**spoiler alert** i wanted to like this book, i really did. i read that it's his masterpiece and so many people gave it a five star rating.
this book...more**spoiler alert** i wanted to like this book, i really did. i read that it's his masterpiece and so many people gave it a five star rating.
this book is slow, ridiculously so. it was ruining the reading experience and the characters for me. the story itself sounds interesting and like it would be something i would enjoy, but i couldn't get into it, try as i might. in fact, i got more than halfway through it before i gave up - i wanted to give up 4 chapters in and i just kept going. but it's a bad sign when i am falling asleep while reading and when the words just aren't sinking or painting a picture in my mind.
so back to the library it goes!
it did get interesting after briony read robbie's unintended letter to Cee, and the aftermath and the suspense of them looking for the missing twins, but i just can't get past the rest of it. :( (less)
i liked this book quite a bit. i was drawn into the story right from the get go.
i felt so bad for sophie...more**spoiler alert** spoilers spoilers spoilers
i liked this book quite a bit. i was drawn into the story right from the get go.
i felt so bad for sophie and her father throughout this book. what an awful woman her mother was! i was kind of relieved for dr schofield when she just left - they were much better off i'm sure.
i really liked the writing. i was really involved in the story emotionally and i cried at several parts in this book, and while i am an easy cryer, books generally don't make me cry: i cried when she had to give away her baby, when Jag died, and when she was reunited with her son.
i thought the bit about Jag dying to save Lucien (Sophie's asshole husband) was a bit out there, but i went with it. i couldn't believe he reacted to finding out sophie had a son, how he beat her so bad she lost the child she didn't even know she was pregnant with. so sad.
i would like to read her other book 'the secret children' but it's not on amazon for kindle or even as a paperback so i'll have to look for it in the library!
this book is a great example of finding new things in the library. it was in the new fiction section and i liked the cover so i picked it up. it would have never been on my radar otherwise!(less)
i enjoyed this book. it didn't tear my heart out the way eleanor & park did, and it didn't give me quite the warm fuzzie...more**spoiler alert** SPOILERS
i enjoyed this book. it didn't tear my heart out the way eleanor & park did, and it didn't give me quite the warm fuzzies that attachments did, but i liked this book.
i could relate & understand cath, even though she got on my damn nerves sometimes. i know some people didn't enjoy the fan fiction aspect of it, but it was such an integral part of CATH as a character, i can see why rowell chose to include it in the book, though i would have preferred to just read cath's fanfiction and not necessarily the excerpts from the simon snow series.
ALSO, i found it kind of jarring they mention harry potter in the book. isn't simon snow supposed to be the "fictional" harry potter???
i enjoyed the book a lot and i was rooting for cath the whole time. i am glad she did turn in her story for fiction writing and she left that scumbag nick hanging for stealing the credit on the story they wrote together. (their professor figured it out & he had to give them both credit to win an award and cath didn't wnat credit as it was "his story")
i loved levi and i'm glad that cath ends up with him.
i didn't love wren's character, i found her annoying though i am glad that cath & her make up in the end.
rowell does such a great job creating these wonderful characters. you wish you could meet up with them for coffee. hell, i want to meet up with RAINBOW for some coffee!!
i ended up giving up on this one halfway through. i wanted to like it. i saw it in the library and the cover appealed to me and i loved the first quar...morei ended up giving up on this one halfway through. i wanted to like it. i saw it in the library and the cover appealed to me and i loved the first quarter of the book, but then somewhere in there, maybe halfway through, i just got bored.
the writing is good - but i think the character goes off into these tangents about science and the brain and it's more than my brain wants to process when i'm reading for leisure ;) i just couldn't concentrate on it and i found myself skimming a lot, or just not picking up the book. so i'm going to put it off to the side for now and maybe revisit it before i need to return it.
**spoiler alert** i would consider myself to be a pretty big fan of wally lamb. i have read she's come undone and i know this much is true about ten t...more**spoiler alert** i would consider myself to be a pretty big fan of wally lamb. i have read she's come undone and i know this much is true about ten times each.
this book did not live up to his potential, i think. the writing was great in part 1 and then i lost interest somewhere in part 2 when marissa was narrating. it was so. damn. boring. i skimmed most of her chapter!!!
i think alternating perspectives can be an interesting tool for a novel, but it has to be done well, or else i think it can just take away from the story. there was definitely a fine line here.
read on at your own risk, spoilers!
i thought it was interesting to learn about annie's past - about how she dropped her baby sister in the flood and her initial relationship with kent before it came weird.
the chapters where it was from kent's point of view were illuminating in some respect, but ultimately i'm not sure they were entirely necessary for the book? i am wondering if wally lamb was just trying to be edgy or give us a new perspective inside the minds of a criminal - someone society - even other criminals - look down upon.
the whole end of the book where kent shows up at the wedding with andrew? just weird. i don't think that served the story all that much. i mean, i guess it prompted annie to confess what happened to her as a kid to andrew, which is interesting considering andrew is the child she singled out for physical abuse of her three children (her two others are girls) so i guess maybe this was her way of explanation to andrew for what happened?
