I always think that with "thrillers" you should have at least a couple of times when you go, "Ohhhh," because the author introduces something you aren't expecting. Not a single Ohhhh (okay, maybe one small one) in this book. The strange part is you can, however, see the POTENTIAL for a really good story that is lying just beneath the writing. You know someday it will get there. Just not yet. I'll look forward to seeing something else written by this author ...... someday. Narrator is quite good.
A brilliant reminder of how each stage of our lives sets us up for the next one, I found this Murakami as challenging and ultimately satisfying as all the rest: which is to say, when it's over you find yourself saying this can't be the end. This book is in desperate need of a book club so you can talk through what the small tangent tales say about the main story line.
This is a great introduction of a brilliant author - - despite the off-putting accent the narrator adopts when the characters are speaking. I haven't a CLUE why this was done, but it feels uncomfortable at best and racist as worse. If you can get past that, the story itself is almost like a young adult book reminding us of how it feels to be young, vulnerable, and so at the mercy of the friends who you adopt as family.
But, if you don't enjoy tangents, the occasional mystical thread, or if you need a beginning, middle, and end to be happy, probably not the book for you. If want to let go, think hard, and ride the fantasy train, enjoy.
Once again suckered by Oprah (who can do NO wrong in my eyes), as much as I tried to find sympathy and understanding I found myself saying, just stop it, oh grow up, and how naive can one person be, over and over again. Please understand I feel guilty passing judgment on another person's life, but since it was my credit I used, I feel like I bought the right to say you're too old to be this clueless about the consequences of things that can KILL you. Maybe it can serve as a cautionary tale.
Long one of my favorite writers, this book does not disappoint. The perfect mix of happy, light, weighty and triumphant, this one was near impossible to put down. Getting finished I feel like I've said goodbye to dear friends whose lives were lovingly entangled in mine. Pitch perfect.
Such a smart and entertaining book and series. The characters in this case are fully developed: in other words you swing between loving and hating them, just like in real life. And our heroes remain to true to themselves throughout. Good plot, good writing, and really great narration. My favorite summer read so far.
Well, he didn't top the last book. He kind of wrote around it. The problem with this one, and with all sequels is that it's near on impossible to add the element of surprise. You know the characters, you know the parameters of the story, and you're nestled in waiting to be amused at the same level of the previous book. On top of that, the last Thursday Next book wrapped everything up into a tidy bow so that you're really not looking for more. This book not only beats "sequel-itis", it also manages to uphold the cute and clever that mark the previous efforts. Yep, it's the same character just done in a different way - - and yes, I realize I'm not explaining this well - - that's because I don't want to give it away. Bottom line: if you like the previous books you'll like this one too. If you haven't read the previous books then what the heck are you waiting for?
Christopher Moore is no fool. He's one of the funniest and (only in the best way) sickest writers who ever penned a Shakespeare spoof. To get the most of this one I think one needs a passing recollection of a couple of Shakespeare plays (Merchant of Venice, Othello) throw in some Poe (Cask of Amontillado), a 1950's monster flick, and the willingness to listen to some junior high school humor spoken in a British accent and you've got the perfect way to giggle through an afternoon. Careful not to drink anything while you're listening - - I almost coughed up a lung full of coffee onto my iPad. Oh, and if you want to go in order, pick up Fool by Christopher Moore first, then go here. Great fun.
The second in the Next series is good fun - - and more British than the Queens bloomers. I'm certain I'm missing some of the jokes and many of the asides because I wasn't born in London, but it really doesn't matter. There's more than enough humor left for us upstarts to still have a giggle or two. But, there are more deep concerns and less tidy plot fixes in this book than the last, but knowing you're reading a series helps quell the concerns.
Narrator is great!
The thing I really like about Daniel Suarez is it makes me feel like all the science classes actually stuck instead of simply drifting out of my head once I graduated. I have NO CLUE if even a speck of what he calls science is true, but I don't care - - I feel scientific just listening to him.
The good parts are that this book has a really smart premise, and the ability to make the far fetched seem plausible. The science part is brilliant. The plot is okay, again, simple but clever and executed well. The problem is that his characters are not what you would call multi-dimensional, truthfully they're rather stereotypical. But even with that the story does move along, but it isn't a page turner...it's a good yarn. And it's almost too easy to see the movie adaption of this one coming to a theater near you. Maybe I'm getting cynical, but if you've had the opportunity to read Daemon -- a great but complex book that I can't see ever being filmed -- this will seem much more straight forward almost as if to make it more easily adaptable (and yes, I hear the curmudgeon in my voice....). Even with the flaws, it's worth spending the credit if only to encourage the producers to get good actors to take on the roles.
I didn't think I liked this book so much, until it was over. I missed it terribly! Like you would miss the day-old cake you ate that was dry around the edges or the watered down drink that was quenching your thirst. Simply, there was much to like and much I didn't quite get. The likes were the narrators, and the mothers of the two sets of sisters who were complicated yet true to their natures. Some wonderful subtleties about the nature of the time and that abolition and equality were very distant from one another. The physical and mental punishmensts heaped out were described brilliantly and made me wince more than once.
But, I had a more difficult time with many of the sub-plots that just felt like they were thrown in for historical accuracy. The entire Denmark/Charlotte/insurrection part just didn't seem to fit, the details of the Quaker life was interesting but unimportant and the strange bond supposedly shared by Sarah and brother Thomas just didn't seem true to life.
I'm very pleased that the author based it on historical fact, but felt like doing so interfered with the flow of the story. In any case, even with such criticisms, this book is worth the credit and serves as a reminder of how this country came to be. And as a reminder that compromising our principles for expediency is truly the coward's way out.
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