I seem to be coming across quite a few negative reviews of this book, which really baffles me. The book was described as Hunger Games meets Game of ThI seem to be coming across quite a few negative reviews of this book, which really baffles me. The book was described as Hunger Games meets Game of Thrones, and I've read a lot of backlash about that comment specifically. I can agree with the people who say that the level of description and depth and characterization that we get from Game of Thrones is nowhere to be seen in Queen of the Tearling, but my feelings about Hunger Games are pretty meh overall, and so I wasn't as offended by the comparison as others, and if I was at all it was for the opposite reason, that I think Queen of Tearlng is way better than Hunger Games.
To sum it up as best as I can: this book was a fun and engaging read. I liked the characters, I liked the bit of mystery, the bit of fantasy, the mixture of the two. This is a book that lured me out of my several week long reading slump, so for me, it was a 4 star book. I'm super stoked that by the time I got around to reading this book, the follow up 'The Invasion of the Tearling" had just been released! I HATE having to wait for sequels and such, I have such a terrible memory that if the wait is longer than a few months all the details have gone right out the window. Very excited to get into 'Invasion,' am diving into that NOW!...more
Personally this wasn't my favorite book, I got a lil bored of it about half way thru but I can still see in a distant way that it was a pretty great bPersonally this wasn't my favorite book, I got a lil bored of it about half way thru but I can still see in a distant way that it was a pretty great book. I was a tad distracted while reading it, so surely that had something to do with my lack of connection to the book, but upon the book's close I could see that it would be a book I would be recommending, especially to certain people. Am I contradicting myself? Probably. But it's the truth!...more
I am one of those people who tries to stay away from social media. If I could, I would refrain from FB, IG, Twitter, all dem sites get on my nerves moI am one of those people who tries to stay away from social media. If I could, I would refrain from FB, IG, Twitter, all dem sites get on my nerves most of the time and if I think too hard about it-creep me out. But every now and again I am shown the light and reminded of the beautiful ways in which the Internet/social media connects people to other people/things they might not have connected to otherwise. I have neverrrr ever been a poetry person. Not even close. I've always had a thing for song lyrics, so I guess that's poetry? But aside from that, all the poetry I've tackled in school and in my reading life has turned me OFF. I've stumbled across the occasional gem, but never discovered any poets that have produced consistent work. UNTIL...I happened to stumble across Tyler Knott's Instagram, to my surprise and delight!! And so thus I discovered a poet who I loved, thoroughly and consistently! I bought his book the Typewriter Series and not only was the aesthetics of the book utterly perfect, but the words matched the pages. And now I'm going on a tangent, but thru Tyler I stumbled across Marisa Crane who I impulsively added on IG, and after following her now for several weeks, I have come across so many of her poems that cut straight thru me, that speak directly TO me, that scold me, comfort me, soothe me and say to me "I understand." I've fallen in love with her words, gritty and honest, direct and dark, open and heartbreaking and everything that I like in my literature. She just happens to have a way with words that suits me, and so finally because of her and Tyler and I've found a poet I can love; poetry that has lead my finally understanding what people see in poetry!
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.
All thrillers feel similar to me in a lot of ways. There are terrible ones, and occasionally great ones, but mostly they're all in between those two eAll thrillers feel similar to me in a lot of ways. There are terrible ones, and occasionally great ones, but mostly they're all in between those two extremes. This is no exception, neither terrible or amazing, but satisfactorily entertaining. Tho I will say that I definitely preferred this one to Gone Girl; but I am one of the few who hated Gone Girl..sooo for me to say that is not exactly saying much.
One thing about this book is it was slightly misleading. The back blurb led me to believe one thing, but what really happened was something entirely different, tho that's not necessarily a negative. This is yet another thriller told thru coinciding alternate viewpoints, a chapter for one person, another chapter for another person, etc etc. This particular story unfolded in a pretty clever way, the opposing view points bringing about a unique and rounded story line. None of the characters were particularly likable, and Lord knows I'm not one of those intellectuals who can usually rise above a hateful protagonist and like the book anyway (GONE GIRL! Confederacy of Dunces!) but somehow, Hawkins managed to make these characters unlikable but yet still sympathetic, which was the key thing for me. And I hate to say this because anyone who's read the book will then think I am a psycho, but I found myself totally relating to Megan's character. Like a lot. It left me pondering the possibility of Hawkins having similar issues as myself because some of those things she described would be hard to tap into had you not had personal experience with them. OR maybe Hawkins just knew a crazy bitch once ;)
My final verdict was a pretty pleased one. Despite the fact that I didn't really like the ending...something about it didn't sit right with me...but I was sufficiently surprised by it so I'll excuse whatever small feeling of dissatisfaction it left me with in favor of surprises and shocks. That's what a thriller is supposed to do right?! Thrill me? I have to say...I was adequately thrilled.
