This is more of a reaction than a review, but the book started out well, fizzled out in the middle, and regained its momentum in the end. I was a bitThis is more of a reaction than a review, but the book started out well, fizzled out in the middle, and regained its momentum in the end. I was a bit annoyed by Lamb's references to other characters and situations from some of his other books and the fact that he had to keep restating information as if people may have forgotten parts of the story. For example, he kept referring to his novel as the novel he'd never published at least three times as if it was the first time he'd introduced the concept. I also get annoyed at politically-charged books, even if I may have the same politics. I want to read a story, and that's that.
The story within the story, the story of his great great grandmother was intriguing, but the letters were way too long, and the voices were inauthentic. I also felt as if he couldn't authentically describe Caelum's anger. In the end, his whining was just irritating.
Velvet by far was the most interesting character to me.
All in all, I really enjoyed the beginning of the book, the chilling portrayal of the Columbine shooting and its after effects, but I lost interest about three quarters of the way through. Definitely liked "I Know This Much is True" the best. ...more
In The Dogs of Babel, Paul Iverson is desperate to learn the details of his wife Lexi's mysterious death. He's so desperate that he tries to teach hisIn The Dogs of Babel, Paul Iverson is desperate to learn the details of his wife Lexi's mysterious death. He's so desperate that he tries to teach his dog, Lorelei, who was present at Lexi's death, how to speak.
I was intrigued by the topic of this book, and was pleased when it got off to a good start. The author did an exceptional job at conveying Paul's desperation and grief. The book even moved me to tears at one point in the book when Paul tricks the dog into thinking that Lexi is home, and she starts running around the house in desperation looking for her beloved owner.
As the book moved on, however,the main character never evolved from his grief, and the book slowed down. The ending itself was very predictable, and I closed the book feeling let down. I had high expectations for the book based on what I had heard from others and was disappointed that what could have been a wonderful book failed in execution and ended up being just okay. ...more