Here is the low down, I did not like this book as much as the majority of people have seemed to like it. I found it boring. There ya have it. Boring.Here is the low down, I did not like this book as much as the majority of people have seemed to like it. I found it boring. There ya have it. Boring. But, in the midst of boredom, I could see a good story. And that is what has me in a state of strangeness. A good story and yet I was still bored and that dichotomy feels strange.
A quote on the back cover of the book states "A tense, moving, and wondrously strange first novel. The photographs and text work together brilliantly to create and unforgettable story." Well for me, it was not tense outside of one scene, it was not moving outside of grandpa, and it was not strange outside of how I feel about the story being good yet I was bored. I do agree that the photos and text worked very well together, probably the best part. But it is forgettable. Sorry, John Green, I don't agree with your quote.
Grandpa was by far the most interesting character to me—he was fascinating. I wish his story was far more prevalent; I wish it was more about him rather than Jacob's journey of discovery. And truly, my heart ached for Grandpa. So sad. The rest of the characters, they were fine. I didn't dislike them. But, I also didn't like them.
Tonight during the bookclub's discussion (this was our July book choice), I realized that this book is not driven by characters but rather by the storyline itself. I am a character driven reader. I think this settles the reason for my disconnect with the good story, and as to why I was bored.
So why the three-star rating? The story is good. I did enjoy some parts of it. I do appreciate the uniqueness of the storytelling done by both the photos and text—this was done super well. I did almost rate this book two-stars because I did stop short from finding the entire book enjoyable. And, I was bored due to my lack of connection with the characters outside of grandpa (and he was only prominent in the beginning of the book).
Bottom line: A good story that is quite unique with its use of photos and text. This is definitely a storyline driven book. I am a character driven reader. I was bored....more
It seemed to take forever and a day for me to complete this book. I'm not sure if it was the book or if it was me, but geesh, this one move slowly. FrIt seemed to take forever and a day for me to complete this book. I'm not sure if it was the book or if it was me, but geesh, this one move slowly. Frankly, I was quite bored throughout most of the book.
Fortunately, about half-way, the pace started to pick up. Still, the story did not becoming interesting until last fourth of the book. Until this point, I lost interest in the characters; did not care much for them. Fortunately, due to the increased pace and a plot line that finally became interesting, I did once again find interest in the characters and renewed my liking of all them. And, I am also happy to report that there were some intriguing and important plot twists. Whew!
I am once again pumped up to read the last book to see how this series tidies up. But I do have reservations, I hope The Raven King will live up to its hype....more