Oh, goddess's tits. Get over the fact that gay people exist! There's gay swans, gay penguins. Gay elephants! Homosexuality is not the worse thing in t...moreOh, goddess's tits. Get over the fact that gay people exist! There's gay swans, gay penguins. Gay elephants! Homosexuality is not the worse thing in the world. Children are being abused, starved and tortured. Why not write about the impact that has on society? Only thing that happens when people accept gay people instead of tormenting them is that less gay people end up committing suicide or getting killed for being different!
Also, historically there have been groups of people who have accepted gays. Don't look at Romans and Greeks in the past though. Their concept of sexuality was WAY different than ours is.(less)
Why the HELL would you take marriage advice from this crazy harpy? It seems like a how to have a miserable marriage guide instead of something helpful...moreWhy the HELL would you take marriage advice from this crazy harpy? It seems like a how to have a miserable marriage guide instead of something helpful and useful. The Pearls do more damage to families than a parade of gays all wearing large phalluses.
Sweet goddesss's lactating tits I'd rather swim in alligators or sharks covered in raw meat than marry a man who would want me to follow the advice in this book.(less)
I'm actually never going to read this book. Why should I take dating advice from these broads. I'm not desperate. What I will do is do my own thing, p...moreI'm actually never going to read this book. Why should I take dating advice from these broads. I'm not desperate. What I will do is do my own thing, pursue my passions and If I meet a guy along the way, good for me. Or possibly a girl that is not like my mother. If I don't, I'm not going to WHINE about it. I'm just going to live to the fullest.(less)
**spoiler alert** I hate this frustrating book. I will go on a long rant about just why I hate it too. I am beginning to discover OSC is not a good wr...more**spoiler alert** I hate this frustrating book. I will go on a long rant about just why I hate it too. I am beginning to discover OSC is not a good writer. I loved Seventh Son when I first read it, which is a re-telling of the Joseph Smith story. He did a great job with that book. What happened? The problem is the motivations of the characters just are not realistic. Would people really convert to a religion after one night of talking to a missionary from it? Will you be willing to die for it and traumatize your children for life by leaving them? That just doesn't seem believable for me. It's contrived. It's like he's pushing the characters into doing stuff that is out of character or makes no sense. There's better choices the characters could be making, but he forces them into the choice that makes the least amount of sense because the PLOT says so.
For example, it made no sense for Dinah to marry Matthew when she had some other choices BESIDES marrying him. Charles would have helped her, Robert too, but she CHOOSES to marry Matthew and have kids with him. All through the book OSC tells you that Dinah is a strong character, but to me she seems bland and irritating. Her sacrifice of leaving her kids for Mormonism doesn't make her seem brave and noble to me. She could have convinced Matthew to become a Mormon with her if OSC hadn't turned him evil. No, the whole point is for her to go to the US and become one of Joseph Smith's plural wives. She could have waited for the kids to grow up and THEN run off to America. She could have sucked it up and endured to avoid traumatizing her kids for life. I would have respected her more. But no, she just leaves them. This just makes me think she didn't care about them in the first place. You've only been in this religion for FIVE SECONDS! Already you're ready to give up your kids for it? MAKES NO DANG SENSE!
In this book OSC makes you hate characters you're supposed to like and like characters you're supposed to hate. Robert seems to be the only sensible one except when he sold his brother to a chimney sweeper he didn't know from Adam. He's the only one who doesn't jump with both feet into Mormonism. He tries to keep Dinah from just up and taking her kids from their father.
Another thing is, I wonder if he wrote this book before or after Ender's Game. It has the same dynamic of the older brother who is supposed to be a jerk, the sweet younger brother and the sister in the middle.
This book is just not enjoyable. It's a chore to read, full of eye rolling on my part and frustrated sighs. It's so irritating it aggravates my IBS. If the characters aren't bland, they are self righteous. Some of them are hypocritical to the point of making me shout at the book. I read this book for research, but after this, no more OSC. Just no more. I do not need that kind of stress, I give UP.
Oh, and one more thing. Emma Smith. Why did he make her out to be a bad guy? If you were her, wouldn't you feel the same sort of desperation she felt? Your husband has this new polygamy doctrine. It directly lead to jerks like that scum that's now in jail for marrying underaged girls. How is she supposed to feel? OSC made it seem like we should hate her, but I felt bad for her. Joseph Smith married 33 wives, for crying out loud! (Some of which were already married at the time.) It's weird for a guy who rails on gay marriage to write an apologia for polygamy. Polygamy causes WAY more misery than gay marriage. You're talking 10 wives, 50 kids? I hate how Dinah kept trying to convince people that it will be sooooooooooo wonderful to share your husband. WTF?!
One more thing. Damn and hell are in the bible. There's no reason to get bent out of shape about the words DAMN AND HELL! Especially if you daughter was attacked and beat up. HAVE SOME FRIGGING PRIORITIES HERE! It's the same thing that made Folk of the Fringe so annoying. THEY ARE WORDS! GET OVER THEM!(less)