I sort of dig books like that this take an ancient concept and tear it open with a possible new idea. It's exciting and sort of adventurous. But thisI sort of dig books like that this take an ancient concept and tear it open with a possible new idea. It's exciting and sort of adventurous. But this book had a few things NOT going for it. First of all, I sort of hated Cal. He was a jerk - flat out. I get the whole sad childhood story turned hate-toward-father. That makes sense but it's not just that. He's just not really a nice person. If I could find even one redeeming thing about him, I'd let it go, but I can't. He's a 2-dimensional jerk. Secondly, I'm looking forward for this total epic ending, some huge, cataclysmic ending...boy did that fall flat. I'm a little breathless in my bereftness, if that even makes sense. Lastly, I feel sort of manipulated by this book. I am annoyed by the author's attempt to hide his personal Superman agenda in there. It was soooo weird! Talk about blending weird topics! It was almost like it was two separate books. I'm not a super-hero fan and anytime the Superman issue was raised, my eyes would sort of glaze over. ...more
I'm pretty sure I have never read a more violent book in my entire life. I'm not even sure what kept me reading this book; it's not as if I truly enjoI'm pretty sure I have never read a more violent book in my entire life. I'm not even sure what kept me reading this book; it's not as if I truly enjoyed it. I wish I could say but it was like I was compelled. ...more
The first two books were better than this 3rd. They each got progressively less interesting. I might read book 4 just to finish the series but it wasnThe first two books were better than this 3rd. They each got progressively less interesting. I might read book 4 just to finish the series but it wasn't available when this one was done and I didn't care to buy it. Anyway, so-so....more
Subject if you haven't read other reviews: Salem Witch trials, convicted witch writes a diary, a rich girl a bazillion years later transcribes it forSubject if you haven't read other reviews: Salem Witch trials, convicted witch writes a diary, a rich girl a bazillion years later transcribes it for the "witch's" ancestor.
Let's just start by saying that none of this is new. No character is completely unique; perhaps this combination of characters is unique but the story is adequate to keep you reading I suppose. The story...eh, the plot...eh, the characters....uh eh. I believe I finished it because I wasn't bored enough to put it down. Anyone who reads my reviews knows that at my age, I have NO TIME for marginal books and will not hesitate for one single second before putting down a book that doesn't somehow accost my attention and hold it ransom for the necessary allotment of time.
Speed our way to the very end of this book and we come across some Book Club questions. Seems anymore an author and a book can't be taken "seriously" without these prerequisite thought provoking inquiries. I digress. However, the first one got me thinking and still has me thinking. Keep in mind I finished this book two weeks ago and I am still thinking about the question. Not in verbatim:
"Is judging ever ok?"
So I look back over the novel now on retrospect and realize that there were lots of parallels that I did not notice before. Again, I'm a superficial reader for the most part unless for some reason I am taken to task prior, and am looking for more meaning, something I've only done with my cerebral bookclub.
So here are all of these characters actually caught up in either the act of judging or the act of being judged. It's so commonplace in our day and age, that I didn't even realize this was the theme. Rewind to the Salem Witch Trials and it's a no brainer of course. Here is blatant judging that we all can feel equally stoic about criminalizing. However if we take this concept into our own lives, how often do we judge others both good and bad....but quite possibly completely wrongly?
That's what this book is about. Correct and incorrect judgments and how they can affect both person's lives. Stop and pay more attention to the judgments you make. Some are necessary in order for you to respond appropriately to given situations....or are they?
You guys. Seriously. You probably are putting this book on the back burner due to it's width, breadth and probably that it's a long-winded, crazy-hardYou guys. Seriously. You probably are putting this book on the back burner due to it's width, breadth and probably that it's a long-winded, crazy-hard read like Tale of Two Cities or other classics that suck. It's not. It does not suck in the least. It is actually amazingly easy to read, like a comfortable shoe - just easy to get into. Ahhhh, I JUST LOVED THIS BOOK! There is nothing bad to say at all! Even as long as it was I felt totally bereft when it was through as if it was morning and now I had to get up out of my cozy bed. I just wanted to sink into this story and never come out. I'm not one to re-read books but I will re-read this some day when I have sufficiently forgotten enough to enjoy it all over again. Oh wait...that'll be next month! YAY!...more