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Sarah by Orson Scott Card
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Apr 05, 2011

did not like it
Read in March, 2011

Where do I start with all the things I did NOT like about this book? First off - I don't care what people say, Orson Scott Card writes like a "Junior High" novelist. You know, all the books you had to read in jr. high? That's about the caliber of his writing. I'm sure his science fiction stuff is better, and he can weave an interesting plot, but his actual writing skills are pretty amateur. He uses the same descriptive words over and over, and tries so hard to describe whatever it is, that it comes across as weak. The plot of this book was somewhat interesting, but he took so many literary liberties that it was beneficial to fallow along in Genesis so you actually knew what he was talking about. He introduced main characters that hugely influenced the plot, but are not in the scriptures. Don't tell me this is a historical fiction when it is SO far off base, its astounding. Also, even though this book is about "Sarah"...I found her to be the most uninteresting, predictable character in the whole book! He should have called the book "Hagar" for she was much more interesting and well developed.
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Katherine I wish I'd seen your review before I tried reading this awful book. "Junior high novelist" might be too high a compliment.

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