Overall this book was quick and easy to read. Lethem inserts some humor in his own style, but the protoganists aren't well developed, nor are they ful...moreOverall this book was quick and easy to read. Lethem inserts some humor in his own style, but the protoganists aren't well developed, nor are they fully believable. The ending is predictable and leaves the reader somewhat dissatisfied. Lethem tackles a big idea and I admire his effort to insert some aspects of science into his writing.. This did not compare to Lethem's later attempt, Motherless Brooklyn, but overall this is a fun quick read.
Don't expect to be wow'ed but you will be engaged and entertained.
Words are like play-doh under Nabokov's pen. His ability to dive deep into a character's mind is unsurpassed. Although this book does not match the ma...moreWords are like play-doh under Nabokov's pen. His ability to dive deep into a character's mind is unsurpassed. Although this book does not match the masterpiece Lolita, I found The Defense to be an enjoyable and moving read. Nabokov takes us into the broken mind of Luzhin (this time in the 3rd person) and allows us to feel empathy for an otherwise cold character. In this novel Nabokov illustrates true mental illness and provides us with an understanding of a world beyond normal thought processes. I found myself immersed in a world of patterns and algorithms, as I followed Luzhin's struggle to keep up with the dizzying pace of life's momentum. The sphere of delusion Luzhin resides is captured succinctly and allows for understanding, even for a chess novice.
The ending, though sad, brought the character full circle, allowing him to finally take control of an otherwise free falling existence. Luzhin's final 'move' brought him relief, and gave me, as the reader, closure to a story of an agonizing and numbing existence. (less)
Ishiguro is a talented writer, but after a masterpiece like Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go falls a little short. On its own the book is well writ...moreIshiguro is a talented writer, but after a masterpiece like Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go falls a little short. On its own the book is well written. Ishiguro has a smooth style with his prose and takes the reader into a believable world. Although there are some futuristic aspects to this plot, this book is a coming of age story and the relationships that are sculpted by group dynamics and the surrounding environment. Ishiguro takes us into the world of kids who are genetically engineered and the world that was created for them. Despite their pre-planned destinies, the protagonists still develop very 'normal' relationships and tackle real-life questions and problems. Never Let Me Go is the story of Kathy, Ruth and Tommy and how their lives and emotions intertwine together. They are sheltered in a prep-school like environment and their identities are strongly tied to this school. As they grow into adulthood, they realize that although they grew up in a special environment they really aren't as different as any of their peers and their destinies will eventually lead to the same place. (less)
Perotta's talent with introducing quirky flawed characters in his storylines is both entertaining and impressive, but he has yet to match the light pa...morePerotta's talent with introducing quirky flawed characters in his storylines is both entertaining and impressive, but he has yet to match the light pacing and dark comedic quality of Election. Joe College was a close second, but Abstinence Teacher falls short. The book is enjoyable; the characters are likable, the storyline is entertaining but Perotta was not able to executive the same level of comedic character interaction and chemistry as he did for Election. Although the ending was purposefully left open for interpretation, it feels incomplete and leaves the reader dissatisfied. Despite this novel's shortcomings, I would recommend this read. It is an entertaining, fast read. Perotta remains a master in his craft. (less)