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Bone by Fae Myenne Ng
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Feb 26, 08

bookshelves: fiction
Read in February, 2008

** spoiler alert ** Ng's writing is stylistically beautiful, vivid and evocative. I wanted to like this book. But nothing happens. And while I favor character-driven fiction over plot-driven, the characters do have to drive something. A book where nothing happens isn't worth the time. Ng blows her hand by telling us everything in the first few pages; then, when the entire 2nd half of the book is flashback, there's nothing new to learn. She sets up the mystery of why Ona jumped and then gives us nothing to go on. And the hopeful ending isn't all that hopeful when we already know what happens after it. At least, I think we do. The book operates in 3 different timeframes, and knowing which one we're in when is devilishly difficult. A frustrating book made moreso by the promise that seems to be wasted.
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