I enjoyed this book a lot more than I had initially been expecting. Fascinating subject matter presented in a candid and fresh approach. I learned a lI enjoyed this book a lot more than I had initially been expecting. Fascinating subject matter presented in a candid and fresh approach. I learned a lot about the advertising business. 4.5 stars....more
In my Fiction Novel grad class we were assigned a “long classic novel” to read. I choose Middlemarch. We analyzed the writing style and structure, parIn my Fiction Novel grad class we were assigned a “long classic novel” to read. I choose Middlemarch. We analyzed the writing style and structure, particularly looking at how older novels are different from books published today. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel, but I knew George Eliot was a pseudonym for Mary Anne Evans.
It felt reminiscent of Jane Austen, but instead of having a somewhat “everything ends happily” type of wrap-up that JA tends to do, this book offered a more realistic/bleak outlook. Some characters lived happily ever after, some made do with what they had, and some definitely had to live with their poor decisions. I liked seeing the portrayal of characters from page 1 to page 800. With such a thick book, there was LOADS of room for character development and intrigue. By the time I finished Middlemarch, I felt like I knew each person and all of their quirks and mannerisms. It was great!
I spent much of Spring Break’s car trip steadily making progress. I enjoyed every chapter. There were times when I didn’t want to stop reading because it was so good - I was completely vested in the story. My favorite aspect of the novel though, was Eliot's tone – it was snarky and there were SEVERAL parts where I laughed out loud at the snappy dialogue or descriptive passages. The first sentence hinted at the type of humor that would be featured throughout. As soon as I read that line I chuckled to myself and settled into a comfortable position for a delightful read. And Middlemarch did not disappoint.
I had held off on seeing the movies because I heard there were books. And I always try to read the books before I see the movies. I’m not much of a thI had held off on seeing the movies because I heard there were books. And I always try to read the books before I see the movies. I’m not much of a thriller fan. Though I do read some pretty thrilling suspense novels now and then and enjoy them. But it’s not something I actively seek out. We read this for my Category Fiction class and analyzed its writing and format to see why it was popular and successful. This novel felt very literary and also very commercial. It was an interesting mixture.
There was a lot of mystery shrouded throughout the novel and you were constantly picking through the information to see what was true and what was not true. It was definitely something that stretched your mind while still being a fast-paced story. But I thought it was too much information to shift through. I was tired of trying to figure stuff out and I wished it was more straightforward in approach. Some of the clues weren’t very helpful and often made me confused instead of providing answers.
I found some of the repetition annoying and tedious. I get that Bourne is suffering from amnesia, but I didn’t like how often he repeated his mantra. This novel just didn’t appeal to me as much as it did for my classmates. And I wasn’t sure why it’s such a popular series. I watched the first Bourne movie and I didn’t really like that version either. So maybe it was the main storyline that didn’t appeal to me. A disappointment.
I read this for my Category Fiction class in graduate school. It was interesting to examine this thriller from a writer’s perspective and see how theI read this for my Category Fiction class in graduate school. It was interesting to examine this thriller from a writer’s perspective and see how the author planted pieces of information throughout. Crais also did a good job of keeping the novel suspenseful by always keeping the villain in readers’ minds without actually having him present. And it was definitely good at drawing readers into the story and leaving them guessing. It was by far the most exciting story we read for this class. And one of the few that I actually enjoyed.
Though some of the suspense was a little much for me in that it was always so continuous and reading it was almost on the verge of being uncomfortable. I sped through it in a short amount of time because I really wanted to see how everything ended. Though I did think the very end was a bit of a letdown after all of the suspense. It resolved far too quickly. Drama = drama = drama = drama = oh, things are fine now. Eh, not so much. Still, even though I enjoyed this novel and thought it was well-written, it’s not something I’d particularly recommend and I’m not going to seek out more books by this author. It was a nice foray into the adult fiction world, but I’m much happier in YA.
I read this for one of my grad school writing classes about category fiction. I found it really hard to get into the story. It definitely had that noiI read this for one of my grad school writing classes about category fiction. I found it really hard to get into the story. It definitely had that noir style, but I was not impressed with the way Chandler handled the characters or the setting. I also thought the plot was somewhat disjointed in that the main conflict simply resolved in the middle of the book and they went to something else. I never got a distinct feel for any of the characters and the plot didn't carry the slack. Not something I'd recommend.
I read this for my Category Fiction class. My main complaint was this: too many characters. It was impossible to keep track of all of them. I'm not suI read this for my Category Fiction class. My main complaint was this: too many characters. It was impossible to keep track of all of them. I'm not sure why this book has gotten so much acclaim, it seemed to have a lot of jarring elements that made it a fairly unpleasant read for me. It was very dark and creepy, but it wasn't done in such a way that I liked or made sense. There were some problems with structure as well, some elements of the story didn't make sense where they were placed.
The character jumping was annoying and even though it made it seemingly more thrilling by being able to jump from one set of individuals to the other, I found it disjointed and tedious. I never felt like I had a firm grasp on any of the characters' personalities and I thought the author should have cut the characters in half and worked on developing those. Instead I was annoyed. There were also a lot of loose ends that never seemed to be wrapped up. There might have been some things lost in translation, but on the whole, I did not enjoy the story. Not a book I'd recommend at all.
Oh dear, oh dear. Where to start? Let's just say that it's one thing to read a book alone and have problems, but when you read it as a class and thenOh dear, oh dear. Where to start? Let's just say that it's one thing to read a book alone and have problems, but when you read it as a class and then discuss it....well, things can get dicey. Not that I'm saying this book didn't deserve it, but it made for a very heated discussion.
This book, unfortunately, is one of those self-published books that lives up to the negative stigma. There were parts that did not make sense and there were lots of holes in the plot. I didn't understand Hicks' use of characterization and some of the actions were misguided or disjointed. I had a hard time following what was going on. The whole story was very bizarre and needed to be polished. This book could have profited from a good EDITOR. Sentences were mishmashed and confusing. The first sentence in the book was a complete mess. Their were gramattical errors throughout the entire novel and the author could have used a conceptual editor as well to make sure their story made sense. I really don't like being too harsh in my reviews, but I really can't think of any redeeming parts for Empire.