**spoiler alert** Underdeveloped plot, and underdeveloped characters - it seemed as though she just threw things in the story line as she wrote it. Ho...more**spoiler alert** Underdeveloped plot, and underdeveloped characters - it seemed as though she just threw things in the story line as she wrote it. However there were some good bits - the Jane Austen Magic 8 ball was an original idea for one. I'd buy one.
It was a good plot idea, I'll give her that, but I thought it was poorly executed. I think the thing that put off the most was how it was written - for the most part - in third person, yet there was an annoying constant use of 'we'.
I thought the romance between Grigg and Jocelyn was arbitrary and just thrown in there because Fowler felt the need to include a heterosexual romance. There was nothing to indicate anything between the two of them and I honestly do not feel that they are a good match.
The numerous flashbacks were overdone. I could have skipped over them and not really have missed anything.
The one character story line that I thought was really good was Allegra's. That one was well thought out and well done; the whole stealing her stories and making them stories idea seemed to fit with the theme of the novel somehow. However, I did not like the fact that Allegra and Corrine got back together in the end. If it were me, I would not have forgaven Corrine.
I think I was disappointed because I was expecting it to be more 'book club' than 'flashbacks' - that's how it appeared from the back cover. And the few short paragraphs that were 'book club' scenes were not at all interesting - it appeared that Fowler only included them so she could flaunt the fact that she knows all of Jane Austen's novels rather well.
Which leads me to a parallell in this novel and Pride and Prejudice: In P&P Mary seems like a character that you could simply throw away and nothing would really happen to the other characters or plot. It appears to be the same with Bernadette. She just didn't really do anything. (less)
One of the most terrible, underdeveloped, excessively explanatory, flat and two dimensional books I've ever read. (And I've read Twilight).
After finis...moreOne of the most terrible, underdeveloped, excessively explanatory, flat and two dimensional books I've ever read. (And I've read Twilight).
After finishing this, my husband asks: "Are you all right? You seem disturbed."
No, I'm not all right. My brain hurts. Jane Green should 1) fire her editor because three hard breaks in the middle of three separate sentences in three separate chapters is just not cool. 2) Maybe 'retire' from writing because she clearly fails at everything to do with it 3) Actually think about a plot before writing a 450 page book stream-of-conscious style. Seriously, don't introduce 3524832 subplots and then resolve only two of them.
What. The. Actual. Fuck?
The book is on the floor, where I threw it. And it's going to stay there. I honestly don't even want to give it away because I care about people's mental states far too much.(less)
I’ve had several people tell me that this is a great book. What surprised me though was how good it actually was.
First off, it’s narrated by Death. T...moreI’ve had several people tell me that this is a great book. What surprised me though was how good it actually was.
First off, it’s narrated by Death. That was different. Death wasn’t all “I need to get me some dead souls!” he was more understanding and compassionate than how most people portray him. Also, Death didn’t always narrate in chronological order, he revealed which of the characters died before their actual death scene. Due to this, you have to read this book not to find out what happens at the end, but how everything unfolds. Very few books can pull that off.
When I am really into a book, I can zoom through it in hours. However, even though I enjoyed it, I found it a slow read. Not slow as in boring, but slow as in you have to read every sentence carefully to fully soak in and appreciate this book.
I thought it would be horribly depressing, but it wasn’t as much as a downer as I thought it would be. I think it is mainly due to Liesel being the main character. She was between ten and fourteen I believe and had that sort of optimism that only a child could have in the midst of a war.
It was a great depiction of World War Two, different than most. A fair share of the stories that I found usually focus on the Jewish aspect of WW2 or the Hitler lovers. This one was in between, the reluctant Hitler supporters hiding a Jew in their basement… Sort of like Swing Kids for anyone who has seen that movie (sans the Jew in the basement).
It’s definitely going on my favourites list, and I recommend it to anyone who has not read it! (less)
Compared to Chasing Harry Winston, Last Night at Chateau Marmont is a masterpiece. However, as just another chick-lit novel, it’s decent.
If I hated CH...moreCompared to Chasing Harry Winston, Last Night at Chateau Marmont is a masterpiece. However, as just another chick-lit novel, it’s decent.
If I hated CHW book so much, why would I pick up another book by the same author? I suppose it’s my weak spot for musicians? Or the plot seemed a little bit more interesting? To be honest, I have no idea why I picked this up, but I’m not entirely regretting it.
Lauren Weisberger seemed to learn a bit more about characterization since she wrote CHW. I actually had feelings for the characters – tiny feelings, but feelings nonetheless. I sympathized with the situation, was happy when things went right, and rolled my eyes when stupid decisions were made.
The bottom line: I wanted to find out what happened next. Something I can’t say for CHW, which was just awful. Stupid characters. Stupid writing. Stupid plot. I read it only 6 months ago and I honestly can’t remember what happened.
