This is my problem with long series, after a while they fall into the trap of all feeling the same. Also, there is only so much hi-jinx you can stumblThis is my problem with long series, after a while they fall into the trap of all feeling the same. Also, there is only so much hi-jinx you can stumble into and still have an, even remotely, relatable story line. I use that word deliberately because I don't need it to be believable. Clair travels through time so believable is already off the table. But there is no special power that draws her and Jamie into trouble and somehow saves them each time so I am starting to have a problem with the frequency in which this happens.
That being said, they are still well written and fun to read. I'm just slowing down in my desire to pick up the next book and I'm having trouble at times remembering what happened in each book. ...more
WWDWW? That seems to be at the crux of many reviews of this book. What Would David Wallace Want? Would we want this published as a novel after his deaWWDWW? That seems to be at the crux of many reviews of this book. What Would David Wallace Want? Would we want this published as a novel after his death? He seemed to have many concerns about what was recorded and might make it into a boiled down article in Rolling Stone. But then, this reflects exactly what was said, right? Maybe, it was still hand written and there were many of Libsky's observations and opinions embedded in there. There's even debate over whether the way we spoke was reflected correctly. Here's the thing, I'm not going to make a judgement on the morality of the book. I don't know either of the people involved so it's just not my place. I'm also not going to review what was said or how it was said. There's not story here. Nobody designed characters to navigate some challenge and find their way to the climax. It's just two guys, talking.
I find DFW fascinating and from that aspect, I really liked this glimpse, however inaccurate, into his thinking. As a book, I found it poorly written and difficult to read. Translating raw conversation is hard but I started to get angry at how Lipsky would leave out whole portions of his own part of the dialog with 5-word sentences and a plethora of ellipses. If you're going to document a whole conversation, document the whole conversation! It made it difficult for me to take the full dialog at face value and that cheapened it for me....more
It's hard to review this book and not talk about Gone Girl. There are certainly similarities. I can't say if I liked this one less because I read it sIt's hard to review this book and not talk about Gone Girl. There are certainly similarities. I can't say if I liked this one less because I read it second or if it really wasn't written as well... no, I think it wasn't as good a story.
The story moves along well and keeps the reader engaged. I like that the narrative switches between characters as well to keep things interesting. However the author falls into the typical trap of not doing a good enough job of distinguishing the narrators voices. At times they blended together in a way that made it a little difficult to stay engaged. Mostly what bothered me is that the characters didn't have a huge amount of depth or motivation. Especially in the case of the killer; I just didn't buy it. There wasn't enough compelling evidence that the killer was insane. Things didn't seem premeditated and the author tried to build up to a pattern of behavior but ultimately I just didn't buy it.
There were also a ton of coincidences that seemed a little to convenient. I'll give these a pass for a 4-star book but not a 5-star. I mean I get that nobody wants to read a book about things that probably happen every day! Still, too many in a row make you feel like the author doesn't think much of you.
I do like that one of the narrators is an alcoholic. While this is likely mostly to allow for the lost memories it makes for an interesting journey for the reader. Especially since it's not the subject of the book.
Overall I liked the book. It was a good quick read. A year from now I'll probably confuse some of the plot twists with Kate Morton novels which is why it has 4-stars. ...more
The more I thought about this book the more I liked it. I think you have to put yourself in the mindset of a teenager to get this. The main characterThe more I thought about this book the more I liked it. I think you have to put yourself in the mindset of a teenager to get this. The main character is completely self-absorbed, as only a teenager can be. Everything in his life is marked by extreme exaggeration. It's silly but it's also a great reflection of how kids actually view the situations in their lives. Ironically, the one thing that is not exaggerated at all is the girl dying of cancer.
I thought the characters were great and the story was simple and believable (in the context of being a complete hyperbole). The story isn't about cancer. It's really about dealing with something that is larger than your life for the first time ever.
Also, the narrator is a film maker so the story sometimes breaks into screenplay form and the narrator jokes about making the story into a film. Ordinarily I would find this really annoying but in this context it's well done.