This is at least the second time I've read this book. This one is a little weird in comparison with the other books in the series. Its called Caddy Ev...moreThis is at least the second time I've read this book. This one is a little weird in comparison with the other books in the series. Its called Caddy Ever After, but its barely about Caddy until the end. And the story through the point-of-view of all four of the Casson kids throughout the story. I struggled through Rose's first section, but once I hit Indigo's part of the story, I flew through the book and I was reminded of why I love these characters so much in the first place.(less)
I checked it out from the library not knowing what it was about and then a couple of pages into it, I realized that...moreEh...I so wanted to like this book.
I checked it out from the library not knowing what it was about and then a couple of pages into it, I realized that it was about The Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago. I was thrilled. I just saw the Thorne rooms in May and they are absolutely brilliant. So I was really excited to read this book. And then it was just bleh.
Seriously, how many times can one shrink and return to normal size before that really gets old. The plot itself isn't bad, neither are the characters, but the writing is horrible. And then I started to get all nit picky analyzing the writing and that just kept throwing me off. It was just so obviously written by a new author. The book could have really used an editor.(less)
I don't get the Dan Brown hate. Yeah, his books are massively popular and are bestsellers; yeah, they aren't the best written things out there; but yo...moreI don't get the Dan Brown hate. Yeah, his books are massively popular and are bestsellers; yeah, they aren't the best written things out there; but you've got to admit, they are really a lot of fun. And I've got to say, Dan Brown is a master of the page turner.
That being said, I enjoyed reading this book and I could not put it down, but I don't think that it was as good as The Da Vinci Code. It wasn't as fun and it was kind of predictable.
I didn't like the (view spoiler)[death of Robert Langdon fakeout. You convinced me that he died, that he drowned. At least ten to fifteen minutes pass after the drowning before we realize that he isn't dead. I had taken this passage of time to be proof that he actually died. I believe that Brown wanted us to believe that. I was disappointed that Langdon was killed and about 150 pages before the book ended, but I came to terms with it and thought that it was a brave choice. And then, nope, we've all been tricked, he isn't really dead. I felt that we had been manipulated. (hide spoiler)]
Also, I generally really like Robert Langdon as a character, but (view spoiler)[in the last 30 to 50 pages of the book, I really wanted to slap him. Langdon was refusing to be able to see symbolism in the Bible and was only acknowledging the Bible's literal interpretation. Langdon is a non-religious studier of symbols who can't see past the literalness of the Bible. It was fairly ridiculous. It was clearly Brown's way of explaining a bunch of stuff to the audience and he used Langdon as the plot device for that, but it was so disappointing. I understand the need to explain what was explained, but it could have been done in a much better way. Robert Langdon would never have been like that. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
What was this? I was looking forward to reading this book for a really long time. I think this is the worst of the Doctor Who books of the few that I...moreWhat was this? I was looking forward to reading this book for a really long time. I think this is the worst of the Doctor Who books of the few that I have read. The time travel stuff doesn't really work. (view spoiler)[Why in the world can't old Mark and young Mark be in the same room together but two Rorys can be as long as the Doctor sonics them? Why doesn't he just sonic the two Marks? WTF?! (hide spoiler)] Does the cycle ever stop? Wouldn't this cycle keep happening over and over again? And the author tried really too hard to give this story a happy ending and wrap the story up in a pretty little bow. (view spoiler)[So 17-year-old Rebecca touches the cheek of 48-year-old Mark and it short circuits the time differential (which doesn't even make sense) and her touch allows him to become 39 or whatever-years-old so the Doctor can put him back in his main time stream. WTF? That doesn't EVEN make sense. (hide spoiler)]
I also felt that in the beginning of the book, the author was trying too hard to get the Doctor's voice right. I don't really think he succeeded. Nor with Amy and Rory.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)