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The Children's Hospital
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Start date
April 1, 2012
Finish date
May 1, 2012

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Nikki
I was reading this for a book club -- I couldn't get it from the library or as an ebook, so I ended up buying it, and I was quite excited about the idea. But I really could not get into it: the length didn't deter me too much, but the utter lack of sympathetic characters or action in the first hundred pages or so was a turn off. So I confess to not having finished this, and not planning to.

I'm not the only one in the group who found it impossible, so I don't feel too bad about it. There are some
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Daniel Roy
What a chore this book turned out to be. It started strong enough that I stuck with the first few hundred pages despite the lack of significant plot development, hoping something in the overall novel would redeem the whole. But by the time I got to page 400 or so, I realized I had been duped.

The premise of The Children's Hospital is pretty cool: it's a modern-day Noah's Ark story, but with a floating hospital, and rare diseases instead of animals. But unfortunately, and perhaps deliberately, Adr
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Melissa Ruhl
The language lover in me forced the extra star. Otherwise it'd be a 1/5. Literally the only enjoyable aspect to this book is its play with language. It had very little plot, which turns the read to mud trudging through hundreds of pages. The characters were flat and irritating with the protagonist taking the single layer cake. And everything that would make the premise of the book fascinating was killed by a completely unimaginative environment. The complete lack of tension topped this book's fa ...more
Sarah
Apr 18, 2012 Sarah marked it as never-finished  ·  review of another edition
Bleah. The premise was very interesting, but between the typeface and the size of the font and the ehhhhh of the first fifty or so pages and my friends' mediocre reports, I have decided it would not be worth finishing.
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