The writing was plain, but better than her previous novel. It was just mediocre enough for me to ignore the average syntax and focus on the story.
Nothing stands out as fantastic. It was an all around average novel. Nothing special, but I’ve read much, much worse.
Don’t add it to your ‘Must Read’ list, but if you have an afternoon to kill, it’s an all right way to take up a few hours if you want some brain fluff.(less)
The worst thing about this book is that nothing actually happens. Here is my rough breakdown:
- First 200 pages: Edward breaks up with Bella. Bella get...moreThe worst thing about this book is that nothing actually happens. Here is my rough breakdown:
- First 200 pages: Edward breaks up with Bella. Bella gets depressed and mopes and sulks. She hears Edward’s voice when she does something dangerous. - Next 150 pages: Hangs out with Jacob. Still mopes, but a bit happier. Does more stupid things so she hears Edward’s voice. - Next 70 pages: Goes to Italy to stop Edward from killing himself - Next 80 pages: The longest and most boring conclusion I have ever read
Now, I understand that getting dumped can be painful. The right to sulk is well warranted. But Meyer took it to a whole new level: insanity. Bella becomes an unstable girl who belongs in the psych ward. She passes out at the mention of Edward’s name and does dangerous – read: suicidal – stunts because she hears his voice in her head. Um, got crazy?
All of this happens because her boyfriend left her. In other words, Bella is defined by her man. What a lovely role model for all those young girls.
The only interesting bit of this book is the Volturi scenes. It had action and something actually happened. Unfortunately, it was just a fraction of the actual book.
After the Italian kerfuffle, the conclusion is far too long and pointless. Nothing happens except Edward proposes to Bella and she will get her wish of becoming a vampire soon! OMG I CAN’T WAIT. They’ll be beautiful and sparkliful forever and ever.
Now, let me say that I will respect Meyer for writing a book and completing it. However, she could have at least put more of an effort into it. There is far too much dialogue and far too little descriptions. The descriptions that are included are either: Edward is pretty, Bella is klutzy, Jacob acts like a twelve year old boy.
Her characters are not fleshed out at all. They all seem as though she bought them from the Generic Character store and made one sparkle, one fall down a lot, and one turn into a wolf. If Bella was three dimensional, her depression may have been interesting, but seeing as though she wasn’t relatable or realistic, I just kept wondering when she would finally kill herself.
As horrible as this book is, it gets people reading that probably wouldn’t otherwise. That in itself is a good thing.
I shall conclude with several hilarious quotes from this novel:
“Though I respected the need for maintaining a safe distance between my skin and his razor-sharp, venom-coated teeth, I tended to forget about trivial things like that when he was kissing me.”
“I curled over, pressing my face against the steering wheel and trying to breathe without lungs.”
“The contrast between the two of us was painful. He looked like a god. I looked very average, even for a human, almost shamefully plain.”
“That would be just like me–ruin everything, destroy the world, in a moment of klutziness.” (less)
I don't see why there is so much fuss about this book. It really was not all that amazing. The writing was mediocre, I hated how the Cullen family was...moreI don't see why there is so much fuss about this book. It really was not all that amazing. The writing was mediocre, I hated how the Cullen family was so perfect, and Bella lacked some originality. Total Mary-Sue. I'm not at all inclined to read the rest of the series
One scene stood out, though. The one where Bella and Edward take a 'hike' in the forest and lay around there for a while. That scene, I found, was decently written and seems to be the one that stuck in my mind.
I wouldn't read it again, nor would I recommend it.(less)
If ever I was to staple the phrase “Show don’t tell” on to an author’s forehead, my stapler would be all over Dan Brown’s.
I love thrillers, I love how...moreIf ever I was to staple the phrase “Show don’t tell” on to an author’s forehead, my stapler would be all over Dan Brown’s.
I love thrillers, I love how they force you to keep reading until the last page. Deception Point did just that. It was a great story - albeit predictable, but most thrillers are – but that’s all it was: a great story with some pretty mediocre writing.
I don’t like to be told every single little detail about a character, I like to find out by their interactions with others or their actions in certain situations. His character introductions were abysmal. For example, “[her hair was:] long enough to be sexy, but short enough to remind you she was probably smarter than you.” Really, Dan?
Too many chapters ended with some variation of “Little did he know that things were about to get a lot worse.” I don’t like this kind of foreshadowing, I actually find it to be foreshadowing for the lazy. It honestly makes me laugh.
I always find that authors who write thrillers all have a very similar writing style: simple. Short simple sentences seem to be prominent, and any attempt at a compound complex sentence is clumsy and usually ends up as a fragment. Robert Ludlum is the same. Good stories, not so good writing.
