Wow, very powerful. The subject matter is obviously very rough, but it is so well written I had a moment one night when I stayed up an extra couple hoWow, very powerful. The subject matter is obviously very rough, but it is so well written I had a moment one night when I stayed up an extra couple hours to keep reading. ...more
More accurately, this would be a 3.5, but I'm willing to bump it to the 4 rather than give it a 3.
It can be a bit scattered, and I'm not sure if I likMore accurately, this would be a 3.5, but I'm willing to bump it to the 4 rather than give it a 3.
It can be a bit scattered, and I'm not sure if I liked the POV swaps because they were incredibly jarring towards the end, but the author obviously knows Salem (what UP birthplace! Salem Hospital represent!) and has a great feel for how weird Massachusetts can really really be. The Calvinists really reminded me of the Moonies, actually.
Towner as a character was sort of hit or miss, but the supporting cast was really enjoyable - Eva and May especially. Also, Byzantium is an excellent name for a dog....more
**spoiler alert** We got an ARC in at the store, and I only picked it up because it had the word Caesar on the cover. (Actually, the ARC design is awe**spoiler alert** We got an ARC in at the store, and I only picked it up because it had the word Caesar on the cover. (Actually, the ARC design is awesome compared to the actual cover, in that sort of old school Penguin bright colors and white text way, and I wish more people would design like that.) Two days later, I finished, and I have to say, it's a pretty solid read.
Vague spoilers contained below.
Basic premise: a US Senator is the only one able to put all the pieces together of what looks like a terrorist plot, but is actually something being planned by people in the US. By the end of the book, we've had assassinations, explosions, kidnappings, Senate briefings, and an all-too-brief stint at the Supreme Court (that chunk could have been 10 times longer and I would have LOVED it, because people getting bitchslapped by the Constitution is always awesome).
I don't think it's going to hold up much past November '08, although the book does get some good digs in about the election system. But the president and vice president are never named, so we automatically think of Bush and Cheney, and the supporting characters of people from the administration all have names VERY similar to their real life counterparts. It's fun and all, to think that Dick Cheney could be some evil mastermind, but read this 10 years down the line and you might be confused.
Hart is a solid sort of hero, and I really liked his best friend in the Senate, Charlie Ryan (although I sort of suspected him for the first 150 pages to be BEHIND IT ALL which while predictable, would have been awesome). His wife is barely a character sketch, but Lt. Coleman of the MPD is a pretty rocking minor character.
I would have actually given this 3.5 stars. I think this would have been a great film, because it would have been so subversive from the "stop the terrorist" plots, even when you get something like Die Hard 4, in which the main bad guy is American. But what if the bad guy was in the White House? It would make a rad movie....more
**spoiler alert** Maybe I had low expectations, maybe I really like Chuck Klosterman, maybe it was the right book to read on the way to and from a mem**spoiler alert** Maybe I had low expectations, maybe I really like Chuck Klosterman, maybe it was the right book to read on the way to and from a memorial service in two sittings on public transportation - regardless, I did really like the book. I previously posted I was worried about the reference to Friday Night Lights on the back, but it's close. Of course, North Dakota isn't Texas, and there's a lot less football (even though FNL is only incidentally about football).
Don't read it if you're expecting some epic plot to come out and hit you in the face. It's more FNL Season 1: a quiet portrait of a town that hasn't changed at all than FNL Season 2: in which Landry kills someone. And you know what? It's a good choice.
I only hesitated from giving the book 5 stars because I got really angry not knowing more of the reaction post-blizzard, especially concerning Mitch and Julia. And also not knowing more about Laidlaw....more
OK, I finished. I didn't know I could roll my eyes that hard. I'm pretty sure a dude was watching me on the Metro as I closed the book multiple times,OK, I finished. I didn't know I could roll my eyes that hard. I'm pretty sure a dude was watching me on the Metro as I closed the book multiple times, tried to refrain from making noises of disgust, and rolled my eyes at every paragraph. Seriously, they took a tolerable (if sort of creepy) book and then KILLED IT in the last 50 pages. Oh god.
Yeah. Well, hey James Patterson and person whose name will be tiny on the cover but probably wrote most of the book, I gave 1 star to JD Salinger too, so at least you're in good company? (I guess?)
DAY 1 of reading:
The advanced reader's copy came in at work today. After reading the back, it was sort of like I was compelled to read it, because surely, it could not be a book about a woman falling in love with her childhood imaginary best friend.
And while it has its flaws, it is sort of oddly entertaining, in that sort of if I turn my brain off this book is maybe ok, as long as I pretend it isn't a creepy knock-off of the Time Traveler's Wife with a minor plot change.
I've got maybe another 60-75 pages to go, which I will probably read over my morning latte at work, so I'll let you know how that goes....more