and then the whole thing with orion getting beat up and now being in a wheelchair. i feel so bad for orion b/c he's not a bad guy in this book at all. you really like him despite the fact that he had sex with one of his students. (this family is super dysfuntional) i guess it did bring orion & annie back together if only for annie to care for him (she stays married to viveca in the book)
but let me tell you, the whole thing where orion is so accepting of annie leaving him for her rich art dealer girlfriend and moving off to NY? Not very believable. i don't think most men would be so accepting if their wives ran off with other women, heh.
some other details that i want to jot down
marissa - described as being dowdy, runs soup kitchen, gets herself artifically inseminated and ends up moving back home with orion after his accident
andrew - at first he is engaged to his rich texan super christian born again fiancee, and he himself is born again. in fact, you really dont LIKE andrew very much until you get to read the chapters from his POV. i was so glad when he dumped casey lee!! the whole scene with them eating dinner in the olive garden?? it rang so true and i was glad he dumped her ass. she deserved it. andrew was in the military & is now a nurse. andrew was abused by annie throughout his childhoood.
ariane- wanna be actress. gets beat up in the book by some famous actor or star of some sort when she goes to his apt to party and do drugs. is generally an idiot. also an alcoholic.
viveca - rich art dealer girlfried in NY. i didn't like her very much. she seemed slimy for most of the book
i really wanted to like this book, it sounded like it could be so interesting and it was BOOOOORRRRRIIIINNNNGGGG. maybe i just didn't appreciate it bu...morei really wanted to like this book, it sounded like it could be so interesting and it was BOOOOORRRRRIIIINNNNGGGG. maybe i just didn't appreciate it but my lord. i gave it almost 2 weeks and 60% of the way in i just couldn't waste any more time on it. :( (less)
- i had a feeling that violet was going to left behind in shanghai and sold to a courtesan hous...more**spoiler alert** SPOILERS AHOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- i had a feeling that violet was going to left behind in shanghai and sold to a courtesan house. i was so sad for her fate, but happy she found magic gourd (magic cloud) and that she ended up being ok with her status as a courtesan and was even successful.
- i knew her relationship with edward was doomed from the start. the only son of a rich american family, with a wife who tricked him into marriage with a false pregnancy (and later a false miscarriage) - i found it hard to believe that they were just going to accept his Chinese wife (even if she was half American) just b/c he loved her. Especially when she was a courtesan previously.
i was pretty upset when i was reading that she didn't have the necessary paperwork for flora. i had a sinking feeling in my stomach that she was going to be separated from flora and it was so horrifying to read.
later in the book, she seems to accept that flora is lost from her, and i found it hard to believe but i guess you have to transport yourself back to that time, remembering that it took a month to travel from shanghai to CA by boat and there was not as much means of communication or searching for someone. so sad.
i found the whole thing with her marriage to perpetual a little hard to believe. i was surprised that magic gourde went with her to moon pond village even though she seemed to know what was going to happen when violet was too bullheaded to figure it out for herself. for all her claims to be able to read men, she sure did a piss poor job reading perpetual.
it was an interesting twist that azure was alive & well, however. after all of perpetual's goings on about his dead wife and how much he loved her, blah blah blah
i was happy when they escaped (magic gourd, violet and pomelo -- another courtesan from a different house who fell into the same trap as violet) and perpetual got his just desserts when pomelo pushed him off a cliff.
they made it to the town and then magic gourd and violet parted ways with pomelo.
here, the book goes back to the voice of lulu, violet's mother. it talks about her childhood with her eccentric parents and her wild courtship with lu shing and her resulting pregnancy and then her "escape" to china. violet was disappointed that lu shing's family would not accept her or his daughter. she lives a happy life with danner, until he passes. during this time, she has her son who is "stolen" from her by lu shing and his family -- they keep him as their heir. she seems to accept this really easily and as a mother, i don't see how you could just let your kid be taken away and raised by someone else without batting an eye. that part was not believable for me.
this is the point where she and magic gourd start the house of lulu mini (hidden jade path in english) and then it goes into the events with fairweather leading up to her leaving for CA to be reunited with her long lost son, and then violet being left behind.
the 2n dpart of the book was not an engaging as the first part and not as believable. i don't think there would be such a happy ending for everyone if you want to know the truth.
in the end, violet is married to loyalty fang and gives up her opportunity to move to america with lulu & flora in favor of staying with him while he is in failing health
magic gourd married a former client.
flora confesses she never loved minerva lamp as her mother (blah blah)
**spoiler alert** fast paced read. first michael critchton i've read- i enjoyed it. i will admit to skimming more of the technical details but still a...more**spoiler alert** fast paced read. first michael critchton i've read- i enjoyed it. i will admit to skimming more of the technical details but still a really interesting book to read. i was so scared for them at the end!! kind of sad that the expedition didn't even bring them the reward they were hoping for, but in the end they were lucky to escape w/ their lives!
i particularly enjoyed reading about amy the gorilla and her role in the expedition.
it was disappointing that nothing exciting ever happened w/ regard to the crazy new species of gray gorilla...and the whole thing at the end w/ the kahega warriors attacking the plane left something to be desired, but still a fun fast paced read, i would read his other books for sure. (less)