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message 1: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana You won't be surprised to know that this was a DNF for me:)


message 2: by Tanja (new)

Tanja Well your review convinced me to take it of my to read list. I put it on, on a whim. And now I'm taking it down after reading a convincing argument :)


message 3: by Mara (new)

Mara It's like you read my mind as far as this book is concerned :)


message 4: by Emily May (new)

Emily May @Tatiana Not at all surprising :)


message 5: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Also, I am still waiting that Stormdancer review!


message 6: by Emily May (new)

Emily May I was just thinking about that today. Thing is, I'm reluctant to say much because the publishers asked me not to post a review until the publication week or as near to it as possible :/

But I'm confident you didn't make a mistake DNF-ing it, we seem to share a dislike for especially dense, wordy, over-descriptive fantasy books. And Stormdancer was all of that. I also think it was hard to enjoy if you weren't familiar with all the Japanese terms - which I wasn't - I found myself constantly googling words, sometimes more than once in a paragraph. That's just not fun.


message 7: by Xenia (new)

Xenia My thoughts exactly! We read it this past semester at university and my professor was absolutely enthralled with it. Me? Not so much. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one, as it turns out :D


message 8: by Kwoomac (new)

Kwoomac I love your line: "...memory is not the truth but the story we tell ourselves." You would think my brother and I grew up in completely different families. Huh, maybe we did.

Great review.


message 9: by Rachell (new)

Rachell I had a very different reaction to the novel, and I think it's because I stopped thinking about it as Tony's story at some point. Even Tony realizes this in the telling, and the novel is really about Tony understanding just *how* peripheral (yet crucial!) he is to the main drama. To put it in the novel's terms, Tony's act is analogous to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand.


message 10: by Chad (new)

Chad Very nice review. I disagree with it, but I am one of those "people who like to think about everything." I can very easily see how many (or even most) readers would share your ultimate reaction.


message 11: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Thanks Chad :) I think I can easily see why people love this book even though I didn't so I completely understand where you're coming from.


message 12: by Fenny (new)

Fenny Ang Hmm I thoroughly enjoyed it and got very scared shitless about it, as it seems like I will certainly not get any feelings of reprieve about de idioms I made in my youth. It's an impending gloom, this thing called life...according to Barnes,anyway.
You see, there's probably a difference in the readers' age that most likely will have us old, middle aged folks think a little too much about the meaning of life as we think back time lost and wonder what can be done to gain more time to make ammends and to make sense of what cannot be. just my own sense of this book as I read it. Helps that my finishing the book coincided with my high school reunion.. After 25 years!


message 13: by Cshere (new)

Cshere Emily just doesn't get it, and probably never will. Oddly, though, her review is characterized by the complaints she lodges — wrongly, I think — against the novel. Why should I care about her opinions, if they don't interest me?


message 14: by Emily May (new)

Emily May If you didn't care about my opinions, you wouldn't have taken the time to comment here. You're obviously very offended by views that differ from your own and you will find many of them on goodreads. Perhaps this isn't the website for you.


message 15: by Laureen (new)

Laureen Well said - much better than my attempt to say why I didn't like this book.


message 16: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Thank you :)


message 17: by Katya (new)

Katya Vinogradova Thank you for this review! This book annoys the beejeezus out of me! I'm halfway done, and I keep expecting it to get better, but that's not happening...


message 18: by Emily May (new)

Emily May No problem :) Thanks for commenting!


message 19: by Demeyer (new)

Demeyer Should I re-read the book? At my first reading ( two years ago) I wasn't really impressed.


message 20: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Demeyer wrote: "Should I re-read the book? At my first reading ( two years ago) I wasn't really impressed."

Well, I felt the same as you. If you decide to re-read, let me know your thoughts the second time.


Kiwi Begs2Differ  ✎ I agree with your review, you said it all with Perhaps my biggest problem with this book is that I don't care about Tony.


message 22: by Mike (new)

Mike Enjoyed your take on this on, Emily.


message 23: by Selva (new)

Selva Subramanian Though you have written a well thought-out review, I disagree with you completely and I believe you are getting it all wrong. You don't have to have the life of Charlie sheen to be the lead character in a literary novel. And it is not exactly abt the life of Tony. I am not sure if I am coming on strong but anyway, this is my opinion.


message 24: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Selvakumar wrote: "Though you have written a well thought-out review, I disagree with you completely and I believe you are getting it all wrong. You don't have to have the life of Charlie sheen to be the lead charact..."

I appreciate you sharing your opinion, as I did mine, but an opinion isn't something you can get "wrong". I just had a different experience with this book. I'm glad you liked it more.


message 25: by Selva (new)

Selva Subramanian Emily May wrote: "Selvakumar wrote: "Though you have written a well thought-out review, I disagree with you completely and I believe you are getting it all wrong. You don't have to have the life of Charlie sheen to ..."

To each his/her own :) By saying you are wrong, I am just contradicting it.


message 26: by Viren (new)

Viren Can you mention these alternate books that you talked about in your review? I would like to go through them. Thanks


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