I did like this book and his Robert Langdon books, don’t get me wrong. The story is what made it, and if you’re looking for a good story to keep you on the edge of your nice comfy chair, then pick it up. But if you are looking for someone who could rival Truman Capote or Jane Austen in writing quality, then definitely stay away. (less)
The characters were so flat and unrealistic. Every single one talked and acted exactly the same; there was nothing that made each character's dialogue...moreThe characters were so flat and unrealistic. Every single one talked and acted exactly the same; there was nothing that made each character's dialogue unique from the others. There were too many random supporting characters that did absolutely nothing except fill up a lunch table.
The thing that annoyed me the most was how Gayle left out the important scenes by only 'explaining' them in once sentence, but managed to write 300+ pages of completely pointless character interactions. Matt finding out about Elliot's death would have definitely been a good few pages, instead it was reduced to about a paragraph.
He has a good idea, if executed properly it actually would have been a fun read; but he either does not know how to write a book - or he does not know how to write a book AND has an absolutely awful editor.
One of the worst books I have read. I recommend to no one. (less)
I love the brilliant Stephen Fry. He is possibly one of my favourite people. Ever.
So, having read The Liar six years ago and because I am pathetically...moreI love the brilliant Stephen Fry. He is possibly one of my favourite people. Ever.
So, having read The Liar six years ago and because I am pathetically in love with the man, it was a no brainer to read Making History.
I admit, I felt a bit let down from the first half. I expected more – much more – from such a genius. It seemed to lack that Stephen Fry wit I adore so much.
I dove into the book expecting one fantastic, wonderfully crafted sentence after the other, but I was disappointed. It took me several weeks to get through the first 300 pages, but I had to keep going; I couldn’t let Mr. Fry down!
Then around page 300, I got intrigued.
Then at page 312, I was all ‘Holy shit, omg, wtf,!#%@#’.
Then I read the remaining 250 pages in a couple of hours and forbade my boyfriend to speak to me until I finished.
The second half obliterates any bad feelings that came with the first part. It is worth it – so worth it – to trudge through the beginning. It was original, genius, terrifying, heartwarming, and brilliant. Everything I expected from Stephen Fry.
Seeing as the first half took me so long, it’s not a quick read. But if you have the time, definitely give it a go – just make sure you clear your schedule for when you get near the end.
You aren't complete until you read this book!(less)
It was a very cliched YA novel: Teenage girl who is in love with her friend, friend moves away, teenage girl spends summer up north with her grandmoth...moreIt was a very cliched YA novel: Teenage girl who is in love with her friend, friend moves away, teenage girl spends summer up north with her grandmother, finds out a family secret, wants to be a writer, and so on. Not my cup of tea. I only read it because it was one of the 10 White Pine 2008 novels.
There was, however, a plot twist that I did not expect (I won't spoil it, don't worry) which is why I gave it two stars. However, the "recovery" of said plot twist was just not believable. I didn't buy it.(less)
My absolute favourite ST novel. It is very different from many of the other ST novels, for it's mainly set on Earth, but perhaps that is why I liked i...moreMy absolute favourite ST novel. It is very different from many of the other ST novels, for it's mainly set on Earth, but perhaps that is why I liked it so much. It stood out from the others.
I prefer the novels that focus on the supporting characters of Sulu, Chekov, and Uhura, and this one definitely did not disappoint!(less)
And the familiar depression has consumed me yet again because I’ve finished another great novel and filling the empty void that accompanies completion...moreAnd the familiar depression has consumed me yet again because I’ve finished another great novel and filling the empty void that accompanies completion seems impossible.
Passage is the first Connie Willis novel I’ve read that wasn’t in her Oxford University time travel world. I was scared it wouldn’t have the charm, the terror and whimsy those novels held, but, gladly, I was so wrong.
Trademark Willis is stamped throughout the pages; the entire novel was a frenzied marathon of people trying to get a hold of each other. It was non stop hysteria intensified by the unnavigable maze that was Mercy General Hospital and managed to be terrifying and hysterical at the same time.
Willis is wonderful at characterization, especially the secondary ones. Maisie, Mandrake, and Briarley were exceptionally written and insisted on jumping out of the pages.
It was a heavy and exhausting book – in a good way, of course – but I would caution the light hearted to stay away. Death, in some form, appears on pretty much every page, whether it’s through research and experimentation or in the literal sense.
I was thoroughly impressed with everything: the writing, the historical detail, the scientific explanations without being too sciencey.
Not a great book, in my opinion. First off, it is written horribly. Secondly, it isn't believable. The characters are supposed to be smart, but it tak...moreNot a great book, in my opinion. First off, it is written horribly. Secondly, it isn't believable. The characters are supposed to be smart, but it takes them 100 pages to figure out the most simplest of things.
Also, there was a big deal and lots of "Oh my god! You're so smart for thinking that up!!" when a character fakes a call to security. Really, Dan? Try and think of something a bit more ingenious if you're going to give that amount of praise.(less)