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Remembering Isaac by Ben Behunin
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Jan 16, 2011

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Read from November 03, 2010 to January 16, 2011

I started out enjoying the whole concept of this book, the little artistic town, the heartwarming and often eccentric characters. This book is the first in three of the story of a young potter just leaving college to make it in the "real world". He interviews for a position as the potter for a small town (Niederbipp) taking the position from the old potter Isaac, who passed away. I was able to enjoy the first book although I confess I had to push myself a bit near the end. As much as I wanted to enjoy the remaining two in the series, I started in on the second book and just couldn't make it through. It was so wordy and lacked motivating progression, and I found it was not climatic enough to keep me turning pages. I set the second book down half way through and never felt inspired to pick it back up.

I really liked the characters and so much about the story could have been endearing - it really was a fun little concept but I felt like the author would have had much more success if he had condensed the story into a single book and cut out what I felt like was just wordy detail FILL. I almost felt midway through the second that the author had sold out - trying to force readers to purchase three book's instead of making one quality book that would keep readers wanting to hear more. Errors in editing bothered me, and I just felt like the author tried too hard to make this something it was not.

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message 1: by Diana (new)

Diana I agree with you; rather entertaining, quaint setting, likable characters. I think the actual author may be unable to do pottery any longer and wanted to try to earn some $$ writing a book. A great editor would have furthered his cause as the idea was an enjoyable one.

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