It's a strange feeling living your life a certain way, with certain ideas of what love is and what it's capable of achieving, then someone comes alongIt's a strange feeling living your life a certain way, with certain ideas of what love is and what it's capable of achieving, then someone comes along and changes your perception, everything you believed to be true.
Since meeting this person, I've been doing research on the concept of soulmates and what I've read is the only thing that seems to make sense to me anymore.
Not this book, however. Anyone coming to this book hoping for some romantic love story about true soulmates that found one another will be utterly disappointed. Richard Bach comes off as a real dick in this book. He puts his soulmate through hell before deciding to settle down with her. In my experience, once you've found your soulmate, you cannot live without them. You just can't. The void is too great, too painful to take. Richard Bach and Leslie Parrish were never soulmates, that much is clear even within this text.
Added to that, the book is poorly structured and doesn't seem to have a climax of any sort, or any true point of existing at all. I'm not sure what it is he wanted to say. His case for soulmates is weak and the love part of the story took a lot of convincing, for both Richard and the reader.
Don't let this book put you off on the idea of soulmates, because they do exist. I wouldn't have believed it myself if I didn't happen to find mine. ...more
I won this little novella on First Reads and read the entire thing in one sitting. It's shorter than what I was expecting it to be, even after havingI won this little novella on First Reads and read the entire thing in one sitting. It's shorter than what I was expecting it to be, even after having received it. The last twenty or thirty pages are an excerpt from the second book in the series, so the actual book is only something like 150 pages.
I liked the author's style and sense of humor, but more than anything, I really enjoyed the dialogue shared between characters. It's spot on. It's an entertaining tale in a dangerous, chaotic world. No one is safe! Cops, politicians, and even Santa Claus are enemies here.
I wish I had gotten to spend more time with the characters though, and no, not in the "I'd like to read an entire series about these people" kind of way either. After it was over, I felt like the characters could have all been replaced and the story wouldn't have changed in any way.
Also, the editing/formatting is pretty distracting. Every sentence has about five spaces between the last and the curse words have all been censored with asterisks. Either say the word or don't, don't censor it. Completely took me out of the story every time that happened. The dialogue also shifts from using the traditional quotation marks to not using them (Cormac McCarthy-style). Either way is fine by me, but using both styles in the same book for no reason at all is confusing.
Overall, I enjoyed the story and will read the second book out of curiosity (which I guess I'll be getting for free come January for writing this review...at least that's what the publisher's letter that came with the book said. We'll see.)...more