Bulk-writer James Patterson just never quite "does it" for me, but this was a bit different from his normal fare. It wasn't awful, it wasn't great, but basically just a light way to pass some time reading. It was James Michener-lite. Patterson seems to believe that he has solved the mystery of King Tut, and I am totally not convinced and am baffled how he has the hubris to make such a claim on such scant evidence and copious speculation. The work is classified as non-fiction which is even more astounding. It is historical fiction, don't let the categorization fool you.
Awful. His complete ad-hoc fantasies over the followers of Isis in his odd zeal to prove that Christians were not persecuted in Rome are so vapid that I feel stupider after just reading it.
I really enjoyed this book. The time travel was enough to keep one's mind occupied and never fully satisfied pondering the paradoxes and turns. I had a hard time getting into it at first, but I stuck with it, and am glad that I did. I really want to see the movie now. Another reviewer noted (and perhaps I read disapproval into it) that no big social issues were address and that it was a nice stroll through middle-classdom. And I say hurray! I am tired of social issues shoved down my throat, and I am happily and unembarassedly middle class. It was an enjoyable romance with a good mix of ups and downs. The characters are likeable and memorable.
It was definitely beautifully written, but beautiful doesn't cure boring. It was like that girl you look at with some nice features, but when they are all put together she falls just shy of being pretty, like Celine Dion. One of the main characters, Frankie, is just plain whiny and annoying. Iris has her phreak on with her Cerificate of Virginity (I still never understood what that was supposed to be all about), and it was just life, senseless and random. I dunno, but I just don't see life like that. I liked the question it raised about what happens at the edges of "the stories" we hear about daily, but when the edges are revealed here, they make you just want to stick your head in an oven they are so depressing.
I get the impression that I am supposed to like and be impressed by this book, but I just wasn't. If it wasn't the audiobook, I am sure I would have stopped reading out of boredom. The audiobook is read by the author which added a unique interest and spark. It isn't as if sucked... it was.... was. The story didn't really have a point it was leading to, and it was just very depressing. I suppose that was the point, but usually something depressing can be used to spur us on to something.. but this just left me bummed out.
Meh, its okay. I would probably listen to the rest of the series just because it is pretty mindless, and it doesn't suck, but it is a pretty transparently shallow attempt to rewrite the Biblical story... and somewhat insulting at that to a devout Christian. Fortunately, I am secure enough in my faith to just be slightly disappointed that the attempt was
I finished listening to "Under the Dome" by Stephen King, and I think it was his best book yet. Highly recommended.
The one downside is that King's growing hostility toward religion in general, Christianity in particular, is pretty evident. Also, and I don't know if the text contains these errors, or whether they exist in the written book (I would be VERY curious to know) but there are multiple places where the dreaded "S" is placed at the end of Revelation which is as bad as a huge "Kick Me, I Know Enough About the Bible to be Stupid"sign on one's back, but it is omitted in others. At first, I thought it was intentionally done to show the redneckish error of people who painted the verses on the side of the building, but the dreaded "s"is also present in the "narrator's" point of view at times, and absent at others, and absent in the spoken words of the very redneckish guy who put the verses on the wall. So... perhaps the guy who did the reading for the audible book slipped up and added a "s" where none was present in the book in those places. I would be VERY curious to know. This is near the end of the book.
If these errors are in the book, it is unforgiveable for someone of King's stature and long history of working with Biblical themes. Further, in the author's end notes, he stated that he had a fact-checker working with him to insure accuracy in the fact-based areas of the story. If this is just an Audible voice actor's error, King WIN and Audible FAIL, but if it is in the book, inexcusable King FAIL.
The intro that this is for audible kids was a shocker. I was an avid reader as a kid, but this book is way too tedious for a child, it would have caused me to jump out a window. However, as an adult, it is a very good and thorough history lesson. I learned more though about that period in American history (and indeed world history) than I ever knew before. Just when I thought the world leaders actually knew what they were doing, you find out that they were basically winging it.
I really enjoyed this book. It was so tragically sad in the way it portrayed the utter worst of every group involved. I think the one line that really gripped me was "And Sherman's regal chin sunk to his chest." When a book has a line that grips my heart, it is an important book for me
First, I loved the book. I don't think I can highlight its great points better than others, so I am going to take a few words to say what I didn't like, and that I can't believe others did. The sex scenes are embarrassingly stupid. Perhaps that is a good thing for as a born-again Christian I don't want to be tempted to get engrossed in those areas. Right now the only thing I am tempted to do is laugh my tail off. Actually that is my only big complaint with the book and has always been with the series. The rest is epic even if somewhat predictable. I do know that I wanted to go back through a few stones myself and slap Jenny across the face.
If you haven't listened to this audio version narrated by Davina Porter, then you are missing out on a lot. You will fall in love with the series all over again. And the sex scenes are even stupider in audio so I guess if you thought they were good in writing, you will be in soft-porn rape-fantasy heaven with the audio. Ugh. Freud would have a field day with Gabaldon.
Some of it is a bit hokey, but it is just a good solid thriller. Nothing to write home about, but a nice way to spend some time in reading.
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