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message 1: by Jason (new)

Jason How is it?


message 2: by Francine (new)

Francine Jason wrote: "How is it?"

It's very beautifully written - the prose is excellent. However, it's very slow going. And the science (since it is partly sci-fi) isn't very strong unfortunately.

Is this one on your radar?


message 3: by Jason (new)

Jason love love, always love your reviews. clearly written, to the point, and captivating. have you read the watch or into the darkest corner?


message 4: by Jason (new)

Jason Francine wrote: "Jason wrote: "How is it?"

It's very beautifully written - the prose is excellent. However, it's very slow going. And the science (since it is partly sci-fi) isn't very strong unfortunately.

Is ..."


yes.. it is.. it was in a long list of NPR summer book reviews, among, the watch,gone girl and into the darkest corner. I am thumbing slowly through heartbreaking work of staggering genius. I have I am no one you know, and the wind-up bird chronicles left to read (bday gifts)... but im one of those readers who is always, unfortunately while reading another book, anxious for the next great read.


message 5: by Francine (new)

Francine Jason wrote: "love love, always love your reviews. clearly written, to the point, and captivating. have you read the watch or into the darkest corner?"

Thanks, Jason! :-) Actually, I haven't read The Watch, but one of my friends is reading it (or maybe will be reading it?) and so I am waiting for the verdict. I am not familiar with Into the Darkest Corner - will have to look it up.

I do have Staggering Genius on my to-read list but I've heard mixed reviews on it. It seems like either people really love it or just don't get it. Let me know what you think of it when you are finally done.

I'm with you - I always keep one eye open towards the next book...keeps it exciting and gives me something to look forward to. :-)


message 6: by Lara (new)

Lara I have to thank you for the tip on glossing over the science aspect of the story. That is exactly the sort of thing that can rip me right out of a novel, so knowing not to perseverate (sp?) on it was extremely helpful to me as a reader :)


message 7: by Francine (new)

Francine Lara wrote: "I have to thank you for the tip on glossing over the science aspect of the story. That is exactly the sort of thing that can rip me right out of a novel, so knowing not to perseverate (sp?) on it was extremely helpful to me as a reader :) "

Glad to help out! It frustrated me when I was reading it...


message 8: by Lara (new)

Lara Me too. It's a great premise that isn't fleshed out very well, which is too bad.


message 9: by Jason (new)

Jason Question, do you think the lack of science it misunderstanding of science related to the narrators age?


message 10: by Lara (new)

Lara Jason, did you read the book? (I have a question that might spoil it if you didn't)


message 11: by Jason (new)

Jason Ugh sorry, it was suppose to be or. Auto correct failure. Haven't read it.


message 12: by Lara (new)

Lara Then I'll keep mum for now :)

But the lack/misunderstanding of science as a function of the narrator's age never occurred to me, and it's a great insight. It certainly could explain why it's so ...clunky. To me, it felt like the author had some ideas but didn't know quite how to flesh them out.


message 13: by Jason (new)

Jason Yah im reading shine shine shine and its the same thing..... Just Novice authors needing to refine their skill.... Still this one looks really good


message 14: by Lara (new)

Lara That was really my only complaint, and it's really a quibble, ya know? The book really was worthwhile.


message 15: by Jason (new)

Jason Im going to pick it up for my next read. Thanks


message 16: by Natalie (new)

Natalie I just read this and I agree, for the most part, with your review. The thing for me about the science part that really worked is that the narrator is 11. So, I just decided to look at huge science concepts through those eyes. That helped me suspend belief and avoid frustration!


message 17: by Jason (new)

Jason natalie... The narrator is 11, but isnt it told after her childhood? or did i COMPLETELY miss the mark on this one; entirely possible.


message 18: by Natalie (new)

Natalie It is, you're right. But it kind of waffles between an actual 11 yr old perspective and her 23 yr old self. I remembered after I posted that yes, indeed, she's older and looking back. I also kind of think about how, as average citizens that depend on regular media, we don't always know what's going on either. So, I kind of took it in that vein as well.


message 19: by Jason (new)

Jason absolutely. and it was well written. my only problem was its over focus in some areas. it seems to over analyze certain portions or events too much.


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