I have never been a religious person, and now I'm convinced. No God exists. Otherwise this book would not have come into existence. Never have I been...moreI have never been a religious person, and now I'm convinced. No God exists. Otherwise this book would not have come into existence. Never have I been so utterly offended in my entire life - and not by the plot, mind you - but by the quality of language that exists in this novel....the fact that it's on the best-seller list is not just horrifying, it's actually mind-boggling.
I read this book for one reason only - I wanted to know what it was about this book that made people go crazy. I tried to go into it with an open mind - I'd read stuff by Amelia Atwater Rhodes when I was younger, and I hoped for something as well written. My plan backfired. It's like having to eat disgusting food - you close your nose and just swallow. And that's what I did with this novel. So I can't really comment on how bad it was - bad enough that my literary soul's nose had to be plugged or I'd have gagged numerous times before getting to the end.
Character development? How utterly banal - I can only say that there were two people in the entire story. Dear Ed and Dear Bella. Everyone else in the novel served as a backdrop to their completely random romance. Every conversation, aside from their witty flirtatious banter (which was actually at times tolerable), was boring, and served no purpose to the development of the characters. When I read a book, I like the author to be subtle. To weave in elements slowly, so that by the end, I have a clear picture of every character, but nothing was spelled out for me. I liked the initial relationship between Bella and her mother - it was subtle. But then... it didn't go anywhere, and every now and then, an email would be sent off just to let the reader know she still exists.
I've never been attracted to love stories, so maybe I am unnecessarily harsh - but the 'damsel in distress' plot point worked not only as the founding basis of their relationship, but was a continuous theme in the story! Every time their relationship had to hit a new emotional level, she had to be somehow hurt or injured or in pain and he had to come along and save her.
I'm ok with vampire stories. But. If everything related to a vampire is a myth, then....um sorry. Meyer has written a novel about a really good 'stony' guy with fangs and a penchant for blood. But he doesn't turn to dust in the sun....?
I understand the effort to be contemporary - to try to bring the idea of a vampire, which really isn't a monster for modern times, into present-day America. I have also read other books that do a much better job of it.
The English in the novel was terrifying. Never have I seen more poorly constructed sentences (except perhaps in THIS review - I find it hard to write when I'm shaking with this utterly mad kind of fury). The language was stilted and awkward.
I admit, I was afraid of reading it. What if... it was beyond redemption as a good novel and I still liked it? What would that mean? So I was looking for that addictive factor in the novel, since I'd heard a million women around the world had somehow swooned in ardor over this novel.
That in itself is pretty frightening... since the main female character in the novel is completely useless and basically devoid of personality. Are women still attracted to the idea of a helpless female then?
I wouldn't mind watching the movie though - Robert Pattinson is pretty good-looking. But that's the only reason I'd watch it.
I can't believe there are others in this series. One is enough for me.
I am generally a fan of John irving - the trouble with his writing is that it can go either way. He has written brilliant works like The Hotel New Ham...moreI am generally a fan of John irving - the trouble with his writing is that it can go either way. He has written brilliant works like The Hotel New Hampshire, The Cider House Rules, and The World According to Garp - but he has also written books that I consider to be utter failures, such as The Son of the Circus.
Until I Find You falls squarely in the middle of these extremes - hence the rating of 3 stars. I found that the book could have used a lot of editing - I didn't enjoy certain aspects of the writing, as it came to close to resembling a 'rambling' style.
That being said, the plot twists and the relationships developed between the major characters was well developed and portrayed - Irving has always had a knack of presenting absurd situations in a perfectly believable manner, and a lesser author would not have been able to write well about such events.
The book definitely picks up pace as you read on - I found that the book dances a little too close to real life than I would have liked ordinarily - it was a bit disconcerting to find references in the novel to several people and events that actually do exist/have occurred.
Overall, I found that it was not my favourite Irving novel, but it was definitely a good read - and I mean, after writing such classics as The Cider House Rules, you really can't expect the man to pull a miracle with every book he writes, now can you?(less)
I suppose I expected something better from this novel - It wasn't the greatest, to be honest, but it's been a while since I've read Koontz. The buildu...moreI suppose I expected something better from this novel - It wasn't the greatest, to be honest, but it's been a while since I've read Koontz. The buildup was amazing. It was suspenseful and the way it tied plotlines together was simply remarkable.
I would say that it was written well - it didn't pretend to be anything it's not - just a fun read in the end.
I thought though that the author's choice of ending... could have been different. Could have been, in fact, the exact opposite of what he went for. I felt that the way the book finished was not only anticlimactic...but that it didn't reflect the theme that was carried through the entire novel.
I felt like the author took puzzles from a different jigsaw set, and glued them on haphazardly at the end to an otherwise well-written novel.
The pace is good, and now that you've been forewarned with regards to the ending...maybe you'll still enjoy this novel!(less)