This is one of those books that is very interesting, full of fascinating information and intriguing facts but you’re glad it’s short!
I am not sure how many tips I will be adapting in my daily routine, but perhaps some suggestions will sink into my subconscious and I’ll apply them in the future without even realizing where I picked up the advice.
It’s kind of reassuring to know that I am doing some things right, like: walking (I do 5km per day / 5 days per week), spending time outdoors everyday (the walks), eating tomatoes (I do about 6 day a week), keep meat to a minimum, don't smoke, maintain an average weight… and my favourite tip of all: drink red wine daily… DAILY!!! HOORAY!!!
The book was delightfully silly - there is not much more I can say!
I highly enjoyed this amusing little tale; the title sets the tone perfectly and the story is simply charming.
I really should read more background information on the books I buy before forking over the money!
I love Time Travel stories so I naturally gravitated towards this one, but about a quarter of the way in I felt like something was lacking. I can’t say it was bad, but the story felt a little simplistic and I didn’t like the way it assumed that the audience would readily accept certain concepts without much hesitation; it all seemed too easy. “Oh you’re a time traveller, cool, ok”
Based on the tone I started wondering if it was geared towards a Y.A. audience, and I went back to read more about the book - I discovered it was the 2013 Winner for Breakthrough Novel for Young Adult Fiction. Voila! Thought so.
I hope that this does not sound condescending, or like I am knocking Y.A.; let’s just say the genre is just not for me... possibly because I am far from being a Young Adult!!!!!
Still, once I readjusted my expectations, I enjoyed the ride.
I have not yet read a Sawyer book that I haven’t absolutely LOVED, and this is a bit of a curse because my standards for his stories have therefore become impossibly high!!
This book lived up to expectations – no question! Yet again he has come up with a riveting and original plot that had me glued to every word; I just can’t get enough!
Another hands down hit.
I am ¼ of the way into this book, and my opinion is exactly the same as “Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account” by Miklós Nyiszli... except perhaps I am not as vehement regarding the narration. Although the same complaints apply, I’d give it 1.5 stars instead of just 1. Still, it’s not much better.
Here is my review of that book:
It’s hard to criticize the content of someone’s personal recollections of what they experienced in harrowing times. It's interesting, I'm interested.
I think these things are important to learn about and remember. In some itsy bitsy way it’s giving meaning to their lives.
The narration of this audiobook however was so poor that sadly it’s about all I am taking away from it. Monotone, staccato, no emotion, unvarying in pitch, no intonation, mechanical… such a shame; it ruined the book for me.
For a story I can say I liked, I have a lot of complaints.
Something bothered me about the book… I can’t quite put my finger on it, but if I could I would have to wash it. It felt so 80s to me and I am not sure I can explain that sentiment. Is it because it was in the 80s that first read sweeping dramatic sagas written by Judith Krantz and Barbara Taylor Bradford? Normally Ken Follett’s books are great, but this one was borderline trashy.
Here are my top 2 complaints:
1 – It’s just too long. I didn’t feel that way with Books 1 and 2 (perhaps because the events are closer in time to my reality and therefore more interesting by default) but on so many occasions I felt like it was dragging on with pointless scenes and I often found myself wondering what was the point? It was as if he was writing just for the pleasure of it, as opposed to advancing the story.
2 – The Sex. Dear Lord! Ken Follett just needs to write a dirty book and get it out of his system. Skimming over other reader’s reviews, I see I am in the majority on this one. It was so gratuitous and cringe-worthy that it became simply ridiculous. Every single scene winds up with someone in the sac, or talking about it, or fantasising about it, or reminiscing about it, or planning it, or being coy and alluding to how much (and how hard) they want it. I felt like the actual story was just filler to get to yet another sex scene. It was awkward after a while and extremely tiresome.
This book could have used a strong and merciless edit to cut it down to half the length, then it would have been a page-turner!
Molly Murphy Books have turned into default reads for me, which is good and bad.
Good – well, because the stories are good! I know in advance I will like them and can reach for the next installment of the series with confidence knowing I won’t be disappointed.
Bad – because I am running out of available titles!! This was Book 10 so I only have 11, 12 and 13 left (which I will blow through in no time) and then I will have to wait until the titles are released before reading more. Book 14 is only due out in 2015.
This is also how I felt when I finished all the titles in Sue Grafton’s alphabet series: going from a new title whenever the mood strikes, to waiting years between installment.
I like having a dependable “go-to series”; you’re never at a loss for something good to read!
I am a sucker for a good idea and I was so interested in this one that is was easy to overlook the book’s short comings. It’s too long and many of the scenes are too drawn out; a good editing would have helped! Still, I found the story so novel and original that I was hooked from the start.
I can see how if you are of a certain age (under 25) many of the 80s references would sail right over your head, I was born in the early 70s so I am the perfect age for the target audience. In addition to being a unique story, it was an extremely entertaining walk down memory lane.
This book felt like a comedy to me (a boring comedy by the end) and I am not entirely sure it was supposed to. I was not really taken by any of the characters and therefore my interest was not captivated as the story plotted along.
I just read it because it was on sale and there is a movie coming out; I’m in for seeing the movie because Helen Mirren is excellent in everything she does so I know I will be entertained. I suspect most of the movie will center around the part of the story when Hassan and his family moved in across the street from Madame Mallory; the rest of the book doesn’t have as much meat so I can’t imagine an entire movie!
The narration was a “fail” for me. I’ve said this a million times, but my biggest audio-book pet peeve is a narrator who doesn’t have a handle on foreign languages. While I am in no position to comment on his Indian (sounded plausible to me) I can unequivocally say the French was terrible. I have zero tolerance anymore for that kind of thing.
There just isn’t an answer... and I think that’s part of what makes it such an intriguing subject to learn about. It just boggles the mind. It’s scary to think that something like this is possible – still possible; call me a cynic but I don’t think humanity is immune from a repeat.
Paraphrasing myself from another book review: Institutionalized racism is insidious. What starts off as a guideline (often times misguided) for the alleged benefit of the community can quickly devolve into an us versus them mentally, pitting people against each other and stirring up violence and hatred and intolerance. It scares me how people don’t see a slippery slope when it’s staring them in the face. Charter of Values in Quebec anyone?
This book presents a lot of interesting ideas of how culture and history mixed over the years to create the right conditions for the Holocaust, and it does puts forward some very plausible causes, but in the end I think it’s the ultimate unanswerable question.
I only bought it because it was on sale for 2$ and I got my money’s worth. If you like pop-astronomy you’ll be interested; if you don’t, you won’t.
Over all it was dry, but because it was short it wasn’t so bad. Some boring parts, some interesting factoids….
I don’t have a whole lot to say on this one!
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