It took me nearly a month to finish this book. I resented it every time I had to take something else back to the library unread. It was very well writIt took me nearly a month to finish this book. I resented it every time I had to take something else back to the library unread. It was very well written. It was complex, and Dickensian in tone and scope. But I didn't really like any of the characters, and I'm a character person, so even though I felt compelled to finish it, I never exactly got attached to it.
There were either three protagonists, or sixteen. But some of them were also antagonists. I think. Everyone was both good and bad, and there were too many of them.
Although the first part was slow, when it got to the end, you could feel the force of it pushing you faster and faster toward the climax. It was really well constructed.
So it probably deserves more than three stars, but I just didn't enjoy it more than three, and this is my review, so three it stays....more
This is the first book in a long time that I immediately wanted to start over as soon as I finished. There's so much in it, I know that I'll get sometThis is the first book in a long time that I immediately wanted to start over as soon as I finished. There's so much in it, I know that I'll get something new every time. As a compromise to the stack of library books I have on my bookshelf (and because I had to turn the book in - it was four days late already) I ordered the audio book, and I'm going to listen to it for the second turn....more
I enjoyed this book for the most part until the last fifty pages or so. Before the last bit, I enjoyed the suspense of how the heck all of this is goiI enjoyed this book for the most part until the last fifty pages or so. Before the last bit, I enjoyed the suspense of how the heck all of this is going to work out. One child and two mothers? It can only end in tears. If King Solomon suddenly showed up and said, "Cut the baby in half" hoping the real mother would reveal herself, he would find himself dead in less than five seconds, because both of these women loved the little girl enough to kill for her. The author did a good job of making the dilemma plausible. The characters were real. The setting was amazing.
The only thing I didn't like was the author's tendency to switch between present and past tense, apparently for no reason. It irritated me enough that I would knock it down from five stars to four.
Then the end came, and it suddenly felt very Nicholas Sparks-y. I'm not a fan of Nicholas Sparks. Oh, or Kristin Hannah. Both of these authors are ok, but they aren't four star authors. So this gets three stars, because except for every time it was in first person and then right at the end, I really loved it. If you like Nicholas Sparks, and it doesn't bother you when I say hi and walk through the garden, and then I went back later and everything was in past tense, then this book was for you....more
When I first started this book I wasn't clear on the narrator. Since the author was a woman, I assumed the narrator was, too. I had a pic in my head oWhen I first started this book I wasn't clear on the narrator. Since the author was a woman, I assumed the narrator was, too. I had a pic in my head of a quiet thirty-something white woman with long brown hair. Then I started thinking maybe it was a gay guy, but I wasn't sure. Then I finally figured out it was a gay guy, and after I readjusted the pic in my head, the voice made more sense. But then later on I learned that he was a "brown" gay guy, which changed the MJ obsession into something more of an identity thing. Then I learned that he was 46, and I had to adjust again. The author wasn't very up front about these things.
I loved the story, though, and the academia-steeped language and the lectures and performances. Sometimes I miss that, although usually I'm just glad I graduated and I never have to go back. Still, all those drunk intellectual discussions you have in college that make you feel like a fucking genius at the time are fun. Sometimes I miss using big words.
And even though I know absolutely nothing about performance studies, I was completely absorbed in the story and enjoyed it immensely.
So those are my thoughts on the main character and the setting. I enjoyed those, but the story was the best. What better way to procrastinate on a lecture and avoid working on your thesis but to obsess over a conspiracy theory based on a youtube performer and the people who comment? What better way to avoid dealing with all your own issues of love and commitment and fear of death, etc., than to immerse yourself in a completely bizarre fantasy world?
Great story! If you like any of the things I mentioned above, you should read it. ...more