Meh. Too short. Too predictable. The writing was a bit... I dunno... perfunctory, perhaps. The setup of the story and the background for the main prot...moreMeh. Too short. Too predictable. The writing was a bit... I dunno... perfunctory, perhaps. The setup of the story and the background for the main protagonist was a bit unimaginative. I found myself rolling my eyes frequently as the story went along. "Gee, never saw that coming!" I suppose this story may have been better back in the 70s when it first came out but I don't think it stands up to even the weakest Stephen King/Dean Koontz book.
Meh. Catherine is a sourpuss. While her distress is certainly understandable, she comes across in this book as bitter, spoiled, and, while she claims...moreMeh. Catherine is a sourpuss. While her distress is certainly understandable, she comes across in this book as bitter, spoiled, and, while she claims a belief in God and his involvement in the "recovery" of her children, mostly ungrateful for what she has. She has been truly blessed in many areas and yet fails to acknowledge her blessings in a meaningful way. I did not like her very much at all. She created a sense of ambivalence in me, understanding how difficult her life must have been and the reason for her bitterness and negative mood, but feeling uncomfortably unsympathetic towards her due to her attitude.
Still, I'm sure she didn't write this book to be liked but to shed light not only the process of behavioral modification for children diagnosed with autism and to outline some of the other methods that were available to her family back in the late 80s and early 90s. I think she was overly cynical of most methods, which again, while understandable, smacked of an ungrateful attitude towards those who were doing the best they could in the situation of the times.
Read only for my behavioral psychology class, I probably would not have been able to finish the book if it hadn't been required. (less)
As I read through this book, I found myself bouncing back and forth between thinking this book was technically well-written and a complete mess. I gue...moreAs I read through this book, I found myself bouncing back and forth between thinking this book was technically well-written and a complete mess. I guess the word I'm looking for is readable. The book was definitely readable but it was also a strange conglomeration of mixed up characters and plot points and I got a bit frustrated reading it.
It took most of the book before I could decide what kind of book it was. Is it mystery? Is it thriller? Is it supernatural? It seemed to be all 3 and yet none at the same time. There was a lot of story and yet really no plot for most of the book. I kept waiting for something to happen and except for the first maybe quarter of the book when Sadie's son was kidnapped, nothing happened for a very long time.
The book is filled with unlikable characters. Sadie herself was mostly unlikable. I just could not feel sympathy for this woman at all. One minute, she's a wilting flower, caving under the domineering style of her worthless husband. The next minute, she's ranting at her husband and taking out her aggression and frustrations on everyone. Her husband is also bi-polar, being a complete jerk through most of the book then suddenly trying to transform into decent human being. Even Sadie's best friend is unlikable.
Add to this mish-mash of main character personalities some weak minor characters, some bizarre plot twists, a little deus ex machina, and you get a rather messy novel. I did finish out the book, mostly because I wanted to see exactly what the story was, I wanted to see why I read through as much as I did, I wanted some sort of resolution. And I got the totally expected resolution, even though it was far from satisfying. (less)
Where to start? Unlike most everyone else, I didn't find this novel particularly humorous. That's not to say that I didn't see the potential for humor...moreWhere to start? Unlike most everyone else, I didn't find this novel particularly humorous. That's not to say that I didn't see the potential for humor nor can I say that I fail to see why others found it humorous. For me, however, it failed to be anything more than light fare. In all fairness, I did chuckle once or twice, but overall, it just didn't cut the mustard in the humor department.
I was interested in the idea of a nerdy vampire, a non-glamorous member of the undead. The story itself is based on a fun premise. Perhaps I expected too much from it. Or maybe I was set up at the beginning of the novel to guard myself against the humor. I found the author's introduction to be a little too self-congratulatory in regards to his ability to crack a joke.
The book is a bit of a mish-mash. The first several chapters of this book were just painful. The author wanted to make sure you really understood what a nerd Bill was. And not just a nerd but a tool. A sexually repressed, nerdly tool. And he pounded you over the head with this information. It was tempting to stop reading but I thought, "This book was given good reviews both here on Goodreads and on Amazon, so maybe it'll get better."
So keep reading I did. And yes, the story did get better, although the humor never really came to fruition. The writing became a bit tighter, a bit smoother, less awkward. Some of the dialog, though, was overkill. I wouldn't have imagined it but there really is such a thing as too much dialog. There were times I wanted to tell the characters to just shut up and get moving. I got tired of Sally's eyerolls and Bill's constantly calling her a "bitch", even if it was just in his head. By the time he called her a bitch for the 3rd time, I was thinking to myself, "Okay, we get it! He thinks she's a bitch. Let's move on!" (Just in case you need to know and the 30 times he calls her a bitch is not enough clarification for you, Bill thinks Sally's a bitch. Yeah, like that.)
The story suffers some from forced humor, the dialog is frequently too long or too awkward, and the characterizations a bit too ... expected. Yet just over halfway through the book, the writing becomes better, hence the three stars, since half stars are not possible. This book feels like a rough draft, one that could use quite a bit of refining. I hope the author takes it on himself to do just that, because this could be a diamond, if he'd take some time to do some polishing. (less)