It seems weird for a case of child abduction - three different people involved; no mistreatment (as far as we see); she's left to play unsupervised and outdoors; no follow-up (that we see) against the perpetrators.
Are we supposed to be able to figure out what happened here? (hide spoiler)]
I read this book on a bus trip to Milwaukee. If I had not been trapped on the bus with it, I would have quit half-way through. I would not recommed this book to anyone.
I have not read Fowler's "The Jane Austen Book Club" and am not likely to after reading ...more
I think, unfortunately, that this book is misreprented by the tag line on the cover and the publisher description; both those seem to promise an overarching mystery, a sinister encroachment of the both the past and of an author's fans.
What it actually is - and succeeds quite well at - is the first person narrative of a woman without roots trying to find some purpose. Rima struggles with grief, tries to figure out the puzzle of her father's life, tries both to connect and to avoid connec ...more
I read in a professional review somewhere that this book feels "up to the minute fresh," and that is really an excellent way to put it. Blogging, forums, Dubbya's ...more
Update: Just because you get a book for free does not mean you should read it. There was no point or direction to this book. The storyline was very scattered, none of the characters were developed enough to like or emphathize with them, and it was peppered with unnecessary profanity and moral issues that came from left field. T ...more
including highly imaginative plots for the books written by Addison (though, despite attempts throughout the book by many, not a clue about what the new book is about until the very, very, very end). It's a tad confusing at times
since Addison has a tendency to use "real" p ...more
The UK jacket copy made the book sound like a lighthearted romp with a fictional detective come to life to help the heroine.
Instead, the book is a rumination on grief, the creative process, and just who "owns" a creative work once it is accessible by the public. Does it belong to the author? To the fan? To the real life people & events on whom the fictional char ...more
We start with the protagonist, Rima Lanisell, arriving at the Santa Cruz, CA home of her godmother Addison Early, famous (think: Stephen King famous) author of a serious of mystery/thrillers featuring the character Maxwell Lane, and antagonist Bim Lanisell (Bin Laden?), s ...more
I think the low ratings came from people who were expecting a standard cookie-cutter whodunit instead of charm. I'd heard of Holy City near Santa Cruz before -- when we lived in California -- and had spent time along the coast so appreciate descriptions of fog and the seaside.
Our heroine, Rima, is thrice bereaved and visits ...more
It was very... current. In a way that I've never experienced in a novel. There were constant cultural references that were very now... polar bears on LOST for example, crazy fan-fic and website forums of fans.
I never understood the ...more
Your mind needs to be relaxed and receptive while reading this book because the narration shifts back and forth in time as well as in the matter of factual happenings. There is also the matter of fictional vs real people.
Rima Lansill has had both her parents and her beloved brother Oliver die, all at ...more
Also, I just have something against people spending too much time on their computers in novels (unless its SF). I asked myself about this, and telephon ...more
Fowler's books are fun and the characters are quirky. This was an easy and engaging read. ...more
It's the concept that's really fun & fascinating. ...more
I forced myself to finish reading it, thinking that SURELY something was going to happen. Something was going to make it worthwhile. Unfortunately nothing did happen and it wasn’t worthwhile. The ‘big reveal’ at the end was definitely not worth the rest of the book and was a whimper rather than a bang.
Characters uninteresting and rather unlikeable.
Just a book full of nothing. Don’t waste your time.
I admired the book's intent, which was to blend the fictional and the real by bringing Addison's characters into the present-day action. Ultimately, however, I found all the twists and turns of the plot too difficult to ...more
Critical reception of Wit's End ran the full gamut. Like The Jane Austen Book Club, the novel should appeal to lovers of mystery books and to readers who enjoy pondering the relationship between characters, their creators, and their fan bases. Yet while these critics couldn't put the book down, others panned it. Pop culture references, such as the Internet Wiki-wars (where fans analyze Maxwell Lane's life), perhaps make up for what some critics described as relatively insipid characters and myst...more