It's funny: I see that the reviews were split between those that loved this book and those that hated it. I liked it--glad I read it since it is veryIt's funny: I see that the reviews were split between those that loved this book and those that hated it. I liked it--glad I read it since it is very different than most books and ingenious in lots of ways. There was a lot I didn't get or wondered about (The Somnambulist--never really figured him out) but then so much seemed to be allegorical or magic or straight up lies (I love unreliable narrators) that I never puzzled too hard, b/c that would be wasted energy. ...more
It's been like twenty years since I've read this book, so recently wandered down memory lane and picked it up again (I remembered liking this book andIt's been like twenty years since I've read this book, so recently wandered down memory lane and picked it up again (I remembered liking this book and reading the others in the series). I discovered the second time around that I dislike Harriet, her parents, Ole Golly, and pretty much everyone in the book with the exception of Sport and Janie and Beth Ellen.
Not sure how well children today relate to this series--many things are very very dated. And like Harriet, I thought the perspective and how people were described was unnecessarily cruel. The last half of the books was also nerve-wracking to me--the discovery of the journals, the therapy, the resolution.
Perhaps I liked this so much when I was little (and why other children DO like this book) is because its disturbing themes and viewpoint is radically different than all other children's books? ...more
This book has sat by my nightside table now for two years, lent to me by a friend who knew I loved Lullaby. Shameful it took me this long to read.
FeeThis book has sat by my nightside table now for two years, lent to me by a friend who knew I loved Lullaby. Shameful it took me this long to read.
Feelings on this book are conflicted. I enjoyed the writing and the plot, however:
1) Some of the repetition got old and boring to me after a while 2) Parts felt like shock for the sake of shock 3) The end definitely makes my top 10 worst ever 4) I grew to hate all the characters with a passion
If it wasn't for the last 20 or so pages, I'd probably give this three or four stars. But the ending completely cheapens everything that comes before it. Negative 4 stars for the ending. Even with the one star final rating, I'm glad I read it, which is unusual for my thumbs down ratings. ...more
It would be appropriate if I ran around my house screaming "Turtledove! Give me back my time!" and banging my head against the wall.
It's been awhileIt would be appropriate if I ran around my house screaming "Turtledove! Give me back my time!" and banging my head against the wall.
It's been awhile since I have read this author, and I never liked him before, but he's prolific so figured I might have just encountered something not his best in the past. Give Me Back My Legions isn't helping his case. (Would like to also note that I did not read this book by choice--was another foisted upon me by my father.)
One of the LAZIEST and most repetitive books I have ever read. Is this all it takes to get a book published nowadays? I kept reading in disbelief because I couldn't believe the author was truly this bad. Example:
Random Chapter: Varus talks to his Greek secretary about how much he hates Germany--the rain, the uncouth men--though the women aren't that bad. The gay secretary sighs.
Random next Chapter: Arminius talks to his father about how much he hates the Romans--their preference for garlic, how they water their wine, and they're corrupting the women!
Chapter following this one: Varus is writing a letter to Augustus, stops to ask his secretary if it's still raining. It is. Long dialogue about how much nicer Antioch was in comparison.
Chapter Etc. Arminius rides along on a mangy pony in a swampy forest, thinking of how much he hates the Romans and how Germany just needs to be free. If only they had better organizational skills! Instead, he'll have to use the rain to his advantage.
So, take the above four sample chapter plots I have above, and just repeat them endlessly for like 300 pages, until of course, the show down in the forest, which for all the build up was incredibly stupid. I'm not kidding about this either--it is really the same four above chapters endlessly repeated. I bet if I got a set of colored highlighters, and marked phrases and PARAGRAPHS that are used more than once in this book, the whole thing would be a rainbow of colors.
There's more things wrong with this book than just inanity, cardboard characters, suspense so forced it becomes parody, and repetition galore. One star is a star too much. Ugh. ...more