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
I almost wanted to give this a one star, but I didn't despise the book…I just didn't like it at all.
Hmmm…how do I describe this book? Oh, I know. B-O-I almost wanted to give this a one star, but I didn't despise the book…I just didn't like it at all.
Hmmm…how do I describe this book? Oh, I know. B-O-R-I-N-G.
The hype that surrounds this book is baffling. Truly, I can't make the leap from the book everyone is gushing and raving about, calling it the next Harry Potter, to the book I just read. Maybe because of the fact that there is supposed to be 7 books in the series? But the similarities end there. And come on. Isn't that a bit presumptuous, a tad too optimistic? To plan to write 7 books in a series before you even know whats really up, whether people like it or not? though obviously people are liking it alright. I certainly have been seeing it everywhere for a long while now. But my guess is that the hype-train will run out of steam by the time it gets to book 3.
I am a fan of fantasy books. I've read my share. I DO realize that world building can occasionally get a bit tedious, and that it can take a minute to get things flowing. Come on. I've read LOR, GOT, etc. I've read thru my share of jabberwocky; words that that sound like gibbledobby or gooblydock or wizzlefoozit. And that's the thing. If an author is good enough, you'll end up with fans who have dictionaries of these words, people who are reading drawn out made up histories of these made up lands, die-hards who speak made up languages. And of course, lots of people like me who pine away for these make believe lands, wishing with all our silly little hearts that we went to Hogwarts, or lived in Westeros, or lead our own army thru Middle Earth to defeat evil Urukhai. That is part of the beauty of fantasy, part of it's genius. It's not supposed to feel like slogging thru a book of pharmaceutical names, or reading an encyclopedia of biology phylums, or any other completely boring thing. Bone Season started off like some strange mystical vocab lesson, with none of the fun things that come along with talented fantasy authors. The people were cold, stale…basically just lacking. Shells of characters without the yummy filling. It was a total drag and I trudged through the entire thing expecting it to get better the next chapter, the next chapter…probably the next chapter. but all the chapters later and that never happened.
Basically, it was an empty shell of an almost interesting book. I guess dystopian/fantasy/sci fi is all the rage right now: Vampires, Werewolves, Shadowhunters, Fairies, aliens, whatever a person can come up with, and so as an author trying to fit into the popular confines of these popular genres, one is trying to come up with something original while also simultaneously making it appealing to the audience that buys books and propels a series into mega-stardom. And lets be real here. The audience for most of these books is an audience of mostly teenaged girls, pre-teens, very young women. (And I can say this without being offensive because I am myself a young woman;) So I understand when quality suffers because the authors are writing for their audience, which is honestly IMO is a talent within itself. So Shannon was of course dipping her wick in the YA world and what she came up with was this, the clairvoyants, the ethereal…whatever. Whatever it was, it just didn't work. It was stiff, it was vacant, it was completely lacking in every which way. I kept seeing what she was trying to go for, and I kept seeing how pathetically she missed the mark. It always came up just [ ] this short of interesting. And I most definitely was NOT digging the romantic parts either. It was all just so cliche and unoriginal. There was not one unique or innovative thought in the entire book. Samantha Shannon basically cooked up a soup with unoriginal all done-before ingredients, taking a bit of this and that from other popular trends.
Ugh. Just ugh. How completely unsatisfying....more
Of course I was drawn to it by the cover, color cartoon caricatures of famous best selling authors? Talking about their favoriteThis was interesting…
Of course I was drawn to it by the cover, color cartoon caricatures of famous best selling authors? Talking about their favorite books? SOLD!
