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In its time, the book was sexually shocking and provoked attention. But its time is well past. I found it very difficult to retain any appetite for more of the same ... and there is plenty of "more of the same." His glimpses of reality are filled with his personal unhappiness and his proclivity for surviving on the handouts of others. His arrogance and attitudes appear downright depressing and unhealthy. I'm sorry I wasted the time; I found no redeeming qualities.
Four hours into the book and yet to find a reason to finish. No mystery, no drama, no nothing. Should have learned my lesson when I read "Lightning" by Koontz. Had to push myself to finish that one. But, if a writer can't hook a reader in the first third of the story...not likely it will get better. Also had an issue with the story being told mostly through the eyes of a young boy, and yet the vocabulary was often that of a well educated adult with an extended vocabulary e.g. would you expect a nine year old to use, much less understand, the word "existentialism?" I doubt he would have yet been studying the philosophical views of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.
Save yourself...unless you are very easily entertained, I suggest you steer clear.
Unless you are very involved in this industry...this is irreverent and invanerial. Don't waste your time.
If you have a curiosity of heart transplants this is a layman's view of what takes place. The story is very predictable. It was entertaining, but less than magical. The ending is different so stay tuned for surprises. The book is not a sensation. It is not a literary lovely, but I did enjoy the journey.
Clearly the writer was so dissatisfied with how our federal government is being run, he chose to write this provocative story to make his point. Three high ranking congressional persons are killed by unknown assassins just to get people to pay attention to their demands. Even the President is warned that he is well within their reach. If you are one of the many who feel Washington has let us all down with their political arrogance and profligate spending. You will enjoy this book. The bad guys are exposed, and subjected to the potential of a very literal "term limit."
An unlikely story, but one that kept you interested. The heroin was nicely developed from an average person to a somewhat gifted person who could make substantive changes in a tough system that lacked freedoms. Rooting her on becomes the readers purpose. People are tested and placed in living groups based on their test results. The groups are narrow in focus and interest so living ones life out in one of these groups seems both over controlling and highly unlikely. Accepting this assigned group premise requires a perverseness or an imaginative leap that I either did not have or could not make. Conflicting terms like interesting, weird, possible, unlikely, maybe, wacko... all rush to the tongue tip when I try to describe the read. In any event, if civilization ever comes close to the one described in this book...we will have regressed well beyond the nightmare stage.
Read most of his books, but somehow overlooked this one. You will enjoy the journey as his characters begin to take shape and command your attention. By the time I was half way through the book, I began to manage my time such that I could spend more with the book. When that happens, I'm more than willing to grant the highest ratings.
How this book ever got past a publisher's review is beyond me. I realize this is an uncharitable review, but my purpose is to simply spare others. All of the charitable reviews for this book seem to come from women. So it may be a case of male negative bias, but my criticisms do not stem from the gender issues. This writer has taken on way too many characters in this story. I found myself needing a pre printed program of the names and their relationships to the story line. The flashbacks are often awkward, poorly placed and gimmicky. The story line is predictable and juvenile. I could go on, but it...as well as the read...would be a total waste of time.
If you like John Wayne movies, you will love this story. It has a wonderful unique character who tells much of the story from her point of view and in her vernacular. It's a refreshing change when the story telling is handed off to her, and she proceeds to speak to you as she writes in her diary. These folks face more than their fair share of challenges, and how they deal with these provides you the reader with a pretty clear view of their differences in values and character. One of the more likable listening choices I've made, and I trust you will agree. Cheers, Ken
Well written with strong character development. Some mystery well seasoned with tangled twists keeps you tuned in. The exploration of why we read and why some gifted persons write is also worthy of note.
"Bookies" will love the constant mentions of other books and authors. It pushes you to jot these down since finding other worthwhile authors and reads is a never ending quest for those of us who enjoy reading.
Predictable and boring with a medium dose of detail which lends little to the tale. Unless you have a keen interest in Arabic names and places, it leaves little else as a saving grace.
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