I was required to read this for a class. Conveniently, it happened to seem like the kind of thing I would pick up to read on my own, so I anticipated...moreI was required to read this for a class. Conveniently, it happened to seem like the kind of thing I would pick up to read on my own, so I anticipated liking the book.
Overall, it was an interesting read. Gladwell gives a ton of different examples to illustrate his point, many of which are somewhat relatable to the average person. However -- and this could just be an effect due to the speed at which I read through this book (impending final exam) -- the book got very repetitive. I found myself often looking at page numbers, flipping ahead to see where the section ended, and wondering why the number of remaining pages was dwindling so slowly.
The book tends to circle back on earlier examples, which is good, as it can show further support for new points as they're presented. Many times, however, it seemed that the same points were brought up a second or third time, and for the most part, they were just repeated.
I think I would have enjoyed this more had I had a sufficient amount of time (and multiple sessions) in which to read this book, but overall, it wasn't too bad.(less)
I received this book from one of Goodreads's giveaways and thoroughly enjoyed reading it; this book does so many things well. The characters were well...moreI received this book from one of Goodreads's giveaways and thoroughly enjoyed reading it; this book does so many things well. The characters were well-developed (as the book went along -- it took me a bit to feel like I actually understood them), which really added to the plot. Moreover, Hawley did a good job of interlacing the different stories and perspectives together. At times, the alternate storylines felt a bit out-of-place and fact-heavy, but by the end of the book, their presence helped to bring things together nicely.
Overall, this book was a very nice read, and I'd suggest it to just about anyone.(less)
This book was largely not what I expected. I tend to read mysteries, and from the description inside the front cover of this book, that's what I was a...moreThis book was largely not what I expected. I tend to read mysteries, and from the description inside the front cover of this book, that's what I was anticipating with The Vices. The beginning of the book does have a very mystery-oriented feel to it, but the rest of the book is something different altogether. It's more an observation of a very strange man and his life experiences (and his relationships). The book felt somewhat stretched out and slow in parts, whereas others were fascinating... but the book probably could have been 50 pages shorter without sacrificing much content.
I spent much of the book waiting for the lightbulb moment where Oliver Vice's backstory would suddenly explain his disappearance (described in the first chapter), but that never happened. In fact, the end of the book didn't feel much like an ending at all. That isn't to say that the plot isn't concluded before the end of the novel, but rather that the ending didn't come to a good final note. It almost felt like the author had difficulty writing a good final paragraph that summed up the whole novel, and instead opted to just leave the novel with some nice imagery.
Overall, I would recommend this book -- especially to those who enjoy analyzing a good novel and/or like novels more driven by character development than plot.(less)
I picked this book up at the bookstore primarily because it sounded quirky and strange. After all, it's not every day that you run across a murder mys...moreI picked this book up at the bookstore primarily because it sounded quirky and strange. After all, it's not every day that you run across a murder mystery featuring sheep as the main detectives. Although parts of the story were a bit drawn out, on the whole the story was cute, and the sheep were characterized surprisingly well. I also thought the ending was fairly well-written.(less)