I was sorta hoping to get some good book recs from this, but in the end it was way more of a who's who, who's reading who sort of thing to feel genuine. I won't argue with the fact that when people are talking favorite books, a lot of classics are going to come up. Some of my own favorites include Dickens, Steinbeck, Austen, and so on and so on. They are classics for a reason, after all. Buut. After reading through the first 10 authors and processing their choices, it was clear that I would hardly be coming across any new or undiscovered gems, but rather am simply reading the books that famous authors (and a few famous actors/artists.musicians) want to tell the world that they are reading or have read. Understandably so I guess. People in the spotlight are in the spotlight. They want to seem smart and interesting and all that and of course have to be concerned with how their choices make them look rather than just going ahead and being truthful about things like: What is on your night stand right now? What is the last book you read? What books changed your life?
So in terms of did this book deliver what I wanted it to deliver- Book suggestions? No, not really. You can only read about this oh-so-intelligent person who's favorite book is Ulysses, or who's favorite book is a collected works of Shakespeare for so long before you start rolling your eyes and going, okay okay I get it. You are intelligent and well-read and high brow and anything else you want to seem to be by citing difficult ad complex works of literature. It all just seemed a little bit too insincere for my liking, a tad bit…showy. So in that sense, clearly, it wasn't what I thought it would be.
BUT. They did ask other questions aside from just having authors list their favorite works, so I enjoyed that element. A lil bit of humor from people like Lena Dunham and Neil Gaiman made the book a lil better than tolerable, but I do have to admit that when I came across people I don't care about-or who's taste or opinions on literature I don't care about-such as Sting or Arnold, I skipped right on thru. Tho, ironically, I did visually skim Sting's collections and he seemed to have some of the more regular, authentic choices out of everyone. I know I definitely liked him the better for his choices, and even stopped to read a few of his blurbs afterwards instead of skipping him entirely. I still don't care about his opinions, but they still happened to be good ones;) But for ex: I mean come on J.K. Rowling. Shakespeare, really? I mean, I know you are now one of the richest women in the world, it's a great rags to riches story, some lady on the system nearly homeless writes a book that changes the world of children's literature as we know it, and all that is good and dandy there's no denying you are brilliant in your own right…but a collected works of Shakespeare book. That's what you would take with you on a deserted island? And I know I'm biased because I am just absolutely NOT a Shakespeare fan, but come on. From the mind that created Hogwarts and that whole world, and you couldn't get more creative than that? It's just soo cliche. Shakespeare doesn't even particularly say "smart and interesting" to me. He doesn't really say anything to me other than maybe…common. Everyone and their mothers and brothers and sisters and friends have read Shakespeare!
Shakespeare was a hack. Tsk Tsk Tsk I expected more from you J.K.!
So all and all it was a fairly interesting read. Definitely the sort of book you could flip thru rather than read cover to cover like I did, but whatevs. If I would have approached it more like a book of interviews about people in the literary world, I would have liked it better, but expecting what I did; Settling down with the book and a pad of paper, prepared to take notes about all the endless books I would be adding to my TBR. I only ended up disappointed. But to credit people like Lena Dunham, Donna Tartt, Neil Gaiman, their humor carried what would be an otherwise boring, even affected book.
Pick this up at a bookstore and flip thru it, or check it out at the library. It's not worth owning. Actually…maybe for a coffee table book. Or even the sort of book you put in one of those cute baskets in the bathroom containing magazines or newspapers or funny books, sometimes crossword puzzles or Sudoku. Now that'll make you seem smart! Stick this supposedly literary book in the shitter, and people will be like "wow. He is even literary when he's on the toilet. How wonderrrrrful."...more
I'm hesitant to judge this book by the first book alone, I think this is one of those books/trilogies that is better suited for rating it as a whole rI'm hesitant to judge this book by the first book alone, I think this is one of those books/trilogies that is better suited for rating it as a whole rather than individually… because as a self contained book, I think I would have to say that there is too much left unanswered, too much completely mind blowing weirdness with absolutely no clarification for me to be able to say that I totally enjoyed this book. It was basically a whole lot of this: "omg, ew, what the hell? omg. gross, omg what the ef is going on? omg, WHAT?!"
Ya, it was like that.
It's hard for me to articulate my feelings about this one. Without having any answers whatsoever, and so thus no real grasp on what I've read, all I can really say is that the book was… creepy! Also, entertaining, and a tad bit WEIRD, but mostly it was just creepy. But I think it was at least creepy in a good way, not a bad way, creepy because VanderMeer is so damn good at creating the most vivid descriptions of pretty vile sounding stuff. At this point I'm wondering if the things I read about are going to turn out to be explainable, or if the story line is just heading for the fantastical. We shall see. But one thing is at least evident to me after finishing up the first book, and thats that VanderMeer can write. There is nothing lacking as far as his skills and writing are concerned, and despite my overall creeped out feeling, Annihilation has given me enough faith in VanderMeer to be willing to continue on this journey with him and trust that he knows where he's taking me.
