Reading Sweet Potato Queen books is like ordering a dessert that ends up tasting even better than it looks, and this one is no exception. Her take on life resonates with me and heck, I am just a pinch below the Mason-Dixon line, and a born and bred Yankee. And like a fine dessert, one is never enough. I can't wait until the next one comes out!
Very entertaining read, especially if you have known people with Aspergers. The dead-pan narration was perfect for the material. In a fun way, it was also an insightful interpretation of what it may be like to have difficulty understanding one's own feelings, and those of others. I love that it provided a view of this person's Autism as simply a way of looking at the world, and not a disability.
A great story, with a very "human" protagonist. I couldn't put it down! Having not read much Stephen King, I didn't catch the passing references to previously-used characters from his other works, which was good, because that would have disappointed me; I liked the realistic feel of the story despite the fantastical time-travel spin. Above all, I loved that the main character was a ordinary guy (yeah! a teacher!), rather than a godly hero with a cape. His perspective made it possible to be deeply immeshed in this captivating tale.
This is a good book, with a surprising gentleness for the topic, as the author presents it with the perspective of the real life subjects. As an American, I was initially frustrated not to read descriptions of terror, anger, and strong responses on the part of the subjects, but I am thinking that the tone of this book, more than many others, may truly present the perspective of these deeply religious women who live in a culture with responses to the terror around them that are very different than our own. The family's innermost emotions are not conveyed here; we don't witness that, (the author very carefully avoids any personal analysis; it could have been written by the women themselves, who carefully preserve their privacy as an aspect of their culture) but we do get to see how they respond outwardly, which is with strength, determination, and a constant deep respect for each other with in the world that they live. These women LIVE by their faith in everything that they do in a way that many of us would have difficulty comprehending in our secular societies. I learned more about this very different culture than about the Taliban, which was fine with me.
Gabaldon's series has made me eager to get back into my car for what would be some very dull commuting. An Echo in the Bone had some great story lines. But my goodness, she does leave a lot of stuff hanging at the end of a book. Here I am, flying (at of course the legal limit) down the highway, captivated and deeply invested in the lives of her characters, and a deep throated narrator suddenly intones "The End." Wha...??? The next book better roll out soon...
Very entertaining, even if a tad improbable, characters and story lines that make it impossible to fall asleep behind the wheel.
Davina Porter manages to find a unique voice for each of an amazing number of characters.
It was a fantastic story.
It sure made my day look easier! Great depiction of the trials of nature.
Main character, of course.
I got bogged down in the many, MANY anecdotes of peoples' memory lapses, and ended up not finishing the book. I was looking for a cut-to-the-chase scientific review of current treatments and research, and couldn't wade through all of those little vignettes.
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