As many other reviewers have commented, this book could be compared to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as well as Flowers for Algern...moreAs many other reviewers have commented, this book could be compared to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as well as Flowers for Algernon. I read and loved both. As one reviewer put it, this is very much Flowers for Algernon with the end hacked off. Elizabeth Moon builds a character that the reader cares very much about in Lou Arrendale. We are given insight into his thought process that comes across so clearly that one has to wonder why we don't all think in such detailed patterns. One wonders why anyone bothers with social norms. No one says what they really mean anyway.
(view spoiler)[Honestly, I felt a bit cheated at the end. The Lou Arrendale I thought I knew wouldn't have made the decision he did. But, after thinking about it, I realize that all of the reasons I didn't want Lou to decide what he did were selfish. I wanted Lou to remain the same Lou that everyone liked and loved. I wanted the moral of the story to be that you are who you are no matter what and you shouldn't change yourself for others. Ironically enough, I think that was the moral of the story. Lou didn't change himself for other people's benefit. He did it for himself. He made the choice he did and he's going to live with it for better or for worse. I might not agree with it but I'm going to have to live with it.
I wish it had a more happier ending for everyone involved but again that might be selfish of me. Lou made his choice and whether or not that agreed with those who cared about him and considered him a friend matters not in the end. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book was about Psi and godmaking and I liked most parts of it but did I really understood the parts that I read and liked? Probably not. I suppos...moreThis book was about Psi and godmaking and I liked most parts of it but did I really understood the parts that I read and liked? Probably not. I suppose that is a good thing that I enjoyed it but didn't understand a lot... Those who got it must have loved it, then. (less)
Time travel. My brain has never been able to fully process the concept. I have too many unanswered questions that can't ever really be answered. That'...moreTime travel. My brain has never been able to fully process the concept. I have too many unanswered questions that can't ever really be answered. That's the thing, though, isn't it? Time travel is ambiguous. It's not really one thing or another. There are too many variables that need to be considered. I've been told that I over complicate things and that's why I get so muddled. But to think that time travel is uncomplicated doesn't make any sense. For it has to be complicated. We can't just go around bending time and shooting forwards or backwards without disrupting some sort of balance. Once you change one thing, then it's like dominoes and everything MUST change.
But that discussion is for another time. The Time Traveler's Wife was a book that has always been on my list of books to read even before the movie came out. When I asked for a list of good fantasy/sci-fi books it was this book that kept resurfacing ever since it was published. It didn't really get on my high priority radar until the movie came out. I was interested in seeing it but I make it a plan to never see the movie before I read the book. Just because the book is almost always better than the movie and I'd hate to see the movie and have it ruin the book for me.
It's apparently obvious from the first opening words that Audrey Niffenegger is a talented writer who is able to draw the reader in and immerse them within the pages of her book. Can you even imagine it? Meeting your future husband when you are 6 years old. Having him meet you for the first time when he's 28. It is one of the sweetest love stories I have ever read. And one of the most heartbreaking stories as well. Not many books can bring out those gutwrenching emotions but this one absolutely did. It is a touching and poignant love story that will stay with me forever. This is a beautiful book that really gives that message about love transcending through time and forever. It is the stuff of fairytales and yet, yet, somehow Audrey Niffenegger gives us hope that somewhere out there a love like that really does exist and maybe it is attainable. Love has no boundaries. Death cannot stop love. And certainly not ink on paper because Henry and Clare's story is one that will live in my heart forever.(less)