Disclosure: I am the luckiest person alive. Not only did I win the Kindle copy of this book from NetGalley.com but about the time I was at the 75% poiDisclosure: I am the luckiest person alive. Not only did I win the Kindle copy of this book from NetGalley.com but about the time I was at the 75% point of that book, the physical, paperback, uncorrected proof, landed in my mailbox. It seems I won the GoodReads (used to be called FirstReads) contest for this book. I wanted to register it with BookCrossing before sending it out into the reading world but the site wouldn't take the ISBN. So I will update on where it is going later.
My thoughts as I first began reading this book was that this is a small player, less than Squeaky Fromme, in the Charles Manson case. And though I believe it is loosely based on this and other cases like that in the late 60s early 70s, the story is more about that era and some of the teens of that time.
Being a child of the 60s myself, I was very interested in getting this book. I recognized the social cliches, the disenfranchised. But I am here to tell you that not all of us were druggies or runaways. Many of us were more the flower child who believed in peace and love and still do.
This story takes us down the dangerous road of girls who were so in awe of a guy that they would do anything for him. Once on drugs, they were just puppets for this guy. And they took it to the extent of murder, for hardly any reason beyond their fantasies.
So, yeah. Murder and blood are involved. To me, that is the part of the story I didn't like. And it seemed to be the main point. As I mentioned above the main character is a lesser person of this clique. It is her story. How she felt the need to leave her family and join this strange group. And in spite of myself, I found I wanted to know more about her journey.
Was it the best journey? No. Was it the most interesting journey? Not at all. In fact, I found myself bored, a lot. That is why it took so long for me to read this even though I did have it on Kindle. Just a word on the font of the paperback, it is too small but I could have managed in small doses. So others might do just fine with it.
This was not a favorite book. Could have actually lived without ever reading it. But it was well written and kept me interested. I look forward to sharing the paperback with others and see what they feel about it....more
Disclaimer: I won this paperback version from First Reads giveaways on GoodReads.com Thank you!
This is the first 'tree' book I have read in a long, loDisclaimer: I won this paperback version from First Reads giveaways on GoodReads.com Thank you!
This is the first 'tree' book I have read in a long, long time. Most of the time I have a hard time with font and line spacing and find myself frustrated and getting headaches. The font in this book was dark against white background and was large enough to allow short periods of reading. Still, I miss the text-to-speech help and the ability of instant dictionary lookup.
This book is strange. Science fiction gone wonkie and scary. Maybe because of that it is best that I did take it in small doses. There is dystopia and questions of paranoia to keep you wondering what is really happening. But stay with it. The story is good, and very imaginitive. I am so glad I read it.
On the downside, I think the book could use more editing as there are misspelled words and sentences that make no sense. It isn't often enough to pull one out of the story but it is there. Oh, and without giving any spoilers, the lisping is the worst to read. The message given is strong and I think would stand better without that constant impediment.
Anyway, I think most sci-fi buffs will like this book, especially those who like apocalyptic dystopias....more
I received my book from FirstReads in the mail today: Feb 27, 2014 It is a very exciting looking book. I can hardly wait to sit and actually pour overI received my book from FirstReads in the mail today: Feb 27, 2014 It is a very exciting looking book. I can hardly wait to sit and actually pour over the drawings and descriptions!
And here it is April 18, 2015. What took me so long? Why isn't this a 5 star rating? FONT! If it were for the artwork and the inspiration I felt from them it would be worth 10 stars! But it took me months to get through the reading part. I just couldn't read the tiny faded gray font. There are a couple pages at the beginning which are by Temple Grandin (Forward). I really wanted to read it as I was reading/read her book Thinking in Pictures. But I found I could only read it a line or two at a time. Even with magnifying glasses, or my large magnifying page reader. It took me a long, long time! The next two pages were by the editor Jill Mullin. I just finally gave up. My eyes were hurting so much! After the torture of the first few pages, I found I could get by, a page a day. The pictures were wonderful! But, again, it was the font explaining the artist or the work that nearly killed me.
Still, I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves art and are curious about those who think differently than yourself.
I found that I will have to make this part of my permanent collection as the pictures gave me ideas I'd like to try in my own artwork. BCID: 745-13301987
Thank you, First Reads at GoodReads.com for this win! ...more
If I weren't interested in all things Game of Thrones, I might have let this book go by the wayside. There were grammar, spelling and formatting issueIf I weren't interested in all things Game of Thrones, I might have let this book go by the wayside. There were grammar, spelling and formatting issues throughout. It was the content that kept me interested. Ms. Frankel gave me insights to the character and world of Ice and Fire that I might not have run across otherwise....more