OK - I only bought this because I already knew this was J K Rowling. I was curious to see her write in a new genre. She totally delivers.
This book is beautifully set in crummy London venues and streets that I remember well. It really placed me there.
The characters are skillfully written and believable.
The plot is excellent, she constructs the mystery and the clues beautifully.
Can't wait for the next one!
There are 3 stories. The writer jumps between them, but only one is interesting. During the other two stories I was bored and couldn't wait for them to end so I could get back to the exciting one. Returning it.
Even by the title you can get a glimpse into the mindset of the author, that she is too grand for her awkward 'anti-cool' Mennonite upbringing.
It made me wince with embarrassment as she seemed to underline, again and again how vulgar and frumpy her family culture is compared to the educated and sophisticated circles in which she moves now.
The juxtaposition was amusing, (after her marriage fails, she returns to the bosom of her Mennonite family for some recovery time). However, I felt it got tired.
The plot - being a memoir, was not exciting, and I was bored.
Couldn't wait for it to end.
This book has been on my wish list for some time. I was just waiting for the right opportunity. So well reviewed! Arthur C. Clarke award. It all sounded amazing, including the synopsis.
I am 3/4 of the way through and I am ready to give up. I remember now why Margaret Atwood was on my blacklist from about 12 years ago. It's all coming back to me.
There is hardly any plot progression. The narration is first person and meanders through an ENDLESS internal dialogue with incessant flashbacks, meanwhile, in the present tense - nothing is happening. Everything is unnecessarily over-described. Every thought, every emotion, every item in the room. The clock, the mantle, the wallpaper in the bathroom (Small flowers, forget-me-nots, purple). I don't need car chases, hijacks and bombs, but this is just exasperating.
I get the symbolism, the eggs, the eyes, the flowers. I get the themes, but it all seems like tokenism. They all seem 'glued onto the outside'.
When I come back to the book, I am rewinding and forwarding through the book, all to try to find the place where I was the last time I listened, to remember what was happening, who did what, who said what, even though it was 4 hours ago when I last listened. There are no plot points to attach a memory to.
I would press on, but I read the ending was a disappointment too...so I am in a dilemma.
I think I just don't like her writing style. 90% of the plot happened in the past and is meted out in tiny portions and almost nothing happens in the present, which is slow and overly descriptive. Not my thing.
I liked this book.
It is autobiographical, therefore the plot doesn't have the same flow as fiction. There is no rise and fall of Protagonists vs. Antagonists. No 'all is lost' moment at the end of Act II and then a 'hero conquers all' third Act.
It is simply a narrative - with less drama - told in the first person, of one person's struggle to retain normality and sanity in ridiculously curious circumstances.
To me it was a cross between a documentary and a diary. It has all the personal hallmarks of a secret diary. An internal dialogue, thoughts, feelings. It also had the descriptive elements of a documentary.
I really enjoyed the Netflix TV series. I enjoyed this maybe a little less - it has less drama. But it was truly eye-opening.
This was chosen by my book club, so is a departure for me. I was trepidatious about the idea of a sci-fi retelling of Cinderella. Let's face it - most fairytales are outdated and misogynistic.
However, the story and the narration held my attention and it was very entertaining. It is in fact only very loosely based on the fairytale.
The ending however was a HUGE disappointment! I knew this was part of a series, but assumed each book would be self-contained whole, with a proper ending. Nope - this book just stopped - seemingly in the middle. A big 'to be continued'.
Now I feel cheated. I am somewhat compelled to buy the next one, but a little afraid I will be left hanging at the end again. I read that there will be 4 books in the Lunar Chronicles. Each one focusing on a different fairytale. Not sure I want to commit to all 4....
To be honest, the plot was slow and I found it depressing. The narration was good however.
I can honestly say I haven't enjoyed a book so much in years. The narration was INCREDIBLE, I loved how it switched between the voices of Jacob at 23 and at 93.
An excellent read. You won't be disappointed.
Really nice narration. I really liked her voice. I liked her characterisation and accent. It was perfect.
I actually bought this book for my son, not intending to listen to it myself (as I have literally read it 4 times before), but...I got hooked. Again.
Very good performance by the narrator. Believable voice and acting. The mother Abigail was a bit suspect, but apart from that, very good.
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