone who is enthralled with characters and an intricate but not complicated plot. I highly recommend.
Kostova has come up with a new way to write a vampire drama with beautiful, patient storytelling and a compelling drama. The history, culture and settings were done well. The narrators added to the story.
If you are into easy, breezy fiction with quick conclusions and easy development...this book isn't it and that isn't a bad thing. She is a very good writer.
At the end of this book I felt about Frey the way HE feels about the 12 Step program--pointless and annoying. Whether the events were exaggerated or not is irrelevant because they SEEM exaggerated. The characters, the plot, the intensity all feel neatly packaged and unrealistic.
His use of repetition as a writing device does not deepen his struggle, instead it becomes monotonous and reads like a screenplay.
Not only did I not feel any real, true recovery or struggle occured within him,I felt none from his characters. His angry outbursts show a very stubborn person with a--rare--heroic compassion for others (but who knows if that is the reality or just what he wishes had happened). He blames only himself and views himself as weak unless he can beat the addiction, but it ends up coming off as preachy and frustrating.
Anita Diamant depicted a very historically interesting story in the life and times of Dinah, but from a story point of view, the character and her life were too idyllic. Life was tough in the desert but Dinah's problems always came quickly and were wrapped up neatly. There was a lot of today's attitude wrapped up in the women of The Red Tent. The narrator was very sing-song, some people may enjoy it, but it contributed to my attitude towards the book.
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