This is a heart rending novel about love, loss and redemption. Two woman come to know one another through a twist of fate and share their struggles anThis is a heart rending novel about love, loss and redemption. Two woman come to know one another through a twist of fate and share their struggles and difficulties as they traverse through a tumultuous time in both of their lives. Keep a box of tissues handy! ...more
It didn't go where I anticipated and some of the build up was delivered a tad flat... other than that, it was a delightfully "slow burner" -very distuIt didn't go where I anticipated and some of the build up was delivered a tad flat... other than that, it was a delightfully "slow burner" -very disturbing and eerie. ...more
A must read for anyone who is passionate about financial stability. I can't say that I completely agree or follow every tenet, but my husband and I arA must read for anyone who is passionate about financial stability. I can't say that I completely agree or follow every tenet, but my husband and I are firm believers in these ideas to get to a place to be living the best life. ...more
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the storyline thread. I enjoyed the writing. I take issue with the story arc and the ending dDon't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the storyline thread. I enjoyed the writing. I take issue with the story arc and the ending didn't resolve, nor dissolve in a satisfying manner for me. I liked it reasonably enough, but it's not spectacular. ...more
There really is some lovely prose and gritty truth in this novel, but mostly I wanted to love it and I just couldn't. The characters were perfectly flThere really is some lovely prose and gritty truth in this novel, but mostly I wanted to love it and I just couldn't. The characters were perfectly flawed which I absolutely love but the evolution of this story just didn't strike a chime with me.
I'm not that old, but perhaps it's me- this coming of age story where the young woman goes to Make Herself in NYC. Growing up in the era of Working Girl, Cocktail (yes I know this one is a male character, but same thing), Friends, Coyote Ugly, Sex and the City, now Girls being the most recent (of shows at least, novels aren't quite coming to mind at the moment), this story has grown a bit stale to me.
It's great to read and as a lover of restaurant literature (and shows), that was definitely the best part; the narrator throwing herself into this job (not career, but job) and how much it envelopes her life and washes away this past that we barely get glimpses of and yet never quite settle on.
I do think the author does well at pinpointing that ethereal, "Is this me? Is this my life? Did I really just say/do that? Does any of this really matter?" questioning & angst of being a twenty-something. ...more
I did have to set this book aside a few times so whether that created the stilted flow or if the constructed timeline that reveals the plot created itI did have to set this book aside a few times so whether that created the stilted flow or if the constructed timeline that reveals the plot created it or just made it worse? I'm not sure. Maybe it's me, but I feel like Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl has ruined this genre for me... I need to be completely blown away or become completely entrenched in the characters and/or story or, unfortunately, it just all comes out to be "meh" ... it's a fun summer thriller. ...more
**spoiler alert** There is a lot here that reminded me of C. S. Lewis, Tolkien, Mieville, Clarke, Rowling-- all their books containing magical element**spoiler alert** There is a lot here that reminded me of C. S. Lewis, Tolkien, Mieville, Clarke, Rowling-- all their books containing magical elements seem to be given an homage by Grossman. So, it seems familiar, but even though as you read it, you are compelled forward because you honestly have no idea as to what is going on. At least that is how I felt.
One point that I simply must make-- this book was saved (as in I gave it 3 stars instead of 1.5-2.5) based mostly on the writing ("Well, isn't every book?" you ask. Well, yes, but particularly this one.) because while Grossman is weaving his tale and nodding to The Greats in fantastical and magical literature (and rightfully so), he is more or less dancing on the line into "just plain weird" at times. Now, I can suspend reality with the best of them (which is probably why I am able to give this a 3 star rating), but some scenes and plot lines seemed to just leave me scratching my head, "Hm." So, yes, his writing which I find elevates the fantastical elements that seem so "other worldly" about other classical fantasy lit and he brings them just a tad closer to "reality" in an even more adult and "realer" vein than even Harry Potter, in my opinion (which doesn't mean there is a flaw AT ALL in Rowling's work, it's just an impression that I received while reading Grossman that it felt "close" some how if that at all makes sense). There is no doubt that this is a wonderfully readable yarn.
What bothered me: Julia-- Julia. Ok. Reading her portions seemed separate, other, odd. Maybe that was on purpose to coincide with her story arc. Which is another thing-- her story arc. I felt bad for her, yes, because no one likes to have a piece of chocolate waved briefly under their nose to have it snatched away and then be told that the chocolate never existed in the first place, so yeah, I get it, no fair. But really. Her spiral downward and all her bellyaching irritated me greatly. Furthermore, and maybe it's because I missed a step, but the whole black eyes and her thinness and her not eating and her dropping of contractions while speaking.... why? What was the relevance of that? Is this some symbolism of some other Greek myth that I just have no idea about? And all the math and reasons behind all the hacking? Honestly. And then how she became who she felt she was meant to come? Where did THAT all come from? And then there is Fillory. No, I don't want everything explained away and no I don't need everything tied with a bow and neatly packaged but the most unsettling elements that intrigued me the most are never dealt with to my satisfaction. The imagery of clocks in trees is so steampunk and eerily fantastic and the whole idea of The WatcherWoman (which I know was somewhat unpeeled in the last book, but again unsatisfactorily) just feels like it could be so much more.
I feel like I could complain, dissect and unpack almost every scene and every chapter, but what good would that do, but unravel all the threads that are still holding together the mystery of the story and who wants to do that?
Maybe I just wanted to like it so much more and I'm being lenient, perhaps I am fixating on all the things that I truly enjoyed the feel of while reading so I'm purposefully trying to ignore and not harp on all the things that I felt troublesome...probably.
The books in the Neitherlands and the gods and why Four Thrones for Four Kings? Chutes and ladders into the Underworld and climb down to climb up into the new world? The Sloth on the ship? Maybe I am trying to find so much meaning where it's just a random thought that the writer wanted to explore with that world...?
All in all, I am very much anticipating the next book... and watch, he's probably daydreaming in class all along and none of this ever happened. Or he comes to just as they are ringing the doorbell to the interview... I hope not. ...more