I kept hearing people say that this book was like, theeee most amazing book. A particular Goodreads friend who I trust very much when it comes to bookI kept hearing people say that this book was like, theeee most amazing book. A particular Goodreads friend who I trust very much when it comes to book recs even claimed this as one of her favorite books! So that being said, I was expecting this lil novel to blow me away.
Well. It didn't blow me away in the manner I expected it to, but I loved it nonetheless. It was a very sweet book about a very sweet subject, one that is very dear to my heart. Dogs! I think any dog lover will first imagine their own sweet puppy in the place of the dog from this book, and then secondly love this book to pieces.
The book is short, and sweet, tho for being such a quick read it still read like a punch in the gut. Who of us dog lovers wouldn't shed a tear after reading about surgery and recovery from the perspective of a dog? When Dorothy's (the dog) back legs are paralyzed from a ruptured disc and yet the sweet pup still answers to her owner's call by attempting to bring her little body over to him by dragging her lifeless legs behind her across the animal hospital floor? Who of us wouldn't be reminded of our own sweet pet when Dorothy's only cognitive thought as she lay there in a pain induced haze is, "maybe that's Alex and Ruth come to bring me home?"
There were other things going on in the book, set in New York alongside a potential bomb threat, the selling and moving of apartments, etc etc, but that to me was just background noise, all I cared about and wanted to know was is Dorothy going to survive the surgery? And when can she go home and leave the awful animal hospital that is an assault to all her senses and where death lingers beyond every corner?
This book is worth reading, particularly if you have a dog. Or a heart. There is so much sweetness wrapped up in this little bundle of a book, a couple hours spent reading this and you'll be left with the warm fuzzies and the urgent desire to cuddle your dog to death!...more
Who pissed off this guy? (Yes. Initially I thought Zoe Desh was a chick but upon some further sleuthing discovered it was in a fact a man. SomehoWOW.
Who pissed off this guy? (Yes. Initially I thought Zoe Desh was a chick but upon some further sleuthing discovered it was in a fact a man. Somehow that makes it even worse.) So what happened to lead to this annoying temper tantrum of his? One too many disagreements on Goodreads? Nobody cares about your reviews? Talk about bratty. And obnoxious!
This is a long winded rant about how truly awful Goodreads is. It is completely, obviously, undeniably biased and I find it hard to believe that anybody would ever read this and take him seriously. He sounds like some bitter, spitting mad ex-girlfriend on some tirade. Just a whole lotta ranting and raving and anybody who is active on GR or anyone who has spent much time reading OR reviewing will see immediately the error of his claims. Perhaps there are a few people who abuse the system, a few people here and there who do the things he says, like for example: rate a book accordingly to how much you want to read the book as opposed to rating the book AFTER you read it according to how much you enjoyed the book. Meaning that one would look up a book, give it a 5 star rating if it's a book that he/she really wants to read and then give it a 1 star rating if it's a book he/she doesn't want to read that much. I mean, really? Who does that? I've spent a lot of time perusing people's shelves, ratings and reviews over the last 5 years and I have yet to come across anything of the kind. But fact of the matter is, even if there are a few that do, SUCH IS LIFE. Such is EVERYTHING! There will always be people who abuse the system, who "don't get it," who do things wrong. That does NOT mean that one should start ranting and raving and raging as if that were the majority, instead of what it is--which is FULLY and very clearly the MINORITY.
I meeeean. I could start/continue ranting myself about Zoe's borderline psychotic rant, but I WONT. I haven't done much research about who this Zoe person, beyond my stumbling onto a blog that revealed his sex, but I would guess he's some indie author, wanna be indie author, boyfriend/friend/relative of some indie author, something along those lines.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. (Or is it hell hath no fury like a prissy bratty man scorned?)
This is pretty much something to read for laughs, it took me about 2 lines before I dismissed it as just that...rubbish w/a hint of comedy rather than anything serious.
To Zoe all I can say is, take a chill pill dude, and wipe that spittle off your mouth as you scream at us. I would honestly say that I don't believe your little tirade accomplished anything other than to make people laugh at you.
What a total disappointment. And not just a lil one, but a total train wreck. I can't believe I wasted a day's worth of precious reading time on tUgh.
What a total disappointment. And not just a lil one, but a total train wreck. I can't believe I wasted a day's worth of precious reading time on this. It was just that I kept expecting for it to get better! The first time around was the perfect blend of a slightly irritable, short, straight to the point, and sweet-but-simultaneously-almost-removed way of reporting the story. Don's voice was unusual, but yet still genuine, and despite him being an obviously unusual person, we were still able to connect with him as readers. This time around it became too much of a good thing. Everything Simsion did the first time around, he tried to do again this time but it was as if this time he just ran out of steam to do it right; he lacked the heart, the sincerity, the humanizing aspects and what was left was this robotic telling of a story from seemingly robotic people. It was just weird, and off. What it sorta felt like to me was that "The Rosie Project" was a novel; something an author put heart and soul into, bringing characters to life and falling in love with them and being invested in their lives and outcomes. One the other hand, "The Rose Effect" felt like it was the quickly jotted down, unedited, unloved and uncared for brother of "The Rosie Project."
I would 100% recommend just skipping this one, especially if you loved "The Rosie Project." Just leave The Project fresh in your mind and don't ruin a good thing by warping your perception of Graeme Simsion and his abilities by reading "The Rosie Effect," because thats exactly what it did for me! Truly doesn't even feel like the same person could have written both, it feels more like The Rosie Effect is somebody else's sad attempt at mimicking The Rosie Project....more