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message 1: by Kathryn (last edited Jul 21, 2011 01:32PM) (new)

Kathryn Laurel, I've just spent three minutes reading three additional intelligently-written negative reviews and apparently you're not an idiot. Right, like that was even a remote possibility. :)


message 2: by Laurel (new)

Laurel Thanks, Kathryn. It's always nice to get confirmation! :)


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm not liking any of the characters, either, but I like the tone and construction, the internal details, and the characterization of everybody's fearful angst. It does evoke the feel of the 80's for me.


message 4: by Vicki (new)

Vicki G I was at the store tonight and saw this book, so I read the first page, b/c I wanted to see what the big deal was about it.
After the first page I didn't WANT to read further.
IDK. There's just something about somebody beginning a book w/ somebody peeing that turned me off. But the book I read at the store didn't look like the one in the picture. There was a character named Sasha in it though.


message 5: by Laurel (new)

Laurel Vicki -- the cover pictured here is the audio version, which has a different cover from the print. I actually didn't mind the first chapter, but I thought it all went downhill from there!


message 6: by Linda (new)

Linda Wow, I didn't even think about the audio book until just now. How did the narrator convey the Power Point chapter?


message 7: by Laurel (new)

Laurel As I recall, she read it out loud with Power Point sounds (slide turning noises) as she moved to each new slide. It just didn't work well for me... I really couldn't picture what the slides were actually supposed to look like.


message 8: by Merrin (new)

Merrin I liked this book, but I just wanted to say that you shouldn't worry so much about criticizing things from the perspective of a reader and not a writer. The fact that you haven't written your own Pulitzer winner doesn't make your view point any less valid. Personally? I don't care how many times any one person tells me that William Faulkner is an American hero and a Southern Gentleman and the best thing to happen to southern lit. I hate him, I hate the Sound and the Fury, and the southern horse he rode in on. Don't let people tell you what you should and shouldn't like, and don't apologize for not liking things that have been "critically acclaimed."

Just my two cents. :)


message 9: by Laurel (last edited Jun 15, 2012 08:22AM) (new)

Laurel Thanks for the reassurance, Merrin. :) I know I probably shouldn't feel bad when I give negative reviews, but I still often do. :) It makes me feel like I must have missed something, especially when most others loved it.

I think I'm more hesitant when it's a living author, and a Goodreads author at that -- because I know they may see it. :) I have a few author friends, so I know how much the negative reviews can hurt. But you are right -- it's important to be honest about our opinion, and every person's reaction to a book is a valid one.

By the way, I read The Sound and the Fury in college, and I didn't like it either! I keep meaning to try again, but can't bring myself to do so. :)


message 10: by Olga (new)

Olga Branson This may reflect more on me than the book (I don't know), but I read it about a month ago and actually forgot that I had finished it. I don't remember having any problem with it, but it just left almost no impression on me. I'm right there with you.


message 11: by Jane (new)

Jane ditto! well put.


message 12: by Lindsay (new)

Lindsay Hollmann why do you feel that you must like a character to care about them? that is a very single minded flaw.


message 13: by Laurel (last edited Nov 19, 2014 01:19PM) (new)

Laurel Lindsay wrote: "why do you feel that you must like a character to care about them? that is a very single minded flaw."

I don't at all feel I must like a character to care about them. I have read plenty of books where I actually detested characters, but still was curious/cared what happened to them, and even loved the book as a whole. Just not this one. It didn't do anything for me. Glad you liked it, though.


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