This book sounded so good to me and it had a lot of great reviews on Amazon. When I saw the reviews on Good Reads, I was surprised it got so many bad...moreThis book sounded so good to me and it had a lot of great reviews on Amazon. When I saw the reviews on Good Reads, I was surprised it got so many bad ones. I bought it as a book to read when I finished my graduate school application, and because of that it taunted me on my nightstand for a month! I picked it up immediately after turning the application in and tore through the first one hundred pages. Somewhat disappointing, but books had turned around after that before.
The next one hundred pages were completed over a span of 2 months, in which time I returned my copy and got it from the library instead. In the end I gave up.
Really bad characterization and I found myself going "that's ridiculous" to a lot of the concepts she puts forth in the book. I think one of the marks of really good sci-fi/fantasy is when an author takes a concept I'm skeptical about (in this instance, the Inyx) and really makes it believable and enjoyable to me.
I was really looking forward to this book, but in the end I found I didn't even care if I finished it. Usually I have to finish a fantasy book whether I'm enjoying it or not!(less)
I may as well come to terms with the fact that there is no way I'll be finishing this book. It seems like some sort of event happened in the past that...moreI may as well come to terms with the fact that there is no way I'll be finishing this book. It seems like some sort of event happened in the past that is heavily hinted at in a number of ways, most of all the narrator's somewhat shell-shocked demeanor (though I could be wrong about that given there's basically little to no plot). That would be okay if there were a successful build up of suspense or enough to keep me engaged, but I just find it completely flat.(less)
I was hoping for a meditation on the physiological and psychological process of yoga as Dederer progressed. It was particularly encouraging to see tha...moreI was hoping for a meditation on the physiological and psychological process of yoga as Dederer progressed. It was particularly encouraging to see that she was skeptical (as I am) of yoga, so I thought this might be for me. And while this is not to belittle her concerns and the things she felt anxiety and stress about, her experiences are just so far removed from mine that nothing is registering here. I put this down after reading through her agony regarding dressing her toddler in a hand knitted hat and worrying about the implications at high end baby co-op if forced to admit she didn't make it herself....
While there are hints and foreshadowing to much larger problems further on in the book I just can't make myself care about the trials and tribulations of the striving-to-be-perfect liberal mom in the perfect white do-gooder liberal town.
She takes several digs at the idea of appropriation and white well to-do women taking up yoga. I could laugh and roll my eyes in agreement the first time or two, but after that the incessant and sniping attitude (in a failed attempt for laughs) just got on my nerves. It rang hollow, as if she needs to put these disclaimers in and keep everything as PC "tidy" as the description claims she learns to let go.
Given I only got to page 50 or so, I'm not going to star this - that would be unfair. Not what I was hoping for at all though.(less)