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