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Remarkable by Lizzie K. Foley
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Jun 18, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: children, fantasy, romance, advance-reading-copy-advance-uncorr
Read from June 17 to 18, 2012

This is a rather plodding book. It reads like something for children but there’s very little to captivate a child of any age and adults would be bored stiff. The people in the town of Remarkable are all gifted in one fashion or another, in a way that makes you grit your teeth. They all sound so special, so perfect, so absolutely wonderful and the town reflects this perfection in a way that makes you wish a hurricane or some other natural disaster would hit it. (Ask and ye shall receive…)

The prose is of the most tedious sort, with everything outlined in such a matter-of-fact way you wonder how the author could ever believe that you would care about such people. Almost everyone is a cardboard caricature with a set of behavioral traits that reduce them to a psychotherapist’s diagnostic prognosis rather than making them living and breathing people. One person blushes when people point out how handsome he is, another person is always making lists and another one is an absent-minded author who’s always losing things, etc.

The central character of Jane is perfectly ordinary—something that is repeated ad nauseum—with nothing to recommend her except a certain neediness and utter blandness of temper. Wading through the book to find out how her ordinariness is supposed to be of use is like taking the Iditarod in the spring. What’s the point?

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06/17/2012 page 110
33.0% "It was a beautiful, brand-new jar of Munch's Generic Jelly, which was sitting on top of a table on a back porch. And even more beautiful than the jar of jelly ws the woman who was eating dainty spoonfuls of it. Captain Rojo Herring's hear flipflopped in his chest as he watched her spoon another bite of jelly into her mouth. Her teeth were white and perfect. He'd have bet that she had the world's loveliest smile."

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