It's not that I struggled with the concept of this book. I didn't. I just didn't find it compelling to read which was so much of a let down I cannot eIt's not that I struggled with the concept of this book. I didn't. I just didn't find it compelling to read which was so much of a let down I cannot even begin to explain. The blurb itself coupled with it's status as a Waterstones book club book promised such greatness mixed with gruesome sink-dropping mania and psychological problems and extras that I was so intrigued I had to try another crime novel. They're not my style but for now I'd give this one a shot.
It however just didn't work when put all together, there were too many elements which were working independently of each other. For instance, her search for a new boyfriend was completely seperate to resolving her issues with her past boyfriends which then was independent of coping with her mental health issues. Somehow the whole narrative lacked the cohesion I desired in a good crime novel.
Since it was a crime novel I understand that I don't have much authority on the whole subject but I think I can safely say that this book left a lot to be desired for my part anyway.... ...more
This book was probably the most shocking book I have ever read. Unlike you I hadn't read the blurb so I knew nothing more than it was aboutJayus.....
This book was probably the most shocking book I have ever read. Unlike you I hadn't read the blurb so I knew nothing more than it was about a boy in Ireland in the 80's. I can't profess to know much about the 80's, being a 94' kid and all so I was ready to give it a go.
Jim Finnegan would be the said 80's Irish boy and he was a protagonist like no other. Maher's use of language keeps the story humorous whilst at the same includes many serious issues which affected this 14 year old kid at the time. This is a spoiler so it's in white if you choose to have a look... Being raped repeatedly by his parish priest was not what I was expecting at all. The way Maher treated it was so well done though, he kept the true shock and horror of the event. Myself as a reader couldn't quite believe it was truly happening either, I really felt that I could identify his feelings therefore the connection I had to Jim as a character was intense.
My connection to Jim as a reader continued throughout the book. Even when his relationship with Saidhbh started which I don't normally go for. I really cared about how he was gonna cope with everything that he was facing and was amazed when he found solace in the strangest places. The physical mystical powers part of the book was something I found difficult to deal with though, it pushed my belief in the characters and the reality of the whole a tad too far. But because it was really just at the close of the book I could forgive it that much.
All in all I truly loved this book and really cannot recommend it further. Try it....more
"As in Frankenstein, an over-reaching scientist finds himself desperately battling to destroy what he's created. Depicting all this with sardonic reli"As in Frankenstein, an over-reaching scientist finds himself desperately battling to destroy what he's created. Depicting all this with sardonic relish, Harris switches the high-tension techniques that give his thrillers their heart-pounding suspense into black comic mode... The Fear Index is both cutting edge and keenly conscious of its literary predecessors... a tour-de-force."--The Sunday Times
HOW COULD ANYONE NOT WISH TO READ THIS BOOK??????
"There is more excitement in a badger's fart" - Becky, my mate, a literary genius.
Turns out that your friends are a much more reliable source than The Sunday Times. I don't profess to know much about hedge funds and anything financial really (apart from student finance....grrrr) but surely it could be more inticing then this?!?? All I finally understood about the whole thing was the personal/emotional side. Plus the basic plan of a hedge fund since it was repeated so many times you really can't miss it.
It was all soooo amazingly generic, I don't read thrillers that much just because I never seem to find anything to read into. They seem mostly surface books to me. So I've avoided them but this one seemed so intriguing with the question of can a computer or a machine be an actual human being? If so, is it a different breed of human? An evolution? Or is it still a computer as it can never have the ever-debateable soul?
SEE HOW GREAT THIS COULD'VE BEEN?
Instead there was a main character who was an eccentric genius who doesn't even care about money any more but ignores his wife....blah blah blah. His wife was not delved into that much, she seemed quite a calm woman when she did appear but who would've been calm? Your husband has turned into a right wacko!! Then in equalness to the wife was his buisness partner, who was a bit of (male part of the anatomy) generally throughout the book. The ending was seen from a million miles away and kept me in no suspense at all, therefore I condemn this book. http://theteenagebookworms.blogspot.c......more
I actually loved this book, a crime novel definatley not what I would normally pick however it suprised me even from the first page. Tom Ripley is a lI actually loved this book, a crime novel definatley not what I would normally pick however it suprised me even from the first page. Tom Ripley is a likeable character even though he murders two people, commits fraud numerous times and basically has the balls to see the girlfriend and the father of one of his victims numerous times and tell them that he knows nothing.
I won't let on about the end of the book because I liked blitzing my way through to come to the surprising end, at least I didn't see it coming. However this was typical of the book, you never knew if the police were going to catch up with him or what he was going to do next. The suspense was cleverly crafted and I was in slight awe of the skills of Highsmith throughout the book.
To wrap it all up I would advise everyone to read this book, even crime novel haters may come to love this book so just give it a try.
All hail the newest member to the cosy crime royalty. McCall Smith has arrived and resumed where Agatha Christie left off in my library anyway. Mma RaAll hail the newest member to the cosy crime royalty. McCall Smith has arrived and resumed where Agatha Christie left off in my library anyway. Mma Ramotswe is a treasure in literary fiction and I fell in love with her almost instantly, you can't help it. McCall Smith takes all will power away from you but in the best possible way, you can't help but get in the truck and travel with Mma Ramotswe as she solves the Batswana peoples problems. Whether she's facing off against deadly snakes or fending off a marriage proposal Precious always uses caution when appraising a situation. Something which I definitely wish I had more of, this quality however enables her to fully comprehend a situation first, solve the puzzle and come up with an effective solution. So when she solves a situation it is never as it originally appears. Such as the case of the Patels, a very rich Indian family whose man of the house suspects that his daughter has a new boyfriend. This new boyfriend however does not fit into his plans of arranged marriage for said daughter therefore the matter is investigated. All is not how it appears however and the business is not straightforward. Mma Ramotswe's knowledge of human emotion, feelings and needs solves a complicated mystery in no time at all.
This book is a true literary work and I have completely fallen in love with and fully intend to keep reading as many of these books as I can get my hands on.
This was not at all a book I would pick up at all...ever......never ever, however after Egypt (ages ago I know) mum was goin to chuck this book away aThis was not at all a book I would pick up at all...ever......never ever, however after Egypt (ages ago I know) mum was goin to chuck this book away and I just HAD to save it. So now I've read it I've gotta say it was nowehere near as awful as I thought it was going to be, I mean I knew it wasn't going to be badly written but I thought it would be sooooooo slow going for me as I just didn't fancy reading crime novels. But it was really good, I will probaly be reading another at some point in time .....however probaly not soon.
As I said the writing wa good and there was a brilliant twist in the ending. But the ending wasn't the dynamite I was expecting really, just a tad.....expected. The characters were brilliant though and the beginning was incredible, "gripping" I think is the term?
Laura to me seemed balanced, now anyone who's read the book is going to think I'm mentally unhinged from that but it's true. She's this uber-beautiful, radiant goddess BUT she's got these massive mental issues which counteract it all. I think it puts her in balance but you can have your opinion......doesn't mean your right but.....I'm kidding I'm not that much of a idiot.
Overall the plot line was good and quite fast moving and it had a few sex scenes, whether your into that they seemed pretty good, normally I like them just for a laugh sometimes really. But there's still a balance between that and erotica. Oh yeah and I had the hardback edition without the cover soooo I had no idea what it was about, no blurb or anything.....it was slightly worrying.
Anyways what with sex,drugs,lies,blackmail,suicide and incest it's definatley a book to be reckoned with....