Unfortunately, my local B&Ns don't carry the next books in the series so I'm having to go thru the effort of actually ordering them. Boo. Looking forward to my return to area-X tho, and holding out hope that VanderMeer is gonna be the next author that impresses me.
Hmm. This was a tricky one. I think I was way too excited for this, I had heard soo many people say how this was their favorite book ever of all time,Hmm. This was a tricky one. I think I was way too excited for this, I had heard soo many people say how this was their favorite book ever of all time, and it was up for the Pulitzer and all that, and of course the cover was pretty amazing…so naturally I expected to be completely blown away. Not to mention the fact that I had really enjoyed her most recent short story collection, which is unusual for me because I don't like short stories.
Things were looking good in the beginning, it actually got off to a pretty great start. As the story goes, they are a little family of four who are the only inhabitants of Swamplandia, a swampy Florida island they share with a bunch of alligators, all of which they call Seth. These alligators are part of an elaborate show they put on for tourists who come to their island, aka The World of Darkness, to watch them wrestle the Alligators. When we first start learning about the "Bigtrees" (their self given attempt at a native sounding name) it's pretty obvious right away that The World of Darkness is in a state if disarray, on the brink of ruin, at it's end; being shut down. It's sort of a sad situation, these three isolated kids with a dead mother ( who was the former star of their alligator show) a distant, somewhat detached father and a bunch of gators that the children have spent a lifetime training with and which are the children's only company, other than each other. It's actually very sweet and cute, and pretty funny even tho there is this undercurrent of sadness throughout the book, right from the get go, and what swept me up from the beginning was that Russell's voice was just on point. Ava Bigtree, who I gathered is somewhere between 8-13, is that voice and Russell does an amazing job at portraying not just Ava's young little mannerisms, but the sibling dynamic between Ava and her older sister and brother. It is cute, funny, sweet, at times annoying but yet thoroughly endearing. I was loving it. One thing that is undeniable is that Karen Russell is talented; she's creative, and the woman can write! The fluidity, the finesse, the completely unique style that is steadfastly clever. I was totally excited about it during the majority of the first half.
But, alas! The story starts going spiraling downward, and with it my excitement and enjoyment. Ava's brother defects to their competition, some new swampy swamp themed park, but actually in a completely clueless attempt to save money and send it back to The World in the pathetic hope of somehow saving it. Her sister defects to the land of the living-no-longer, suddenly and abruptly immersing herself into the world of ghosts, spirits, etc, convinced that she has a ghost boyfriend who frequently visits via possession and tells her to do things, and their father defects in general, citing some potential business-saving transaction as the reason for a several week long trip which leaves Ava and her teenaged sister completely alone on Swamplandia. While everybody is busy…defecting, the story lines meander, slowly, to big bad places that I didn't like and with the story lines, the tones and moods-including my mood-plummet.
Basically…the middle and ending drag. Like, as in not only does it drag on and on…and on, but it's also A DRAG. Meaning that for such a pretty book with such a pretty cover that started out so fun and funny, the whole story is actually a bit of a downer. Somewhere right around the half way mark things start getting kooky. The sweet and cute undertones disappear and are replaced by scary, ominous ones and our sweet little girl heroine begins hurtling toward the inevitable end that we allllllll saw coming. (We were all just hoping we would turn out to be wrong.) And then the thing that irritated me the most about the book is the haphazard, thrown together, hasty ending. The beginning was so thoughtfully creative, so unique and strong, Russell set things up so beautifully only to fail at connecting all her strings.
In the end, what it felt like to me, was that the story was a story about the breaking apart of a family. The slow, excruciating shredding of each member of the family, one by one and then as a whole as well, their sad awakenings from the sleepy naiveté of childhood, and then ultimately the way the truth and reality that broke them brings them together again, as different people; no longer children. Was this supposed to be a happy ending? I'm not sure…it felt a bit forced. An attempt at some moral of the story that didn't quite pack a full punch because the ending was pulled together so sloppily.
