This story was good...just not great. It didn't pull me in and capture my attention the way I was hoping it would. There just never seemed to be an acThis story was good...just not great. It didn't pull me in and capture my attention the way I was hoping it would. There just never seemed to be an actual point to the story. It seemed to be made up of 4 or 5 subplots that were obviously linked together but that linkage never really came full circle. ...more
Any book in which teenage suicide is a major component is tough to read. When the teenager in the story shares the same name as your own son, however?Any book in which teenage suicide is a major component is tough to read. When the teenager in the story shares the same name as your own son, however?! Well...there were a couple of times I didn't think I would make it through this book! I am glad I did, however. It is beautifully written, and I found myself unable to really put it down. ...more
I enjoyed this book. I REALLY REALLY liked it. That being said, however, I just didn't LOOOOVVVEE it the way that I LOOOVVEEED its predecessor. If youI enjoyed this book. I REALLY REALLY liked it. That being said, however, I just didn't LOOOOVVVEE it the way that I LOOOVVEEED its predecessor. If you've read that one and you read this one, you'll get what I mean. This book just didn't have the gut wrenching emotion that Me Before You did. Yeah, I know you shouldn't make comparisons; but come on...you know you're going to especially with these books. I wasn't displeased with this story in any way and I was glad I read it. If you read Me Before You you should absolutely read this one. It does a great job of completing the circle of the story started there. Just be prepared to not have to be prepared for much. ...more
3.5 stars It's hard to summarize what I thought about this book. It had moments of beautiful prose and development. Unfortunately, it also had areas of3.5 stars It's hard to summarize what I thought about this book. It had moments of beautiful prose and development. Unfortunately, it also had areas of over the top, pretentious prose. If you're a worthy author and have a good story, you don't need to try so hard to "sell your words" by playing dress up with them. The concept of the story is good, it is strong. Every marriage has two different perspectives. Still, it dragged in a few places and I found myself skimming things here and there. It's a book that can have a lot of different interpretations, much as Gone Girl can, which is probably why there seems to be so many comparisons to that book. The big difference being that "Gone Girl" is very much a "plot driven" book from the perspective of two different characters, while Fates and Furies is more "character driven", examining the lives of the two main characters each from both perspectives
When I finished the book, I had two thoughts: 1: I really wish I was still part of a book club so I could have someone to talk to about this. This book NEEDS discussion. There are so many points to be interpreted and dissected. 2: I hope someone makes this into a movie one day because I feel like the things I didn't quite get...that just didn't get together would all come together if I could see them on screen. Perhaps it is worthy of another read one day...specifically an audio book.
In the end, should you read it? Yes, if you have time to dedicate to it. True to reputation, the first half drags considerably in comparison to the second half. If you're looking for a quick read...skip it and wait for the movie....more
It isn't often that I rate a book one star...in fact this may only be my second or third here on GR; and given the amount of books I've read and revieIt isn't often that I rate a book one star...in fact this may only be my second or third here on GR; and given the amount of books I've read and reviewed, that's a pretty low number. I read this because it was voted the best fiction book for GR's readers choice awards 2015. Really??! I couldn't help but wonder if the people who voted for it actually read the book or if they voted for it simply because it was "Harper Lee's new book" If someone were to ask me to summarize this book or tell them about it, I'm not sure I really could. There's not really any identifiable plot points in the story other than Jean Louise (Scout) yelling at Atticus; but you're never quite sure what she's mad at him about. Oh, you think you do...you think you have a basic common sense idea; but there's never any concrete evidence to support it. There are seeds of ideas planted and then completely forgotten about. Then there is the complete and utter inconsistencies in time. Scout is young like she is in TKAM...no wait, now she's a teenager...no wait, now she's her 24 year old self coming back to visit her family. There are more irrelevant tangents in this story than anything I've ever read before. I found it extremely difficult to be able to connect or find continuity both within the chapters and between the chapters. The book is poorly written with very little character development and likeability. If you didn't already have a basic knowledge of Atticus and Scout from TKAM, I would not care about them at all! I'm not going to tell you not to read this book. You can make your own choice and form an opinion. I will just tell you that if you read this with the expectation that it is going to be the second coming of TKAM, you will be sorely disappointed. I think we should all bow down with gratitude to the editor who read this as the badly created 1st draft of TKAM and worked with Harper Lee to mold and shape it into the novel worthy of its praises....because this book certainly is not. ...more
Fun story about the ups, downs and all arounds of being a mom and a wife and how perspective is often the difference between interpretation and realitFun story about the ups, downs and all arounds of being a mom and a wife and how perspective is often the difference between interpretation and reality. I enjoyed the audio narration of this story very much. It had several laugh out loud moments and also ones that brought a tear to my eye. Perfect for a plane trip or a long road trip! Enjoy!...more
There are two simple truths you need to know about this book. First, this book is superbly written. It is not an easy accomplishment in a book to writThere are two simple truths you need to know about this book. First, this book is superbly written. It is not an easy accomplishment in a book to write so many different versions of one character's story in one novel and weave them together all the time keeping a pretty good cast of supporting characters going as well. Second...this book will confuse the hell out of you...plain and simple. You'll get lost, confused, read something...then go back and read something that happened 60 pages ago, all in an effort to understand this multi-faceted story and character Ms. Atkinson has provided for your reading pleasure, or displeasure as the case may be. It won't be until the end...the very end that the pieces will fall into place and you'll understand what it was all about. Let me be clear, you'll either get it or you won't...so don't over analyze the end. This is a book perfect for a book club and I do wish I still belonged to one. It is perfect for discussion and interpretation and opinions. I recommend reading an actual hard cover or paper back version vs an ebook. It'll make the flipping back and forth much easier!