I can't stressed how much I enjoyed the novel. It was gripping, intense, and heartbreaking all in the same breath. I have always considered myself a pI can't stressed how much I enjoyed the novel. It was gripping, intense, and heartbreaking all in the same breath. I have always considered myself a patient reader, however, due to the compelling nature of the book, I was more than tempted to flip to the last page to find what happens in the end. Fortunately, I didn't, and I was rewarded with a pleasant and fulfilling reading experience.
More Than This is a highly engaging read. I loved the concept of the novel. It raises a lot of thought-proving questions like, "What is life?" "Where does it start or end?" -- to name a few.
The characters played a pivotal role in moving the book along, especially Seth. He is the main character here, and his story isn't a happy one. At the start of the novel, Seth isn't just contemplating suicide, he is committing suicide and that was sad. The story flashes back and forth, to the past before his suicide and the present, the place he ends up in after dying. But is he dead? Is everything that he is experiencing a figment of his imagination? Is there more to life than meets the eye? That is what Seth is trying to find out throughout the book. And I have to say I really enjoyed his journey. His growth by the end of the novel is delightful.
The two supporting characters, Regine and Tommy, do not show up until halfway through the book, where they are introduced in the most unlikely of places. I never found Regine and Tommy to be mere cutouts, supporting characters that you'd usually find that they're just there for the sake of the story. Far from it, they had personalities of their own which made them as interesting as Seth's own. Regine is spunky, fierce and blunt, but with a heart of gold and Tommy is a kid who's forced to grow up due to circumstances. He is mature for his age, but there are times when you can find chinks of vulnerability is his armor.
The ending of the book isn't really definite. It doesn't tie up all the loose ends, but it does end on a rather graceful and hopeful note, which I feel is a fitting ending for a book that is filled dreary hopelessness and bleak sadness: an ambiance that I believe the author was successful at pulling off.
Would I recommend this book to a friend? Definitely, though it totally depends on which friend. There are small doses of lgbt elements in the book (at least, not major enough to affect some of your more delicate sensibilities). If you're a person who's fine with it, you should read it then! If you're not, I'm afraid that you're missing out on a well-written and thoughtful read.
I have plenty of good things to say about the novel, but right now, I'm too speechless for coherent thoughts. The singular beauty of the author's simpI have plenty of good things to say about the novel, but right now, I'm too speechless for coherent thoughts. The singular beauty of the author's simple, yet vivid prose took my breath away. What I wish to write, I know, wouldn't do this book any justice. But what I do know is that this a book that is going to stay with me for a very long time.
Final rating: 4.5 stars
(view spoiler)[The strength of this novel totally lies in the characterisation. Both Melik and Bo were wonderful male leads, and I had hard time deciding who I liked best. But if I really have to pick one -- even I do admire Melik's strength and conviction -- I'll choose Bo any day. I love how complex he is, and how his half robotic and half human appearance is very much a reflection of his inner self. No black-and-white personality here; even Wen had many layers to her personality. Two thumbs up to the author for creating such multi-layered characters. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
You know the saying 'do not judge a book by its cover?' You SHOULD in the case of this book because the story of 'Aristotle and Dante Discover the SecYou know the saying 'do not judge a book by its cover?' You SHOULD in the case of this book because the story of 'Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe' is equally as beautiful as its cover.
If I hadn't known any better I would have thought all that awards and fantastic reviews overrated. I was once again proven wrong.
The writing is simple, yet a simple prose could carry so much meaning. It was like reading poetry in the form of a narrative- highly evocative and succinct. The author also did a great job at capturing the character's emotions, their transition into adulthood; and the interaction between the two main leads and those around them.
The only quibble I have is the ending. It was a little too abrupt for my tastes. As a result, I had to knock half a star out of my rating.
The little complaint I had was nothing compared to the overall scheme of things and I'd definitely recommend this to those who are looking for an engaging coming-of-age story or even to those who are still unsure of their place in this world. It's a wonderful story of self-discovery, friendship, family and love. You'll not want to miss this book!
It was by accident that I came across Ms. Hedlund's novels. I was browsing through books on goodreads when I stumbled upon the Doctor's Lady and was iIt was by accident that I came across Ms. Hedlund's novels. I was browsing through books on goodreads when I stumbled upon the Doctor's Lady and was instantly attracted to the book because of its simple and beautiful cover. By the time I read the synopsis I knew I had to get the book. Interestingly, The Preacher's Bride is my second book by Ms. Hedlund and I was thoroughly surprised to have enjoyed her debut novel more than her later book, The Doctor's Lady. Then again, both books are immersing reads and I would not hesitate to recommend them. You won't regret it. Ms. Hedlund is a fine writer who knows her craft.
I can't wait for her next book to be published and hope that October comes soon. ...more
After reading the book, I can see why it's so well-received. At first, I had a hard time getting into the story with all the grammatical and punctuatiAfter reading the book, I can see why it's so well-received. At first, I had a hard time getting into the story with all the grammatical and punctuation errors but as expected, it improved and I gradually got a hang of it. I found myself rooting for Sarah Prine throughout the novel which is something I don't usually do unless I feel for the character. I love her independent spirit, her motivation and most of all, she doesn't come off as perfect. Instead, as a normal human being with flaws and weaknesses. Highly recommended!...more
I've decided to read the book again because I remembered how much I enjoyed it. It's good to know thaFirst reading 14 September 2010
*Update 12 June 2013
I've decided to read the book again because I remembered how much I enjoyed it. It's good to know that even after 3 years my taste in fairytales hasn't run its course. I still find The Goose Girl to be as awesome as the first time I read it. This is one of those books I wish I had written it myself. Truly.