All in all: a real disappointment. But I have sympathy for the creators plight. For an author to have this electric ball of ideas, mixed with brains and skills and talent doesn't necessarily equate to a perfectly formed masterpiece. That's why I think so many books start off strong but then can't quite hack it all the way through. Or vice versa, slow starters with kapow endings. And this was definitely one of those cases. I could see that Russell had all the ingredients for something great but then somehow got lost along the way.
And on a side note: I have to mention the fact that the big bad thing (Big Bad Thing=BBT) didn't feel handled properly. Something so truly disturbing shouldn't be tossed in without any real rhyme or reason, and then so easily dismissed and passed over. To be totally honest, BBT actually soured the whole book for me. Without BBT, I would have closed the book with a raised eyebrow and a few complaints about the pacing but with BBT I was left wondering…why? Why put that in there? What was the point, other than to horrify and break our hearts? What did BBT do for the story, for the characters, for my perception of the story and the characters? I couldn't figure it out. But what it seemed like to me is that the book started out as something sweet and humorous but then took a turn for the worse and went careening into sad and pointlessly twisted. I just couldn't make sense of the logic behind not only BBT but just the strange direction Russell ended up taking, was it laziness, was it a rush to finish? I can't say. But in my personal opinion the fact that it opened up so brightly made the fizzling out even more disappointing. A lot of unfulfilled potential there.
I'm content with my 3-star rating, I think it's a pretty accurate final assessment. Initially upon finishing it I was leaning towards giving it 2 stars but now that I've let the dust settle a bit I've come away with my feelings and discovered the bad ones have faded a bit and what ends up rising to the top is my appreciation for Russell's talent. She's one skilled woman that's for damn sure, and being that Swamplandia is her first novel I think I can give her a break while she works out the kinks. I would absolutely pick up another book by her, fingers crossed the next one is even better than this!!...more
Everyone seemed to love this book but me. I thought it was good-I always enjoy books about two men loving the same woman-but I still felt it a tad bitEveryone seemed to love this book but me. I thought it was good-I always enjoy books about two men loving the same woman-but I still felt it a tad bit lacking.
Once I realized the book was about Margaret Meade, my interest was piqued a little more than it had been prior to that discovery, but there was something about the way the story played out that I didn't quite click with. I understood what was happening, it was a story about relationships, and more specifically relationships of anthropologists and all that that entails, but I felt that the author was telling us this story about these relationships but that she expected us to infer too much. And it's not a matter of my not following or being able to make those inferences but it was just a matter of my feeling that what was left out was essential to the story. Hard to make sense of what I'm saying unless you've read the book, and even in that case I'm still probably hard to follow but ultimately I would have liked a little more detail and insight into the evolvement of certain feelings rather than be expected to make these conjectures myself.
That being said, the part of the book that was not about the dynamic between the three anthropologists but rather the anthropologists and their subjects/natives was great. I would've liked a little to have gone a little more in depth with that stuff actually, but I suppose I could pick up an anthropology text for that. All in all, it was an interesting and unique read, and because it was relatively quick...fairly easy to get thru. I'm not raving about it, but it was interesting and no skin off my back for having read it....more
This book was totally readable, easy to get into and get thru but I couldn't stand the main character, Mae, and itSomewhere in between 2 and 3 stars.
This book was totally readable, easy to get into and get thru but I couldn't stand the main character, Mae, and it made the book very difficult to keep reading by the end. It was supposed to be futuristic, but it really could've been set in 2012, and tho Eggers brings up a lot of current and valid issues/points, it was nothing that I haven't read about/discussed/heard about/thought about a hundred times over. And that being the case, I didn't really feel like being preached at as if Eggers were revealing some new progressive groundbreaking thought process or idea, and yet that's exactly what it was; I was being preached at. The thought I kept having, over and over...and over again was "okay! Okay, okay, I get the point. Enough already, jeeeeeezus!" I had that thought from the opening 25 pages while she described her picture perfect new job, and then I had the thought continuously, incessantly, justifiably until the very end. I get the f'ing point Dave Eggers. We get it.
I felt I should've rated it higher based on its readability and the overall...quality. But it irked me. Rubbed me enough the wrong way that I'm giving it two lowly stars. So far not overly impressed with Egger's work, I gotta say. I'm going against the crowd on that one I think, but I think a lot of the disappointment has to do with the hype. Too much hype is never good for any book is my final say on this whole reading experience....more