I always feel a bit dubious about books that people say are 'beautifully written'. In my experience those books are full of long-winded descriptions wI always feel a bit dubious about books that people say are 'beautifully written'. In my experience those books are full of long-winded descriptions with flowery, dull language. This was not the case with this book; it is beautifully written with absolutely gorgeous descriptions that really bring the pages to life. This was particularly apt with one of the main characters being blind. Doerr spent a lot of time focussing on the other senses so that you could really get a feel for what the world was like to her.
The two main characters are wonderful and believable and you really form an attachment to them and follow their storylines with interest.
If there was one negative about the book I would say it was the length of the chapters. The vast majority are only one or two pages long. At first I really liked it as it meant I could dip in and out of the book if I wanted to squeeze in a quick read, but towards the end it made the book feel never-ending. It was just a small thing though and doesn't detract from how much I loved it....more
I was surprised by how much I disliked this book. It was a very interesting and unique idea and there were areas of huge potential but it didn't transI was surprised by how much I disliked this book. It was a very interesting and unique idea and there were areas of huge potential but it didn't translate to me as an engaging story.
Whilst the book is split between four main characters, there were times when I only found Roxy and Allie's stories interesting and found Tunde and Margot were making the book drag. I do think I would've enjoyed it more had it just concentrated on Roxy and Allie. The book is split into different years although I didn't think you could tell; there wasn't anything that made me think 'oh a year has passed'; it all just carries on from the last year. I also found the ending extremely unsatisfying. It felt like it was building up to this dramatic change in the world and that I should be hooked to find out what was going to happen but I found myself quite disinterested and then the book just kind of stops.
It's definitely a unique book and has been picked for my book club's read this month so I'll be interested to find out what other people thought....more
I'm always a bit dubious in reading such famous and popular books such as this one as I'm worried it won't be worth the hype. This one I've heard abouI'm always a bit dubious in reading such famous and popular books such as this one as I'm worried it won't be worth the hype. This one I've heard about so much that I thought it was a really old book, not one that was written in the 80's.
I was genuinely surprised at how much I liked it. Offred is an extremely likeable character and it's easy to fill sympathy for her and what her life is like. Although some of the other characters aren't as likeable due to their positions in this world, you do feel yourself sympathising with them all to some degree.
The only reason it doesn't get full marks is because I did get extremely irritated by the way we were jumping back and forwards through time constantly and I would get a bit lost as to what was going on. Also why no quotation marks?? I really despise authors that do this....more
I'm really not sure how I'm supposed to review this book. It was horrific. It's unfortunate that my main reading times are over breakfast, lunch, dinnI'm really not sure how I'm supposed to review this book. It was horrific. It's unfortunate that my main reading times are over breakfast, lunch, dinner and before bed- none of which are ideal times for reading this kind of book. It's so bad that nothing ever normally puts me off my food but I really struggled to eat when reading some of Ellis' descriptions.
Ellis has really upped his game with this book. I hated Less than zero because I felt like nothing really happened, whereas this felt like we were actually heading in a direction, albeit an absolutely awful one. It was so fast paced and so full on that I felt like I needed a lie down afterwards. In between all the action is slow, mundane descriptions of everything from what people were wearing (you could probably remove half the pages if you took out all the clothes descriptions) to long essays about Whitney Houston's music. But that's what made it enjoyable- it tossed you back and forth between this horrendously dull man to his alter ego as an insane murderer.
I want to give it more stars because of how well it was written but since I can't bear to ever read it again, I can't give it much higher....more
This is the first time I've read a book from the Adam Dalgliesh series and accidentally skipped straight to the last one :/ It didn't matter too much;This is the first time I've read a book from the Adam Dalgliesh series and accidentally skipped straight to the last one :/ It didn't matter too much; I never really felt that I'd missed out on anything because I hadn't read the former books.
This felt unlike any other crime book I'd read before. Most seem to just have the murder scene and then follows the detective round whilst they do their investigation. This one spent some time writing from the perspective of the victim for the days leading up to her death and then spent much of the rest of the book jumping from character to character so we saw a whole range of views. James is also an incredibly descriptive writer and includes a huge amount of detail in each scene so that the reader can really picture what she is visualizing
The only weak part of the novel was the ending and who the murderer was. I was waiting for it to be a shocking twist but it's someone you already suspect so it was a bit 'oh well I guessed it was them'.
However overall a cracker of a crime story. ...more
This is one of those novels where nothing really seems to happen. It just cruises along and doesn't seem to head in any meaningful direction. Ellis juThis is one of those novels where nothing really seems to happen. It just cruises along and doesn't seem to head in any meaningful direction. Ellis just seems to want to mash together scenes designed to shock without any real purpose in mind. Some of the scenes were so shocking I had to read them a couple of times just to try and make sense of what I'd read. The book is written with no inner thoughts of any of the characters- it's a 'just the facts' account, represented by the dead-pan and emotionless way it's written, which made it hard to form an attachment to any of the characters....more